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How to add music audio to Instagram stories

Published on 24.09.2023 by Tracey Chizoba Fletcher

Every Instagram story can be improved easily - music! When you add music to the 'mood' of the Story, you change the dynamics of psychology. Instagram story viewers look at the video/photos differently as they hear their favorite/trendy music audio. In this post, we will go through how to add various audio files to your Instagram story.


Add original audio to the Instagram story.

Adding original audio to your Instagram story can be a great way to enhance the storytelling aspect of your posts. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Record Your Audio: First, you need to record your original audio. You can use any audio recording app on your phone or computer.
  2. Create a Video with Your Audio: Instagram currently doesn't allow you to add standalone audio files to stories. As such, you'll need to create a video file that includes your audio. To do this, you can use apps like iMovie (iOS) or InShot (Android/iOS). Select a static image or video clip as your visual, and then add your recorded audio.


Add any music to the Instagram story.

Adding trendy music to your Instagram story can make it more engaging and entertaining for your followers. Here's how you do it:

  1. Open Instagram and Tap on the Story Icon: The first step is to open Instagram and tap on the camera icon in the top left corner of your screen to create a new story.
  2. Select Your Content: You can take a photo, record a video, or upload a pre-existing one from your gallery for your Story.
  3. Add Music: Once you've selected your content, tap on the sticker icon at the top of the screen. From the menu that appears, select the "Music" sticker.
  4. Choose Your Song: You'll be taken to a screen to search for a specific song or browse through popular and suggested tracks. Listen to previews by tapping on the play button next to each track. Once you've found a song you like, tap on it to add it to your Story.
  5. Customize Your Music Sticker: After adding the music, you can decide which part of the song plays in your Story by dragging the slider. You can also choose between different display styles for the music sticker.
  6. Share Your Story: Once you're happy with your selection, tap "Done" and "Your Story" to share with your followers.


How to add music to an Instagram Story with Apple Music

To add music to your Instagram story from the Music app on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open Instagram: Start by launching the Instagram app on your iPhone.
  2. Create a new Story: Tap on your profile picture at the top left corner of your feed to create a new story. You can take a new photo, record a video, or choose one from your library.
  3. Add Music: Once you've selected or recorded your content, tap on the sticker icon (the square smiley face) at the top of the screen. Then, select the 'Music' sticker from the list that appears.
  4. Choose a Song: In the 'Music' interface, you can browse or search for a song from the Instagram music library. After you've chosen a song, you can select the specific part of the song you want to play in your Story.
  5. Adjust and Share: You can move and resize the music sticker on your Story as needed. When ready, hit 'Your Story' at the bottom left to share it with your followers.


Add Instagram story music straight from SoundCloud.

Adding music to an Instagram Story via SoundCloud is a simple process. First, open the SoundCloud app and find the song you want to share. Tap the 'share' button (usually represented by an arrow or box icon) and select 'Instagram Stories' from the dropdown menu. This will redirect you to Instagram with a sticker of the song ready to be added to your Story. Before sharing, You can customize your Story by adding text, stickers, or drawings. Remember, your followers will hear a snippet of the song, but they'll need to tap on the 'Play on SoundCloud' link at the top of your Story to listen to the full track. This is a great way to share your favorite music and introduce new tunes to your followers.



Can you adjust the audio volume of Instagram story music?

Yes, you can adjust the Instagram story music volume. A slider appears before you post after adding a song to your Story. Move this slider left or right to decrease or increase the volume.


How do you find particular audio on Instagram?

To find specific audio on Instagram, go to the "Explore" tab and type the song's name or artist in the search bar. Alternatively, you can use the "Music" sticker to search for a specific song when creating a story. Remember, not all songs may be available due to copyright issues.