Read and Write Malayalam on Android Phones

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Recently I found out that Android phones does not come with Indian Languages such as Malayalam and other Indian Languages pre-installed. So reading Malayalam blogs was not possible as Android phones does not support Regional languages. It was a shame that Google did not provide support for Indian languages even though Android Phones became extremely popular in India.


It was also impossible to read popular Malayalam news sites like Manorama Online without this hack!


In order to install Malayalam font on your Android Device you need to root your phone. Rooting lets you access to the internal memory of your phone where the font files are located. There are many other uses of rooting too. You can Google the ways to root your phone or try to find out from here. Be careful while rooting your phone because a slight mistake can brick your phone.


                                   Install Malayalam font Android Phone

Here is how to Install or Read/Write Malayalam fonts on Android Phones

1. Root your Android Phone.

2. Download ES File Explorer from Android Market. After Installation, open ES File Explorer and navigate to setting and check "Root Explorer" and "Mount File System". It might ask you Super User Permissions. Click "Allow". Also Change the Home directory to "/"

3. Download DroidSansFallback.ttf from here. Copy it to the SD card of your phone via USB 

3. Now the ES Explorer's home menu should appear like the image shown below
 Malayalam font on Android Phone

From there, navigate to System->Fonts and paste the file you just downloaded. It will ask you to overwrite the existing file. Choose wisely. 

 Now open any browser and go to a Malayalam blog and see the magic. Now Manorama Online works perfect for me. See the image below.


Read and Write Malayalam on Android Phones


How to write Malayalam on your Android phone?


1. Download Panini Keypad from here


2. Navigate to Settings->Locale and text and Check "PaniniKeypad Malayalam".


Read  Malayalam Android Phone


3. Now to go the text box where you want to type Malayalam and tap on it for  "Input Method" and choose PaniniKeypad Malayalam".


Install Malayalam font Android Phone


Now you can enjoy typing in Malayalam or send SMS in Malayalam. If your recipient doesn't understand the text, ask him to follow this guide. Share this post and comment below if this hack works for you!

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9 comments:

i have done with it... but malayalam is not clear.... u can get good fonts from internet and make it clear and provide... hope u will update

January 2, 2012 at 1:46 AM comment-delete

This is indeed a great development. At the moment, android phones and other platforms support different languages to suit the needs of the readers.

January 9, 2012 at 10:32 PM comment-delete

We need Malayalam Locale, should be able to read All malayalam supports Applications too.
2.3.6 Android version and ICS supporting Malayalam Unicode Languages.
Download MoreLocale2 Application from Android market,.. Go Custom Locale. Change Language code ML, Country Code IN
Your phone has been changed to Malayalam Locale (Galaxy users can install fontomizer also to download malayalam fonts)
Paltalk is the one and only Audio Video Messenger which support Malayalam Locale
Download Paltalk Mobile via android browser visit www.paltalk.com from your phone or download it from Market
see how nice Malayalam on phone
http://www.paltalk.com/people/users/io/photo_showcase.wmt?photo=14
Galaxy S2 users can download ICS version from sammobile.com firmware section. follow the instruction how to upgrade ur android version..
there are firmware for India..
Srilanka ICS firmware also supports Malayalam
Enjoy Malayalam

March 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM comment-delete

why we hav to depend opera to read Malayalam, We need Malayalam Locale, should be able to read All malayalam supports Applications too.
2.3.6 Android version and ICS supporting Malayalam Unicode Languages.
Download MoreLocale2 Application from Android market,.. Go Custom Locale. Change Language code ML, Country Code IN
Your phone has been changed to Malayalam Locale (Galaxy users can install fontomizer also to download malayalam fonts)
Paltalk is the one and only Audio Video Messenger which support Malayalam Locale
Download Paltalk Mobile via android browser visit www.paltalk.com from your phone or download it from Market
see how nice Malayalam on phone
http://www.paltalk.com/people/users/io/photo_showcase.wmt?photo=14

March 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM comment-delete

why we hav to depend opera to read Malayalam, We need Malayalam Locale, should be able to read All malayalam supports Applications too.
2.3.6 Android version and ICS supporting Malayalam Unicode Languages.
Download MoreLocale2 Application from Android market,.. Go Custom Locale. Change Language code ML, Country Code IN
Your phone has been changed to Malayalam Locale (Galaxy users can install fontomizer also to download malayalam fonts)
Paltalk is the one and only Audio Video Messenger which support Malayalam Locale
Download Paltalk Mobile via android browser visit www.paltalk.com from your phone or download it from Market
see how nice Malayalam on phone
http://www.paltalk.com/people/users/io/photo_showcase.wmt?photo=14

March 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM comment-delete

Galaxy S2 users can download ICS version from sammobile.com firmware section. follow the instruction how to upgrade ur android version..
there are firmware for India..
Srilanka ICS firmware also supports Malayalam

March 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM comment-delete

this tool pannini keyboard not supported in my phone samsung Y
any other tool which support in my phone??

November 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM comment-delete

it works great thank u so much..

Anonymous
April 16, 2013 at 7:40 AM comment-delete

Followed the instructions, Malayalam news portals are working fine, but still not working on FB page(malayalam font on FB still appears as weird symbols)

September 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM comment-delete
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