8 Best Ways to Add Music or Audio to Reels on Instagram - TechWiser (2022)

What’s an Instagram Reel that lacks audio? Music adds value and attracts the attention of viewers. Many Instagram Reels go viral only due to the type of music used in it. Are you also looking to add music to Instagram Reels on Android and iPhone? You have landed at the right place. Whether you want to add songs from Instagram’s music collection, add music from someone else’s Reels or trending videos, use original audio in a Reel, import audio from a video, or add voiceover, this post covers all.

Add Music or Audio to Reels on Instagram

Let’s check eight ways to add music or audio to Instagram (IG) Reels. Before we jump to the steps, we would suggest you to update the Instagram app on your phone first.

1. Add Background Music to Instagram Reels

You can add music to Reels either before starting the recording or while recording.

1. Launch the Instagram app and tap on the + (Add) icon at the top. Select Reels. The Reels creation screen will open.

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2. To select a song before you start recording or add more recordings, tap on the Audio icon. You will be taken to the Music screen. Tap on the song from the available options that you want to add to your Reels. Alternatively, record the Reel, and then tap on the same Audio icon to add music to your Reel.

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Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Use the Search at the top to find the music or song of your choice.
  • Tap on See More to view additional songs.
  • Tap on the Play icon next to the song to preview it before adding it to your Reel.

3. After you tap on the song, the song page will open. Use the slider at the bottom to select the part of the song you want to use. To make things easy, Instagram lets you know about the most popular part of the song. For that, look for the pink dots on the slider. Finally, hit the Done button to add the song to your Reel.

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4. In case you want to change the music or use a different part of the song, tap on the same Audio icon again on the Reel creation screen. Adjust the desired part using the available slider.

To change the song, you must remove the current song first. For that, tap on the Delete icon. Then, add a new song as shown above.

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2. Import Audio From a Video to Instagram Reels

The Reels music collection is limited. As a result, you will not find all songs over there. Fortunately, you can import audio from a video on your phone and add it to the Reel. Sadly, you cannot add an original sound file directly to your Reel.

Follow these steps to add music from a video to Instagram Reel:

1. Open the Reel creation screen.

2. Tap on the Audio icon and press the Import button. If you don’t see the Import button, kindly update your Instagram app.

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3. Select the video from which you want to import the audio.

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4. Use the selection bar at the bottom to select the part of the video that consists of the desired audio. Hit the Done button to add the audio from the video to your Reel.

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3. How to Add Original Audio to Instagram Reel

While Instagram doesn’t offer a dedicated feature to add original music to Reels, you can still use original sound with the help of a workaround.

Basically, you will need to play the song using any music app on your phone while recording a Reel. The music will be added to your Reel. Do note that others will see your username next to the original audio and they can use the same audio in their own Reels. And, if you use an artist’s music, Instagram might change the description to reflect the artist’s username or song.

4. Add Music Using Different Services

Another way to add original music to Reels is by using third-party services. In this method, you will need to pre-produce your Reel with the original audio and then upload it to Instagram. You can either use video editing apps to add audio or take the help of web apps.

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InShot and KineMaster are two video editing apps that will help you in adding audio to your Reels. Look for the Add audio option in these apps. Alternatively, use Kapwing.com/studio to add audio to your Reels.

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5. How to Find and Use a Popular or Trending Song in Your Reel

Did you just discover a trending Reel on Instagram? We can understand you are tempted to create a Reel with the music used in the trending video. Fortunately, you don’t need to manually search for the song or anything like that. Instagram makes it quite easy to add music from someone’s Reel to your own Reel.

1. Open the Reel whose music you want to use. You will notice the name of the song at the bottom of the Reel. Tap on it.

2. You will reach the Audio page of that music where you will find Reels from other creators using the same music. You can check them out for inspiration. However, we want to use the music in our own Reel. You can do so in two ways. If you want to immediately create a Reel, tap on the Use Audio button at the bottom.

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You will be taken to the Reel recording screen. Start creating your Reel and the same audio will be used as the background music. Tap on the Audio icon to choose the part of the song to use.

3. If you want to use the trending audio for your future Reels, tap on the Save Audio button. You can even send the sound to your friends using the DM icon at the top.

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4. To view your saved audio clips, tap on the Audio icon while creating a Reel to go to the Music screen.

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5. Tap on the Saved button. You will find all your saved clips. Select the one that you want to use.

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6. How to Add Voice to Instagram Reels

Sometimes, instead of music, one wants to add voice to Reels. The voiceover can be used to tell a story, add an introduction to the video, share an opinion, and do similar things. While you can do it while recording the Reel, you can go a step ahead and mix the music and voice using Reel’s Voiceover feature. You can even add voice effects such as robotic voice, announcer, etc.

1. Record your Reel on Instagram. You can add music or leave it as it is.

2. Hit the Next (or Preview) icon to go to the screen where you can add text, doodles, and stickers to Reel. Here you will find the Voiceover (microphone) icon. Tap on it.

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3. The Voiceover screen will open. Tap or hold the red record button to start recording your audio. You can add multiple recordings at various positions. Tap on Done to save the changes.

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4. If you want to use both music and voice in your Reel, tap on the Mix audio (looks like three bars or Music symbol) icon on the Reel edit screen. You will get two sliders – Camera audio and Music. Adjust them to balance the music and voiceover volumes as per requirement. In case you want to remove or change the music, tap on the Edit icon under the music and hit the Delete icon.

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5. To change your voice and use voice effects in Reels, tap on the Voice effects tab and select the desired effect.

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7. How to Add Music to Instagram Reels After Recording

Sometimes, when you record your Reel, you might forget to add music to it. Don’t fret for you won’t have to start from scratch. When you are on the Reel edit screen, tap on the Mix audio or Music icon at the top. On the screen that appears at the bottom, tap on the Add icon on the slider. Choose the desired music that you want to add to the Reel.

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Alternatively, you can download the Reel using the Download icon, use third-party video editing apps to add audio and re-upload the Reel.

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8. How to Add Music from TikTok to Instagram Reels

TikTok is the OG of short videos. Most trends start on TikTok and eventually land on Instagram. So one might want to use audio from a TikTok video in Instagram Reel. How does one do that? By taking the help of Kapwing.com, which is a free web app.

Here’s how to go about it.

1. First, create your Reel or video without any music and download it on your phone.

2. Open kapwing.com/studio from your mobile or computer’s browser.

3. Tap on Upload file to upload your video. Next, tap on the Audio option.

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4. If you have the audio file, simply upload the audio file. For a TikTok video, get its URL and paste it into the available box. You can adjust the video and audio settings as per your need. Download the video using the Export video button. Once downloaded, upload it to Instagram Reels.

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In case you face any issues while using Kapwing, change your browser or use MP4 video format.

Wrap Up: Adding Music to Instagram Reels

So those were eight different ways to add music to Instagram (IG) reels. As you saw, Instagram offers a couple of ways (direct and indirect) to add audio to Reels. It’s not just Reels where you can add music, but you can add music to the Instagram story as well. Lastly, learn how to download audio from Instagram Reels.

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FAQs

How do you add good music to a reel on Instagram? ›

Follow these steps to get started:
  1. Open up the Instagram app and tap on the “+” icon in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Click the “Reels” option.
  3. On the left-hand side of the screen, select the audio icon to choose a song to use for your content. ...
  4. Browse through audio tracks to find the right song for your Reel.
2 May 2022

How do I get all the songs on my Instagram reels? ›

How to get music on your Instagram Reels if you don't have “real” music in Stories and Reels music button
  1. Go to edit profile.
  2. Tap on the category.
  3. Search for Entrepreneur and tap done.
  4. Boom, you should be able to see all music in your music button.
26 Aug 2022

Why is music not available on Reels for some accounts? ›

If you're using a business account on Instagram you (generally) won't have access to use music from recording artists - the music that has the name of the artist and song in the title. This is because it is a copyright issue.

Why can't I add popular music on Instagram Reels? ›

If you're not seeing the music sticker in Reels, make sure your app is updated to the latest version by visiting the App Store or Google Play Store. Keep in mind that the music sticker isn't available to everyone.

How do I find the trending sound? ›

To easily find trending sounds, go to Instagram and click on the Reels Explore page in the middle. As you scroll through recommended Reels, look for ones with a “trending” arrow next to them. When you come across a sound you like, tap on it and it'll take you to that audio, where you can view other videos that use it.

Where can I find audio clips for Reels? ›

How to Find Trending Sounds on Instagram Reels (and Go Viral!)

How do you make original audio Reels? ›

Can I mix my own audio with music or someone else's original audio in my reel on Instagram?
  1. Tap Music and select a song. ...
  2. Tap Voiceover to add a voiceover. ...
  3. Tap Sound Effects and select the sound effect you want to add, then tap Done at the bottom.

Why is Instagram music not available for some accounts 2022? ›

The reason why Instagram Music is not available for some accounts is that either the song isn't available in your country, or your country has not allowed Instagram Music. Its solution is on your phone only. You would have to use a different application for it and tap on a few settings.

Why is Instagram blocking my Reel? ›

In a word, Instagram blocked your video mainly because you violate the community rules, involves in infringement issues, or are reported by others. You can solve this problem by appealing, giving full credits, or using FlexClip's royalty-free music and video clips.

How do you avoid copyright on Instagram Reels? ›

Instagram Reels that are 15 seconds long can help to avoid copyright infringements. Sure, it's short – but Instagram Reels have a built-in music feature, ensuring that your Reel won't get removed for infringement.

How do I fix a song not available on Instagram? ›

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Is Reel music copyrighted? ›

Can I use copyright music on Instagram Reels? Yep, you can use music in Reels. Revealed in August 2020, Reels has a built-in music library and is the preferred platform for music use. Reels are short-form pieces of content, which line up with Instagram's agreements made with rights holders.

What music can you use in Instagram videos? ›

While the specifics of our licensing agreements are confidential, today we're sharing some general guidelines to help you plan your videos better: Music in stories and traditional live music performances (e.g., filming an artist or band performing live) are permitted.

What songs are trending on Instagram Reels? ›

21 Trending Reels Songs for Instagram Reels in August 2022
  • “L$D” by Luclover. ...
  • “HISTORY” by Joel Corry & Becky Hill. ...
  • “A Great Big World” by Christina Aguilera. ...
  • “Sticky” by Drake. ...
  • “COZY” by Beyoncé ...
  • “KU LO SA” by Oxlade. ...
  • “No Surprises” by Radiohead. ...
  • “Betty (Get Money)” by Yung Gravy.
26 Aug 2022

How do you get the trending sound on Instagram? ›

The first way to find trending sounds is pretty straightforward. Open Instagram and head to the Reels Explore page, which is the center icon. From there, you can scroll through Reels that Instagram recommends for you, based on the niche that you are in, the accounts that you follow, and the content that you like.

How do you get a viral sound on Instagram? ›

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Why do my reels get so many views? ›

What is Instagram Reels? Embrace the current sounds. Instagram's algorithm takes note of popular sounds and adds more of them to users' feeds. This increases your chances of getting more views and maybe more followers.

How long should reels be? ›

Officially, Instagram Reels can be from 15 to 60 seconds long. However, in some cases, Reels can be as long as 90 seconds. As of early May 2022, select users already have access to this longer Reels length.

Which app is best for Instagram reels editing? ›

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Why cant I find the song I want on Instagram? ›

To fix the “No Results Found” error on Instagram music, you need to switch to a personal account on Instagram. Once you've switched to a personal account on Instagram, you'll be able to use and search for music again.

Can I use copyrighted music on Instagram reels? ›

Can I use copyright music on Instagram Reels? Yep, you can use music in Reels. Revealed in August 2020, Reels has a built-in music library and is the preferred platform for music use. Reels are short-form pieces of content, which line up with Instagram's agreements made with rights holders.

How do I find the trending sound on my reel? ›

How to search trending reel songs on Instagram?
  1. Using the Audio Tab on Explore Page. ...
  2. Using the Trend Report. ...
  3. Scrolling through the Reels. ...
  4. Search for the arrow sign: ...
  5. Browse popular Spotify playlists: ...
  6. Keep an eye on other creators.
1 Jul 2022

How do I add original audio to my reel? ›

Add the original audio you just saved to your Reels. Open your Instagram Reels > tap the Music icon > Saved > tap the original audio you just saved > Done > then this original audio shall be automatically added to your Reels.

How do you upload a song on Instagram that doesn't have it? ›

How to add music to an Instagram Story if you don't have the music sticker
  1. Open a music streaming app, like Spotify or Apple Music, on your device.
  2. Start playing the song you want to use.
  3. With the song still playing, go back to Instagram and record your Story; the music playing on your phone will be integrated.
3 May 2021

Why is my Instagram story only 3 seconds? ›

Instagram stories have a limited length of 15 seconds, but if you want to post something longer, you can trim the video or clip and post it in segments. If your music is limited on Instagram, then it is advised that you install the latest version of the Instagram app to get unlimited music.

How can I update my Instagram? ›

Open the Google Play Store app on your Android device. Use the search field at the top to search for "Instagram" and select Instagram from the list of suggested results. Tap Update to the right of the Instagram app listing.

How do you avoid copyright on Reels? ›

Instagram Reels that are 15 seconds long can help to avoid copyright infringements. Sure, it's short – but Instagram Reels have a built-in music feature, ensuring that your Reel won't get removed for infringement.

How do you avoid copyright on Instagram? ›

The best way to help make sure that what you post to Instagram doesn't violate copyright law is to only post content that you've created yourself. Posting content that facilitates copyright infringement through unauthorized devices or services is also not allowed on Instagram.

How do you use music Reels without copyright? ›

The other options for both Stories and Reels are to record the video, or take the still image, then add music after. You cannot add copyrighted music using the in-app library to Posts or IGTV, therefore users hoping to do this will have to gain permission for the music before adding it to their content before upload.

What time should I post my Reels on Instagram? ›

Best time to post Reels on Instagram

Over that time, we've learned that the best time to post Reels is 9 AM and 12 PM, Monday to Thursday.

How long is a Reel? ›

#1: New 90 Second Instagram Reels Length

After TikTok extended their video length to 10 minutes, we knew it wouldn't be long before Instagram extended its Reels length. And now it's here: Reels can be up to 90 seconds long.

How long should Reels be? ›

Officially, Instagram Reels can be from 15 to 60 seconds long. However, in some cases, Reels can be as long as 90 seconds. As of early May 2022, select users already have access to this longer Reels length.

Which app is best for Instagram Reels editing? ›

YouCam Video is the best all-round video editing app to edit your Instagram Reels. Besides classic video editing features, YouCam Video also lets you add animated stickers, creative filters, make video collages and more. Get YouCam Video for iOS and Android now!

How can I download audio from Instagram? ›

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  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Tap the three-dot icon on the top-right of a video.
  3. Tap Copy Link.
  4. Open https://4ins.top in a browser.
  5. Paste the link into the white box.
  6. Tap SUBMIT.
  7. Tap convert to mp3.
  8. Tap Download MP3.

What is original audio on Instagram? ›

Original audio is unique audio you created, either while filming your reel in the Instagram app or in a video you uploaded, or unique audio by another Reels creator.

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