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How to Add Music to Google Slides: 2 Easy Ways

Mara Calvello
Mara Calvello  |  October 30, 2019

Few things in life can bring me out of a bad mood like my favorite song.

No matter what I’m going through, or how old I get, that song allows me to pick myself up and dust myself off. Every time.

Music can do many things for a lot of different people, but it can also add some extra flair to Google Slides. Keep reading to find out how!

How to add music to Google Slides

When you want to spice up your Slides, adding music is a great way to do it. It’s easy and can be done in just a few steps.

Looking to add music from a different external resource like Spotify or YouTube? Keep reading for step-by-step instructions and helpful screenshots!

Add Spotify music to Google Slides

Adding online music from Spotify can be done in just a few steps.

First things first, in Google Slides, click the slide you want to add music to. Then, from the top menu, Click Insert, then Shape, then Arrows. Choose any arrow you’d like and it’ll automatically be inserted in the slide.

Add Shape to Google Slides


Tip: You can use any shape here, but for the sake of this article, let’s stick with arrows.

In a different web browser, open Spotify and find the song you’d like to add to Google Slides. Then, copy the song link.

Copy Song Link from Spotify


Back in Google Slides, click the arrow you’ve added into the slide. From the top menu, click Insert and then Link.

Insert Link in Google Slides

Then, from the slide, insert the link of the song you’d like to play in Google Slides. Click Apply.

Copy and Paste Song Link

When you run your presentation, click the arrow with the link. Spotify, or whichever music service you choose, will open in another browser and begin playing the song you have chosen. The song will play until it’s finished or until you close the tab.

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Add music from YouTube to Google Slides

If you’d like to instead add music directly from a YouTube video into your Google Slides presentation, you can do that, too.

Doing so starts the same way. Open the Google Slide in which you’d like to add music from Youtube. Click Insert, then Video.

Insert Video into Google Slides


Click to By URL and copy and paste the URL of the YouTube video you’d like to insert into the slide. Then, click Select.

Insert YouTube Video into Google Slides


When the video is inserted into your Slide, click Format and then Format Options.

Format Video Options in Google Slides


Under Video Playback, click Autoplay when presenting.


Autoplay Video in Google Slides


Once you close the sidebar and are back in the Slide, resize the video and position it on the Slide to your liking. You’ll then want to select the video, copy it, and click the next slide you’d like the music to continue through and paste it in. Repeat this step for each slide you’d like the song to play beneath.

In order for the song to carry over seamlessly, you’ll need to time out your slides. As an example, if you’re spending one minute on each slide, you’ll want to update the start time under Video Playback for each slide. Otherwise, the video will restart every time you advance to the next slide.

Give your slides some soul

I could be biased, but music just makes everything better, including your Google Slides presentation. It’s a great way to jazz up a mundane message or make use of your favorite Throwback Thursday tunes. Either way, it’s sure to be a presentation to remember and dance to.

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Mara Calvello

Mara Calvello

Mara is a Senior Content Marketing Specialist at G2. In her spare time, she's typically at the gym polishing off a run, reading a book from her overcrowded bookshelf, or right in the middle of a Netflix binge. Obsessions include the Chicago Cubs, Harry Potter, and all of the Italian food imaginable. (she/her/hers)