How to Add Music to an Instagram Story

How to add music to Instagram story

Stories are becoming very popular on Instagram. Instagram therefore decided last year to add a feature that allows you to add music to your stories. Adding music to your story tends to bring in a lot more engagement, so it’s great for you to add it. Many people get confused about how to add music, so in this post we’re going to show the quickest way to do it.

How to Add Music to Instagram Story

The process is very simple and takes a few steps:
1. Go to the Story section in Instagram and create a new story
2. Tap the sticker icon at the top of the screen

3. Tap ‘Music’ and choose a song. Instagram allows you to choose from most songs have been released by the most popular artists.

When you’ve chosen the song, you can move the slider to decide which part of the song you want played during your story. The only limitation is that you can only play the song for 15 seconds, as this is the maximum length of a story on Instagram. However, you can shorten this length down to 5 seconds if you’d like.

When you choose your song, Instagram gives you several lists. The first is ‘Popular’. This lists the most popular songs that people have been adding to their stories recently. If a new song has just come out, it will most likely show up on the Popular list.

You can also search songs by ‘Moods’, which you can choose depending on the mood of your story. Here is the list of Moods that you can choose from:

  • Fun
  • Upbeat
  • Dreamy
  • Romantic
  • Bold
  • Mellow
  • Inspirational
  • Suspensful

Finally, Instagram also allows you to search songs depending on their genre. Here is the list of genres that Instagram offers:

  • Hip Hip
  • R&B and Soul
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Country
  • Latin
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Reggae
  • Ambient
  • Folk
  • Cinematic

And that’s it! You now know how to add music to an Instagram story. It’s easy to do and there are so many songs for you to choose from, so give it a try.

A few things to note

As mentioned previously, the maximum length of music that you can add to a story is 15 seconds. Firstly, this is because a story can only be 15 seconds long. But also, Instagram has set this limit to avoid copyright issues, as it would not be allowed to let people listen to entire songs for free.
The vast majority of songs are available for use on your Instagram story. Make sure you use the built in Music feature though, as if you add your own recorded music clip your story may get removed for copyright. This is because Instagram has licensed the versions of the songs that they have available in the app. However, your own personal version is not licensed. Also, when adding music take extra care that the song fits with the mood of your story. Your followers might get confused if you publish a story that has sad music!

Instagram has not made it public if there are any new updates coming to the music feature for stories. It will be interesting to see if they add a feature to include animations that move with the beat of the music.

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