How to Snapchat With Music Playing From Your Phone

Make your snaps more entertaining by easily adding music

Integrating music into Snapchat videos and stories used to be difficult because users couldn't upload prerecorded videos or use third-party apps.

Luckily, the folks at Snapchat got the message that users want music in their snaps, so an update to the app eventually made it possible to use prerecorded videos and play music on your device in the background as video messages are recorded.

An illustration of how to send Snapchats with music.
Ashley DeLeon ©Lifewire

These instructions apply to the recent version of Snapchat for Android and iOS.

How to Send Snapchats With Music

The addition of a music feature in Snapchat is something that brings it more up to speed with other competing social video apps—particularly Instagram.

It's also pretty easy to do, and you don't really need to take any complicated extra steps within the Snapchat app to put music in your videos.

Prior to this update, if you wanted music to play in your Snapchat videos, you needed another device or computer to play it. Users also took advantage of the third-party music app Mindie before Snapchat cut off its access.

  1. Open up your favorite music app and play any track you want. Whether it's iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud or any other app, as long as it plays music on your phone, you can use it with Snapchat.

    Keep in mind that Snapchat records the music at a pretty high volume, so consider turning it down in your music app if you want your own voice or other background sounds in your video to be heard through the music.

  2. Launch Snapchat (with the music still playing), navigate to the camera tab, and hold the big record button down to record your video message. It will record all the music your device is playing at the same time. 

  3. Before sending or posting your video, swipe down from the top of the screen and use the notification panel to pause the music. Then go back to Snapchat to watch/listen to your video preview.

  4. If you're happy with your video preview and the music playing along with it, go ahead and post it.

    Go and have a look through some of the fun lenses that have built-in music tracks with them. Snapchat has been including more lenses like this—some of which feature new singles from popular artists—which automatically start playing music as soon as you activate the lens. New ones are added every day, so keep checking.