Instagram used to have a feature that allowed you to add music to your Story from inside the Instagram App, but I’m not able to access it anymore. Music is a funny, entertaining way to make your Stories stick out and accent IRL videos.

Also, Instagram’s Music feature only let you choose from music you had on your phone. It’s not possible to add a song, soundbite, or audio from another source like YouTube or clip out a specific sound you want.

In this article, I’ll explain how you can add music to your Instagram Story before uploading the video to the Instagram app. This tutorial uses a free, online video editor called Kapwing. With Kapwing, you can add any music you find on YouTube to a photo or video for your Instagram Story in three steps:

  1. Upload video
  2. Upload music file or import from YouTube
  3. Combine audio
  4. Create and publish on Instagram

Step 1: Upload Video

The first step is to upload the photo or video that you want to add music to. Open Kapwing’s Studio tool in the browser and click “Get started,” then choose to either start with a blank 9:16 canvas or upload a picture or video.

Step 2: Upload music file or import music from YouTube

Use the “Add Audio” tool in the toolbar to open the music tools and choose a way to get the music you want. To import a song from YouTube, copy and paste the URL from the YouTube page. I found a “Wah Wah Waaah” sound effect from YouTube to add to my Banksy shredded painting meme.

Copy the URL from YouTube

…and paste into Kapwing

You can also upload an MP3 file or MP4 file from your computer or phone by clicking the upload button or dragging/dropping on to the rectangle.

Step 3:  Combine Audio

Once your music or sound has loaded, watch the preview to see what your video will sound like with new sound. Click “Done” the merge the music together with your Story.

On Kapwing, users can choose to replace the video’s existing audio – just click the “Mute video” button – or combine the new music with the video’s soundtrack. They can also adjust the start time of the audio and, if the music is shorter than the duration of the video, loop the sound multiple times in the video. You can also trim the audio down to choose a certain section from within Kapwing.

Once the preview looks right, click Done to return to Studio. You’re always able to edit and removed the audio from the option in the toolbar.

Step 4: Create and Share

Kapwing’s Studio lets you add more elements like shapes, stickers, a custom background color, text with fancy fonts, and more. You can explore these tools or click “DONE” to export your new Story with music.

It should only take several seconds for the Kapwing Kittens to process your video. Once your video has been created, you can share the URL to your video or download your new Story to publish on Instagram. Here’s the Story I created on Kapwing.


Thanks for reading this article on how to add music to an Instagram Story! This task is just one of many reasons why I believe that Kapwing is the best video editor for Instagram. Kapwing is online, so it works on tablets, phones, and computers without needing to install an app. It’s free and supports both pictures and video clips. There is a small watermark on the videos created with the free plan, but you can remove them for a small fee or by subscribing to the Kapwing Pro plan.

Good luck with musical Instagram Stories! Kapwing’s Studio can also be used to make musical GIFs, lyric videos, and images with background music plus beautiful layouts and designs for unique Instagram Stories. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have ideas for improvement or feature requests.