Software & Apps MS Office How to Add Audio to Google Slides Capture audience attention with sound effects and voice clips By Coletta Teske Writer Coletta Teske is a Lifewire writer focusing on consumer electronics. She has 30 years' experience writing for Adobe, Boeing, Microsoft, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Coletta Teske Updated January 11, 2020 MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email 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: 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. Select Share. Copy the URL of the soundtrack. Open the Google Slides presentation where you want to play the sound file. Select the slide where the sound file will play. Select an icon or text on the slide for the link. Go to Insert and select Link. Paste the link in the Link text box and select Apply. To test the audio file and make sure it plays, select Present. Select the text or image containing the link. A new browser window opens with the page for the SoundCloud audio file. Select Play. Minimize the browser window to return to your presentation. 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. Go to YouTube. 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. Select Share. Select Copy to copy the link to the Clipboard. Open the presentation that will contain the audio file. Select the slide that will play the file. Go to Insert and select Video. In the Insert video dialog box, select By URL. Paste the URL for the YouTube video and choose Select. A thumbnail image of the video appears on the slide. Resize and move the video so it's out of the way. Select the video. Select Format options. In the Format options pane, expand the Video playback list. Enter the Start at and End at timestamps you want to use when playing the video. Select Autoplay when presenting. Close the Format options panel when you’re finished. Select Present to start the slideshow from the current slide. 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: Go to the media.io website. Select Add your files. 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. Add more files, if needed. Select the Convert to dropdown arrow, point at Video, and select MP4. Select Convert and wait while the file converts to MP4 format. When the conversion is complete, select Download All. The file downloads to your computer using your browser’s default download method. 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. Sign in to your Google Drive account. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file. Select New. Select File upload. Navigate to the folder containing the converted audio file, choose the file, and select Open. Open the presentation that will include the audio. Select the slide where you want to play the audio. Go to Insert and select Video. Select My Drive. Choose the converted audio file. Choose Select. Select the video icon. Resize and move the video so it doesn’t cover important information on the slide. Select Format options. Select Video playback to expand the list. Select Autoplay when presenting. Select Present to start the slideshow from the current slide and ensure that the audio plays automatically.