How to Add Music to Google Slides

Keep your slides engaging with a bit of music

Computer and headphones

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Google Slides does not offer an integrated way to add music to a presentation. However, you can choose a workaround that does let you effectively add background music to Google Slides.

Link to Online Music

If you have access to an online music service, you can add a link to an online track to your Google Slides presentation. You can also link to music from a YouTube video.

  1. Open Google Slides.

  2. Open the presentation to which you want to add music or start a new slideshow.

  3. Select the slide to which you want to add music.

  4. Click Insert.

  5. Point to Shape, and click Arrows.

    You can use another shape or image if you prefer to.

  6. Click on the arrow you want to appear on the slide and draw an arrow onto the slide.

    Screenshot of Insert menu, Shapes > Arrows
  7. In another web browser tab or window, go to the website of the music service you want to use to add music to the presentation.

  8. Copy the link of the song you want to play during the presentation.

    Refer to the service's instructions for copying music links.

  9. Return to the slide you're editing in Google Slides.

  10. Click the arrow you added to the slide.

  11. Click the Insert menu and then click Link. Alternatively, press Ctrl-K. The Insert Link dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Insert Link
  12. Press Ctrl-V or right-click inside the Link box and click Paste.

    Screenshot of Link dialog box
  13. Click Apply.

When you run your presentation, click on the arrow with the link. The music service will open in another browser window and begin playing the track. The music will run until it is finished or until you close it.

Add Video to a Slide

You can link to music from a YouTube video as mentioned, but you can also insert a video onto a slide. This option might be preferable if you only want to play a brief clip or soundbite, as the audio will stop as soon as you advance to the next slide.

  1. Open the presentation to which you want to add a video and select the slide where you want the video to appear.

  2. Click Insert.

  3. Click Video. The Insert Video dialog box will open and you will see options to search YouTube, enter a URL or upload a video from Google Drive.

    Screenshot of Insert menu showing Video
  4. Search for a YouTube video or enter the website address of the one you want to use. Click on the video in the results and click Select. A box with the video will be added to the slide.

    Screenshot of Insert Video dialog in Google Slides
  5. Resize the video or drag it to another area of the slide, if desired.

When presenting the slideshow, click the arrow on the video thumbnail to start the video, which will play within the window. When you advance to the next slide, the video and audio will stop.

Upload Audio or Video to Google Drive

If you want to add your own custom audio, such as a clip you recorded, you can do so by saving the file to Google Drive and then adding it to your presentation.

Upload your audio or video files to Google Drive with the same Google account you are using to create and present your slide show.

  1. Find the audio file in Google Drive, but do not open it.

  2. Right-click the file and click Get Shareable Link. A link to the file will appear.

    Screenshot showing Get Shareable Link in Google Drive
  3. Select and Copy the link.

  4. Go to your Google Slides presentation and select the slide where you want to add music.

  5. Press Ctrl-V or right-click the slide and click Paste to paste the link onto the slide.

  6. Alternatively, enter text onto the slide. Select the text and press Ctrl-K to open the Insert Link dialog box. Paste the link into the dialog box and press Enter.

  7. When you run your presentation, click the link to open the file in another browser window or tab.

  8. Click the Play button on the file to begin playing the track. The music will run until it is finished or until you close it.