How to Add Music to a Google Slides Presentation

Google Slides is often the go-to choice for education, startups, and small businesses. Though this PowerPoint rival is free, it comes with many built-in templates, the sharing is flawless, it works on all platforms, and comes with a long list of features. However, you can also add music to Google Slides presentations.

add music to Google Slides

Presentations are boring but audio clips make them easier to focus on. You would want to make the perfect impression on your boss, investors, or teachers in the classroom with relevant and informative audio clips on Slides. Read along to learn the tricks to add audio to Google Slides. 

Note: You can only add an audio file to Google Slides using a desktop. There is no way to do so using a mobile device.

Method 1: Add Audio to Google Slides via Google Drive

You must upload the audio file to your Google Drive account before adding it to a Slides presentation. Once done, you can then use the Google Drive mobile app or web to complete the upload process.

For the sake of clarity, we have divided the steps into three parts – saving the audio to Drive followed by inserting it into the presentation, and then customizing the music. Let’s begin.

Part 1: Save Audio in Google Drive

You can’t record audio directly in Google Slides. However, you can use your phone’s built-in recorder app to record audio. Google’s Recorder app on Android has features such as auto-transcription, audio search, and offline use. If you want to extract audio from a video on your Windows PC, read our dedicated post. Once you have an audio file ready, upload it to Google Drive.

Step 1: Open the Google Drive app on your Android phone. 

Step 2: Tap + in the bottom right corner and select ‘Upload’. 

Step 3: Select and upload the audio file from the phone storage. 

If you use Google Drive on the desktop, you can simply drag and drop an audio file from Finder (Mac) or File Explorer (Windows) to your Drive account. Now, let’s add audio to Google Slides. 

upload file to google drive

Part 2: Insert Audio into Google Slides

First, we advise you to start your Google Slides presentation with one of the built-in templates. You can start from scratch, but the relevant template will allow you to get things done faster.

Google Slides supports MP3 and WAV audio formats. We tried our luck with MP4 but got an error in the process. Now, follow the steps below to add an audio clip to a Google Slides presentation.

Step 1: Visit Google Slides on the web and open the presentation that you like to edit.

Step 2: From the left sidebar, select the slide in which you want to add audio.

Step 3: Click on the Insert option in the menu bar and select Audio. 

add audio to Google Slides

Step 4: The following menu will open Google Drive Home. Select the relevant audio file that you want to insert.

Step 5: Hit the Select button at the bottom, and you will see the audio clip right into the Slides.

Select audio clip

Before you finalize the presentation, you need to review the customization options. Let’s take a look at them.

Part 3: Customize Google Slides Audio

Within Google Slides, there are some basic sound adjustment features. Format options in the toolbar will appear when you select the audio file.

1. Autoplay Audio

From the first autoplay option, you can start playing audio with one click or automatically. We mostly prefer automatically, as you don’t have to click the Play button to start audio during the presentation. Google Slides also offers an option to hide icons when presenting.

Audio playback

2. Size and Rotation

This one is self-explanatory. Using the Size and rotation menu, you can change the Play button’s width, height, and height scale.

3. Re-colour

One can easily change the Play button’s color background using the re-color menu. You can choose from up to 23 available color themes. This is not mandatory, but using a color profile that matches the overall Slides theme can showcase your attention to detail as a presenter.

Recolor menu

4. Adjustments

This is just Google having fun with a bunch of options. You can change the Play button’s transparency, brightness, and contrast from the Adjustments menu in Slides.

5. Drop Shadow

This one is the GT team’s favorite. You can give the audio play button a nice professional look with a single click. Enable the drop shadow option from the side menu bar to see the immediate change.

Drop shadow menu

You can also play with the shadow’s transparency, angle, distance, and blur radius.

Method 2: Add Audio From a Music Streaming Service To Google Slides

Whether you use Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, or SoundCloud, it’s quite easy to add tracks from your favorite streaming service to Google Slides. Let’s take Spotify and SoundCloud as an example here. 

Insert Audio From Spotify to Google Slides

Step 1: Open a presentation in Google Slides. Select a text and click Insert at the top. 

Step 2: Select Link. 

add a link to Google Slides

Step 3: Visit Spotify on the web or open its desktop app. Click the three-dot menu beside a song. 

Step 4: Expand Share and copy the song link.

copy spotify song link

Step 5: Insert the same into your presentation and hit Apply. 

add spotify to Google Slides

However, unlike your local audio file, Spotify won’t play tracks in your presentation. It will open the Spotify web to play audio. 

Add Audio From SoundCloud to Google Slides

Step 1: Open SoundCloud on your browser and select a track you want to add to Google Slides. Click Share.

Share SoundCloud song

Step 2: Copy the song link.

Copy SoundCloud song link

Step 3: Open Google Slides, select the slide, and click on the text or icon. 

Step 4: Select Insert > Link. 

add a link to Google Slides

Step 5: Paste the SoundCloud link and hit Apply. 

Add SoundCloud song to Google Slides

Slides opens a new tab with a SoundCloud track when you click on the link. You can minimize the window and continue with your presentation. 

Method 3: Add YouTube Video to Google Slides

Integrating relevant YouTube videos into Google Slides can further enhance the appeal of the overall presentation. YouTube’s integration with Google Slides is seamless as well. There are two ways to add a YouTube video to Google Slides. Let’s explore them both step-by-step.

1. Embed the YouTube Video

Step 1: In Google Slides, open the slide where you want to add a YouTube video.

Step 2: Click on Insert in the menu bar and select Video.

insert video to Google Slides

Step 3: The following menu will offer a YouTube search bar to find relevant videos.

Search for video

Step 4: Type the video or YouTube channel name and select it to add to Google Slides.

Youtube video added

Like Audio, you have many options such as size, position, drop shadow, and rotation to customize the video’s look and adjustment on Slides.

2. Add the YouTube Video Through the URL

You can easily insert the video into your Slides presentation if you have a YouTube URL.

Step 1: Open one of your presentations in Google Slides, click on Insert in the menu and select Video.

insert video to Google Slides

Step 2: Move to the ‘By URL’ tab. 

Step 3: Paste the URL and check the video preview. 

Step 4: Click ‘Select’ to add it to your slide. 

add YouTube video to Google Slides

Create a Memorizing Presentation

Google Slides is the de facto tool for many when it comes to online presentations. And music can be a great way to help bring your presentation to life and fully immerse your audience in your message. Go through the steps above and add audio to your next Google Slides presentation.

Last updated on 12 May, 2023

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