How to add music to Instagram Story — full guide and why not working

Julia Moore
Adding music to Instagram Story makes the content more interesting and encourages users to react. It means higher engagement, and the social network shows your content more often.
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If you still haven’t tried music Stories, it’s prime time to open the app and add new to your profile content. We will tell you how to put music on Instagram Story or post a song on it. At the end we'll figure out how to deal with possible difficulties. 

How to put music on a Story from a phone

Use in-build IG tools or additional applications. 

Music sticker

There is no easier way to put music on Instagram Story than to add the sticker. 

Add photo or video

Add photo or video using one of the Stories tools: 

  • Choose Creator feature to post a Story with a couple of words instead of a visual.
  • Upload files from the phone gallery by tapping Camera roll at the bottom left. Tap the squares icon at the top right to select up to ten files. Long videos are automatically divided into 15 second parts. 
  • Record a video. You can see the recording process around the white button. One complete round means one recorded Story. If you keep holding the button, the second one starts recording. Release the button and tap once to continue. 
  • Create a Layout collage. Tap the icon again to see options for the pictures’ position. Videos are not available in this feature. Take up to 6 photos and tap Next.
  • Multi-Capture enables posting multiple photos in a row. If you want to add more photos, make them using the default camera app and upload through Camera roll.

Add a song

After files are uploaded, an editing menu will open. Tap the Music sticker.

You will be offered a collection of songs for you. In the Browse tab you can find categorized music. Type a word from a song title or artist name to find a particular track. 

In personal accounts you always can put music on Instagram Story from the libraries available via the sticker. 

In Business accounts, it is restricted by the network’s licensing agreements. Instagram offers to use Facebook’s Sound Collection with more than 9,000 free sound tracks for commercial purposes.

A user has to authorize first with a Professional account in Creator Studio. We wrote about it here. The Facebook’s Sound Collection is unavailable for Personal accounts. Although 

Creator accounts are also Professional, the restrictions are not applied to them. Creators can use both the sticker library and Facebook’s Sound Collection.

The music length is 15 seconds by default. Use the round with a number to change the time.

You can change the image of the sticker. Tap it or scroll the line with icons to choose a small sticker, album cover or subtitles. 

Then choose a part of the song. Below you can see a selection box on the timeline. Drag it to the left or right to choose a song part. 

How to put music on multiple photos or videos

The Layout mode allows you to post a collage of multiple photos with one song. But if you need to add a song on a sequence of Stories with multiple photos or videos, add files using Camera roll, Multi-capture, or record several Stories. 

There will be small pauses when switching between Instagram Stories. It ruins the general impression. That's why the focus should be on the visual content, not the sound line. 

If you want to announce a song, confine to one Story. Provide a link to the full version or, at least, to a source where it can be found. 

At the bottom of the editing menu, you can switch between photos and videos. You have to add music to each one separately. The end of the one part should be the beginning of the next.

You see the time by tapping on the selection box. The subtitles also help to orientate in a song. 

For example, a 15 second part of a song starts at 1:04, it means the next one should start at 1:19. 

Edit subtitles

Tap the spectrum icon at the top to change the subtitles color. The next icon, which is the album cover, opens Instagram music library. By the icon with an exclamation mark you can inform the developers about a mistake in subtitles text. 

Choose a type of subtitles in the line below. There are words of different sizes, typing effect, focus on the current line and smooth switching.

Tap Done.

Post a Story

Move the sticker or change its size. Add other stickers, GIFs and emoji. Tap share to make the Story appear in your profile. 

Check the full instructions in the article on How to add Instagram Stories in less than a minute.

You and other users can tap the music sticker while viewing a Story to learn more about the track. In the pop-up window you can see the song title and artist name and listen to the full version. 

Old-school way

IG Music sticker is still not available in some countries. Using particular songs may be prohibited in a particular region. The method instagrammers had used before the sticker was added allows to put music on Instagram Story despite the restrictions.

Turn on a song in the app allowing playing music in the background. It may be a default phone player or a downloaded app.

Open an Instagram Stories menu, tap the recording button while playing the song. Focus camera on a stable object, if you need a static image like a photo.

You also can turn on music on another device, but the sound quality will be lower. However, modern phone microphones can record a good sound in a quiet place. 

Tap share to add the video in your profile. 

The advantage of the method is that you can record several Stories with added music at once. Hold the button as long as you need, Instagram will separate the record in parts. The pauses still will be there, but the sound line will be divided accurately without a lost second.

There are also disadvantages. You can not record the beginning of a song. You have to figure out the moment to start the record at the right time and not to have it ended in the middle of a word. 

Applications and services

Audio and video editors allow you to add favorite music on a video lasting more than 15 seconds. Apart from that, they give more features to enhance audio and image. 

There is an in-built app in iOS which is iMovie. Android users can install any simple editor, like Music Video Editor

How to add music from other app

If you need merely to share a track, you can add music to an Instagram Story from a music app. You don’t have to think up a visual, there’ll be an album cover. The method is good for both iOS and Android. 

If you’ve added several accounts in your IG app, a song will be shared in the one you have switched to.

Here is an example with Spotify:

  1. Play a song on Spotify.
  2. Disclose the three dot menu.
  3. Tap share.
  4. Choose Instagram.

A Stories editing menu will open. Instead of a photo there will be an album cover. 

After you’ve published a track, it can be opened in Spotify from Instagram.

  1. Open the Story.
  2. Tap the app under the username. 
  3. Choose Open Spotify.

Users can listen to the full version of a song they like or add it to their playlists.

Other apps may also have this feature apart from Spotify. For example, Deezer provides it. 

How to put music on a video from a computer

It’s easier to edit music and video from a big screen, using a mouse and keyboard. Besides, computers allow users to work with professional programs and big files. 

Use video editors to put music on a video. Choose a program popular among both Windows and Mac iOS users. 

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Blender
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Filmora

After processing a video, you need to post it. The social network doesn’t have a desktop version. You can’t post it through a browser either. We suggest using one of the methods:

  • Upload a file to Google drive or iCloud. Then download it to your phone and share in Instagram Stories. 
  • The BlueStack emulator and more ways to post from a computer are described in the article. Before posting files on Instagram you have to import them from Windows to the emulator in the file manager. 

Why is Instagram music not working?

  • Old app version. Update it to have the music playing.
  • Music sticker or the tracks are not available in your region. Use a proxy server.

The songs become available only to you. Subscribers living in your country won't be able to watch the story with sound, unless they also use a proxy server. Accounts with a local target audience better use a different song or another way to put music on Instagram Story.

  • You post from a Business account. Switch to Creator or personal account, or use Facebook’s Sound Collection.
  • You are posting Branded Content Ads. In such accounts the author must add a link to the sponsor, and can’t add emoji, GIFs, music or more than one sticker. 

Music on Taplink 

Make a page in Taplink if your hobby or work is connected with music. There you can announce your own tracks and place playlists with favorite songs. They will always be in quick access for you and your followers.

Use blocks to add songs on the page:

  • Social networks block offers buttons for more than a dozen of musical services. Apple music, Spotify, SoundCloud, Beat Start, Pandora, Last.fm are among them. They navigate users to a page in a music app. A web page with a song is opened on a computer. 
  • HTML code block is displayed on the page as a small player. A user can listen to a song right on the landing page. Copy the code from a music service if it provides the feature. Below you can see a Spotify example. 

Design song pages using additional blocks, create your own color themes or use ready-made templates. 

The bottom line

You have a choice how to add music to Instagram Story. Add the music sticker, there are all popular songs in the library. If you can’t find the one you need, add a song from Spotify. Use Facebook’s Sound Collection for Business accounts.

The easiest way to put a song on multiple photos and videos is using audio-video editors. Don’t forget Instagram divides long videos into 15 seconds pieces and a song is played with pauses. 

Sign up on Taplink if your content is mostly musical. On the landing pages you can publish full song versions. Users can listen to them without leaving Instagram.

Let's discuss in the comments what is the best way to add music to Instagram Story.