Did you know that there’s a new way to add music to an Instagram Story? Check it out!
Just last month, Instagram added a new interactive music sticker in Stories. Using this new sticker, any IG user can add music to their Instagram story whenever they want.
Not only can you add music to a video or photo in Stories, but your followers can also reply to your stories by sending their own songs.
This opens up an entirely new way to interact with your followers on Instagram! We’re so excited about this new feature that we couldn’t wait to share it with our readers. Unfortunately, this new feature may not yet be available in your country. But don’t worry, Instagram is working on making their new music library available everywhere. Stay tuned!
First, let’s talk about what the new Instagram music sticker is, how you can use it and how to add music to an Instagram Story.
How to Add Music to Instagram Stories
What we love about the new Instagram music sticker is the fact that it can be used in several different ways. But before we get into that, let’s talk about how to add music to a video in Stories.
How to add music to a video
When you open up the Instagram app, click on the “Stories” icon. The easiest way to do this is the click on your photo at the top of your feed, shown in the photo below:
You can also long-hold your icon until you see the menu “Add to Your Story,” shown below:
Before you start creating your Instagram video, scroll over to where it says “Music” and click on that tab.
From here, you’ll see the Instagram music library, where you can pick which song to add to your Instagram Story.
Note that you can search for songs using the search bar at the top. You can also browse the Instagram music library by viewing songs by “Popular,” “Moods,” and “Genres.”
These categories make it super easy to choose the perfect song for your Story.
Keep in mind, the max Instagram Video Length is 15 seconds for Stories. For help on how to make sure your videos look the best, check out this article on Instagram Story Dimensions.
After you choose your Instagram Story music, you’ll get the option to edit what part of the song you wish to play.
Instagram automatically will pick the most popular part of the song (the chorus) as a default.
If you want to choose how to add music to your Instagram story, for example, you want your favorite lyrics to play during your video, you can customize the song.
Click the icon on the right-hand sign of the screen, shown in the photo below:
From here, you should see a screen like this photo on the right →
Check it out! You can drag the bar to whichever 15-second long section of the song you wish to play during your Instagram Story video.
Tip: If your Instagram Story video is shorter, or you simply don’t want music playing the entire time, you can choose exactly how long you want the song to play for!
After you add music to your Instagram Story, you can choose a number of filters to add cool effects to your IG Story. Check it out:
Now that you’ve got the perfect song to play during your video, see the photo below for how to add music to an Instagram Story:
Super easy, right? The cool part is, you can use the music sticker for photos and videos you’ve already taken. Here’s how to add music to Instagram Stories when you’ve already filmed the video (or just want to post a photo).
Adding Instagram music to a photo in Stories
Let’s say you’ve already filmed the perfect IG video for your Instagram Story. Or, maybe you just want to add some musical flair to that awesome pic you took earlier in the day. Can you still add Instagram music to your Story?
Yes! You totally can. Here’s how to add music to Instagram Stories after you’ve taken a photo or video.
After you’ve already taken a picture or video, click on the “Stickers” icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. (See the photo to the left for reference.)
When you click on “Stickers,” you’ll see the following options to choose from. Click on the “Music” sticker, shown here in the photo to the right →
Repeat Steps 2-5 in the previous section of this article. From here’s it’s all the same!
Reply to Stories with Instagram Music
Another great way to encourage engagement between you and your followers is by using the “Questions” sticker:
When Instagram released the “Music” sticker, they integrated it with the “Questions” sticker as well. That means that your followers can send you music as well.
When you click on the “Questions” sticker, you should see the music icon shown in the photo here →
Clicking on this icon brings up a customizable Question sticker that you can share on your Instagram Story.
Here’s what makes this feature so cool. Anytime one of your followers views your Story, they are encouraged to interact with you.
This is great for increasing your engagement on Instagram. Plus, when a follower shares Instagram music with you using the “Questions” sticker, you have the option of sharing it with the rest of your followers.
In my opinion, this is a great tool for businesses looking to grow their Instagram. Create an Instagram contest where the best song submission wins a free gift!
It’s guaranteed to help increase your brand’s engagement on Instagram.
Now that you know how to add music to Instagram Story videos and photos, let us know what you think! Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite part of this new feature is.
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