How to Share Music to Your Instagram Stories

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Social Media / Instagram

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Instagram’s feature to add stories to your profile is currently being used by more than 400 million users worldwide. The ‘My Story’ feature makes your photo/video available on your profile for 24 hours.

The platform, however, decided to make an adjustment to this feature by adding a new one - giving its users the option to add or share music to their stories.

This can be done in a few different ways. One of them is adding music directly from Instagram, or you can use a third-party app such as Spotify. Instagram has a broad specter of tunes available to be added to your Instagram stories, and new ones are being added every day. You can do this by adding a song along with a photo or video you’ve taken, as well as sharing the song along with lyrics solely.

The main difference between adding a song from Instagram directly or adding a song from the Spotify app is that when sharing from Spotify, you can only share the song/album/podcast with the album cover, but no music will be playing in the background. Sharing from Spotify however, has a hyperlink that will open your Spotify app and play the song that’s been shared, while Instagram’s feature does not have this particular option.

How to share your story from Spotify (step-by-step guide)

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In order to be able to share to your story from Spotify, you’ll need to have a Spotify account.

  • Step 1: Open the song you wish to share to Instagram.
  • Step 2: Click on the three dots in the top right corner.
  • Step 3: Click on ‘Share’, and then select ‘Instagram’.
  • Step 4: You will be redirected to your Instagram app, where the album cover along with the name of the song and the name of the artist.
  • Step 5: Click on your profile picture in the bottom left corner to add the image to your story

How to add music to your stories from Instagram directly (step-by-step guide)

  • Step 1: Take a picture/video, or choose a picture/video from your Photo Gallery.
  • Step 2: When you tap to add a sticker when posting a Story, there will be an option Music. Click on it.
  • Step 3: A library will open, along with a ‘Search’ bar. Type in the name of the song you wish to add. Once you’ve chosen the song you want, you can rewind or fast forward through the song to choose the part you want to share. The part you want to share can last a maximum of 15 seconds.

Another option that is currently only available for iOS users, is selecting a song before shooting a video. All you have to do is scroll below the ‘Record’ button to find the option that’s labeled ‘Music’, click on it, and do the same process as mentioned above. Instagram has announced that the same feature will be available for Android users as well.

How to add music to Instagram Reels (step-by-step guide)

Instagram Reels is a relatively new feature that was added towards the middle of 2020. Reels are videos which are shared on your Instagram feed as a post. You can edit them, and one of the options is adding music to them. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do so.

  • Step 1: Click on the ‘+’ sign in the top right corner of your Instagram homepage.
  • Step 2: Tap on ‘Reels’ on the bottom of the page.
  • Step 3: Select the track that you wish to use in your reel.
  • Step 4: Same as adding music to your story, slide through the song to select the part that you wish to share. You can add the music both before you start recording, as well as aft