How To Add Music To An Instagram Story

January 24, 2022

Five hundred million people use Instagram Stories every day. Besides Instagram feed, brands also post Instagram videos marketing on Stories to raise awareness. The visuals will be much perfect with music on it. 

In the past, you had to use a third-party tool to add music to your video before posting it on the Instagram app. Thankfully, Instagram has improved its product by releasing a music feature in 2018. 

You can share your favorite songs and express your mood and feelings through Instagram music by browsing a song that’s filtered by mood, genre, and popularity. 

You can also add a specific new piece from your favorite musician. In this article, we’re going to explain it all. Scroll down to get the lowdown!

Simple steps to add music to Instagram Story with music sticker

Adding music to instagram stories

The music library on the Instagram app is being updated with new music daily. If your favorite musicians just released their new song or album, you can find their Instagram music library. 

Foremost, adding background music will leverage your content. It will look like every story that you post has its soundtrack. 

Here is the straightforward guideline to add a song directly to your new Instagram story using a music sticker:

  1. Open your Instagram app and tap on the +.
  2. Select Story icon.
  3. Take your photo or video by clicking the circle button on the middle button. You can use any photo or video from your phone's library.
  4. Tap the Stickers icon (smiley face on the top of your screen) and click on the music sticker.
  5. See a song list on "For You" and "Browse". "For You" offers a song list that you might like, while "Browse" has kinds of music based on category. Music for a business account is limited due to Instagram's licensing agreements.
  6. Type a song title on the search bar to find music in a shorter time.
  7. Select the song and tap the Play button to hear it first.
  8. Move the slider bar to choose a sound clip and lyrics.
  9. Choose whether or not you want to display the live lyrics and there are some different fonts available.
  10. To share, click Your Story.
  11. Tap on your profile picture to recheck your Instagram Story.

To remove a music sticker from your Instagram Story preview, drag the sticker off the screen. People will still hear the selected song. They can know the artist dan title at the top left side.

Why can't you add music to Instagram Stories?

You might not find the music in your Sticker icon tab because it is unavailable in your country. You can access it in several countries which give music licenses to Instagram. 

Sit tight because currently, Instagram is still working to bring this feature globally. At first, Instagram introduced music features in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, dan Australia. 

In 2020, it extended to other countries, such as Indonesia, Italy, Thailand, Portugal, and many more.

There might be another reason you cannot access Instagram music, although it is available in your country. Your app might not be up to date. If you are experiencing this issue, here is how to fix it:

  1. Make sure you use on a personal account or creator instead of a business account
  2. Log out from the app, then log back
  3. If it does not work, delete your app and re-install it

Due to licensing restrictions, branded content ads should avoid music features

How to share a song from Spotify to Instagram Story

Spotify logo on phone. Image:

A music sticker is not the only way to add music. You can share your favorite song from a music streaming app. Spotify app is the most common one. The digital platforms are available for both iOS and Android. 

To share music to your Instagram, you can read these instructions:

  1. Open Spotify app
  2. Find your favorite track that you are going to share and play music
  3. Tap on the ellipsis icon (the three horizontal dots) at the top-right
  4. Find the Share button and click on it
  5. Choose Instagram
  6. Click Your Story to post

If you share a song with Spotify, the music won't play directly. People have to tap on the story to go the Spotify and listen to it. Your story will be only the cover art of the song.

How to add music to Instagram Story from Shazam

When you are just finding a good song through Shazam, you can directly share your discovery on Instagram Story. This app works like Spotify. Instagram will not play the music. It will display cover art, title, and artist. Here's how to do it:

  1. Play a song in Shazam
  2. Choose More, then tap Share
  3. Select Instagram to post the song
  4. Tap Your Story

You can go back to Shazam app by opening your story and tap the Open Shazam.

How to put your favorite song to Instagram Story from Apple Music

Apple Music users can put a song on Instagram Story. You can share what song you are listening to with a few clicks:

  1. Open your Apple Music and start playing the song that you want to share
  2. Tap on the three horizontal dots at the center-right of your device
  3. Hit the Share button
  4. Scroll up till you find Instagram or select More
  5. When the story preview shows up, press Your Story

How to share a song from Soundcloud

If your favorite track is on Soundcloud, you will still share it on Instagram. This app can recognize what music you are playing. 

It allows you to share the song on Instagram. The process is similar to other music streaming apps. Here is the simple process:

  1. Play a song on SoundCloud
  2. Go to Share, then tap on the Instagram Story icon
  3. The latest version of Instagram will allow you to add text and a Soundcloud Giphy sticker on the post
  4. Tap Your Post when you finish editing


Instagram offers many features to make your stories appealing. However, song choices for business accounts are limited. If you want to add music to your Instagram, you can opt for Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud. 

If you need something to make your Instagram story impactful, consider using a ready-to-use template from Offeo. There are over 3000 templates that you can use and modify. You can add music directly for your Instagram Story in Offeo.

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