How to Search Audio On Instagram

Adding audio to Instagram reels, stories, and even grid posts is a relatively recent feature, as the app finds new…

Adding audio to Instagram reels, stories, and even grid posts is a relatively recent feature, as the app finds new and exciting ways of making content more immersive and of giving creators more control over how their content is viewed and enjoyed by followers.

Being able to add audio to any kind of content opens up a world of possibility for brands, businesses, influencers, and regular Instagram users, as it allows them to enhance their posts with context and a multi-sensory experience.

But how does it work in terms of logistics?

In this article, we’re sharing a quick guide on how to search audio on Instagram to find the perfect musical accompaniment to your latest post, reel, or story.

4 Steps To Add Audio To A Post

  1. Click on the plus sign in the square box, in the bottom centre of your home screen on Instagram
  2. Find the video or picture that you want to upload to your post
  3. Click on the music note at the top of the screen, before clicking ‘Next’ to enter the edit phase
  4. This opens up a music library that is yours for the taking – inviting you to scroll the recommended audio clips, browse different categories, or search for audio yourself using the search bar along the top

Once added, you can use the moving bar along the bottom of the screen to select the exact piece of the song or audio clip that you want to play, before moving into the editing phase of the post.

4 Steps To Add Audio To A Story

  1. Click on the plus sign in the square box, this time from the top of your profile screen. Select ‘Create Story’
  2. Find the image or video that you want to share in your story
  3. Click on the smiley face icon with the turned up corner along the top of the screen, and click ‘Music’
  4. A list of recommended songs and audio clips will appear, or again you can search for the perfect accompaniment to your story via the search bar along the top of the screen

Again, a moving bar will appear on the bottom of your screen allowing you to identify the exact clip that you want to play.

4 Steps To Add Audio To A Reel

  1. From your profile page, click on the plus sign in the square box and ‘Create Reel’
  2. This is where you have some choice – either tapping into pre-existing templates with audio attached so that you only need to choose the images, or select your images and clips and letting Instagram compile them into a reel video with suggested audio
  3. While the suggested audio clips are generally based on the types of images chosen, you can always search for specific songs using the magnifying glass icon. This will take you to a screen of songs to choose from, with insight into which songs are trending and which are recommended for your profile.
  4. Attach your chosen song to the reel and match the audio with the footage, making sure that you’re happy with the cut of the song and how it compliments the visual aspect of your reel

And voila! You now have a basic understanding of how to not only search but also add audio and musical clips to all of your different Instagram updates and uploads! We hope this helps.