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How to Add Music to an Instagram Story

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Adding music to your Instagram stories can make them seem more personal or capture the attention of your target audience. You can choose from a variety of styles of music, including many popular songs that Instagram has acquired the rights to use.

This post will cover how you can easily add music to your Instagram stories using an Instagram sticker.

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How to Add Music in Instagram Stories 

If you want to add music to your Instagram stories, you will first need to create an Instagram story by completing the following:

  1. Step 1

    Click the camera icon on the top left-hand side of the screen.

  2. Step 2

    Either take a picture or a video or choose one from your images on the lower left-hand side of the app. 

  3. Step 3

    Tap the sticker icon (a squarish smiley face) on the top of the screen.

  4. Step 4

    Click the “Music” option from the sticker section.

  5. Step 5

    Browse or search through Instagram’s database of songs until you find the one you want to be posted on your story. You can search via the search bar or browse through popular songs, genres, and moods.

  6. Step 5

    Adjust what part of the song you would like to play, where you want the lyrics (if applicable), and how you want them to look. The music will run for 15 seconds. 

  7. Step 6

    Click “Done” in the upper right-hand corner. 

  8. Step 7

    Make any other changes you wish to make to the Instagram post. 

  9. Step 8

    Click your profile image on the lower left-hand side of the screen to post your story. You also have the option to post it just for your friends or send it to specific people. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What Countries Can Play Music With Their Instagram Stories?

    Many countries still don’t have the ability to play music with their Instagram Stories. Those who do include the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 

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    How Long Will the Music on an Instagram Story Play?

    Music on an Instagram story will play for 15 seconds if it is a still shot. If you place it on a video, Instagram will cut it into 15-second segments and the music will play through the whole thing.

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    Why Can’t I Add Music to My Instagram Story?

    If you are unable to add music to your Instagram story, it may be because you live in an area that doesn’t allow the feature to work. This is generally due to copyright reasons. If you don’t believe that this is the case, try resetting your app. 

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    Can Instagram Remove Content With Copyrighted Music?

    Yes, Instagram may remove a post with copyrighted music. Make sure that you use the music that Instagram has provided, original music, or uploaded royalty-free music only. 

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    Can I Use 15 Seconds of a Copyrighted Song Under the Fair Use Act?

    The simple answer is no. There are myths that say you can use a short clip, but these are just myths. It is illegal to use copyrighted music regardless of how long of a clip you take.