Although Instagram Stories were introduced back in 2016, it wasn’t until 2018 that the music feature was added. Adding music to your Instagram Stories is a great way to catch your viewers’ attention as they tap through. 

In this blog post, we’ll show the different ways that music can be added to your Instagram Story, along with some other tips. 

 

How to Add Music to Instagram Stories 

The most common way that users add music to their Instagram Stories is by using the sticker feature. The process to get to the sticker is pretty simple, here’s how:

  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Either click on your profile icon with the blue “+” on the top left-hand side of the screen or click on the “+” on the top right-hand of the screen and click “Story.”
  • Select the photo you want to add to your story. 
  • Click the sticker icon, or the third option, in the menu bar on the top right-hand side of your screen. 
  • Find the sticker that says “Music” and search for the song you want to add to your story. 
  • Adjust the section of the song you want to be played by sliding the bar on the bottom of your screen to the left or right. Lyrics from the song will appear, so it’ll be easier for you to see which part you’re picking. 
  • You can also pick what you want the song to look like on your story. Use the options to swipe left or right until you find one that you like. 
  • Optional: Click the color wheel at the top of your screen to change the color of the lyrics that appear on the screen. 
  • After you’re finished, click “Done,” then add it to your story by clicking “Your story” in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen or “Send to” in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, then hit “Share.” 

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

 

How to add music to Instagram Story without a sticker

If you aren’t a fan of having the music sticker right there on the screen, there’s a way to post a story without it. There isn’t an actual button you have to push before you post it – because Instagram doesn’t offer that option. 

After you add the music sticker to your Story, simply drag the sticker outside of the frame until you can’t see it. The music will still play, you just won’t be able to see the sticker anymore. 

 

How to edit the music sticker 

After you find the picture you want to post on your Story and add in the Music sticker, there are a few ways you can customize it. 

  • You can adjust the section of the song you want to be played by sliding the bar on the bottom of your screen to the left or right. Lyrics from the song will appear, so it’ll be easier for you to see which part you’re picking. 
  • You can also pick what you want the sticker to look like on your story. You can have just the lyrics or you can have just the album cover. Use the options to swipe left or right until you find one that you like. 
  • You can also change the color of the lyrics that appear by clicking the color wheel on the top of the screen. 
  • Instagram allows you to play a snippet of a song in your Story for up to 15 seconds. Click the number that’s in a circle on the left-hand side of your screen to pick the clip duration. 
  • After you’re finished, click “Done,” then add it to your story by clicking “Your story” in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen or “Send to” in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, then hit “Share.” 

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

 

Why won’t Instagram let me add music to my Story?

If Instagram doesn’t let you add music to your Story, it can be because of a few reasons. 

  1. Your Instagram app isn’t updated – If the music feature isn’t anywhere to be found on your screen, then check to make sure that your app is updated to the latest version. 
  2. Your account is a business account – Instagram doesn’t allow users with a business account to have access to the music feature. Only those with private accounts are allowed due to copyright reasons. 
  3. The feature isn’t supported in your region – If your account meets the first two steps and you still don’t see the music feature anywhere, it’s probably because Instagram doesn’t allow for your country to have access to it. 

 

How to add music to Instagram Reel

The process of adding music to an Instagram Reel is similar to adding it to your story. Follow these steps to try: 

  • Open the Instagram app. 
  • Click the “+” on the top right-hand side of your screen, then click “Reel.”
  • Click the music note on the left-hand side of your screen.
  • Search for the song you want to be added to your Reel and click on it. 
  • Choose the part of the song you want in your video by sliding the bar at the bottom of your screen. 
  • Click “Done,” then record your Reel. The song you chose will be included in your Reel after you’re done recording. 

Instagram Music

 

How to add song from Apple Music to Instagram Story

If you just want to share a song without posting a picture along with it, Instagram lets you do that too. Here’s how to share a song from Apple Music to your Instagram Story: 

  • Open the Apple Music app. 
  • Search for the song you want to share and click on it. 
  • Tap the three dots on the right-hand side and then click “Share Song.”
  • On the second line, you’ll see some apps. Swipe to the left until you see Instagram.
  • After clicking on Instagram, it will automatically open the app where you can customize it in other ways.
  • After you’re done editing it, click on “Your story” in the bottom left-hand side of the screen or click “Send to” then “Share” to post it. 

Instagram Music

Instagram Music

When viewers come across your Story when scrolling through, the song you posted won’t automatically play for them. Instead, they’ll have to click “Play on Apple Music” at the top of the screen to hear it. 

 

How to add song from Spotify to Instagram Story

Again, if you just want to share a song without posting a picture along with it, Instagram lets you do that too. Here’s how to share a song from Spotify to your Instagram Story: 

  • Open the Spotify app. 
  • Search for the song you want to share and click on it. 
  • Tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner of your screen. 
  • Click “Share.”
  • A list of options will come up for where you want to share the song, so just click on Instagram. 
  • It will automatically open the Instagram app where you can customize the Story in other ways. 
  • After you’re done editing it, click on “Your story” on the bottom left-hand side of the screen or click “Send to” then “Share” to post it. 

Instagram Music

The same goes for Spotify as Apple Music, the song you posted won’t automatically play for your viewers. Instead, they’ll have to click “Play on Spotify” at the top of the screen to hear it. 

 

Conclusion 

Adding music to your content is always a good idea because it’s fun and it gets viewers’ attention. If you feel like you have good music taste, then try using this Instagram feature to share some of your favorite songs. 

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