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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Arial Unicode MS: A Font That Supports Most of the Asian and Indic Languages

Arial Unicode MS is a true type font (ttf) which contains nearly 50,000 Unicode characters and supports most of the Asian and Indic Languages including but not limited to Devanagari (Hindi and Nepali), Arabic, Thai, Bengali, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Korean languages. It can render most of the characters of various languages and can help you view messages, websites and other texts written in your own language in your devices.

If you are not being able to render the characters of your language (regional/national) font in your android powered device then this is the only way through it. While there are also many other fonts that support rendering of regional/national languages, Arial Unicode MS is famous for supporting widest range of languages with nearly 50,000 Unicode Characters support. So, now you can enjoy Hindi, Nepali, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil and other languages on your android smart phone.
You can download Arial Unicode MS.ttf font from any of the links given below:

If you are not sure how to use this font on your smart phone having android operating system, Please go through 'How to display regional language in your android phone?' article. For reference purpose, I have listed the Unicode Ranges supported by Arial Unicode MS below:

Basic Latin
Latin-1 Supplement
Latin Extended-A
Latin Extended-B
IPA Extensions
Spacing Modifier Letters
Combining Diacritical Marks
Greek and Coptic
Cyrillic, Cyrillic Supplementary
Devanagari (Hindi and Nepali)
Reserved for Unicode Sub Ranges
Hangul Jamo
Latin Extended Additional
Greek Extended
General Punctuation
Superscripts And Subscripts
Currency Symbols
Combining Diacritical Marks For Symbols
Letter like Symbols
Number Forms
Arrows, Supplemental Arrows-A, Supplemental Arrows-B
Mathematical Operators, Supplemental Mathematical Operators, Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols-A, Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols-B
Miscellaneous Technical
Control Pictures
Optical Character Recognition
Enclosed Alphanumeric
Box Drawing
Block Elements
Geometric Shapes
Miscellaneous Symbols
CJK Symbols And Punctuation
Hiragana,Katakana, Katakana Phonetic Extensions
Bopomofo, Bopomofo Extended
Hangul Compatibility Jamo
Enclosed CJK Letters And Months
CJK Compatibility
Hangul Syllables
Alphabetic Presentation Forms
Arabic Presentation Forms-A
Combining Half Marks
CJK Compatibility Forms
Small Form Variants
Arabic Presentation Forms-B
Half width And Full width Forms
Special Characters

It's a long list and I hope it has got the language that you want. If it lacks your national language please try to search for [Your language] Unicode.ttf file on internet and use it instead. All  the best!!!


  1. thanks.. *trying to download Arabic font*

  2. Arial Unicode MS supports arabic also, so you can download it and install. If you are having problem installing or using this font read this article:

  3. hello i have a glaxy mini.I did download the file But I have a problem:Free memory on my phone is about 180(The maximum value of the handset is...)I get this error during file transfer "no enough space for this operation"
    please help me solution you have?

  4. Kazem, Are you sure you are trying to copy to /system/fonts/ folder? It has more than 200 MB space. The data folder has separate 180 Mb space. The system folder is where only system files (apps, fonts, etc) are stored and whatever rom you use you should have at least 50 Mb free space unless you use a custom rom that has many system apps pre-installed. Also, make sure you have R/W permission.

  5. when i copy the .ttf file to /system/fonts/ i get the message 'SU granted permission...' then after somewhile 'copy failed'
    i used es file xplorer

  6. Stejin,
    It would have been better if you have used root explorer. Make sure you have system mounted as R/W (read, write) and then try again. Also, make sure you delete/move to another place original DroidSansFallback.ttf so that you can copy the new one.

  7. its not working in cyanogenmod 
    7.2.0 RC5.7
    i tried it a lot 
    but its not working
    plz help me...

  8. What's the error? Please elaborate clearly, so that I can suggest something. For now, try the steps again carefully.


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