How to Add Music in Instagram Stories with the New Music Sticker

Big news: you can now play music in Instagram Stories!

First, we had the exciting launch of IGTV, then Video Chat in Direct Messages became the latest feature. And today we bring you more good news from Instagram: You can now add music to your Instagram Stories with the new music sticker!

The newest feature will allow you to add a soundtrack to your Instagram Story! Working for videos and photos, you can now select from thousands of music tracks that fit the mood of your Story.

At the moment, the music sticker feature is available to Android and iOS users, but only in selected countries. 

With 400 million people using Instagram Stories every day, we’re excited to see and hear how this new feature is going to impact how we engage with Stories.

Here’s everything we know about this acoustically-pleasing launch from Instagram:

How to Add Music in Instagram Stories

Ready to start adding soundtracks to your next Instagram Story? It couldn’t be easier! Just follow the steps below and you’ll soon be posting photos and videos to your favorite beat.

First, download the latest version of the Instagram app on iOS or Android. Once you’ve updated your app, go to Instagram Stories by tapping the camera icon on the top right of your homepage.

Once you’ve taken a photo or video, tap the “Stickers” button at the top of the screen.

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Now, the new music option will appear alongside your other sticker options! Simply tap the icon to open the Instagram music library, where you’ll find thousands of songs to choose from. You can either search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular.

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You can tap the play button to hear a preview before adding it to your story too.

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

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Now you’re ready to post to Instagram Stories as usual — add GIFs, polls, hashtags or anything else you might like to add, tap the “Your Story” button at the bottom of your screen, and you’re all set!

If you’re using iOS, you can also choose a song before capturing your video or photo. Just swipe to the new “Music” caption under the record mode when you’re in the Instagram Stories camera. From here, it’s the same as before. Just search for a song, choose the exact part you want for your photo or video, and capture your story while the song plays in the background. Easy, right?

Here are a few more things to know about the new music in Instagram Stories feature:

Which Countries Have Access to the Music Sticker?

In Instagram’s press announcement, they state that new music sticker feature is only available in “select countries.” And according to writers at TechCrunch, these lucky countries include Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

It’s unknown when other countries will have access to the music sticker, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted when things change!

What Kind of Music is There to Choose From?

According to TechCrunch, Instagram’s music library is filled with thousands of songs and artists like Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and Guns N’ Roses, thanks to Facebook’s recent partnership with record labels.

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From the Later office, we’ve spotted Ed Sheeran, Childish Gambino, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar, to name just a few. So we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll like, and suits the mood of your Instagram Stories too!

With all of Instagram’s new launches — IGTV, Video Chat, and now music in Instagram Stories — there’s been some great steps towards bringing online communities closer together, in a way that’s more engaging, inclusive, and fun!

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Written By

Nikki Canning

Nikki is part of the marketing team at Later and has worked in digital media in London, Dublin, and Sydney. She loves strong coffee, cuddly puppies, and planning her next travel adventure. Follow along on Instagram @nikkitravelled.