Stories have become an excellent social media tool and can be found on plenty of social media apps like Facebook and Instagram.

Over 500 million people use Instagram Stories every day.

Adding a sticker to your Instagram or Facebook Story can increase your Story’s performance by 83% according to Facebook.

If you’re new to Instagram or Instagram Stories, you might not be sure how to even add a music sticker to an Instagram Story.

Here’s the full rundown on adding music to your Instagram Stories.

What is the Instagram Music Sticker?

Instagram stickers are there to help you add features to your Stories to make them more interesting or interactive.

There are plenty of different stickers, but the most commonly used sticker is the music sticker. It was introduced in 2018.

When this sticker is added to your Story, you can select a song to add to the Story you’re posting.

It’s a great way to show people what music you are currently listening to or to add some ambiance or mood to your Instagram Story.

How to Add Music to Instagram Story

You can follow the steps given below to add music to your Instagram Stories and make them more musical. It takes very little effort, but when you add music to an Instagram Story, it can make your content more appealing.

Step 1: Install the Latest Version of the Instagram App

Before adding music to Instagram Stories, you need to make sure you have the latest app version on your phone.

Step 2: Create a New Instagram Story

Open your Instagram app. The next step is to create a new Instagram Story.

To do this you can click on the “+” sign on the thumbnail of your profile picture.

Alternatively, you can also swipe right from the Instagram Feed screen.

This will enable you to take a photo or videos using your smartphone. After doing this, click on the Stickers button that is located at the top of the screen.

You’ll see a range of Instagram Stories Stickers on your screen. Choose the Instagram Music Sticker for your Story.

Step 3: Search for Music to Use on Instagram

When you click on the Instagram Music Sticker, you will be able to see the Instagram music library. This library has thousands of songs that you can choose to add music from.

In the Instagram music library, you’ll see three different options to add music: Popular, Genres, and Moods. You can use these options as filters to look for the best music that fits your Instagram Stories.

Alternatively, to add music with a Music Sticker, you can just type the name of the song you are looking for in the search bar. The search bar is at the top of the screen.

All the songs that are featured in this library are licensed for use on Instagram Stories and will let you add music with a Music Sticker.

Step 4: Preview the Song to Add to Your Instagram Story

Before you pick a song to add to your Instagram Story with a Music Sticker, you can check out if it will fit in. Instagram gives you a preview before you finally add music to your Story.

To get a preview before you add music, you can click on the play button or the “arrow” that you see next to the name of each song.

If you are looking for music using the Genres and Moods options, you’ll first have to select what kind of music you are looking for to find the right Music Sticker to add music.

A preview is a good way to ensure that when you add music with Music Stickers, it matches your Instagram Stories.

After deciding on the song, you need to select the part that you want to feature in your Stories. To do that, you can hold and then drag the selection box. You can take it to the part of the song that you want to use when you add music to your Story.

Step 5: Decide on the Length of the Music

As soon as you decide on the song you want to use to add music to your Instagram Story, you must figure out how long you want it to play.

If you’re using a static image, the minimum length of music on your Instagram Story is 1 second. The maximum length when you add music, on the other hand, is 15 seconds.

To change the length of the music, you can click on the button on the left that reads “15.” For video posts, the length of the song will automatically adjust to your video’s length.

The Instagram music feature is set up so that it’s possible to add lyrics to any music when you add music to your Instagram Story. This happens if there are lyrics available for the song. If they are not available, the lyrics won’t pop up on the screen when you are previewing it.

Step 6: Publish the Instagram Story

Once you are done with the above-mentioned steps, your Instagram Story is almost ready with music. In addition to the Music Sticker, you can also add other Stickers to your Stories before publishing.

Confused about which stickers to use and how they will appear?

You can get inspiration from other Stories on your feed.

After choosing the Sticker of your choice, click on “Done.” You can also choose to reposition or resize the sticker as you see fit.

Lastly, click on “Send To” to post your Story.

Why Can’t I Add Music to My Instagram Story?

Adding music to your Instagram story is usually quite straightforward to do. If you’re having trouble adding music to your Instagram Story there are usually only 3 reasons.

  1. The Instagram music sticker might not be available in the country you live in. This is mainly due to copyright issues. Currently, there are about 90 countries where the Instagram music sticker is available.
  2. Your Instagram application might be out of date. Simply update your app and see if the issue is resolved.
  3. If you’re doing branded content it might be possible that due to copyright laws you’re not allowed to add music to the content.

How to Edit the Music Sticker in Your Story

Adding music to your Instagram Story doesn’t mean you need to be stuck with the music sticker preset. There are quite a few options you can customize to suit your Instagram Story.

Here are some of the different things you can edit:

  • The length of the music
  • The size and look of the sticker
  • Display lyrics or the sticker
  • The color and the font

To edit any of these things, simply click on the music sticker after you’ve added it to your Story.

Once you click it, you will be able to change between lyrics and sticker mode, as well as change the color with the color wheel on top.

If you don’t want any lyrics or a sticker on your Instagram Story, you can simply drag the sticker off the screen to remove it. The music will still pay, but the sticker will now be gone.

How to Add Music Lyrics to Your Story

Adding lyrics to your Instagram Story is simple. Here’s how:

1. Open the Instagram app on your device

2. Click on Stories or the Story icon

3. Now you have the choice to either upload the Story, take a video or leave the story blank with a background only.

4. Press the sticker button on the right or left side top side of your device.

5. Press the Music sticker.

6. Search for the song you’d like to add and select it.

7. Press the letter button that is found above the music player. 

8. Swipe left to choose which font and color you’d like.

9. Press Done.

How to Add Music to Instagram Story If You Don’t Have the Music Sticker Option

If you’re in a hurry or prefer to use a different application instead of Instagram to add music to your Story, I’ve got you covered.

There are a few other options to add music to your Instagram Story.

How to Add Audio/Music to Instagram Posts Using InShot

1. Open InShot and tap on “video

2. Select the video that you would like to add music to

3. Once selected, tap on “music” on the left bottom

4. From here, you can either search for a song you want or choose one of the moods or featured songs

5. Once you have a song you want you can tap “download” or “use

6. If a song you want to use is not on the list, you can manually add a song that is on your device by tapping “my music

7. If you’d like to add sound effects, you can tap on effects

8. From here you can select where to place on the effect track and tap “use

9. When you’re happy with your video, tap “save” in the upper right corner and set your video’s resolution, framerate, and size

Once your video is saved it can be uploaded to your Instagram Story on the Instagram app.

How to Add Audio/Music to Instagram Posts Using Spotify

If you love listening to music on Spotify and would like to share your favorite new bop with your Instagram followers, then fret not.

You can easily add any song you’re listening to with your Instagram followers.

Here’s how:

1. Open Spotify

2. Play or select a song you like

3. Tap the three little dots on the right of the song

4. Tap “share

5. Tap “Instagram Stories

6. Once Instagram is open, the settings and changes you can make are all the same as when editing a normal Instagram Story.

How to Add Audio/Music to Instagram Posts Using Apple Music

If you prefer Apple Music, no need to worry. It’s as easy to post your favorite songs on the Instagram story through Apple Music as it is with Spotify.

Here’s how: 

1. Open Apple Music.

2. Find the song you’d like to share

3. Find the three little dots on the right side and tap them

4. Select “share

5. Tap “Instagram Stories

How to Play Music on an Instagram Story

This is essentially the “old school” way of adding music to your Instagram.

Here’s how:

  1. Open any music streaming site or media player on your device and play the song you’d like to add to your video.
  2. Open Instagram, go to Stories, and start recording your video.
  3. The music will then be added to your video.

There are downsides to the old-school method.

 You won’t be able to add lyrics or control the volume of the music in your video, but if it’s still a valid last-ditch effort to add music to your Instagram Story.

Best Practices/Tips For Using Instagram Music Stickers in Story

Adding music to an Instagram Story is easy. To make the most out of this feature, here are a few things that you should keep in your mind:

1. Always Keep Your Audience in Mind

Before creating an Instagram Story with music, you must always consider your audience. What is the kind of music that they are likely to enjoy? Ideally, you should pick something that interests them and goes well with your Instagram Story.

2. Choose the Music Clip Wisely

When you are posting images to an Instagram Story, you can only add music to your Stories for 15 seconds. That’s short, so you need to make it count.

Make sure you pick the best part of the song or the one that matches your Instagram Story. That way, the music won’t stop abruptly when the 15 seconds is up and you won’t break into another section of the music along the line.

A common practice is to start the music for your Instagram Story when the chorus begins. Instagram makes it easy for you to find that part in a song. Just look for a pink marking in the song timeline when you add music. It indicates where the chorus begins.

3. Preview Your Instagram Story

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Sometimes your music clip may start abruptly or mid-sentence. That can seem awkward.

To avoid such a scenario, it’s advisable to preview your Instagram Story after you add music to it. It just takes a few seconds of your time but it can save you from making embarrassing mistakes.

4. Add a “Sound On” Sticker to Your Instagram Story

When your followers view your Instagram Story, they may not know that it has some background music. If they are watching it in silent mode, the Instagram Story may not seem as appealing.

To make them aware that you’ve added music to your Instagram Story, it’s a good idea to add a “Sound On” Sticker.

To add this Sticker, all you need to do is to click on the Sticker icon and search for “Sound On.”  With this, the sticker will show up on your screen and you can click on it to add it to your Instagram Story.

Ready to Add Music to Your Instagram Story?

Instagram Stories have been around for a while. They are a hit with business owners and marketers who want to engage with their audiences. It is easy to add music to an Instagram Story with the Instagram app music feature and can make your Stories more entertaining.

Now that you know how to add music to your Instagram Stories, it’s time to experiment. Go on, publish your own Stories.

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

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