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How to Add Music to an Instagram Story

Last updated: 01.11.2022
Author: Marija

While Instagram stories are really simple to make in theory, in practice, you need to put in a lot of effort if you want to make them stand out and truly entertain your friends and followers. And what better way to make that happen than with a catchy tune? So, let’s see how to add music to an Instagram story!

Adding Music to an Instagram Story

With over 85% of Instagram users posting stories, it takes an effort to stand out. Luckily, the platform is making it easier than ever to add some music to your Instagram story. With the music feature, you can browse through thousands of songs and select the perfect one to accompany your photo or video. Plus, you can choose exactly which part of the song you want to use, so you can find the perfect match for your story. 

And if you’re feeling really inspired, you can even choose a song before you start recording a video. 

You can add music to your IG story with the platform’s built-in music library. 

To add music to your story:

  1. Select the photo or video you want to use. 
  2. Tap the sticker icon and choose the music sticker.
  3. Search for a specific song or browse by genre. 
  4. Once you’ve found the perfect song, just tap on it.
  5. Choose the part of the song you want and it will be added to your story, but mind you, only 15 seconds of it or less! (if you choose a lower number setting).
  6. You can even adjust the playback speed to make your story more dynamic!

So whether you’re looking to add some background ambiance or create a fun montage, adding music to an Instagram story is a great way to spice things up.

Add Your Own Music to an Instagram Story

You don’t necessarily need to use the platform’s music library to add music to your Instagram stories. You might want a tune that’s not in there, or if you’re a musician, you may be looking for ways to get your music to the world. To post your music on Instagram stories, you’ll need to:

  1. First upload the song onto a streaming platform like Spotify. 
  2. Go to your story and click the music icon. 
  3. You’ll see a list of songs that you can choose from.
  4. Select the one you want to share. 
  5. You can also add a caption to let your followers know who the song is by and why they should listen to it. 
  6. When you’re done, share your story and wait for the likes and comments to roll in. 

How to Add Music to an Instagram Story With Lyrics

If you’re using the native Instagram app, you can add songs from your personal library or from a curated selection of music provided by Instagram. Here are the basic steps of how to add lyrics to an Instagram story:

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android phone to log into an account. Proceed to step 3.
  2. (If using a Mac), open ‘Instagram’ and tap Main Menu > Live Stories; alternatively you can go directly to step 3.
  3. Add a picture (or video) you want to have with the music and lyrics.
  4. Swipe up and select “Music.” If you can’t find it on the screen, tap on the search bar and type “Music.
  5. Select the song you wish from the drop-down menu. You can scroll through various options or search for whatever kind of music you need.
  6. After selecting a song and a fragment (you can use the slider for this or swipe over the lyrics on the screen), you have four different formatting options to choose from — just tap the icon labeled with “A”.
  7. Press “Done”.

How to Add Music to an Instagram Story Without the Sticker

Although Instagram offers a variety of stickers that you can use to add music to your story, there may be times when you want to add music without using a sticker. 

Fortunately, there is a way to do this. First, open the Instagram app and go to your story. Then, press the button in the top left corner that looks like a music note. This will bring up a list of songs that you can choose from. Once you add a song to the Instagram story you want to use, press the play button to start the playback. At this point, you can record your story as usual. The song will play in the background as you record. When you’re finished, post your story as usual and your followers will be able to hear the song you’ve added.

The Bottom Line

Now that you know how to add music to an Instagram story, it’s time to have some fun! Experiment with different types of songs and sounds to see what works best for you. Be sure to keep track of what you post and the reactions you get so you can continue putting out content that your followers love — or just enjoy your own creations to the fullest.

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