Instagram stories are easy to make, but if you want to make them truly entertaining they will take a lot of thought. Luckily, Instagram provides various resources to help make your posts as enjoyable as possible.

Maybe you’ve got some great photos or videos, and some cool filters and stickers to layer on top, but your story is still missing one important factor — music. Instagram offers you a selection of tunes from its own library and your favorite music streaming services such as Spotify, SoundCloud, Shazam, and others. Here’s what you need to know about Instagram and Art.

Total Time: 15 minutes

  1. Adding Music From Instagram

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    First, we’re going to add music straight from Instagram. To start your story, tap the Camera button or Your Story icon. Snap your picture or video onto the camera screen. Apply any filters you like or any special effects. Tap the Sticker icon at the top of the page, when you’re ready to add a tune to your story. Then press the Music Sticker.

  2. Searching for Music

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    Use the search field at the top of the screen in the Music screen to search for a particular tune. You can search by album, song or artist. Spot a song that you like? To listen to a short clip press the Play button. If you’re not thinking of a particular song or artist, browse Popular, Genres (rock, pop, jazz, classic, cinematic), or Moods (fun, upbeat, romantic, mellow).

  3. Adding and Editing Music in Stories

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    Tap the song you want in your story, when you’re ready to make a selection. If you use a static image in your story, the music runs for a maximum of 15 seconds. If you’re working on a video that cuts Instagram into separate 15-second segments, the music will play for as long as the whole video is running.

    You will now have the opportunity, with a photo, to determine what portion of the track plays in your story. Move the slider bar until you find the song section you wish to add. Tap the thumbnail of your photo to change its image.

    Some songs offer multiple images you can choose from and some even offer lyrics that appear as the music plays on the screen. Tap Done and the song is added to your story in the form of a sticker, when you’re happy with the image you’ve chosen.

  4. Placing the Music Sticker

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    Once your music selection is finalized, the song appears as a sticker in your story. You have just a few options at this point. By moving it around the screen with your finger you can choose where the sticker is to be placed in your story. Change the sticker size by pinching two fingers, and expand them. Use two fingers, and twist to change the sticker’s orientation.

    Double-tap it to go back to the previous screen, which changes the sticker’s appearance, and then tap Done to go back to your story.

    If you’ve recorded a video, before posting the story, you can do even more with your sticker. Hold on it and in the video you’ll be able to pin the sticker to a particular person or object. This means that the sticker moves along with the object as it moves inside the video.

  5. Publishing and Viewing Stories With Music

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    Tap the Your Story icon to publish your story with the music selection, when you’re done tweaking the music. Alternatively, you can either tap Close Friends to send it to a customized group of people, or tap Send To and select which users should get it.
    Tap the Your Story icon, to view your story. Your story pops up with the music playing automatically. Tapping the song label pauses the music and brings with a play / pause button and other options a music player up. Your followers will be able to view your story and play the music the same way.

  6. Adding Music to Uploaded Media

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    You can also add music to a photo or video you’d like to use in a story. Tap icon in the upper left of the camera. Swipe up to see your library for photos. Select the pictures or videos to add to your story, and tap Next. Tap the sticker icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen to add music, and then select the sticker.

  7. Finalizing Uploaded Media Story

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    From this point on, the process is the same as adding music to a photo or video that you snapped into the Instagram application. Find, and select the music you want. Then choose which part to play in the song. To place the Music Sticker in your story, tap Done.

  8. Adding Music From an External Service

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    Adding music from Spotify, SoundCloud and Shazam require you to open the app and choose a song for that service first. Make sure you have the Spotify, SoundCloud, or Shazam mobile app, whichever you want to use. Let’s check out every single one.

  9. Add Song From Spotify to Instagram Stories

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    Open the app Spotify. Rev a song that you want to share via an Instagram story. Tap the ellipses icon, and select Share. Among Instagram Stories’ share options is one. Tap that one and you’re taken to your Instagram story, where your chosen song with its cover art appears. You can add text, stickers and other story effects. To post the story with the song you selected, tap on the Your Story icon.

  10. Open Spotify From Instagram

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    Upon posting your story it will serve as a link back to Spotify. Tap Your Story to view it, then tap Play on Spotify to open the song in the app. Anyone who views your story can open the song in Spotify this way too.

  11. Add Song From SoundCloud to Instagram

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    Open the SoundCloud App. Choose the song you wish to add to the story. To import the song and its associated image into the Instagram app, tap the Share icon for that song and select Share to Instagram Stories.

  12. Open SoundCloud From Instagram

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    Once the story has been published, it will serve as a link back to the song on SoundCloud. View the story, tap Play on SoundCloud, then Open SoundCloud to open the song in the app.

  13. Add Song From Shazam to Instagram Stories

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    Unlike other music services, the Apple-owned Shazam analyzes and identifies a song you’re already listening to. It is especially helpful when you don’t know who has performed a song or can’t remember the title of the song. You can also get the music app to play, and send it to Instagram.

    Open the App for Shazam. If music is playing near you, allow the song to be recognized by the app, then tap the song at Shazam. To send the song and its artwork to the Instagram app, tap the More icon, select Share and then tap Instagram Stories option.

  14. Open Shazam From Instagram

    Once the story is published, you can travel back through Instagram to the Shazam app. Open the Instagram story, tap More on Shazam, then tap Open Shazam to play the song within the app.

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