Snapchat gives users a unique way to share photos and videos with friends directly – but it can do even more. People will often share screenshots of their "Now Playing" screen in Spotify, SoundCloud, or Apple Music for their friends to see, but people viewing Snapchat stories or messages can't actually listen to shared songs in Snapchat.
But it's really simple to share music on Snapchat, if you know the right tools. I'm going to show you how to add any music you want to Snapchat, along with screenshots, still photos, or videos. I'll be using a free online video editor called Kapwing to download music and add it to any video or photo to share on Snapchat. You'll need to know just 4 steps:
- Choose a photo or video to use
- Add your music in Kapwing
- Process & Download
- Share to Snapchat
Step 1: Choose a Photo or Video to Use
To post music on Snapchat, you'll need to have a photo or video to go with your audio. When you use Kapwing to add music, you can use photos or videos from almost anywhere. You copy the link to a video on YouTube, record one on your phone, or find your video from nearly any source on the web.
You can also use a photo as a backdrop for your audio track. Screenshots of an album cover, "now playing" screen, or tracklist work well for sharing your music, and they let your friends find the music you're sharing easily. For this example, I simply took a screenshot of my playback screen in Spotify.
Step 2: Add Your Music in Kapwing
Now, navigate to Kapwing.com and click "Start Editing." This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can click "Upload" to import the video file you chose, or paste the link to the video you found online.
Give Kapwing a few seconds to upload your video. Once it's fully uploaded to the Studio, choose "Audio" from the toolbar along the upper edge of the screen. Now you can upload your music track the same way. Kapwing supports uploads from all kinds of music locations – for my example, I just copied the link to a music video on YouTube and pasted it in Kapwing's Audio window. If you want to use a specific part of the song to get your friends interested immediately, click "Trim Audio" and drag the sliders to frame the portion that you want to share with your audience.
Step 3: Process & Download
Once you've added your music and edited it the way you want, click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner of the Studio. Kapwing will immediately begin processing your video, and it should be finished in a few seconds. If it publishes with a watermark on it, all you have to do is sign into Kapwing using a Google or Facebook account, and your watermark will be removed for free.
Once your video is done processing, click "Download" on the right side of the screen, and the video will be saved to your phone. If you're using an iPhone, make sure you choose to save the video to your camera roll so you can access it in Snapchat.
Step 4: Share to Snapchat
Finally, your video is ready to share on Snapchat. Open your Snapchat app and tap the button right under the record button – it looks like two photos stacked. Hit the "Camera Roll" tab at the top of the screen and find the video you just downloaded: it should be the first one on the list.
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