A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes you need more than just a photo to stand out in a sea of well-crafted Instagram posts. If you want to grab the attention of your followers before they scroll past your post, some catchy music might be all you need.
Luckily, Instagram Stories now allows you to add your favorite tunes to a video or photo from directly within the app. While you’ll have to rely on a third-party app to add music to actual posts, we’ve found several that get the job done. From Drake to Tame Impala, you can now turn your Instagram account into your own personal soundtrack. Here’s how.
Adding music to your Story
Adding music to your Instagram Story is simple. After you take a video or picture in the story section of Instagram, tap the smiley face icon in the upper-right corner. You’ll see a music icon in the second row of the resulting menu, and once tapped, you’ll have the option to select what song you want to add.
Thanks to a partnership between Instagram and all three major record labels, you’ll have access to thousands of songs. You can choose a tune from one of three categories — Popular, Moods, and Genres — or you can search for a specific song if you already have one in mind. Once you have your tune selected, you can fast-forward and rewind the track to find the part that best fits your Story.
You can also choose a song prior to capturing a video. When you open the camera, swipe to the “Music” option located under the record button. Search for a song, select the exact part you want, and record your video as the song plays in the background. When your friends are watching your Story, they will hear the song playing as they are viewing the photo or video. They will also see a sticker in your Story that will display the song title and artist name.
But what if you just want to add music to your video post and not just your Story? We’ve found the five best apps for iOS and Android that make adding music to your video simple and easy.
Note: Most of these apps only allow you to use audio recordings or music files that are saved to your device. So if you exclusively use streaming apps, consider finding a few music files first.
Adding music to your video post
Lomotif is a lot like Instagram’s Story feature — the interface is similar and adding music to your clips is just as painless. After you add music, you can upload and share your video on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The app also allows you to quickly add music to text, filters, and emojis. You can search for millions of songs and thousands of artists, too, or browse using a variety of unique themes.
The apt-titled Videoshop brings a lot of tricks to the table and is currently available for free on Google Play. You can flip videos horizontally, combine multiple clips into one, add animated transitions, and make Vine-esque stop-motion videos. You can also create copies of your videos and edit each clip individually. The app even includes dozens of filters and text overlays, which allow for ample customization.
Vigo Video, formally Flipgram, is a full-fledged video editor that sets itself apart by being more than just an app — it’s also a creative community. You can find inspiring content from other creators within the app and share your own videos to inspire others. Even if you’d prefer not to interact within its social space, Vigo Video still allows you to share to Instagram and other social media sites. It also features a built-in music library, making it easier to access your favorite tracks. You can also stitch together multiple video clips, and add still photos, overlay text, and a host of other components.
Quik by GoPro
GoPro revolutionized the world of action video, and now the company is looking to do the same for the world of mobile video editing. Quik automatically creates stories using your pictures and videos — both those shot with your phone and a GoPro camera, if you have one. It also adds filters, music, and one of several unique video edits, such as stop-motion or “slice,” the latter of which cuts the screen in half and plays your video one side at a time. The app also allows you to change any of the video’s properties, giving you full control over the look of your video.
You can also choose music from your own library or from the app’s vast collection of songs. You can select or deselect pictures and clips you want to include as well, and choose which after-effects you’d like to apply. So, if you just want to add some tunes to a quick video of you cooking food, you can do that. Or, if you want to create a full collage of your recordings and pics from a recent ski trip, one replete with filters and effects, you can do that too.
TikTok isn’t just an app, it’s a global video community powered by music. With TikTok, you can watch short videos and make your own by capturing those funny and memorable moments you want to share with the world. You can even spice up your videos with emoji stickers and face filters, or add audio backing using the app’s wide array of music clips and sounds. Best of all, the included playlists allow you to pull from every genre — including pop, rock, rap, electronic, R&B, and country — so you’re sure to find something that fits your current mood.