How To Add Music To Your Instagram Stories

This week Instagram made it a lot easier to add music to your Instagram stories. Facebook recently made a deal with a number of record labels, which means that tunes are available on Instagram as well.

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The feature is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the US and is accessed in the same way you do stickers and GIFs on Instagram.

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Specifically, after you take a picture or shoot a video for your Instagram story you'll want to tap the smiley button at the top right side of the screen. From there, you'll see a new "Music" button on the second line of options. Tap that, and you'll be taken to a music menu where you can select your jam.

The app defaults to showing you popular music, which is really Drake heavy this morning for some reason. There are also tabs for looking at music by mood such as fun, dreamy, or suspenseful or by genre. IF you have an idea of what you're looking for, then you can also just search for it directly.

When you do find that perfect jam, Instagram will overlay it on your photo or video and allow you to customise the length of time it plays as well as where in the song the music starts.

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From my tests, everything defaults to seven-eight seconds at the beginning of a song. You can scale it up to a 15-second clip if you'd like by tapping on the time at the bottom of the page. Where the song stops and starts can be customised by dragging the slider further down the song's timeline.

Once you're done posting, the feature will also add a sticker to your story with the song's name and artist do your friend can know what they're listening to.


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