How To Add Music To Instagram Story

Did you know that you can now add music to Instagram stories? Learn how you can make the most out of this new Instagram Stories feature.

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Struggling to find, save, and add music to your Instagram Stories? Don’t worry, you’re in the right place.

Whether you’re itching to set the perfect mood with a melodic backdrop or you’re eager to share your favorite lyrics with your followers, this guide has got you covered.

Ready to elevate your Instagram Stories with some catchy beats? Let’s dive in and unlock the secrets to adding music to your Stories effortlessly!


Why Add Music to Your Instagram Stories?

As a small business owner or brand, you know the importance of standing out within your industry. Instagram Stories provide a unique opportunity to connect with your audience on a personal level, and adding music can take your storytelling to the next level.

Some reasons you might add music to your Instagram story are:

  • To Boost Engagement: Music has a way of capturing attention from your audience. By adding music to your Stories, you can increase engagement and create a more immersive experience for your followers.
  • Showcase Your Personality: Your brand has a unique personality, and adding music to your Stories is a great way to showcase it. Whether you’re fun and upbeat or calm and soothing, there’s a song out there that perfectly captures your brand’s vibe.
  • Create Memorable Moments: Adding music to your Stories helps to create memorable moments that stick with your audience long after they’ve viewed your content. These moments are what help to build brand loyalty and keep your audience coming back for more.

How To Add Music To Instagram Stories

3 screenshots of Instagram story, first selecting stickers, middle is music selection, last is the song has been chosen

Give you Instagram Story more character with the ‘music’ sticker.

To add music to your Instagram Stories, follow these simple steps:

  1. Tap the ‘+’ icon in the center of the bottom screen and select ‘Story’.
  2. Once your photo is added to the story, click on the ‘Sticker’ icon – indicated by the square-shaped smiley face.
  3. Select the ‘Music’ icon from the sticker options.
  4. Choose your desired song and select the snippet you want to play.
  5. Instagram only allows playing up to 15 seconds of a song on Stories.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to enhance your Instagram Stories with some musical flair.

PRO TIP -> Instagram hasn’t given us a full library of every single songwriter’s music on the planet, but you should be able to find some of their most popular songs.

Once you’ve chosen the artist and song you’d like to play, you need to figure out what ‘snippet’ of the song you want to play during your video.

Why? Because each individual Instagram Stories video can only be 60 seconds long!

How To Choose The Best Snippet Of A Song For Instagram Stories

Screenshot of snippet selection being used on Instagram Stories.

It’s time to choose the best part of the song for your Story!

When choosing what song you want to play during your Instagram story, it helps to think back to a song that has lyrics that you really love.

Is there a line in a Cardi B song that speaks to you on an emotional level? Or is there a line in a Shawn Mendes song that relates to how you’re feeling today?

Think about that line, then try and remember where in the song that line is. Then, adjust your song snippet in Instagram stories until you get it just right.

After you’ve created the perfect snippet using the song you’ve chosen, you can add music to your Instagram Story.


Can You Add Music To Instagram Stories After You’ve Already Filmed Something

That’s a great question! Lucky for you, the mighty beings at Instagram have allowed us to upload music to pre-recorded videos by going through the ‘sticker’ section of Instagram Stories.

Choosing what song to play in your Instagram story using the sticker option is pretty much the same as filming a video using the music option. So go ahead and have a play!

Can You Upload Your Own Music to Instagram Stories?

Instagram currently only allows you to add music from its built-in library to Stories. But don’t worry – there are plenty of tracks to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that fits your brand’s vibe.

💡But – Did you know? You can upload your own music to Instagram Reels – check out all the info here!

How Can You Unlock Licensed Music for Instagram Stories (Even With a Business Account)?

We’ve had many people reach out to us about not being able to use the music / audio feature, and this looks like an issue that was only occurring with business accounts.

Well, we have found the Instagram hack that allows you to add music to Instagram Stories AND Reels (even with a business account!).

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