Web safe alternative to roboto?

What’s the closest web-safe font to Roboto?

I need to know this in order to provide a decent alternative to Roboto for my apps.

UPDATE: reading the answers, it’s clear that the concept of web safe needs to be clarify.
Actually I’m referring to the webdev concept of web safe: http://www.w3schools.com/csSref/css_websafe_fonts.asp

which includes the following:

  • Georgia, serif
  • “Palatino Linotype”, “Book Antiqua”, Palatino
  • “Times New Roman”, Times
  • Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
  • “Arial Black”, Gadget
  • “Comic Sans MS”, cursive
  • Impact, Charcoal
  • “Lucida Sans Unicode”, “Lucida Grande”
  • Tahoma, Geneva
  • “Trebuchet MS”, Helvetica
  • Verdana, Geneva
  • “Courier New”, Courier, monospace
  • “Lucida Console”, Monaco


The “web-safe” is a little arcaic concept.

It is more likely that your site dissapear before google stop supporting the fonts it has listed. So any alternative to other “google fonts” has no sense.

If you want to complement your style use:

font-family: "Roboto", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

Source : Link , Question Author : ling , Answer Author : Rafael

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