android – Use Roboto font in app with minimum API level 14-ThrowExceptions

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I have an app whose minimum API level is 14. Am I correct in thinking all compatible devices should have Roboto font installed as default? If I set a textView font to Roboto or Roboto Light it seems to default to the normal sans typeface.

Is there a way to use Roboto without including the Roboto font as an asset?

How to solve:

Is there a way to use Roboto without including the Roboto font as an

No there is no other way of doing this for API 11<.

I usually create a custom TextView for the Robot typeface:

public class TextView_Roboto extends TextView {

        public TextView_Roboto(Context context, AttributeSet attrs, int defStyle) {
                super(context, attrs, defStyle);

        public TextView_Roboto(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
                super(context, attrs);

        public TextView_Roboto(Context context) {

        public void createFont() {
                Typeface font = Typeface.createFromAsset(getContext().getAssets(), "robo_font.ttf");

Now you can use it in your Layouts like this:


Of course you can create a TextView layout. One for Pre HC, one for HC and above(You’ll have to make use of the layout and layout-v11 folders). Now you can use the <include> tag to include the TextView in your Layout. You just have to do this use this then:

if (android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 11){
    TextView txt = (TextView) findViewById(;
    TextView_Roboto txt = (TextView_Roboto) findViewById(;


You can use Roboto natively from Android 4.1+ like this:

android:fontFamily="sans-serif"           // roboto regular
android:fontFamily="sans-serif-light"     // roboto light
android:fontFamily="sans-serif-condensed" // roboto condensed

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