One of the exciting new features regarding Instagram stories is the ability to add music to your Instagram stories. But not only that, you can now add animated lyrics that pop up and aesthetically look AWESOME on the screen! Since Instagram is prioritizing stories they are making it easier, and easier for you to create interesting and engaging content.
Fun fact: Around 60% of Instagram stories are watched with the sound ON. This is a significant proportion compared to most on social media sites (usually less than 20% watch videos with the sound on, on Facebook, for example). Considering these numbers, it makes sense that you are going to want to add more of a musical element to the content that you’re creating.
Let’s jump in and let’s break down that process! We promise it’s not as intimating as it sounds.
How to Add Music to Your Instagram Stories
First, create the visual content: take a photo, shoot a video, or import any content from your library. Then click the sticker menu at the top of the screen.
Select the ‘Music’ option.
From there you can search for the perfect track by sorting out by moods, genres, for what’s popular. You can also use the search bar if you have a specific track in mind. The play button next to each track lets you hear a small preview to make sure it will suit the content you intend to post.
Now that you’ve selected the perfect track, you can choose the part of the song that you would like to be playing, as well as the duration of the extract (up to 15 seconds).
If the lyrics of that song are available, they will automatically be added to your screen. You can edit the design and choose which part of the song they should correspond to.
When someone clicks on the lyrics or the sticker, they will learn more about the artist, and they will have the possibility to listen to the song themselves!
You can also change the design of the overall music sticker to make it fit better with the kind of content that you are posting.
If you are using an iOS device, you can choose the music before you create the content for your Instagram story. For that, go on Instagram and select ‘Music’ as your Instagram stories record mode.
From there, it’s the same thing as before, select the song you want and the extract you want to play. It will be applied to whatever content you will upload after that.
Tips to Make the Most out of the Music in Your Instagram Stories
Now that you know how to add music to your Instagram stories let us share with you a couple of tips and best practices to make the most out of this feature.
Music has always helped humans get connected. Using music in your stories is a fantastic way to bring a community together and to create connections between your brand, your content, and your audience. Pick a famous song and publish an extract with a story and ask your followers to reply to your story by giving you the following lyrics of the song. You can even make a contest out of it. This kind of content can push your followers to reconnect with your content and to make sure that people keep interacting with your Instagram stories.
Don’t put music in your stories if it doesn’t serve the content or to compensate for bad sound in your videos. Putting a song in your Instagram stories because you didn’t know what to say in the first place or because the ambient noise is annoying and a bad idea. To keep it short and straightforward: only put music in your Instagram stories if it helps you tell a story or if a song immediately comes to your head after creating content. Because if the song you’ve selected doesn’t match the scene, it can just be annoying as a user to watch such content. A good rule of thumb: putting music in your stories should not compensate for bad original audio. It is a storytelling tool!
Please note, however, that this feature is not available in all countries yet! Here is the list of countries in which this will work: Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK, and the United States. But since Instagram is trying to implement new features to their stories to differentiate from other social media, this music feature will probably expend to more countries soon. If you want to add music to your stories and you don’t want to wait, you can add music from an external app. And here is how you can do that.
How to Add Music from an External Source to Your Instagram Stories
You can also add music to your Instagram stories by using an external app. This sharing feature is only available with Spotify, SoundCloud, and Shazam. To make sure that this feature will work for you, make sure that you’ve downloaded the mobile apps of these tools on your smartphone first.
1. How to Share Spotify Songs in Your Instagram Stories
Go on your Spotify app, and select the song that will match your Instagram story the best. Once you’ve select that song, click the three-dot button for more options, and then click on the share icon. Among all the sharing options, you should find one about Instagram stories. Click on that one, and you will be taken to Instagram. The artwork of your song will be displayed. From there, you can customize it by adding stickers and any other Instagram stories features.
People that interact with your stories will have the possibility to open Spotify to play the full song.
2. How to Share Soundcloud Songs in Your Instagram Stories
On your SoundCloud app, click the song that you would like to share in your Instagram stories. Click the share button. It will take you to Instagram stories and it will post the song, the associated image, with a SoundCloud sticker.
And the same thing as with Spotify, your story serves as a link to SoundCloud to listen to the full song directly on the SoundCloud app.
3. How to Share a Song from Shazam in Your Instagram Stories
You just heard a cool song, wondered what it was, pulled out Shazam from your phone, and now you want to share it with your Instagram followers? Well, you can do that quite easily directly from Shazam. Once Shazam recognizes the song, you can tap the ‘More’ option button. Then select ‘Share’ then ‘Instagram Stories’. Doing so will send the song and its artwork to your Instagram stories.
Same as before, interacting with your Instagram story will open Shazam, allowing people to listen to the song you just posted.
How to Add Music to Video with Magisto
Instead of adding music when creating the story on Instagram, you can simply make a video with Magisto’s video maker, music included, and then share it on Instagram Story (or anywhere else).
Here’s how to do it:
Step#1: Open the Magisto app and create a video.
Step#2: Select the footage you’d like to include in the video (from your phone’s library, Google Photos, or iStock for business users):
Step#3: After you choose your preferred editing style, you’ll be asked to select a soundtrack. Our music library has over 750+ soundtracks, all commercially free to use. You can pick one of them or upload your music from your phone by clicking “upload music.”
Step#4: On “My Movie” screen, make sure your video will be created on the ideal dimensions for an Instagram story, which are 1080*1920. Press “Movie Settings”, then under “Movie Orientation” pick “portrait”.
Step#5: Once your video is ready, you can share it on various social media platforms. If you choose Instagram, you’ll have to choose between feed or Story. When your video is on Instagram Story, all you’ll have to do is to make sure the Story isn’t mute, and that’s it. There you go – you’ve got Story with a song that’s matching it perfectly.
There you have it – a long list of ways to add music to your Instagram stories. No more excuses! Remember that music is a thing that brings all of us together, start using that feature in your stories to improve your storytelling ability and to create connections between your brand, your stories, your products, and your followers.
Instagram has been updating that feature quite a lot lately, adding the lyrics filter, and so on so it wouldn’t surprise us if Instagram were about to add even more music-related features and filters soon!
Facebook has also recently been working with record labels and major players in the music industry. That’s the reason why this kind of feature now exists in Instagram, and that’s also why we’re expecting even more music-related features, and content coming soon. Instagrams recent efforts to improve connections between users, with music definitely seems to be working!