Hands down – by FAR – my favorite app installed on my phone is Zedge. I use it to set custom ringtones, notification sounds for anything you can think of (messages, FB messenger, email and more!) and change my wallpaper background. The app is free on the Play Store and there is a paid upgraded version with more options should you choose to get even more creative.
My fiancé has a ringtone of his own, as does most members of my family. He also has his own text message alert so I always know it is him. I have a general ringtone for anyone else who calls, along with one for other texts. I have a custom sound when I get a Facebook Message or call and a different one for my email. Setting these up with the app is super simple and fun. I warn you, though: it can be time-consuming to choose just the “right” sound! I tend to get lost on Zedge, listening to hundreds of sound bytes before choosing one.
Once you have downloaded, installed and opened up Zedge on your phone, I suggest choosing a ringtone first.
The first thing you will see is three options at the top: ”Featured,” ”Categories” and ”Premium”. That last one is for those who choose to pay a price to subscribe to more content. You can certainly scroll down the list of Featured ringtones, but I recommend checking out categories first – or even using the search button at the top-right to enter a specific term if you already know what song you are looking for.
There are currently 28 categories to choose from! You will find thousands upon thousands of sounds and songs in each one, which is why I warned you about getting lost in the app for awhile. When you tap on a particular category, a list will open. Click that little right-pointing arrow next to each one to give it a listen.
When you have finally decided exactly which ringtone you wish to use, tap in the middle of that selection to open it.
At the bottom, you will see a round white circle with the word ”Set” below it. Tap on that to open it up.
From here, you can make this song your alarm, your notification (text message) sound, the ringtone for a specific contact or your general overall ringtone for everyone.
Change The Sound of Other Types of Notifications
Let’s say that now that you have the Zedge bug you want to change your email notification sound or the one for Facebook Messenger. This process is mostly the same.
Find the ringtone (or notification sound) you wish to use. When you tap in the middle to open it up, do not tap Set at the bottom. Instead, select at the top-right corner of the screen and choose ”Download”. This saves the song in your files on your phone.
Now, let’s go change your Facebook Messenger sound. On your phone, tap ”Settings” and then scroll to open ”Apps”. Now, scroll way down and tap to open ”Messenger”. Now, tap ”Notifications” and then ”Chats and Calls”. Lastly, tap the ”Sound” area here to open up your selection area.
You will see all the pre-loaded sounds here, along with the file you just saved from Zedge. Tap on the one you downloaded to change it. No more boring usual FB Messenger sounds for you.
You can repeat this process to change notification sounds in any other app installed on your phone that allow it.
If you are someone who creates custom sounds and music, you can upload your stuff to Zedge to share with the world, as well! You can become a member if your stuff is really good and charge a small fee for each download, even.