Are you ready to take your Instagram game to the next level? You can add music to your Instagram stories, reels, and posts in a few different ways.
This no-nonsense guide shows you how to add music to your stories and reels through the Instagram app and how to add music to your feed with third-party apps.
How to Add Music to Instagram Stories Through the Instagram App
The Instagram audio library is packed with great tracks. You can add the perfect song to your story in less than a minute through the Instagram app.
Step 1: Launch the Instagram App
Tap the “Your Story” icon in the top left corner.
Step 2: Record or Upload a Video
Tap the record button, the big white circle in the center of your screen, to shoot a video through the Instagram app.
You can also upload a prerecorded video from your camera roll. Tap the browse button in the bottom left corner of your Instagram app or just swipe up to open your camera roll.
Step 3: Remove the Original Sound From Your Video
Tap the “Sound” button at the top of your screen if you’d like to turn your video’s original sound off.
Skip this step if you’re happy to keep the original sound.
Step 4: Tap the ‘Media’ Icon
The media icon at the top of your Instagram app lets you add GIFs and emojis to your stories. It looks like a square smiley face with a folded corner.
Step 5: Select ‘Music’
A new menu opens after you tap the “Media” icon.
“Music” is the sixth option. You’ll find it in the second row, all the way to the right.
Tap on it to open Instagram’s audio library.
Step 6: Choose the Music You Want
The Instagram audio library automatically shows you trending tracks. You might find one that’s perfect for your story there.
If you can’t find a great track right away, use the search bar at the top to look for songs.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Choose a mood or genre to browse through your options.
Step 7: Tap the Play Button to Preview Your Choice
Would you like to hear the track before adding it to your Instagram story? Tap the play button to the right of the title.
Step 8: Confirm Your Choice
Once you’re happy with your choice, simply tap the track’s name to add it to your Instagram story.
The track will show up as a sticker in your story.
Step 8: Tap the Sticker to Decide What Part of the Track to Play
Open your story and tap the sticker. You can now scroll through the track to decide which part you’d like to add to your video.
Step 9: Add Lyrics
Would you like Instagram to display the song lyrics in your video? That’s easy.
Use the “A” icon to the bottom left of your screen to add lyrics. Then decide on a font and size.
Step 10: Hit ‘Done’
Add music to your Instagram story by selecting “Done” in the top right corner of your screen in white letters.
Upload your story.
How to Add Music to Instagram Reels Through the App
Adding music to your Instagram reels from the app is hassle-free.
Step 1: Tap ‘Your Story’ and Find ‘Reels’
Tapp the “Your Story” icon in the top left corner. Select “Reels” at the bottom of your app. It’s to the right of “Stories.”
Step 2: Record or Upload Your Video
Record a video through the Instagram app or upload one from your camera roll by swiping up.
Preview your video if you want to.
Step 3: Tap the ‘Music’ Icon at the Top of Your Screen
The “Music” icon is the third option in the menu at the top of your screen. It’s right next to the “Download” icon.
Step 4: Adjust Your Video’s Original Sound
Tap “Audio” to open the “Audio Controls” menu.
Does your video have sound? You can adjust the volume with the white “Camera Audio” slider on the left.
Turn the camera audio off if you don’t want your audience to hear it. If you do, adjust the volume until you’re happy.
Step 5: Tap ‘Add Music’
Navigate to the gray “Add Music” button to the right of “Camera Audio” and tap it. This action opens Instagram’s audio library.
You can select one of the trending tracks or use the search bar to choose a song that matches the mood of your reel.
Tap “Play” if you want to preview a track.
Step 6: Tap to Confirm Your Choice
Have you found the perfect track? Simply tap the title to add the track to your reel.
Next, tap “Done” in the top right corner.
Step 7: Edit the Music
Instagram allows users to select the part of the track they’d like to include in their reels.
Scroll through the track to pick the perfect stanza. Hit “Done” when you’re ready.
Step 8: Play Around with the ‘Audio Controls’ Menu to Get the Volume Right
The “Audio Controls” tab will automatically open again once you’ve chosen a track and selected the most fitting stanza.
You can improve the quality of your reel by playing around with the volume. Adjust your camera audio and the volume of the track you’ve just added until you’re happy.
Step 9: Upload Your Reel
Tap “Next” when you’re sure you’ve got the right track at the right volume.
Now, you just have to share your reel. Easy peasy!
How to Add Your Own Music to Instagram
You can add music to your stories and reels through the Instagram app by taking advantage of Instagram’s audio library. That feature isn’t available for your feed or IGTV.
It’s not possible to add music you created or sourced from a third party to your Instagram stories and reels through the app, either.
You can still add your own music to your Instagram posts, though. You’ll just need a third-party app to make it happen.
InShot and the InVideo editor are two of the most popular and user-friendly options, and we’ll show you how to use both to add music to any Instagram post.
How to Add Music to Instagram Posts with InShot
InShot is a free video-editing app for Android and iPhone. This vlogging app offers a whole bunch of possibilities, and adding music is just one of them.
You can use the Inshot app to:
- Add sound effects and voiceovers to videos
- Add free (non-copyrighted) music from the app’s library
- Upload music to add to your videos
Are you ready to get started? Download InShot from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and launch the app.
To add music to your Instagram posts, just:
Step 1: Tap the ‘Add Video’ Button
Find “Add Video” in the bottom left corner of the Inshot app. Tap it.
Step 2: Choose the Right Video
Pick the video you want to add music to from the list and tap it. A preview will appear on your screen.
Step 3: Select ‘Music’
Choose “Music” from the menu at the bottom of your screen to open InShot’s audio library. It’s the second option from the left.
Step 4: Add Your Music
InShot gives you two options.
Tap “Featured” to browse InShot’s library or search for tracks that match the vibe you’re going for.
Tap the pink “Use” button with black letters to the right of the title once you find the perfect track.
Do you want to add your own music? Tap “My Music” instead. Choose the “Open from” option to upload audio from your phone.
Tap “Use” after selecting the track you want.
Step 5: Adjust the Timing
When you choose a track, Inshot will display it below the video. Scroll through the track and release your finger at the point where you’d like it to start playing.
Step 5: Choose the Volume
Adjust the volume of the music you want to add to your Instagram video until you’re happy.
Would you like to create a smooth transition? InShot also lets you fade in and out of the track.
Step 6: Tap the Checkmark
Are you happy with the volume and timing? Tap the white checkmark in the top right corner.
Step 7: Adjust the Master Volume
Adjust the master volume of your video by selecting “Volume.” This button is located at the bottom right of your screen.
Step 8: Tap ‘Save’
Hit “Save.” InShot will prompt you to choose a resolution and framerate for your video.
Make your selection and tap “Save” again.
Step 9: Share Your Video
Tapping “Save” opens a new menu. Select “Instagram” to share your video.
How to Add Music to Instagram Posts with InVideo
The InVideo app is a great tool for Instagram users who would like to create professional videos. Once you install the app and create an account, it’s easy to add music to your Instagram posts.
InVideo has its own audio library, but users can also upload their own creations.
Just open the InVideo app and follow along:
Step 1: Tap ‘Upload Video’
Next, tap the video and drag it to the middle of your screen.
InVideo will ask you whether you’d like to trim your video. If you don’t, tap “Done.”
Step 2: Select ‘Music’
Find the “Music” button in the menu on the left side of the app. Tap it.
Step 3: Choose or Upload a Track
You can choose one of the tracks from the InVideo library by tapping the genre you want and browsing through your options.
You can also tap the blue “Upload” button, located next to the search bar, to add music stored on your device.
Step 4: Adjust the Timing
Use the blue menu at the bottom of your InVideo app to adjust the timing of the music. You can even add multiple different songs if you like.
Drag the music you want to add to the video to your chosen point in the timeline.
Step 5: Select ‘Download & Share’ and then Export’
You’ll find the “Download & Share” button in the top right corner of the InVideo app.
InVideo will ask you to choose a resolution for your video. Do that, and then hit “Export.”
Step 6: Upload Your Video to Instagram
Congratulations! You’re all done!
How to Add Music to Instagram Posts with Spotify
Spotify and Instagram integrate seamlessly. If you want to add an entire playlist to one of your Instagram posts, the Spotify app is your best bet.
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Choose the Music You Want to Add to Instagram
Launch the Spotify app. Choose a song, album, or playlist to add to your Instagram post.
Step 2: Tap the Hamburger Menu
Tap the hamburger menu in the top right corner of your Spotify app. This menu looks like three horizontal lines.
Step 3: Select ‘Share’
Find “Share” at the bottom of the hamburger menu. Click it and pick “Instagram Stories” from the list.
Your chosen music will automatically be added to your story. Followers who have Spotify will be able to open your playlist with just one click.
How to Add Music to Instagram the Old-Fashioned Way
Do you want to add music to your Instagram posts the easy way, without learning to use third-party apps?
Playing music while you shoot a video is still the simplest way to “add” music to Instagram. It won’t give you the best audio quality, but just playing songs while you record is quick and easy:
Step 1: Choose the Music You Want
Pick a track. Get it ready to play on your phone or stereo.
Step 2: Play Music and Record
Press “play” and start recording your video.
If you time it right, music will play in the background the entire time.
Should You Worry About Copyright When You Add Music to Instagram?
Instagram takes copyright very seriously. It’s important to make sure you don’t violate anyone’s copyright when you add music to Instagram posts.
When Is it OK to Add Music to Instagram Posts?
Instagram users who add music to their posts the right way won’t have to worry about copyright violations. It’s OK to:
- Add audio to Instagram stories and reels through the Instagram app.
- Add music to Instagram videos through the Spotify app.
- Add music you created yourself to your Instagram videos.
- Add music you own to your Instagram videos.
- Use non-copyrighted music.
- Record a story during a live performance.
When Is it Not OK to Add Music to Instagram Videos?
It’s best to avoid playing full-length tracks in your Instagram videos. If you do this often, Instagram might even ban you from broadcasting live.
If you’re not sure whether you’re allowed to add a track to your Instagram posts, don’t.
How to Add Music to Instagram Posts: A Recap
It’s easy to add music to your Instagram reels and stories through the Instagram app. You can also use third-party apps to add music to other posts or upload your own music.
How to Add Music to Instagram Stories and Reels Through the App
To add music to your Instagram stories:
- Tap the “Media” icon that looks like a square smiley face.
- Open the Instagram audio library by selecting “Music.”
- Choose a trending track or use the search bar to find the perfect song.
- Tap the title to add the track to your story.
- Scroll through the track to pick the stanza you want.
- Hit “Done.”
If you want to add music to an Instagram reel, just:
- Tap the “Music” icon at the top of your screen.
- Use the button on the right of the menu to open Instagram’s audio library.
- Choose the track you want.
- Adjust the timing.
- Hit “Done” and upload your reel.
How to Add Your Own Music to Instagram Posts
If you want to add music to videos you plan to post to your Instagram feed, you have two options:
- Use a third-party app.
- Play music while shooting your video. Only do that if you have the right to use the music.
How to Add Spotify Playlists to Instagram Stories
It’s easy to share Spotify tracks, albums, and playlists to your Instagram stories.
Just choose the music you’d like to share with your audience in the Spotify app. Tap the hamburger menu and hit “Share.”
Tap “Instagram Stories”. The preloaded tracks are automatically added to your Instagram story.
A Final Word
If you want to add music to your Instagram posts, it’s easiest to use the app to access Instagram’s audio library.
You can add audio to your other posts by turning to third-party apps. Each one has a learning curve, but you’ll master the process in no time.