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How to add music to your Instagram story

July 1st, 2018 at 2:36 PM
Instagram stories

Just days after launching video chat for the masses, Instagram added yet another new feature on Thursday. You can now put music in your stories with a few simple taps to add a bit of extra flavor. Of course, these aren’t full songs, but rather 15-second clips that you can use over your photos and videos. These aren’t instrumental or royalty free tracks though — you’ll find popular songs from top 40 radio and beyond in a library of thousands of songs.

Adding music couldn’t be easier. First, tap to add a sticker while viewing a photo or video on your story. This will pull up a page full of stickers that you can slap on to your content. Next, find the new sticker labeled “Music” in the second row. You will immediately see a long list of popular music, though you can also sort by moods and genres if you’re not sure which song you want. If you have a song in mind, you can search for it.

Once you’ve selected a song, you can choose what part of the song you want to play over your story, and then drag it over whatever photo or video you deem appropriate. Clips can be up to 15 seconds, but they can also be as short as you want. Once the music clip has been inserted, the name of the track and artist will appear whenever your friends view the story, so they can find the track on their own if they happen to like it.

Finally, you can also choose your song before you begin by swiping to the new “Music” option under the record button, which allows you to film along to a clip, rather than retrofitting music on your content. This feature is only available on iOS for the time being, but Instagram says it’s coming soon to Android as well.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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