How to Add Music to Instagram Story Without the Music Sticker?

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How to Add Music to Instagram Story Without the Music Sticker?

Do you want to add music to an Instagram Story without using the Music Sticker? That’s possible, but it’s a multi-step process!

This guide will teach you how to use Spotify or SoundCloud to add music to your Instagram story.

We’ll also discuss hiding the Music Sticker when adding music to your Instagram post.

Keep reading to find out how to add music to Instagram stories without the sticker!

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How to Add Music to Instagram Story Without the Music Sticker?

How Can You Add Music to an Instagram Story Without the Music Sticker?

Most Instagram users would use the Music Sticker when adding music to a story or post on Instagram.

Music Sticker
Music Sticker

But this only gives you access to a select number of songs for which Instagram has obtained the copyright.

What if you can’t find the song you want in the Instagram library? Then, you’ll need to use an external app to add the song to your Instagram story.

Below, you’ll learn how to add music to an Instagram story with:

  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify

You can connect these music apps to Instagram and use them to access a bigger database of songs for your stories.

Add Music to Instagram Stories with SoundCloud

To add music to your Instagram story without the Music sticker, you can use SoundCloud.

Download the app from Google Play, create an account, and search for any song you want.

Then, you can share it via an Instagram Story on your Instagram account!

Follow the steps below to do this:

  1. Tap on the “Search” function
Tap on the “Search” function
Tap on the “Search” function

Once you open the SoundCloud app, find the “Search” function to look for the song you want.

The Search function is on the bottom bar and looks like a magnifying glass. Tap on it and continue with the steps below!

  1. Type in the name of the song you need
Type in the name of the song you need
Type in the name of the song you need

Once you’re in the “Search” function, type in the name of the song you want.

Find the correct result and tap on the three-dot icon to the right of the song name. This will open a new menu where you can share it through Instagram.

  1. Select “Stories
Select “Stories”
Select “Stories”

After you tap on the three-dot icon, a menu will appear. Find the Instagram icon called “Stories” and tap on it.

This will let you share this song through an Instagram song.

  1. Move the song logo until it disappears
Move the song logo until it disappears
Move the song logo until it disappears

If you don’t want the music logo to be present in your story, you can drag and drop it in a corner until it disappears.

Make sure you drag it from the farthest point in the direction you want to drag it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to move the entire caption outside the screen.

This is how it should look if you drag and drop it successfully.

This is how it should look if you drag and drop it successfully.
This is how it should look if you drag and drop it successfully.

The sound will play in the background, but if you do this correctly, the song logo will not show in your story.

Add Music to Instagram Stories with Spotify

Spotify is another music app that you can use to share songs through Instagram stories. And you don’t need the Music sticker!

To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the “Search” function and look for a song
Select the “Search” function and look for a song
Select the “Search” function and look for a song

The first step is finding a song as you did with SoundCloud. Use the Search option on the bottom bar.

Then, type in the song’s name in the search box at the top. 

  1. Tap on the three-dot icon next to the song
Tap on the three-dot icon next to the song
Tap on the three-dot icon next to the song

Once you find you want to share, select the three-dot icon to open a new menu.

  1. Select “Share
Select “Share”
Select “Share”

In this new menu, you’ll see several options, including “Like,” “Add to playlist,” “View Artist,” “Share,” and “Show Credits.”

Select “Share” if you want to post this song on your Instagram story.

  1. Tap on “Stories
Tap on “Stories”
Tap on “Stories”

In the “Share” menu, you’ll need to select the Instagram Stories option. Look for it in the top row.

Once you find it, tap on it. This will take you to the same Instagram interface as with SoundCloud.

To remove the song logo, drag and drop it outside the screen, preferably in a corner. Then, post the story normally!

Conclusion

Adding music to Instagram stories is a great feature that adds tons of functionality and enjoyment to the app.

But the Music Sticker is severely limited by its small database of songs. If you can’t find the song you want, then what do you do?

You use Spotify or SoundCloud! This guide teaches you how to add music to Instagram stories without the Music Sticker.

Follow the steps above, and you’ll have no issues customizing your stories with great songs!

Why is Instagram music so limited?

That’s because Instagram has to buy licensing agreements for every song on the platform.

It buys these agreements from apps such as Spotify or Apple Music. And they were quite expensive.

Instagram won’t invest too much money in a feature that isn’t seeing a lot of traction.
Even though more and more people are adding music to their stories and posts, it might not be enough.

Moreover, Instagram also cares about keeping as many users as possible on its platform.

Having a limited number of songs available is great at keeping the users invested in the platform.

Instagram will want to expand its music libraries, but it’ll take time.

Licensing agreements have to be signed, and this isn’t easy.

How else can I add music to Instagram stories without the sticker?

If you want a different but more complicated method of adding music to Instagram stories without the sticker, here you go.

You can use a video editor to edit a song and then post it on an Instagram story to avoid copyright infringement.

Once such a video editor is VN Editor, you’ll want to open the music file in this editor and also add a video to go with it.

Match the video and song layers, trim them if necessary, and then export the project to your camera roll.

Open Instagram, go to Story, and then select the most recent addition in your camera roll.

The new song’s video will play flawlessly, and you’ll be able to post them on an Instagram story!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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