One of the most common questions that keep reappearing on this website or come to my inbox is How to change font size on Nokia E50. I usually reply that there is no official way to increase font size but there exists some kind of workaround. Trick is to change font for something bigger and more readable. I don’t have problems with small font, in fact I prefer it because that way more information fits on the screen. However some people have problems reading it. Here is a guide on how to change the font in your phone (do it on your own risk!):
You’ll need a memory card and a file manager (e.g. Y-Browser or ActiveFile).
1. Open your file manager and navigate to Z:\resource\Fonts
2. Check the names of the files (these are the fonts that are actually used); they have extension .ttf and most likely they are nosnr60.ttf, nssb60.ttf, nstsb60.ttf and S60ZDIGI.ttf; write them down, you’ll need them later
3. On your memory card create a folder called resource and inside it a folder called Fonts
4. Copy the new fonts to the Fonts folder on your memory card (there are numerous fonts available on the internet for free; try a few of them, experiment and see which fits the best)
5. Rename them in the following order: – nosnr60.ttf regular (normal) font – nssb60.ttf bold font – nstsb60.ttf font for titles
Note: if your font files have different names rename them accordingly. Font names on your memory card must match those on phone memory in Z:\resource\Fonts.
6. Reboot the phone
If you want to switch back to the default font simply erase the whole resource folder from your memory card. If you take your memory card out of the phone the default font will be used.
Feel free to share your additional tips or experiences in the comments below.
i think the actual system file is Resource and NOT Resources. The phone rejected a folder being created called Resource but was happy to create a Resources folder. I think the phone rejects any duplication of system folders.
can someone tell me if anyone has managed to change the fonts on e50 and how, becaus ei have tried with the steps from 1-6 but cannot do it, there is a resource folder on the memory card, but the telephone doesnt let me create a fonts folder in it, so i have to make another folder resources and create a font folder but it doesnt work like that, plus what fonts are we suppose to put on the phone? the same that we use on our pcs?
i would really appreciate an answer and solution to this problem cause i have been trying for the last few days to solve this problem for my fathers cellphone with no luck
I also have tried to change the fonts, the way it was described above, but it didn’t work. There is no Z:/resources/Fonts folder. The fonts folder is in Z:/resource and its not possible to create a folder resource on the memory card. Was something changed by Nokia, since this workaround was posted ?
I would really appreciate if someone could tell me how to do this.
first: thanks and congratulation for the discussion,
second: I can create the “resource” folder at Z (via PC), but when looking for it at the telephone, it appear in capital letters “RESOURCE”, same happens with the fonts files. Could it be the reason why it does´n work? Any idea to correct it?
third: I have been told that verdana.ttf works fine at other S60 3rd phones.
I have the same problem like Pablo. Also here when I insert the SD card into the phone the Directory Name is in caps letters.
Also I have another question: Do I need also to copy the file S60ZDIGI.ttf to the folder on the SD card or do I have to use another font and rename it like the 3 others?
Thanx Jaro dude…. Worked perfectly for me, though after a bit of trial and error with fonts from my Windows/fonts directory.
Of course the best way to do it was to plug in my SD directly into the laptop slot and copy my selected fonts. I was surprised to see a folder titled resource; meaning I dint have to create it. :-)
Pablo>I used Verdana and it came out just fine, though V looks a bit expanded. But honest anything better than the stupid default fonts !!! (Wonder what Nokia had in mind when they integrated such miniscule fonts).
I also copied Georgia as S60ZDIGI , but yet to figure out where it is used.
While this is a great workaround, I’d still like to see Nokia release a patch that would enable font scalability on the fly.
Thanks again Jaro. I hope its okay if I link to this post in other places where I noticed folks looking for a solution. :-)
Hello its me again. I still struggling with one problem and I would really appreciate if someone would be able to help me out:
After creating the directory “resource” and “Fonts” on the memory card by using my PC and cpoying the fonts to it. I reinsert it into my phone and the directory name “resource” is still shown as “RESOURCE” even on my PC its lower case.
I created the resource folder inside the memory reader, but when I try to create the fonts folder inside that folder using “y browser” I just got a message saying err 46.
Has anybody the same issue, the thing is that I don’t have a micro sd reader to create the folder in the computer.
finally I made it and its almost perfect. When I open the address book, and I select one entry, the titles for each field are now with large characters but the entry himself is still in this super small font and the only way to get a larger font displayed here, is to go to edit mode. Any idea how to change this ?