Instagram created a feature back in 2018 to allow users to attach music to their Instagram stories. It’s a very popular feature, used by millions of Instagram users every day. Instagram has access to thousands of songs, allowing everyone to upload their favorite music as a cool add-on to their Instagram stories.

If you’re a little behind on the trend, then no fear! We know all the hacks for Instagram, and adding music to an Instagram story is super easy. You’ll be adding music to your Instagram story in no time! So, how and why do we add music to our Instagram stories?

Why Do People Add Music To Their Instagram Story?

Tons of people use the music feature on Instagram. It’s incredibly popular and used across the globe by millions of Instagram users every day.

Adding music to an Instagram story has many benefits.

1. To Create Mood

Typically, most people add music to their Instagram stories to set a particular mood. If they play an upbeat song, it reflects a happier mood. If they play a sadder song, it reflects a sadder mood.

The individual might not be sad, or happy, the music might just reflect the photo or the video taken.

Sometimes people just want to upload a song. There’s no particular reason, they just like the song, and think that it goes with the photo well. Not everything is planned on Instagram, some people just prefer to randomly include a song with their story.

2. Thank You, Next

In other cases, using music can be a way to @ someone, without actually @’ing them. If someone is dealing with a breakup, and they decide to put Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank You Next’ in their story, what do you think they’re trying to convey? Yep, that they’re living their new life, and most definitely @’ing their ex. Do they have to say a word to that person? Nope, but Ariana will. See?

Music can be a way to communicate with people, for better or for worse.

3. Humor

Not everyone on Instagram overthinks life. Sometimes, people use music in their videos to make their videos hilarious.

Take the example of someone falling down. If the right song is added, maybe a sad song, or a song with a certain lyric, that video could go viral, if it’s funny enough.

A lot of people use music in a non-serious way, it doesn’t have to be reflective of anything significant.

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So, How Do You Add Music To An Instagram Story?

The process of adding music to an Instagram story is super easy.

First, you need to open the Instagram app, pretty obvious. Then you need to select the story option. This can be selected by swiping right on the screen. Another way to select the story option is by selecting your profile picture, found in the upper-left corner of the screen.

Next, you need to create a photo or create a video. You also have the option of adding a photo or video, if you press the small icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.

Once you have selected the photo or the video, you now need to select the sticker icon. This is found at the top of the screen.

When you select the sticker icon, there will be a sticker that says ‘Music’.

If you can’t find this option, use the search bar and type in ‘music’.

When you click on the sticker, Instagram will immediately show you a range of recommended songs to use. You don’t have to use these songs. Instead, you can use the search function to find the song you are looking for.

When you select a song, you will notice that a slider bar appears. This bar will allow you to select the part of the song that you want on your Instagram story.

You should note that Instagram only allows users to play 15 seconds of a song on their story. That’s why the slider bar is there, so you can select the part of the song you want to use.

Yep, it’s that easy to play music on your Instagram story!

Changing The Music Sticker

Okay, so there are a couple of different music stickers that Instagram allows users to use.

Some stickers are smaller, which means they are less obvious in the photo or video. Other stickers are designed so that followers can immediately see the name of the song you are playing.

Note, followers can also see what song is playing by selecting the title of the song when they click on the video or the photo.

There is also the option to use a sticker that provides the lyrics to the selection of the song you are playing.

All you need to do is double-tap the sticker, and it will change, then you can make your own choice as to which style suits your story best.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the music feature work with Android and Apple phones?

Yep, the music feature works with both Android phones and Apple phones. As long as the Instagram app is up-to-date, the music feature should work on all mobile phones.

Instagram does not have the song I want to upload to my story.

While Instagram does have an extensive list of songs, they do not have every single song available.

I picked the wrong song. How do I remove it from the story?

If you have already uploaded the story to Instagram, then you cannot remove the song, you have to remove the story and re-upload the story with a different song.

If you haven’t uploaded the story to Instagram yet, all you need to do is search for a new song. Select that song, and the music will automatically change.


Adding songs to your Instagram stories is simple.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re twenty years old, or eighty years old, you can easily navigate Instagram. Social media is for everybody, and it’s surprisingly a lot easier to navigate than a lot of people think. Adding music to an Instagram story couldn’t be easier with our simple guide.

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