Instagram Stories are quick to create and offer immense engagement opportunities. One way to make them even more fun and engaging is by adding music to your Instagram Story.

It will help set a vibe to your content, bringing life to your Story. And, it’s easy to do!

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You can select and add a soundtrack using the platform’s Music Sticker or directly use your favorite tracks from third-party apps like Spotify and Apple Music.

In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to do that, step by step.

Quick Summary
  • To add music to your Instagram Story, tap the Sticker icon > Music Sticker > the soundtrack you like and select the part you want to play.
  • For music other than that included in IG’s music library, use apps like InShot, Spotify, and Apple Music to add music to your Story.
  • You can also display the lyrics of the music piece you choose to play using the text type options (A/Aa).
  • Another way to add music to your Story is to play the desired audio track in the background on another app while recording your Instagram Story.

How to Add Music to Your Instagram Story

Adding music to your Instagram Story takes a little time and effort but it can help you capture your audience’s attention quickly.

I’ll show you the steps to follow to make your Stories musical and full of life.

Step 1: Install the latest version of the Instagram app on your smartphone.

Step 2: Create a new Instagram Story by clicking on the “+” sign on your profile photo.

add ig story

You can also click on the “+” sign at the bottom of the screen and then tap on “Story.”

add ig story
add ig story

Step 3: Capture a photo or video for your IG Story or use an existing one from your smartphone’s gallery. Then, click on the Sticker icon (square smiley) at the top of the screen.

ig story sticker icon

Step 4: You’ll see a range of Instagram Story Stickers in the pop-up menu. Select the Music Sticker for your Story.

instagram music sticker

Step 5: Look for the music or soundtrack you want to add to your Instagram Story from IG’s music library.

  • The app suggests sounds relevant to your account under the “For You” tab.
  • You can browse music from different genres.
  • You can also select an audio based on the mood and vibe of your IG Story.
  • Or, search for a specific soundtrack.
instagram music library options

All of the songs featured in this library are licensed for use on Instagram Stories so you can use them freely.

If you want to use another song, you can do it via third-party music apps. I’ll cover the process to do that in the upcoming sections of this article.

For now, pick a song from the available options and move on to the next step.

Step 6: Tap on the music you want to add to your Story. Then, hold and drag the music notes in the selection box to finalize the part of the song you want to play. Click on “Done” at the top-right corner.

add music to your ig story and select which part to play

Step 7: Once you’ve added music to your Story, you can also add other Stickers, text, and hashtags to it and then, publish your Story.

publish your ig story

You can either share it with all your followers or just with your “Close friends” list on Instagram.

How to Add Lyrics to Your Instagram Story

Adding lyrics to your Instagram Story music can make it more engaging and interactive for your followers. It allows them to sing along and connect with the music on a deeper level. It can also help convey the mood or message you want to express through your Story.

Just follow the steps mentioned above to add music to your Story. When you select the soundtrack to add to your Story, you’ll also get an option to display its lyrics.

Click on the text type options (A/Aa) to change the fonts and animations in which you want to display the lyrics. Once finalized, click on “Done.”

how to add lyrics to your ig story

However, note that you can only add lyrics to music pieces for which the lyrics are available. Else a pop-up message will appear, saying “Lyrics aren’t available for this song.”

lyrics for ig story music

How to Add Music to Your Instagram Story via Streaming Apps

Do you want access to a wider selection of songs and artists?

You can add music to your Instagram Story via third-party streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music. It can make it easier to find the exact song you want to use in your Story. You can also share the music you’re currently listening to with your followers.

Here’s how to do it:

How to Add Music to Your Instagram Story Using InShot

InShot has an easy-to-use interface and makes it easy to add music to any video with a wide collection of royalty-free music. It is available for both Android and iOS users.

  1. Open the InShot app and tap on “Video.”
inshot app
  1. Select the video you want to add music to. Then, tap on the musical note (♪) icon.
add music via inshot
  1. Tap the Music icon (♪+) again to access the music library. You can browse various tunes and music categories to find the one that fits your content.
select music from inshot app
  1. Once you know which music to add to your Instagram Story, click on the download icon to save that audio to your “My Music” collection and tap on the “Use” button.
select and download music in inshot
  1. Select the audio clip and click on “Edit” to edit the duration, volume, and transition effects of the soundtrack. Once done, tap the tick mark to save your edits.
edit audio track to use in inshot
  1. You can click on the play icon in the center to preview your video. When satisfied, tap “Save” at the top-right corner and select your video’s resolution, frame rate, and format.
save edited video on inshot
  1. Upload the edited video with music to your Instagram Story and publish it.
upload ig story with music, edited through inshot

You can use the same steps to add music to your video feed posts and Reels using InShot. Just select the format you want to publish your video in, while exporting the content from InShot to Instagram.

How to Add Music to Your Instagram Story Using Spotify

Are you used to listening to music on Spotify? Then, you can share your favorite music with your Instagram audience directly from Spotify.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open the “Spotify” app and play a song or audio track you like.
  2. Tap on the three little dots on the right side, next to the song.
select music from spotify
  1. Click on “Share.”
share spotify music
  1. Select the “Instagram Stories”option and publish the Story.
share spotify music to ig stories

How to Add Music to Your Instagram Story Using Apple Music

Apple Music has a library of over 100 million songs, which makes it easy to find the perfect song to share in no time.

Here are the steps you need to follow to add music to your IG Story using Apple Music:

  1. Open “Apple Music” and find the song you’d like to share on your Story.
  2. Tap the three little dots on the right side of the song.
share apple music song to ig story
  1. Select “Share Song.”
share apple music song to ig story
  1. Click on “Instagram Stories” and publish the Story with your favorite Apple Music song.
share music to ig story using apple music

How to Edit the Music Sticker in Your Instagram Story

While adding music to Instagram Stories via the Music Sticker, you can customize it in any way to suit your preferences and the vibe of your Story.

Here are some of the elements of the Music Sticker that you can edit and adjust:

1. Adjust the Length of the Music Clip

Instagram allows you to adjust the length of the music clip and select the part of the song you want to play with your Stories.

select the part of the music you want to play with your story

2. Adjust the Type of the Music Sticker

Just tap on the Music Sticker to adjust its size and type.

You can choose to only play the song with your Story, without displaying the title of the music track.

play music without showing the music sticker in your ig story

If you want to show the title of the music track, there are again two options. You can either display the track’s title in a square box with a thumbnail image or display it in a rectangular box without the thumbnail image.

display music track title on ig story

3. Resize the Music Sticker on Your Instagram Story

Use your index finger and thumb to resize the Sticker by zooming in or zooming out.

resize music sticker

4. Display the Lyrics of the Audio Track

You can choose to display the lyrics of the audio track in four different font styles and animation effects.

font styles for lyrics on instagram story

5. Change the Color of the Music Sticker and the Displayed Lyrics

Tap the color wheel at the top of the screen to change the color of the Music Sticker as well as the lyrics displayed on your Story.

change the color of the music sticker and lyrics on ig story

How to Add Music to an Instagram Story If You Can’t Access the Music Sticker

Can’t find access to the Music Sticker on Instagram Story?

There could be different reasons for this unavailability of the Music Sticker, like:

  • The Sticker may not be available in your country. Over 90 countries support this feature but there are regions that don’t.
  • Your Instagram application may be out of date. You can simply update your app to resolve this.
  • You might be creating branded content for which the Music Sticker isn’t available due to copyright laws.

Here’s how you can add music to your Instagram Story without using the Music Sticker (or if you don’t have this Sticker):

  • Open any music streaming app or media player on your device and play the song you want to add to your Instagram Story.
  • Open Instagram > Create a Story > Record your Story video with the music playing in the background.
  • The app will also capture the music while recording content for your Instagram Story.

Are You Ready to Add Life to Your Instagram Stories?

Adding music to your Instagram Story is a great way to add life and personality to your content.

Whether you choose to use the Instagram Music Sticker, a streaming app, or play music in the background while recording, you can easily add a new dimension of creativity and fun to your Stories.

With so many options available, you can now choose from a vast library of songs and even use your favorite tunes from your favorite streaming app.

So why wait?

Try out these methods and see how music can make your Instagram Stories more engaging, helping you attract and engage new accounts.

Get creative with your music choices and let your IG Stories come to life!


    1. Shane Barker says:

      Hi Sam, thank you so much. I’m happy you liked my post about Adding Music to Your Instagram Story.

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