Add music to Instagram videos and stories to make them more engaging, exciting and memorable. In fact, you can even create emotion by adding music. The perfect song might just make your followers tear up or burst out laughing, depending on the tune!
Adding music to Instagram videos is very easy so we’ll walk you through the steps.
Add Music To Instagram Stories
The easiest and quickest way to add music to your Instagram stories is through the Instagram app itself. There are other ways to add music which we’ll share later, but this is the basic way.
There are two ways to do this.
- Go to your Instagram story from your Instagram home page.
- From the bottom, swipe to the music option.
- Type in or scroll to find the song you want to use in your Instagram story.
- Once you’ve chosen the song, select the section of the song you want to play in your story by swiping along the soundbar.
- Now you can start filming a video or taking a photo.
- Once you’ve filmed your video or taken the photo, click the song icon to change it to text or use the album artwork.
- You can change the section of the song from here again if you’ve changed your mind.
- Click done.
- Move the text or artwork around the screen if you’d like.
- Add to your story!
The other option to add music to Instagram video stories goes like this:
- Go to your Instagram story from your home page.
- Take your video or photo, or select content from your camera roll.
- Click the sticker icon at the top of the screen.
- Click the music button.
- Choose the song you want to play in your Instagram story.
- Like before, choose the section of the song you want to play.
- Next, choose if you want a font or album artwork in your story.
- Click done.
- Move the sticker anywhere in the frame.
- Add to your story!
So, it’s definitely simple to add music to your Instagram video story.
When you put music in your Instagram story, your followers can click the song and listen to about a minute of it. Then of course, if they wish, they can go to their own music library and purchase or download the song!
Adding music to Instagram stories is great for sharing your favorite music. Every Friday when new music comes out, why not share some of it in your Instagram stories through these simple steps?
Other Apps To Add Music To Instagram Videos
Of course, you can use other apps to add music to your Instagram story.
The reason a lot of people do this is because the Instagram music function doesn’t have every song in the world. If you like less popular music, it might not be there! Sure, this function has a lot of songs, but if you are looking for a very specific song to share then you might want to try another app.
Of course, you can use iMovie. This is the best option for adding any song you like because you can upload music straight from your phone’s music library. So any song that is available on iTunes can be imported into your iMovie project.
The only drawback for this is that iMovies can’t be edited at a 9:16 ratio. So once you’ve completed your iMovie, you might have to import it into Unfold or StoryLuxe for it to fit into your Instagram story. However, if getting the right music is your priority, then that’s an okay sacrifice to make!
Of course, if you want to add music to Instagram videos for your main feed, then iMovie is a fantastic option.
Music shouldn’t just be for stories! You can use it for normal post videos and of course, IGTV. Simply add music to the background of your video by choosing the volume while editing your iMovie. Save your project and upload it straight to your Instagram!
Filmm is a great app for Instagram stories! Not only can you crop it in many different ways, you can trim videos, speed them up, slow them down, add filters, effects, and adjust specific colors in the video, but you can add music, too!
Just like iMovie, you can choose music from your library. So, if it’s on iTunes, you can add it to your Filmm Instagram story!
The app is free and so is adding music. Lots of the filters cost money but there are great free filters, too!
Use Filmm to make the most beautiful Instagram stories.
Adding music is easy, too. Click the sound icon, “+ pick music to add”, and then choose music from your phone’s library.
Swipe along the soundbar to choose the section of the song you want to play.
You can change the volume and easily add in fades in and out.
You can use Filmm for Instagram feed videos and IGTV. Like iMovie, you have lots of options. Filmm is probably a bit more fun to work with because of all the filters, so if you want to create vintage, retro or super modern videos, Filmm is the way forward!
InShot is a very popular video editor. It’s definitely great for editing Instagram stories, as well as adding music to Instagram videos.
InShot is sort of like a mix of Filmm and iMovie.
The good thing about this app is you can create projects at lots of ratios, including 9:16 for Instagram stories! But more than Filmm, you can merge lots of frames together. If you’re out for a walk and take a few different videos, you can definitely combine them with InShot!
It’s super easy to edit videos on this app.
Once you’ve got your ratio and your clips together, add music to your Instagram story by clicking “music”. You can add tracks from the app, or you can import it from your music library!
In fact, with this, you can even record music. So if you feel brave and want to sing over your video, you can actually do that!
All these third-party apps are great for importing any music you like! This is a bonus from doing it straight from the Instagram app.
Once you’ve added your music, click edit to choose the section of the song you want to use. You can fade in and out with this app, too.
With this app, it will use the whole song unless you split the track and cut the end off. So make sure you do that so your 10-second video doesn’t turn into 4 minutes long.
When you’re done, simply save the video to your camera roll before uploading to Instagram!
Your followers are going to love your new style of Instagram stories!
When To Add Music
After all these tips, you might be wondering when you’ll actually end up adding music to your Instagram videos or stories.
There are lots of great times to include music!
As mentioned before, one time would be to add emotion.
For example, if you’re filming an unboxing for your Instagram story, adding a song to match the products would be awesome. If you’re unboxing a Halloween themed box, add some spooky music! If it’s a spa-themed box, add some classic relaxing music.
This creates a great vibe and helps to really give your follower’s an idea of the kind of box you’re sharing with them.
You can even use music to make your followers laugh. If you’re doing an Instagram storytime about a dramatic story, add some sad melodramatic music to show your followers that you’re just having a joke around with them!
Music is a great way to share some of your personality on Instagram.
Of course, any background music is good, too. If you watch YouTube, you’ll notice that YouTubers often use music in the background of their videos. If filming an IGTV, it’s an awesome idea to include some background music, especially if it’s a montage of your vacation or weekend. Music is everything!
Don’t skip this important step when creating amazing Instagram content. These new features on Instagram were created for a reason: to make your stories better than ever.