How to Add Music to Any Instagram Story — Including Spotify & SoundCloud Streams

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Need to know how to add music to an Instagram Story? It’s a great way to engage your audience.

Making entertaining Instagram Stories should be your primary goal for maintaining an audience. Sharing music is a great way to keep your audience engaged, but clever in-jokes and fan service can make an account worth following. Sharing great videos, behind-the-scenes look at sets, and giving fans a personal view is just one part of social media success.

How to Add Music to An Instagram Story

Instagram has licensing deals for its own library, but it also integrates with several music streaming services. Spotify, SoundCloud, and Shazam all offer a music sharing feature. Here’s a quick look at everything you need to know when it comes to how to add music to an Instagram Story.

Adding Music to Instagram

  1. Tap the camera button or the ‘Your Story‘ icon to begin.
  2. Snap your photo or shoot your video, and add filters.
  3. Tap the ‘Sticker‘ icon at the top of the screen, then tap ‘Music.’
  4. Search for the song you want by song, artist, or album.
  5. You can also search by genre or what’s popular.
  6. Tap the song you want in your story.
  7. The music will run for 15-seconds on a static image. The music will play for as long as the entire video runs.


Instagram Story Photo with Music

When choosing to place a music track over a static image, you can select the portion of the song that plays. Move the slider bar until you find the 15-second song clip you want to play. Tap the photo thumbnail to change the image. Songs can offer multiple images and lyrics that appear as the music plays.

Instagram Story Video with Music

If you have a video you want to share to your Instagram Story, the music track will continue to play. Pay attention to how you add music to your Instagram Story videos – don’t make them annoying! They should be an enjoyable accompaniment to what you’re sharing.

Stylizing your Instagram Story Music Sticker

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After you choose your music, it appears as a sticker on your Instagram Story. You can customize how this sticker appears to followers in a few different ways. You can choose where the sticker appears on the Story by moving it around. You can also change the size of the sticker by using two fingers to pinch and zoom.

A two-finger twist allows you to change the orientation of the sticker. You can double-tap the sticker to return to the previous screen to select a new sticker appearance. On videos, if you hold down the sticker, you can pin it to a specific person or object in the video.

Publishing an Instagram Story with Music

Once you’re finished with the design of the sticker, tap Your Story to publish. You can also select close friends to send the Story to a custom group of fans – say VIP access fans. You can also view the Instagram Story as fans will see it by tapping the ‘Your Story’ icon.

The story opens automatically with the music playing. Tapping the song label will pause the music and bring up a music player with play/pause and other options.

How to Add Music to an Instagram Story – Music Streaming

If you would rather share links to your music from SoundCloud, Spotify, or Shazam – you can do that. You’ll need to have the mobile app for the service you want to share installed on your chosen device.

How to Add Spotify Song to Instagram Story

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Choose the song you want to share.
  3. Tap the ellipsis icon and choose ‘Share.’
  4. Choose ‘Instagram Stories‘ from the list.
  5. The song will appear in Instagram’s Story editor.


How to Add SoundCloud Song to Instagram Story

  1. Open the SoundCloud app.
  2. Choose the song you want to share.
  3. Tap the ‘Share‘ icon for the song.
  4. Choose ‘Instagram Stories‘ from the list.
  5. The song’s information is imported into the editor.