What Is Zedge and How Does It Work?

Customize your phone with Zedge wallpapers and ringtones

Zedge is a free app that provides a large selection of downloadable wallpaper, ringtones, live wallpaper, and other features to customize your smartphone.

Zedge Wallpapers for Android

Zedge for Android offers wallpaper, live wallpaper, ringtones, games, icons, widgets, and keyboards to customize your Android smartphone in one handy app from Google Play.

After you download the Zedge app and open it, you’ll see a menu with the options above.

  1. Launch the Zedge app.

  2. Select Wallpaper from the menu. Near the top are two tabs: Featured and Discover. Featured contains curated media, while the Discover tab allows you to browse by category or color.

  3. Tap Discover and choose a category, such as Sayings. Then you can scroll through that category and preview or open any of the options.

    Zedge Android wallpapers.
  4. If you want to go back to the previous screen, tap the X in the upper left corner.

  5. To set something as your wallpaper, tap the white circle with the download icon in the bottom center of the screen.

  6. Tap Set Wallpaper. Zedge will automatically download it and change your wallpaper.

  7. What if you like the image but don’t want to set it as your wallpaper yet? You can tap the heart icon to save it as a favorite, or you can tap on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and tap Download.

  8. Zedge will create a folder in your Gallery or Photos called Wallpaper and place the selected wallpaper in it.

Zedge Ringtones for Android

Downloading a Zedge ringtone for your Android phone works in a similar way.

  1. Choose Ringtones from the menu list. Again, you can browse through the Featured ringtones or tap the Discover tab to browse by category.

  2. Tap Discover and choose a category, like Country. You’ll see a list of country music ringtones.

  3. To preview from this screen, tap the play icon (triangle inside the circle). Zedge will load and play the preview for you. If you like the ringtone but would like to keep browsing, you can tap on the heart icon to add it to your favorites.

  4. To download the ringtone, tap on the song title then tap on the white circle with the download icon. You can also listen to it from this screen.

    Zedge Android ringtones.
  5. Then you'll see these options: Set Alarm Sound, Set Notification, Set Contact Ringtone, and Set Ringtone. Tap the one of your choice and Zedge will do the rest.

  6. Again, if you would like to download it for later use, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and choose Download.

Zedge Wallpapers for iPhone

For iPhone users, there's Zedge Wallpapers. There's no longer a Zedge ringtone app for iOS. Here's how to download wallpapers from Zedge to your iPhone.

  1. Open the Zedge app. The home screen will bring up featured wallpapers and previews of premium wallpapers. Along the bottom of the screen, you’ll notice a home icon, a diamond icon for premium (paid), and the search icon.

  2. Tap on the search icon to browse by popular searches, colors, or categories. Tap on Pets & Animals under categories to see some examples.

  3. Find one you like and tap on the photo to open the full preview.

    Zedge iPhone wallpapers.
  4. Tap on the white circle with the download icon in the bottom center of the screen. Zedge will automatically download the image into an album called Zedge in your Photos.

  5. To change your wallpaper to the downloaded image, exit the app and go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper.

  6. Scroll down the album list and tap Zedge. Tap on the wallpaper you just downloaded, then tap Still or Perspective > Set.

  7. Set will bring up a menu asking if you want to Set Lock Screen, Set Home Screen, or Set Both. Select the option you prefer and press your home button to exit. 

  • How do you upload ringtones to Zedge?

    First, you need to create a Zedge account. Then, select the upload icon, choose an MP3 audio file from your device, and give the file a title, search tags, and a category. Once you've uploaded the MP3, you can track how many people download it from your Zedge account page.

  • Is Zedge safe to use?

    In 2019, Zedge was flagged as harmful and temporarily removed from the Google Play Store. Its developers claim this was due to a bug and resolved the issue. Since then, there's no evidence suggesting the app is unsafe. It does ask for an excessive amount of permissions, though, which might concern some users.

  • Is Zedge really free?

    Yes, the Zedge app is free to download and use. However, you can buy credits to purchase content sold by creators in its Premium Marketplace. There's also an optional subscription fee if you want to get rid of ads.

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