How to Add Music to my Instagram Photos

How to Add Music to my Instagram Photos

Do you use Instagram so much that you are already a little bored of the same format? At one stage you could only add square shaped photos, had little option in terms of editing images and were unable to add videos longer than 15 seconds. Now we have all of these options, plus Instagram Live and Instagram stories which take posting video content to the next level (or at least to Periscope and Snapchat's previous level, respectively). With all these facilities, it might be strange to realize Instagram does not offer the option to add music to your photos on their own app. This doesn't mean it can't be done. It's just means you need someone like oneHOWTO to show you how to add music to your photos on Instagram and drive even more followers to your profile with better posts.

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Steps to follow:


As Instagram doesn't allow you to add music to photos with its own app, then you will need to find ways around it. Adding music to Instagram videos can be done easily enough by simply turning on some music while you record from your device. However, this diegetic sound (the sound which is actually present in the scene you are recording) will likely be of poor quality and you can't actually edit it.

If you want to add music to your Instagram photos, it can be tricky. However, it is made much easier thanks to the use of third party apps. While you need to be careful with third party apps in general (some are hidden malware or are using the app to mine data), others are simply creative people trying to get round the limitations of apps we love. Just ensure you check the reviews on your app store and ignore the ones which don't have any.

Flipagram is one such respected app with allows you to add music to posts which you can transfer to Instagram with the tap of a button. Flipagram is essentially a slideshow editor. It allows you to select pictures from your device (such as a smartphone or tablet) and then edits them together. You can add titles, text, filters and, of course, music. You can even change the speed of the slideshow for emotional or comedic effect.

Go to your app store and search for 'Flipagram'. It is available for both iOS and Android and all you have to do is install it on your device and give it the correct authority to access your media (photos, music on iTunes, etc.) when prompted.

How to Add Music to my Instagram Photos - Step 1

When you open Flipagram it will take you to your main feed. It will show you the Flipagram posts of people you follow as well as your own content. The layout is designed to look similar to Instagram's own so at the bottom there is a plus sign button (‘+’) on which you can tap to see the library of the photos and videos on your camera. This should be very similar on both Android and iOS versions, depending on stylistic update changes.

Select a photo of your choosing and then click next to add another. Keep doing this until you have the slideshow you want or, if you simply want to add music to one photo, you can leave your selection to one only.


Once you have selected the photo (or photos) you want to post, several options will appear. The same works for video and you can happily add a mixture of photos and videos to your slideshow if you wish. This will allow you to set the basic edit of the post, meaning you can change the speed of the slideshow, reverse the images, make jumps or even edit the sound. This last one is irrelevant if you are using still photos as they won't have any sound.

How to Add Music to my Instagram Photos - Step 3

Once you have set these basic parameters, you will go through to the editing stage. This allows to change the following:

  • Speed: this is how fast the post will flip through the images (or how long they will stay on the one image).
  • Draw: this allows you to draw or add text to your flipagram and there are new features added regularly.
  • Effects: these are special effects such as stickers or emojis and these too will have more added as the service continues.
  • Music: what we're looking for.

Tapping on the music button will let you add music from your device to the slideshow. If your slideshow consists of just the one photo, then you will be adding music to a photo on Instagram. You can select from the music on your device which may be on iTunes (if using an iPhone) or even from music services such as Spotify. Choose the track you want and tap on it.


When you have selected everything you want to add in terms of audio and visuals, you can add a final filter to give it a particular look you want. It will then let you preview your slideshow and see what it will look like. Tap next and it will then ask you to upload it to Flipagram. This is very similar to how you would upload a post to Instagram itself and allows you to add a caption and tag people.

You can also save it to your camera roll so you have it for good and then post it to Instagram or you can upload it to your Instagram directly from the Flipagram app. You can also add it to other social media platforms such as Facebook or Tumblr.


There are other apps which will allow you to add music to your Instagram photos. Another easy idea is to synchronize with Instagram. Use and post your lip syncs and choreography on Instagram.

How to Add Music to my Instagram Photos - Step 6

The similar apps we speak of include:

  • PicCandy
  • PicFlow
  • BeFunkyPro
  • Slideshow Maker
  • InstaShot
  • Maipei
  • FlipJam

These offer you the same type of image and video editing software which you can use on your device. This keeps everything simple and helps skip the stage of importing videos from other computers or devices.

However, if you want to add music to an Instagram photo or video, you can go pro. Video editing software such as Final Cut Pro is relatively affordable and often installed in educational institution computers, so ask your teacher if you have one. The quality means they are of too large a size to be uploaded to Instagram directly, but you can compres the files or find a way to upload them. When you see adverts posted on your Insta feed, they will have likely been edited on a similar program. However, stick with apps like Flipagram if you want to keep it quick, easy and simple.


Now that you know how to add music to Instagram pictures you might want to start accumulating more followers so they can appreciate your little pieces of art. Read this oneHOWTO article and learn how to get followers on your Instagram fast and ethically.

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What did you think of this article?
It's shit, watermarked etc
how to adjust the speed of vedieo if it istoo short lyk 3 sec??
Can I add music after I've already posted a photo?
OneHowTo Editor
Dear Beth, Once the photo is uploaded it can't be edited with this specific app.
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