How to Add Music to Instagram Stories on iPhone

It's indeed fun to add soundtracks to Instagram stories on iPhone. Follow along as we walk you through the quick steps!

Thanks to the latest update, you can add cool music to your Instagram stories on your iPhone. The app has got a huge library of soundtracks. Therefore, you can browse by mood and even pick out the one that’s currently getting plenty of hearts.

Keep in mind; the built-in music library is not available in every country yet. Besides, you can currently use it only on your iOS device. Instagram has said that it would soon add it to Android.

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How to Add Soundtracks to Instagram Stories

Before getting started, be sure to update Instagram to the latest version on your iPhone. Simply open App Store → Updates tab and hit the Update button next to it.

Step #1. Launch Instagram on your iOS device.

You can add soundtracks to your story before or after capturing a video.

  • Simply launch the camera by swiping right from the left of the screen and then select the new “Music” option under the record button.
  • The app lets you also add it after capturing the shot. You will see the music icon when you tap to add a sticker.

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Step #2. Now, the music library of tons of songs will be at your disposal.

You can search the entire collection to pick a great one for your clip. To get the perfect match, browse by mood, genre or what’s trending. To hear a preview, tap on the play button.

Step #3. Once you have chosen your song, you can ideally fine tune it. For example, you will be able to fast-forward it or rewind the whole track to select the specific part that can go nicely with your story.

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Step #4. After you are happy with the result, share it as usual.

Now, whenever your friends play your story, they will hear the song. Besides, they also view a sticker with the song title and artist name.

Though Instagram has got a massive library of soundtracks, it might not appeal to everyone. And just in case, you wish to bring some of your personal music into the mix, we have you covered as well. Read on….

How to Add Your Personal Music to Instagram Stories on iPhone

Step #1. Launch Music app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Next, you need to select the song you wish to add to your story. Then, tap on it.

Open Music App and Tap on Song on iPhone

Step #3. Now, use the time bar to choose the section of the song you want to add. Then, pause the song.

Pause Music on iPhone

You can also play YouTube video in the background.

Step #4. Next, launch Instagram on your device.

Open Instagram on iPhone

Step #5. Tap on the camera icon at the top left the corner.

Tap on Camera Icon in Instagram on iPhone

Step #6. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center.

Swipe Up iPhone Screen in Instagram

Step #7. Swipe left to access music preferences. Now, play the song.

Play Song in Instagram Background

Step #8. Close the Control Center. Then, touch and hold the shutter button to start recording.

Record Video in Instagram on iPhone

Step #9. Once you have recorded your story. Tap on the “+” button at the bottom to upload your story.

Add Music to Instagram Story and Share

That’s pretty much it! You have successfully added music to your Instagram story. Use this cool tip to make your story more interesting.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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