How to Add Music to Instagram Stories (Step-By-Step)

Wondering how to add music to Instagram stories? We have got you covered! 

Instagram is a broadly used social media platform by millions of users. Without a doubt, it has evolved a lot since it was first announced. Instagram keeps updating its functionalities by adding new features often. 

How To Add Music To Instagram Stories

At first, you could only share photos as posts. Eventually, Instagram gave an option to share videos. Now, Instagram has a great variety of tools. Instagram Stories has lots of fun filters. With the recent announcement of Reels, Instagram lets its users experiment with various effects. With the updates, Instagram has also given an option to add music to your stories and reels. 

Not only can you add music on Instagram Stories with third-party apps, but Instagram also has its own built-in set of tracks. 

Let’s get right to it. 

How to Directly Add Music on Instagram Stories?

Firstly, you could only add music using different apps, but now Instagram has its own set of built-in tracks from a variety of artists. As the feature is new, you may not find the music you need but regardless, the feature is pretty useful. Here’s how to use it. 

Step 1: Firstly, click a picture for your story or upload media from your camera roll. 

Select A Picture

Step 2: Swipe up before sharing your story. You will see an option called Music. Click on that.

Click On Music

Step 3: Search for your desired song and click on the same. 

Search For A Song To Upload

Step 4: When you select your song, you can see an option at the bottom to choose a particular timestamp. You can also change the style of how your music is posted. There are different options, including lyrics from the timestamp you chose, or just the name of the song along with its cover.

Select the lyrics to upload

Step 5: Click on Done in the upper right corner of your screen and share your story!

How to add music on Instagram using third-party apps?

If you don’t find the music you want on Instagram, you may use different apps to share music with your friends. Below, we’ve listed the top apps currently used by people to share music on Instagram. One disadvantage to this, however, is that, unlike the built-in feature, you cannot post songs along with lyrics with these third-party apps. 

You only need to create an account with these apps or get their subscription,

1. Spotify

To share music on your story from Spotify, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Spotify on your device. Play your favorite song or album and locate the button redirecting you to the options to share, add to queue, add to playlist, etc. 

Play Your Favorite Song On Spotify

Step 2: You will see a button to Share in those options. Click on it.

Click On Share Option

Step 3: Once you click on share, you will see options to post music on various apps. Click on Instagram.

Click On Instagram 

Step 4: And voila! You will be redirected to Instagram Stories. Simply share your story. Your friends will see an option called Play On Spotify. When they click on it, or the song, they will be redirected to Spotify. 

Share it to your stories

2. Soundcloud

To share music on Instagram stories using Soundcloud, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Soundcloud on your device and play your favorite song. In the down-right corner, you will see an icon or three dots depending on your device. Click on that.

Click on three dots option

Step 2: You will see an option to post your song on Instagram Stories. Click on it.

Click On Instagram Stories

Step 3: And voila! You are redirected to Instagram. Simply share your story. Your friends will be redirected to Soundcloud once they click on the song.

Send It To Your Stories

3. Shazam 

Step 1: Open Shazam on your device. Once you open it, find your favorite song. In the upper right corner, you will see an icon to share. Click on it.

Play Your Favorite song on Shazam

Step 2: Once you click on it, you will see an option to share the song on different apps. Click on Instagram stories.

Select Instagram Stories

Step 3: You will be redirected to Instagram. Share your story.

Share Your Story

4. Apple Music

Step 1: Open Apple Music on your phone and locate the three dots above the song or the album. Click on those.

Play Your Favorite Song on Apple Music

Step 2: Once you click on it, you will see an option to share the music on various apps. Choose Instagram.

Choose Instagram 

Step 3: You will now be redirected to Instagram stories. Simply share your story after that. Your friends will be redirected to Apple Music once they click on it.

Share the song to your Story

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the feature for sharing music free?

Yes, the feature for sharing music is absolutely free! However, with third-party apps, you need to have an account or a subscription with them. 


Why isn’t Instagram music working for me?

This may happen because you’re in a region where the feature isn’t available yet. If it’s available and you still can’t find the feature, you may need to delete the app and redownload it again. Make sure you have the latest version on your phone. If you’re a business account, there may be few songs that aren’t available to you due to licensing arrangements. 


Which is the best app to post music on Instagram other than the built-in music sticker?

With minimal steps and variety of music, we would say Spotify. The app is free for music with ads. For ad-free music, you will need a premium subscription. Their collection of tracks is much larger than Instagram Music.


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Conclusion

We hope we were able to help you with all of your doubts regarding sharing music on Instagram stories. We’ve covered most of the apps. Thanks to this feature, you can now have a great listening experience along with your friends. 

Moreover, it’s not essential to have a different app to share your music. You can do directly using Instagram as well. Although currently, we’ve noticed that the built-in tracks on Instagram are pretty limited, we’re sure that with new updates, they’ll add more tracks. Business accounts have even more limited tracks due to Licensing agreements. 

You can also add built-in music when you post videos on your story, it’s not limited to only pictures. We understand that sharing just pictures and videos may feel bland. It’s just not enough! Thanks to Instagram, you can now not only post your feelings using captions, but also your favorite song.

Do let us know below in the comments if we were able to help you.

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