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How to apply music to an Instagram story

Every wondered how your friends add music to their Instagram stories? Follow our guide to learn how to attach a song to your own story in just a few taps.

There are actually a few ways to add music to your Instagram story, but this guide will cover how to do it from right within the app using Instagram’s own music library. While this will have many of the most popular and trending tracks in it, you might struggle to find more specific songs by your favourite artists.

Read on to learn how to add music and lyrics to your Instagram story from the app’s own selection of songs, or scroll to the troubleshooting section at the bottom of this page to find out how to link songs from Spotify or Apple Music.

What you’ll need: 

  • An Instagram account 

The Short Version 

  1. Open Instagram 
  2. Tap the Add To Story icon 
  3. Snap a photo/video or choose one from your phone 
  4. Tap the sticker icon 
  5. Tap Music 
  6. Choose a song 
  7. Tap Done 
  8. Tap the arrow 
  9. Hit Share

How to apply music to an Instagram story

  1. Step

    Open Instagram

    If you’re not already signed in to your account, you’ll need to do that too.
    how to apply music to an instagram story

  2. Step

    Tap the Add To Story icon

    You can do this by tapping on your story or hitting the plus icon at the top of the app. how to apply music to an instagram story

  3. Step

    Choose a photo or video for your story

    This can be something from your phone or you can capture it directly in Instagram. how to apply music to an instagram story

  4. Step

    Tap the Sticker icon

    This is the square icon with a smiley face.

  5. Step

    Tap Music

    You can also add mentions, links , locations and more while you’re here. how to apply music to an instagram story

  6. Step

    Choose a song

    You can find one in the suggested list or search for a specific song if Instagram has it. how to apply music to an instagram story

  7. Step

    Make any edits and tap Done

    You can choose which section of the song plays, along with the font and colour of the lyrics.

  8. Step

    Tap the arrow

    You can select which story you want to share it to at this stage or the next one.

  9. Step

    Tap Share

    That’s it! You’ve posted a story with music on it. how to apply music to an instagram story


How to add music from Spotify to your Instagram story

If Instagram doesn’t have the song you want, you can also attach a song from Spotify to your story. Just search for a track in the Spotify app, tap the three dots next to it, tap Share and choose Instagram.

How to add music from Apple Music to your Instagram story

Alternatively, you can share music from Apple Music by going to the Apple Music app, tapping the three dots next to the song you want to include, tapping Share and selecting Instagram.

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