Adding music to an Instagram story without the music sticker is tough to pull off… but not impossible.
Spotify and SoundCloud (and me!) can help you with that.
But did you know that you can add also music with the Music Sticker and hide it, so it doesn’t show in your Instagram posts?
Don’t worry if this seems complicated because it’s easier than it looks. Below, you’ll find a detailed guide with screenshots to help you out.
Steps to Add Music to an Instagram Story Without the Music Sticker.
Adding music to Instagram stories is easiest to do with the Music Sticker. I personally recommend you stick to this method every time…
The “issue” is this only gives you access to a select number of songs for which Instagram has obtained the copyright.
Anything else is impossible to use, unfortunately…
BUT, there is a fix for this:
You could still use external songs if you 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:
You can connect these music apps to Instagram and use them to access a bigger database of songs for your stories.
Method 1: Add Music to Instagram Stories with SoundCloud
SoundCloud is a sound alternative (pun absolutely intended) to the Music Sticker on Instagram. It gives you access to tons of new songs and is easy to use, as you’ll see below.
Let’s get to it then…
Begin by downloading the app from Google Play, creating an account, and searching for the songs you want to use.
Then, you can share it via an Instagram Story on your Instagram account!
Follow the steps below to see how that’s done if you’re confused:
- Tap on the “Search” function
With SoundCloud opened, find the “Search” button in the bottom-right corner of the app (check the screenshot if you can’t find it).
Select it to begin searching for those cool beats you want to use in your Instagram story!
- Type in the name of the song you need
Type in the name of the song you want to use and start searching. Once you find it, tap on the three-dot icon next to the song’s title.
This will open a new menu with different sharing options (one of them is Instagram).
- Select “Stories”
In the three-dot menu, you should see the “Stories” option (it has the Instagram logo on it) on the top bar, above the vertical options like “Start station“, “Add to playlist“, “Like“, and so on.
Check the screenshot above if you can’t find it.
Select “Stories” and proceed to the next step to see what’s next:
- 3. Move the song logo until it disappears
After selecting “Stories“, you’ll be taken to a page where you can edit the look for the music poster, including the music logo.
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.
The sound will play in the background, but if you do this correctly, the song logo will not show in your story, which is just perfect.
Method 2: 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 either!
To do this, follow the steps below:
- Select the “Search” function and look for a song
Start by using the Search function to find a song you like, just like with SoundCloud before. It’s a….. sound strategy, wouldn’t you say?
- Tap on the three-dot icon next to the song
After finding the song you like, tap on the three-dot icon next to it, just like before. This will open a menu with multiple options.
- Select “Share”
In this new menu, you’ll see several options, including “Like,” “Add to playlist,” “View Artist,” “Share,” and “Show Credits.”
Select “Share” to post this song on your Instagram story.
- Tap on “Stories”
In the “Share” menu, you’ll need to select the Instagram Stories option. Look for it in the top row (see the screenshot attached).
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!
And that’s it, my friends… use this newly gained knowledge to become master social media influencers.
Let’s summarize this a bit…
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, just like I taught you! 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 are quite expensive.
Moreover, 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.
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 because 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, then:
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!