How to Add Audio to Google Slides

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When you want to play a sound or music file during a Google Slides presentation, insert audio into Google Slides from a streaming service, from a YouTube video, or from a sound file you converted to MP4 format.

Insert Audio Into Google Slides Using a Music Streaming Service

If you found a sound file on the web you want to use in your presentation, insert a link to the file on the slide you want the audio to play. You’ll find links to sound files on music streaming services such as Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Apple Music.

When playing audio from a music streaming service, you’ll need to start and stop the audio during your presentation, and the computer you use must be connected to the internet.

To insert a link from a SoundCloud file into a Google Slides presentation:

  1. Open SoundCloud in a browser window and go to the page containing the soundtrack you want to use.

    If the music is copyrighted, you must have permission to use it. If it has a Creative Commons license, you must give credit to the musician. If it’s in the Public Domain, you can use it freely.

  2. Select Share.

    A screenshot showing how to find a link to a SoundCloud file to use in Google Slides
  3. Copy the URL of the soundtrack.

    A screenshot showing where to copy a link to an audio file to use in a Google Slides presentation
  4. Open the Google Slides presentation where you want to play the sound file.

  5. Select the slide where the sound file will play.

  6. Select an icon or text on the slide for the link.

  7. Go to Insert and select Link.

    A screenshot showing where to create a link in a Google Slides presentation
  8. Paste the link in the Link text box and select Apply.

    A screenshot showing how to create a link to an audio file into Google Slides
  9. To test the audio file and make sure it plays, select Present.

    A screenshot showing how to test a Google Slides presentation to make sure the audio link works
  10. Select the text or image containing the link.

    A screenshot showing how to play a link to an audio file during a Google Slides slideshow
  11. A new browser window opens with the page for the SoundCloud audio file.

    A screenshot showing the sound file accessed during a Google Slides presentation
  12. Select Play.

  13. Minimize the browser window to return to your presentation.

  14. When you want to end the audio, return to the web page for the soundtrack and select Pause

Add Audio to Google Slides Using a YouTube Video

Another way to use sound in a Google Slides presentation is to embed a YouTube video. You don’t have to show your audience the video, and can instead hide the video so they’ll only hear the audio.

  1. Go to YouTube.

  2. Go to the page containing the video you want to use.

    Play the video and note the start and end timestamps for the portion of the video you want to use in your presentation.

  3. Select Share.

    A screenshot showing how to find a s haring link for a YouTube video
  4. Select Copy to copy the link to the Clipboard.

    A screenshot showing how to copy the sharing link for a YouTube video
  5. Open the presentation that will contain the audio file.

  6. Select the slide that will play the file.

  7. Go to Insert and select Video.

    A screenshot showing how to insert video into Google Slides
  8. In the Insert video dialog box, select By URL.

  9. Paste the URL for the YouTube video and choose Select.

    A screenshot showing how to embed a YouTubevideo into Google Slides
  10. A thumbnail image of the video appears on the slide.

  11. Resize and move the video so it's out of the way.

  12. Select the video.

  13. Select Format options.

    A screenshot showing how to change the format options of a video in Google Slides
  14. In the Format options pane, expand the Video playback list.

  15. Enter the Start at and End at timestamps you want to use when playing the video.

  16. Select Autoplay when presenting.

    A screenshot showing how to set up a video to play automatically during a Google Slides presentation
  17. Close the Format options panel when you’re finished.

  18. Select Present to start the slideshow from the current slide.

  19. The video will start automatically, and you’ll hear the audio.

Hide the Video Icon on the Slide

There are a few ways to hide the video icon on the slide.

  • Resize the video so it's as small as possible and move it to a location that's not distracting.
  • Hide the video behind a picture.
  • Draw a shape over the video and choose a fill color matching the slide background color.

How to Add Your Own Audio File to Google Slides

If you’d rather use your own audio file, or another audio file you have permission to use, in your presentation, convert your MP3 and WAV audio files to MP4 video format. Then, when your audio file is converted to a video, it’s easy to insert audio into Google Slides.

Before you begin, record your own audio or download a free audio file. Then, use your favorite free audio converter software program to convert those audio files to video format. There are several online converters, but a free and easy converter is media.io Audio Converter. 

To convert audio to MP4 using media.io:

  1. Go to the media.io website.

  2. Select Add your files.

    A screenshot showing how to upload audio files to convert at Media.io
  3. Go to the folder containing the audio file, choose the file, and select Open. You’re returned to the web page and the file is added to the list.

  4. Add more files, if needed.

  5. Select the Convert to dropdown arrow, point at Video, and select MP4.

    A screenshot showing how to select a conversion type at Media.io
  6. Select Convert and wait while the file converts to MP4 format.

  7. When the conversion is complete, select Download All.

    A screenshot showing how to download converted audio files at Media.io
  8. The file downloads to your computer using your browser’s default download method.

  9. The file is in ZIP format. Extract the file to a folder on your computer.

Insert Audio Into Google Slides Using Google Drive

When you save your audio file that was converted to MP4 format to your Google Drive, it’s easy to insert audio in Google Slides.

  1. Sign in to your Google Drive account.

  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

  3. Select New.

  4. Select File upload.

    A screenshot showing how to upload an audio file to Google Drive
  5. Navigate to the folder containing the converted audio file, choose the file, and select Open.

  6. Open the presentation that will include the audio.

  7. Select the slide where you want to play the audio.

  8. Go to Insert and select Video.

    A screenshot showing how to insert audio in Google Slides
  9. Select My Drive.

    A screenshot showing how to insert audio into Google Slides from Google Drive
  10. Choose the converted audio file.

  11. Choose Select.

  12. Select the video icon.

    Resize and move the video so it doesn’t cover important information on the slide.

  13. Select Format options.

    A screenshot showing how to open the Format options pane in Google Slides
  14. Select Video playback to expand the list.

  15. Select Autoplay when presenting.

    A screenshot showing how to play audio automatically during a Google Slides presentation
  16. Select Present to start the slideshow from the current slide and ensure that the audio plays automatically.