How to Add Music to an Instagram Story

Try Movavi Video Editor to add music on your PC or Mac!

  1. Download and install Movavi Video Editor.

  2. Add your video and audio files to the program.

  3. Save the video and upload it to Instagram.

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When you add music to your Instagram story, it can elevate your engagement rate and keep your followers entertained. Music combined with videos or photos is bound to leave a lasting impression in others' minds. Keep reading to learn how to take your Instagram stories to the next level using your Android phone or iPhone.

Adding music to Instagram story if you don't have the music sticker option

If you've tried to add music to your Instagram story already without success, it's probably because there's no music sticker available. If you're wondering how to add music to an Instagram Story without a sticker, it's best done using a desktop program, like Movavi Video Editor. 

Movavi Video Editor is a tool that helps you change your ideas into videos on YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Besides adding music, you can easily apply many special effects to create cool videos in slow motion, reverse, and more. You can also use the chroma key to change the background of your videos and add animated titles. 

Additionally, you can also try the Instagram Stories set that can be installed to Movavi Video Editor. This set includes premade templates and stickers beautifully designed to help make your Instagram stories look better and more engaging to your followers. Check out the video below to learn more.

How to add music to Instagram stories using Movavi Video Editor

Adding music to your Instagram story with Movavi Video Editor is really easy. All you have to do is to follow these simple steps below:

Step 1. Install Movavi Video Editor on your PC or Mac

Firstly, you need to download the most recent version of Movavi Video Editor using the buttons below. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the program on your PC or Mac.

Step 2. Upload your files to the program

Upload the video file you want to use for your Instagram story by clicking the Add Files button. Alternatively, you can easily drag and drop your file to the program window. Next, move your uploaded file from the Media bin to the Timeline.

Step 3. Resize your video

Next, you need to resize your video to fit Instagram's requirements. For instance, if you're uploading the video for story, IGTV, or ads, it must be 9 × 16. Under the preview window, open the list with resolutions and choose the 9:16 Instagram story/IGTV/TikTok option.

If you now have the black bars in your video, you can edit them. To do this, open the Filters tab and locate the Adjustments group. Choose the Vertical fill filter from the list. To add this effect to your clip, drag and drop the filter to your video on the Timeline.

Step 4. Add music to your video

You can add your own audio file or choose a track from a built-in media library.

To add your own song, open the Import tab and select File import. Click the Add Files button, locate your audio file on your hard drive and click Open. Drag and drop the file from the Media bin to the timeline.

If you want to add an audio track from the built-in media library, go to the Import tab and choose Music. Find an audio track you like and drag and drop it to the Timeline.

Step 5. Cut the audio track (optional)

If your audio track is longer than the video, you can easily cut it. Just put the red marker where you want to make a cut and click the Scissors icon. Next, select the unwanted part and click the Delete button.

Step 6. Apply filters and effects (optional)

Movavi Video Editor offers a wide range of editing tools and special effects. If needed, you can apply animated titles, intros, and stickers. The program also allows you to adjust colors, stabilize your video, and so much more! Just use the tabs on the left side of the program window to check out all features and tools available in the video editor.

You can also try the Instagram Stories set that offers 65 ready-made templates and 28 stickers that were specifically designed for Instagram videos. It’ll help you create best performing content, increase engagement and get more new followers.

Step 7. Save your video

When you finish editing your video, click the Export button to save it. Specify the saving parameters, such as a file name, an output folder, video quality, and a video format. Note that you need to choose MP4 or MOV as an output format, since both of these file formats work with Instagram. Finally, hit Start to launch the saving process.

Step 8. Share your video on Instagram

Once the video file is saved, you can send it to your phone and then share it on Instagram.

Note that you can also upload a video to Instagram from your desktop PC directly as a post on Instagram's website. Unfortunately, this option only works for posting in-feed videos. You cannot upload a video to your story using this method. For a detailed guide on how to upload videos to Instagram from a PC, follow the link below.

Learn how to upload videos to Instagram from a computer

How to add music from Spotify

Another alternative you can use to add music to your story is Spotify, a popular media streaming app. To do this, you must have Spotify downloaded on your smartphone and have an account on the platform. The major downside of this option is that you can only post the album cover to your story. When adding music from Spotify, you cannot integrate it with an existing video or song. Plus, the song won't directly play on your story unless a follower taps on it, where they will be redirected to the song on Spotify. 

Here’s how to add Spotify music to an Instagram story:

  1. Open the Spotify app on your phone.

  2. Locate the song you want to use in your media library or type the song name in the search bar.

  3. When you’ve found the track, open it. Tap the Share icon and select the Instagram option. 

  4. Next, you need to allow Spotify to open Instagram.

  5. Make sure to choose the story option.

  6. The song will appear in your story, ready for posting. Now you know how to add music to your Instagram Story on your Android phone or an iPhone!

How to add music from Apple Music

The next option is to add your audio track from Apple Music. Just like Spotify, when using Apple Music, an audio track won’t be uploaded to your Instagram story directly. Instead, a link to the track will be added. Your followers will be redirected to the Apple Music app to listen to the song.

Here’s how to add music to an Instagram story on your iPhone or Android device: 

  1. First, you need to open Apple Music on your iPhone or Android phone.

  2. Search for the song you want to share. Find the track in your library or use the search bar.

  3. Open the track and find the three horizontal dots. Select Share and choose Instagram from the list. Instagram should open automatically.

  4. Select your story at the bottom left of the screen to upload.

How to add music from SoundCloud

The next option is to add your favorite music from SoundCloud. This platform is very popular among both music fans and musicians. So if you want your followers to know about your latest song release or simply share your favorite track, check out the instructions below. Keep in mind that, similar to Spotify and Apple Music, you can only add a link to an audio track. Your followers will need to tap the sticker and open your track in the SoundCloud app.

  1. Open the SoundCloud app on your Android device or iPhone. Make sure that the latest version of the app is installed on your phone.

  2. Find a track in your library or use the searching tool.

  3. When you find the track, open it.

  4. To add the track to your Instagram story, tap the Share icon. Depending on the phone you’re using, select Stories or tap Share to Instagram Stories.

  5. Next, you need to allow SoundCloud to open Instagram.

  6. Share the link to your song on Instagram stories.


Overall, there are multiple methods to add music to your Instagram story. If you want to add music to a video or photo, one of the best ways is by using Movavi Video Editor. Similarly, if you have the music sticker option, you can add music directly on the app. Take note that the music sticker may not always appear if you're in a particular country or if there are technical glitches.

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t I select songs on my Instagram library?

Instagram has strict regulations and restrictions on the commercial use of music. They only allow royalty-free songs to be shown due to copyright laws.

Why can’t I add music to my story on Instagram?

You may not be able to find songs in your library due to the location you're in. Sometimes Instagram has certain permissions with specific countries to play music. Otherwise, it could be due to a technical glitch or copywriting laws.

Can Instagram delete stories that have music?

If your videos contain music that you do not own the copyright for, Instagram will delete it. When this happens, you might get a warning from Instagram about copyright violations for inappropriate use.

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