Snapchat Sound: How to Add Music to Your Snaps

Add your favorite songs to your video snaps

  • Tap the music note icon in the right vertical menu before or after you've taken a photo or video snap.
  • Select the play button icon beside a featured sound to preview it, then tap Next to add it to your snap.
  • Alternatively, tap + Create Sound at the top of the Featured Sounds tab to record your own sound.

This article explains how to add sounds to your Snapchat photo or video snaps using the built-in featured sounds or by recording your own.

How to Add Featured Sounds to Your Snaps

Snapchat offers a selection of song clips that you can automatically insert into your photo or video snaps. Unlike other apps, such as Tik Tok, Snapchat's featured sound library is currently very small and doesn't include a search function to search for specific songs or sounds.

  1. In the Snapchat app, navigate to the snap tab by tapping the Camera icon in the bottom menu.

  2. Decide whether you want to add a sound to your snap before you take it or after you've taken it. If you decide to add it after, snap your photo or record your video now.

  3. In the vertical menu on the right side of the screen, tap the Music icon.

  4. A Featured Sounds tab will appear displaying a list or tracks, each with a thumbnail image, track name and artist name. Select the play button icon to the right of any track to listen to a preview.

  5. Once you've previewed and decided on a track to add as a sound for your snap, tap the blue Next button at the bottom.

    Steps to add a soundtrack to a snap.

    If you don't need to preview the track, just select it to add it to your snap.

  6. On your snap preview, optionally select the Sound Timeline at the bottom of the screen to drag it around and select the right section to include, then tap the checkmark icon to confirm.

    If you decide that you don't like how your snap looks or sounds, tap the X icon to select a different sound or abandon your snap if you want to start from scratch.

  7. A sound graphic sticker showing the track name and artist name will appear over your snap. You can drag and drop it anywhere on the screen to move it out of the way, however if you choose to drag and drop it into the trash icon that appears at the bottom, your sound will disappear.

  8. Continue editing or adding features like stickers and filters as you would normally, then select the blue arrow button to send it to your friends and/or post it to your stories.

    Edit the soundtrack on your snap.

How to Add Your Own Sounds to Your Snaps

If you don't find a sound that you want to use from Snapchat's built-in featured sounds, you can record your own in the app and automatically add it to your snap.

  1. Follow steps one through three above.

  2. On the Featured Sounds tab, tap + Create Sound at the top.

  3. While your sound is playing, either on your device in another app or in your environment, tap the Record button to start recording.

  4. Tap the Record button again to stop recording the sound.

    Add your own sound to a snap.
  5. A preview of your sound will start playing. Type a name in the Sound Name field, optionally tap the Make this sound public? button to make it widely accessible and then optionally slide the caps at the beginning and end of the Sound Timeline to trim your sound clip.

  6. Tap the blue Save Sound button.

  7. Select the saved sound to add it to your snap and preview it. Optionally select the Sound Timeline at the bottom of the screen to drag it around and select the right section to include, then tap the checkmark icon to confirm.

    Adding your own sound to a snap.

    Whenever you access the Featured Sounds tab by tapping the music note icon, you'll see a new tab labeled My Sounds where all of your saved sounds will be. You can edit or delete a saved sound by long pressing on one of your saved sounds. Then select Edit to change its name or privacy setting or select Delete to remove it.

  8. Continue editing or adding features like you would normally, then select the blue arrow button to send it to your friends and/or post it to your stories.