How to Add Music to Pictures on Instagram


This wikiHow teaches you how to add music to a picture upload on Instagram. You can use both iPhone and Android versions of Instagram to upload a photo with music to your Instagram Story. If you want to upload and add music to a photo to your profile, you'll need to use the free PicMusic app on an iPhone.

Part 1
Adding Music to a Story Photo

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Tap the Instagram app icon, which resembles a multicolored camera. Doing so opens your Instagram feed if you're logged in. If you aren't logged into Instagram, enter your email address and password when prompted before proceeding.

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If Instagram doesn't open to the Home feed, tap the house-shaped icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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It's at the top of the page. Doing so opens the upload screen.

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Aim your phone at an item you want to photograph, then tap the circular "Capture" button at the bottom of the screen. If you want to select an existing photo from your Camera Roll, tap the "Photos" square in the lower-left side of the screen, then tap the photo you want to use.

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It's at the top of the screen. A pop-up menu will appear.

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This option is in the pop-up menu. Doing so opens a list of commonly-used music. You may have to scroll down to find this option.

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Tap the search bar at the top of the screen, then type in the name of a song or an artist. You can also just scroll through the Popular tab's list of music. If your search doesn't produce any results, you'll have to search for a different song.

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Once you find the song you want to use, tap its name to add it to your photo.

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Tap and drag left or right the box that's on the sound wave at the bottom of the screen. You can lower the number of seconds used by tapping 15 SECS and then scrolling up to select a different option.

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It's in the top-right corner of the screen.

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If the song's artist tag is getting in the way of the photo, tap and drag the tag to a less-obtrusive location.

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It's at the bottom of the screen. Doing so adds the photo to your Instagram story, where your followers will be able to see it for the next 24 hours.

Part 2
Using PicMusic

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PicMusic is a free app that will allow you to add music to a photo from your iPhone's Photos app, though keep in mind that PicMusic will also place a watermark on your photo. To install it, make sure you have Instagram installed on your iPhone, then do the following: Open the App Store. Tap Search in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen. Type in picmusic and then tap Search. Tap GET to the right of the "Pic Music" heading. Enter your Apple ID password or Touch ID when prompted.

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Once PicMusic finishes downloading, tap OPEN in the App Store, or close the App Store and tap the PicMusic app icon on one of your iPhone's Home Screen pages.

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It's in the middle of the screen.

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Tap the album from which you want to select a photo, then tap once the photo you want to use. You should see a checkmark appear on the photo's thumbnail. You may first have to tap OK to allow PicMusic to access your photos.

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It's in the top-right corner of the screen.

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This is in the top-right corner of the screen. A pop-out menu will appear on the right side of the screen.

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It's in the pop-out menu. Doing so opens an iTunes window.

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Tap Songs in the iTunes window, then find and tap the song you want to use. Again, you may have to tap OK to allow PicMusic to access your iTunes library.

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Tap and drag the sound wave left or right to change the song's start time. You can preview your start time by tapping the "Play" triangle on this page. If you don't want your song to fade out toward the end of its play time, tap the pink "Fade" switch to turn off this feature.

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It's in the top-right corner of the screen.

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This option is in the top-right corner of the screen. The pop-out window will reappear.

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It's under the "SHARE" heading.

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This will cause the video to save to your iPhone's Camera Roll.

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Doing so opens the Instagram app.

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It's in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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Tap the video's thumbnail at the bottom of the screen to do so.

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It's in the top-right corner of the screen.

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If you want to apply a filter to your video, you can tap the filter you want to use at the bottom of the screen. Swipe left or right over the available filters to scroll through them.

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If you want to use a caption for your upload, tap the "Write a caption..." text box near the top of the screen, then type in whatever you want to use for your caption (e.g., "Sound up!").

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It's in the top-right corner of the screen. Your photo, along with the accompanying music, will be uploaded to your Instagram page.