How to Add Audio to a Google Slides Presentation

Parth Shah

Google Slides is often the go-to choice for education, startups, and small businesses. Though this PowerPoint rival is free, it comes with a bunch of built-in templates, the sharing is flawless, and it works on all platforms. The feature-list is rich as well. For example, you can add video, charts, and even audio to a Google Slides presentation.

Add audio on google slides

Presentations are boring without an audio clip. 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. Getting curious about how to add audio to your Google Slides presentation? Read on to learn how to that on Google Slides desktop.

Google Slides Desktop

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

If you have a local copy of the audio file, you want to insert on your computer, upload it to your Google Drive, and then use the Google Drive tab to search and locate it. Google Slides supports MP3 and WAV audio formats. We tried our luck with MP4 but got an error in the process.

Note: The ability to add an audio file to Google Slides is only available on desktop. There is no way to do that on mobile.

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.

Select insert menu

Step 4: Select Audio from the drop-down menu.

Select audio option

Step 5: The following menu will open Google Drive Home. Select the relevant audio file that you want to insert.

Step 6: 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 go through the customization options on offer. Let’s take a look at them.

Google Slides Audio Customization

Within Google Slides, there are some basic audio adjustments available. When the audio object is selected, you can click on Format Options in the toolbar. You will see the default settings appear and make the adjustments.

1. Autoplay Audio

From the first autoplay option, you can start playing audio either with one click or automatically. We mostly prefer automatically, as you don’t have to click on 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, width scale, and height scale.

3. Re-colour

Using the re-color menu, one can easily change the Play button’s color background. 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. From the Adjustments menu, you can change the transparency, brightness, and contrast of the Play button in Slides.

5. Drop Shadow

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

Drop shadow menu

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

Add YouTube Video to Google Slides

Integrating relevant YouTube videos to Google Slides, you can further enhance the appeal of the overall presentation. YouTube’s integration with Google Slides is seamless as well. Go through the steps below to add a YouTube video to Google Slides.

Step 1: Open the Slide in which you want to add a YouTube video.

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

Select video option

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.

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 recorded presentation to life and more fully immerse your audience in your message. Go through the steps above and start adding audio to your next Google Slides presentation.

Next up: Integrating hyperlinks is another way to enhance the appeal of Google Slides. Read the post below to learn about how to add hyperlinks in Google Slides on mobile and PC.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.