How to Add Music to Google Slides

Keep your slides engaging with a bit of music

What to Know

  • You can spruce up your Google Slides presentation by adding music or sound effects to specific slides.
  • Google Slides accepts WAV and MP3 audio formats.
  • The files must be uploaded to Google Drive before you can insert the music into the presentation.

When you want to jazz up your next Google Slides presentation, add music or sound effects. This guide shows you how to insert audio files into specific slides and details the formatting options available for the music.

How to Add Music to Google Slides

Google Slides supports WAV and MP3 files. Here's how to add these types of files to your presentation:

You must upload the audio files to Google Drive before you can insert the files into your presentation.

  1. Open the presentation in Google Slides and go to the slide to which you want to add music.

  2. Select Insert > Audio.

    The Audio option under the Insert menu in Google Slides
  3. Go to the My Drive tab and find the audio file you want to add. Double-click the file or highlight it and choose Select.

    A Google Drive audio file is highlighted in Google Slides.
  4. An audio player icon appears on the slide. You can drag it around or resize it if you wish.

  5. The right pane contains a list of formatting options. Choose whether the audio starts automatically or on a loop. You can change the size and rotation of the audio icon. You can also move its position, change its color, give it a drop shadow, or add a reflection.

    A Google Slides presentation with formatting options for an audio player on the right-hand side.

How to Add Video to a Slide

You can add a video clip to your presentation using a YouTube link or a file stored on Google Drive. This option might be preferable if you want to enhance your presentation with a brief soundbite or a music video. Here's how to insert a video into a slide:

  1. Open the presentation and go to the slide where you want the video to appear.

  2. Select Insert > Video.

    The Video option under the Insert menu in Google Slides
  3. Search for a video on YouTube, paste a URL to the video, or choose a video file in Google Drive. Once you select the clip you want to use, choose Select.

    A list of YouTube videos you can insert into a Google Slides presentation.
  4. The video clip appears on the slide. You can drag it around or resize it. In the right pane, you'll find a list of formatting options. Here you can choose to start the video at a specific point. You can also choose whether the video automatically starts when the slide appears during the presentation. You can choose to mute the audio if you only want the visuals. There are also various size, rotation, and drop shadow options.

    A video player appears over a Google Slides presentation.