How To Add Music To Instagram Story – A Step By Step Guide [2021]

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How To Add Music To Instagram Story – A Step By Step Guide [2021]

Today I am going to tell you everything you need to know about adding music to your Instagram Stories, and so much more.

Are you interested in finding out how to use this awesome Instagram feature and make your photos and videos even more fun and lively?

Are you ready to boost your reach and engagement with your Instagram Stories?

Read the following chapter.

Table of Contents

1. How to add music to your Instagram Story straight from Instagram?

You will agree that adding music to Instagram Stories is definitely one of the most popular features.

When you are checking out Instagram Stories you have definitely hit on some that featured a soundtrack. 

Cool right?

These stories sure looked more vibrant and enjoyable.

Now, it’s time to make use of this mind-blowing Instagram feature and add awesome music to your Instagram Stories. 

Before we start, just quick background info.

In the last couple of years, Instagram added some really cool features and as I mentioned stories features are probably the coolest of them all.

Instagram music features let you express yourself and share your important moments in a more creative way. 

Why are more and more brands and businesses using the Stories features?

Well simply because they want to put their Instagram game on another level.

Posting Instagram Stories photos or videos together with great songs playing in the background is really effective – your engagement on Instagram will hit the roof!

There are awesome tools to make your videos and photos more eye-catching and funny.

You can add stickers and different emojis and make your content more appealing.

But, there is so much more than just stickers and emojis – adding music to your Instagram Stories pushes your Instagram content way ahead.

So, how do you add music to your Instagram Story from the Instagram in-app library?

This means that you can choose music straight from Instagram.

It applies to both Android or iPhone, just make sure you have the latest version of Instagram.

If you have an older version don’t sweat about it – just go to your Google Play or App Store and update your Instagram.

So, here we go.

1. Open your Instagram profile and go to Your Story.

You do it by swiping the screen to the right or you can tap your default profile picture in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Choose your Story – a photo or a video

After you tap your picture, the Instagram Stories camera opens up.

Now, you can take a photo or video.

Or you can upload a photo or a video that you already have.

QUICK NOTE: Use the super awesome effects to make your Instagram Story shine among others!

Instagram offers effects, layouts, filters and other options on the left side of the screen and at the bottom of the screen.

With these extra effects, you can really make an eye-catching Instagram Story that will grab your audience’s attention.

You just need to experiment a little and see how it works for you.

When you want to share videos or photos they will show up on your profile.

It’s time to choose a photo you want to share with the world – but now accompanied by an awesome soundtrack.

3. Tap the sticker icon at the top of the screen.

This app takes you where you want to be now – Instagram music library where you can choose a song to go with your photo.

4. Choose the MUSIC sticker

5. Browse through the songs and choose the one you want to add.

NOTE:  Instagram adds new songs to its music library on a daily basis.

This is awesome for you because it gives you the opportunity to really be creative with your music choices. 

Instagram music library provides you with a stack of popular artists and tracks.

You can also use the SEARCH option if you want to land on a specific track.

Under the search bar, you have two alternatives – FOR YOU and BROWSE.

FOR YOU has a massive list of recommended tracks that you can choose from and add to your Story.

BROWSE offers you more categories to choose from like pop, family, moods, bright and other).

6. Play with the length of your song

You can rewind or fast-forward the song you picked up.

If you uploaded a photo, the song will be played for just 15 seconds, but you can choose which part of the song you want to be played by moving the slider bar.

You can choose a whole 15 seconds or cut it short – it all depends on you since you are the creator.

If you uploaded or taken a video the music you chose will play the whole time your video runs.

This option really helps you to fit the song into your story perfectly.


The song you chose will pop up as lyrics or a sticker.

However not every song has lyrics that are available.

Next, you tap the thumbnail if you want to change the album icon or put in the lyrics.

And tap DONE.

7. Play with the lyrics or icon.

You can move it anywhere on the screen.

Here or there – anywhere you like! 

Awesome right!

Are you ready to fascinate your audience with your astounding Instagram Story that features music in the background?

Then take the final step and:

8. Tap YOUR STORY and post it

Now, we’re talking!

When your followers check out your story, the song will play and they will be amazed by your awesomely improved Instagram Story.

Adding music to your Story really spruces it up a lot, and trust me your Story won’t pass unnoticed.

If your followers want to check which song you added, they can just tap on the title that’s under your name and the song turns up in the following tab.

Don’t miss the chance to experiment with Instagram’s brilliant extra edits and options for customization.

You can tweak your Instagram Story in different ways and make it funnier and more appealing.

If for instance, the lyrics are available for the track you have chosen, you can edit them with different colors and fonts. 

How great is that!

Your friends and followers will watch your Instagram Story and listen to the song. 

Why not add songs from other music streaming platforms?

Find out about that in the next chapters.

2. How to add music to your Instagram Story with Spotify?

Why not add music to your Instagram Story from other music streaming platforms?

For example, your friends can see what you are listening to even if they don’t use Spotify.

You just need to share the songs you like on Instagram.

Before we turn to how you do it, just a few background info – Spotify stated working with Instagram in 2018.

Since this happened, you don’t need to screenshot the song you like before you share it.

You can now post an awesomely tweaked preview of the song, and provide a direct link back to Spotify so that others can find the song without any problems. 

So, let’s find out how you can use this brilliant feature.

1. Open Spotify app

Of course, first, you need to make an account on Spotify if you don’t already have it, but this takes only a few seconds.

Now, you can open your Spotify app on your tablet or phone.

The Spotify icon looks like this:

2. Play the song you chose to add 

3. Return to the playlist and tap the three dots on the right of the title.

4. Go down and tap SHARE

Next, you tap Instagram Stories.

And voila! 

The song of your choice will be opened automatically in your Instagram Story and now you can tweak it anyway you like.

So, when you’re finished with adjustments you can post it to your story.

Super easy!


NOTE: The song you chose won’t play automatically on your Story.

But if your friends and followers tap on your Story, they will be directed to the song on Spotify.

3. How to add music to your Instagram Stories with SoundCloud?

Another awesome music streaming platform you can use to add music to your Instagram Stories! Same as with Spotify, SoundCloud allows you to do it using the share menu.

Well first, you need to be registered to SoundCloud – you just download it from Google Play Store and sign in.

It is super easy to do and takes only a few minutes. 

After you finish with the registration, you need to stay logged into your SoundCloud account to choose a song you want to add to your Instagram Story. 

So, here is how you do it:

1. Start by opening the SoundCloud app and choose the track you like and want to add to your Instagram Story.

2. Go to the SHARE icon at the bottom of the screen and tap it.

3. Choose share to INSTAGRAM STORIES option from the bar.

The song and its image get imported to your Instagram.

4. The music track you chose will appear as a sticker in your Story

When you open your Instagram Story, the album cover or the song appears as a background.

Also, there is a sticker of the SoundCloud logo together with the name of the song.

You can tweak it anyway you wish – move it around or change the size.

When you finish the adjustment – edit your story, add text, hashtags, stickers like Poll, you take the final step and

5. Tap Your Story 

This way your Story will go live.

Your friends and followers can tap on Play on SoundCloud at the top of the screen and choose open SoundCloud if they want to listen to the track you added on SoundCloud. 

So, this process adds a link to the song but not the concrete song.

The users need to redirect to SoundCloud to listen to the song.

However, adding a song to your Instagram Story with SoundCloud is still super easy!

4. Add music to your Instagram Story with Shazam

Shazam is a brilliant music service – imagine walking through town and you hear the song you like.

With just one click not only do you find out who is the artist, but also you can listen to the song later at home. 

This music service analyzes the song you are listening to and tells you who is singing it and the title of the song. 

Another awesome plus – you can add the song to your Instagram Story.

This is how you do it.

1. Open the Shazam app.

If you are listening to a song somewhere near you, let the app identify the song.

2. Tap the song in Shazam.

3. Next, tap the share icon and send it to Instagram Story

Click on share:

And on Instagram stories;

Actually, this way you send the song to the Instagram app.

Here you can adjust the background, add text or some stickers. When you’re done – 

4. Post your story

Send your story to the world. When you publish your story you can navigate back to Shazam app through the Instagram app.

You just open your Story on Instagram, tap Open Shazam and play the song in the app.

Now you see that Spotify, SoundCloud, and Shazam are fairly easy music services to use in terms of adding songs to your Instagram Stories.


5. Add music to Instagram Story the old-fashioned way

This means that you don’t need to use the music feature if you don’t want to. 

It’s super simple to add a song you like to your Instagram Story, just the order is a bit different. 

1. Choose a song you want to add to your Instagram Story and start playing it

You can play any song from your music library or you can choose a song from a music streaming app like Spotify.

2. open your Instagram account, while the song is playing

Go to Your Story and start filming it – press the record button. 

When you finish it, make the adjustments you want and that’s it.

3. Post your Instagram Story

Awesome right?

Now, when you play your story you can listen to the song playing in the background.

This method has another edge – you don’t have a time limit of 15 seconds!

Record as many stories as you wish.

NOTE: If you add a song to your Instagram Story this way, you can’t add live lyrics to your story.

But, you can add your own text, as you can see in the above photo.

6. What about the problems of adding music to Instagram stories?

Even though the music feature is brilliant and it can really make your Instagram Story entertaining and attention-grabbing, some users have problems with Instagram music.

Instagram launched the music sticker in 2020 which opened up so many awesome opportunities for users to add their favorite tracks to their Instagram Stories.

This feature gives a whole new experience to people who check Stories accompanied by music.

But sometimes this feature just doesn’t work.

Let’s check these issues and try to fix some.

#1 Check if you have the newest version of Instagram – if not you can easily update it.

#2 If you have a business account, some songs are restricted because of the limitation regulations.

You can simply switch to a private account to solve this issue.

#3 Next problem is related to the country you live in.

You can’t find the Music Sticker on Instagram, because perhaps Instagram music isn’t still accessible there.

But, you can wait because it might be available in your country in a short period of time.

Or you can still add music to your Instagram Story the old-fashioned way – as I explained in the previous chapter.

Use music streaming applications like Spotify, Music Apple, or any other. 

In the parts of the world where the Instagram music feature isn’t available yet, there are some legal procedures that need to be solved.

There is no unique law for piracy and copyright.

But, Instagram is slowly rolling out this feature all around the world.

#4 Some songs aren’t available because of legal reasons – if you are trying to add branded content. 

#5 If you can’t access Instagram music, you can use VPN virtual private network. 

First, you need to uninstall Instagram from your phone.

Then you download the app of chosen VPN and select the server of the country or region that you are in.

Next, you install Instagram again and you can access Instagram Music.

Problem solved.

7. What kind of music can you choose from an Instagram music library?

Apart from allowing you to add songs from various music streaming platforms (like SoundCloud, Spotify and Shazam),  Instagram offers you a mass of tracks in its music library. 

As I have already said in the BROWSE option you can choose songs from different categories.

Regarding genres, you can choose Pop, Latin, Hip Hop, Rap, Soul, R&B and others.

When it comes to moods you can pick up Dreamy, Bright, Peaceful, Groovy…

And you can also select a theme like Love, Arabic party, Morning, Movie soundtrack, Family…

Basically, you can find any type of music you wish to add to your Instagram Story.

If by any chance you can’t find a particular song of your interest, then importing it from other music streaming platforms will do the trick.

As you can see – Instagram has a solution for everything when it comes to adding music to your stories.

Extra tips for Instagram Videos

We covered adding music to your photos on Instagram Stories.

Now, what about videos?

Well, the good news is that adding music to your Instagram videos is pretty much the same as adding it to your photos. 

Again you can choose a song from the Instagram music library or you can find it from external sources. 

The extra advantage of adding music to Instagram videos is that you have more options.

As I have already mentioned, there is a 15 seconds time limit for a song in your photo.

But, when you add a song to your video, it will play as long as your video runs.

One more thing – you can pin the song icon or lyrics to an object or a person in your video.

Moreover, there is a possibility of choosing a song prior to making a video – you just swipe the MUSIC option under the record button.

Also, you can choose precisely the segment of the song you wish to add and then start recording your video.

Now that you are equipped with the knowledge about how to add music to your Instagram Stories, get creative and post some awesome stories.

Your followers will appreciate the effort you’ve put in creating awesome content and enjoy brilliant visual and audio experiences.

That’s it for today.

This is my step-by-step guide on how to add music to Instagram Stories.

Tell me what you think about it in the comments below.


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