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.

TL;DR – Find the song on YouTube and upload it to Snapchat after adding it directly to an image in the Kapwing Studio.

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:

  1. Choose a photo or video to use
  2. Download and add your music in Kapwing
  3. Process & Download
  4. 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.

Screenshots showing how to upload photos to Kapwing.
First, you need to upload a photo or video to Kapwing, as a backdrop for your music. 

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.

Screenshots showing how to upload audio to Kapwing.
Import the song you want to share to the Kapwing Studio. 

Give Kapwing a few seconds to upload your video. Once it's fully uploaded to the Studio, choose "Upload" from the toolbar along the upper edge of the screen. Now you can upload your music track.

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 the green "Export Video" button 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 you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

Screenshots showing how to download content from Kapwing.
Save your video to your phone, and it's ready to share. 

Once your video is done processing, click the  "Download" button below the video, 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.

Screenshots showing how to share videos to Snapchat.
Sharing your favorite music with your friends takes just one more step. 

I hope this article helps you share your favorite tracks with friends on Snapchat! If you're interested in more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel, where we post multiple new videos every week. And while you're here, look through some related articles on sharing and downloading music from any platform:

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How to Download SoundCloud Songs