How to Add Music in Instagram Stories

The Instagram music sticker is a great way to add music and lyrics to your Instagram stories, creating a fun soundtrack for your community.

However, Instagram Stories’ music sticker has proven to be quite elusive – many users have a limited music library or no access at all.

In this blog post, we will tell you how to add music to your Instagram Stories and why some accounts are not having access:

How to add music in Instagram stories

Ready to add a soundtrack to your Instagram stories? Follow the steps below and you will be posting stories with your favorite beat in no time.

First, download the latest version of the Instagram app on iOS or Android. Next, open the Instagram Stories camera and take or upload a photo or video.

When you’re done, tap the sticker button at the top of the screen and select the music sticker.

Music in Instagram stories

This will open the Instagram music library, which has thousands of songs to choose from.

You can scroll through a For You tab with suggested titles, search for categories, or search for a specific title.

Side by side recording of the tab

Instagram’s music library is full of popular songs and artists like Beyoncé, Guns N ‘Roses, and Ariana Grande – all thanks Facebook’s partnership with record labels.

NOTE: If you have a business account, you may have limited music choices due to Instagram’s licensing agreements.

When you’re happy with your song choices, you can fast-forward and rewind the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.

Music in Instagram stories

You can also choose how long you want the music clip to play (maximum 15 seconds).

Music in Instagram stories

If lyrics are available for the selected song, they should appear on your screen.

Music in Instagram stories

You can then choose different fonts and designs for them and edit the part of the song that you want to play.

When someone sees your story, they can tap the lyrics to learn more about the artist or listen to the song.

Music in Instagram stories

Finally, you can customize the look of the sticker by tapping on it before posting:

Music in Instagram stories

Now you are ready post stories on Instagram. ONs usual you can add GIFs, Survey, or also Hashtags.

Then tap the Your Story button at the bottom of the screen and you’re done.

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Why can’t I add music to my Instagram stories?

When the music sticker was first introduced, it was only available in “select countries” including Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the US.

The feature has been expanded since then, and Canada was added to the list in 2020.

Unfortunately, unless you are in one of the countries where you have access to the music sticker, there is not much you can do other than get stuck right now.

If you live in a country where the feature is available but doesn’t seem to be working as expected, it could be for one of the following reasons:

  • You need to update your app. Instagram brings out new updates often so you might just be using an older version!
  • You are using a business account. Due to licensing restrictions, business accounts may have a selection of royalty-free songs instead of more popular options. You could switch to one Instagram creator profile instead. Screenshot of a user receiving a message that they no longer have access to certain songs because they have a business Instagram account
  • You’re sharing an ad with branded content. The rules of Instagram state Branded ads should avoid GIFs, emojis, music, and more than one sticker.

It is unknown when other countries will have access to the music sticker and if Instagram’s license restrictions for business accounts will change, but we will keep you updated.

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Written by

Monique Thomas

Monique is a content marketer at Later who loves helping brands define their language and content strategy. She can usually be found sipping matcha or adding another book to her ever-growing TBR list. Say hello on Instagram – @wordsbymonique

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