How To Add Music To Instagram Story And Why Can’t I Add Music to Instagram Story?

how to add music to instagram story

Highlight: In this article, we will learn 3 important things, first How to add music to an Instagram story? second how to add music from music streaming services, like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Shazam? and third, the solution why you can’t add music to the Instagram story?

Instagram Story, a feature that almost all 1 billion users of Instagram like to use. This feature of Instagram, which allows users to set up a story up to 15 seconds, also provides several other options, with the help of which users can make their Instagram story even better and more entertaining. About 1.5 years ago where you could publish only photos, videos, quotes, stickers, etc. in Instagram Story, now from June 2018, Instagram has added a new option with Instagram Story, which is music. Through this option, you can also add your favorite music or song in Instagram Story and share it with others.

Although this feature has been released from more than 1.5 years, but still people are not fully used to it. There are many reasons for this, such as not being available in all regions, not being available on all mobile phones, not being fully updated, etc. But now when it is almost completely updated, we will know the latest method that how we can add music to an Instagram Story? We will also learn how we can add tunes into Instagram stories from our favorite music streaming services, like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Shazam. Along with that, I will also share the solution with you that why you Can’t Add Music to Instagram Story?

How to Add Music to an Instagram Story From Instagram Default Option

As I mentioned above, there are a lot of music streaming services, with the help of which you can add music to your Instagram story, but before knowing about them, let’s know that how we can add music to our Instagram story without the help of any other music service, directly by Instagram’s default option. This option is much easier than other options, so to use this option follow these steps…

default instagram music story option

Adding Music From Instagram

To add music directly from Instagram, tap on the camera button or the Your Story icon. Now If you want to add music, then you have to choose what you want: either you search for music first; Or add a photo and video and then put music in the story. So if you want to look for music before you take adding photo or video, head to the bottom of the screen and scroll to the right until you get to the Music section (in most of the region you will get it on 3rd position to right). In the music section, you will get a new window where you can browse for a song.

The other option is to add media first, so to go this way, select the sticker icon on the story toolbar at the top of the screen. Now you’ll have a collection of stickers to add to your story but choose Music to select the song you want.

how to add music to an instagram story

Searching for The Music of Your Choice

Now you can choose music, you will get four options for this, first you can add music from popular song list, second you can add music from mood category where you will find music depends on your mood, love music, party fun etc., third add music from Genres category where you will get different genres music. But if you do not find the music of your choice even in all these categories, then you can try the fourth option which is the search bar option, at the top of the screen, you will find a search bar in which you can search for your favorite music by writing its name.

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Edit Music in Stories

Now if you have found your favorite song, then click on it so that it will be selected. If you have not added any photos or videos, your selected music will start playing as you create the story. If you plan to use a static image for your story, the music will last for a maximum of 15 seconds, just like other stories, and apart from this if you’re going to post a video, the music in the story will play as long as the video plays.

why i can't add music to an instagram story

Now comes to the edit option, so Instagram music story feature allows you to decide what portion of the track plays in your story. So if you’re adding music to Instagram story without any photos or videos taken, tap the sound icon at the end of the music toolbar and move the slider bar until you find the section of song you want to be added and once you will have done that, tap on “done” and the song will be added to your story in the form of a sticker.

Now comes to the second situation, so if you’ve already added media to your story, add music by selecting the sticker icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen, after that select the Music sticker. Once you select a track, Instagram Automatically asked you to cut what part of the song you want in the story.

Place the Music Sticker

Now after music selection, the song will appear as a sticker in your story. Now you have some options to finalize this story. You can choose where the sticker will be placed in your story by moving it around the screen, you can also reduce or increase the size of the sticker with the help of your finger. Apart from this, you can also change what the sticker looks like by tapping twice on it. If you have recorded a video, you can do even more with your sticker before publishing, hold it down and you will be able to pin the sticker to a specific section of the video.

Publish Your Story

Now when you are completely ready to publish your story, tap on your story icon to publish. Now you select the audience limit of your story, if you only want specific people to see it, you can either tap Close Friends to send it to a custom group of people, or you can just simply publish it for all your followers.

After that, you can view your story by tapping on the Your Story icon. Your story appears with the music you have selected. Tapping on the song label pauses the music and brings up a music player with a play/pause button and other options, and like other stories you can also check how many people watched your story.

Add Music to Uploaded Media

Most of the people do not know but Instagram also allows us to add music to an existing photo or video that you want to use in a story. You can do this by following these simple steps…

add music to uploaded media in instagram story
  1. Click on the camera icon in the upper-left and then swipe down to see your photo library.
  2. Now select the photos or videos you want to add to your story and tap Next, after that to add music, tap on the sticker icon in the toolbar and then select the Music sticker.
  3. It will take you to the music story section from where you can choose your favorite music and can add that in your Instagram story.

Add Music to Instagram story from External music Services

As I mentioned above, we can add music to Instagram story with the help of other external music services besides Instagram, so the music streaming services we are talking about are Spotify, SoundCloud, and Shazam. But before going further make sure that you have the mobile app for these music service providers depending on which one you want to use. So let’s check all of them one by one.

instagram music story with sound cloud

Add Song From SoundCloud to Instagram

  1. Download and install the “SoundCloud” app on your mobile phone and then open it.
  2. Now search and select the song or music you want to add to your Instagram story.
  3. After that click on the Share icon for that song and select Share to Instagram Stories.
  4. It will open the story section on your Instagram app and then you can follow the normal process and add that song in your Instagram story.

Once the story has been published, it will serve as a link back to the song on SoundCloud, anyone who views the story can tap on it to play the song on SoundCloud.

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instagram music story with spotify

Add Song from Spotify to Instagram Stories

  1. Download and install the “Spotify” app on your mobile phone and open it.
  2. Now browse and select the song you want to add to your Instagram story.
  3. After selecting the song click on the ellipses icon (three dots) and choose the Share option, now select the “Instagram story” option from the given options.
  4. It will open the story section on your Instagram app and then you can use stickers and other visuals and by following the normal process you can create your story.

Once your music story has been published, it will serve as a link back to the song on Spotify, and anyone who views the story can tap on it to play that song on Spotify.

Add Song from Shazam to Instagram Stories

  1. Download and install the “Shazam” app on your mobile phone and open it.
  2. Now if any music or song is playing near you, allow the app to recognize the song, then tap on the song in Shazam and then Tap More > Share > Instagram Stories.
  3. It will open the story section on your Instagram app and then you can use stickers and other visuals and by following the normal process you can create your story.

Once your music story has been published, it will serve as a link back to the song on Shazam like the other two apps, and anyone who views the story can tap on it to play that song on Shazam.

So now you know how you can add music to the Instagram story, but still, there are some users who are facing problems to do so, so let’s see what you can do if you are not getting the feature to add music to Instagram story…

Steps You Should Take If You Are Not Getting The Feature To Add Music To Instagram Story…

This is very unfortunate but many users are still away from Instagram’s music story service, There can be many reasons for this, but why most of the people not getting this, is because Instagram Music Isn’t available in their region. Which means that the Instagram music story feature is geo-restricted and cannot be accessed from where you currently reside. This is a major issue, we will talk about it later in this article, but before that let’s try some other important methods…

Update the Instagram app

update the instagram app

This method has helped many people, it happens many times that the feature is available for our region and our mobile, but because we are using the older version of the app, we cannot get the new features. This problem also comes with the music story feature of Instagram, so, first of all, go to the App Store and update your Instagram Application.

After updating the app check if you can now add the music sticker to your Instagram stories if you can’t then try our next solution.

Uninstall the Instagram app and Re-Install

Although we have updated the Instagram app, but many times this problem only happens with our Instagram app, which does not fix with updating the application. A brilliant way to overcome with this problem is by uninstalling the app and then re-installing it. This action will also update your Instagram app if it hasn’t been updated.

Contact With Instagram Support Team

Even after all this, if you are not able to add a music story to Instagram, then maybe it is not available for your region or if it is then you should contact with the support team of Instagram. To contact with the Instagram support team, open the settings of your Instagram account then click on help and then tap on the report a problem.

Solution For Instagram Music Isn’t Available in your Region

Most of the people who are unable to add music to Instagram story get this message, that Instagram music isn’t available in your region, and that is because of some licensing issues, some content is not available in other regions, that means that music is geo-restricted and cannot be accessed from where you currently reside. Now what we can do in such a situation, so there is hope called “VPN”. What you need to do is spoof your location and appear in a different place, that will not only allow you to access Instagram music but also prevent third parties from tracking you. And you can be able to do all these things via a VPN.

Solution For Instagram Music Isn’t Available in your Region
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The VPN creates a digital tunnel for you through which your device accesses the Internet, as well as rearranges your connection through designated servers in the country of your choice. With a VPN, you will be able to listen to every song featured on Instagram Stories, after using it, geo-restriction will no longer be an issue as you will gain the ability to access Instagram music, from any location.

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So hopefully, now all your doubts will be over, now you know how you can add music to Instagram Story, and how you can get rid of the problem of not being able to add Music to Instagram Story. Although the complete information has been presented in detail above, but still, if you have any questions, such as how music can be added to an Instagram story or the solution of Instagram Music isn’t available in my region, then you can share it with us in the comments section.

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