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Plain presentations have their place in serious business settings, but in any other case, holding your audience’s attention is key. In this guide, we’ll cover how to add music, video, or sound to your Google Slides to spice them up a little.

Prerequisites for adding video or audio to Google Slides

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First, though, you should ensure that you have an active Google account before you start, as well as enough Google Drive storage to store both the presentation and your videos/audio. The amount of storage you need will of course depend on how long your audio and videos are and what quality they’re saved at.

If you want to store a particularly large video, you may have to sign up for a Google One subscription. The basic tier nets you 100GB of storage for about $2/month, which is affordable.

With that said, let’s get into the meat of the tutorial:

How to Add Audio / Music to Google Slides

It’s quite easy to insert audio into Google Slides these days thanks to the “Insert Audio” option that Google added a few years back. You just have to make sure to upload the file you want to use to your Google Drive first:

  1. Open Google Drive

    You can access Google Drive via its webpage or by clicking the Google Drive tray icon in your taskbar and then pressing the drive button in the pop-up.

    Windows 11 - Google Drive Icon on Taskbar - Groogle Drive Icon

  2. Click the “My Drive” heading and press “Upload files”

    Windows 11 - Google Drive My Drive - Upload Files

  3. Browse to your music or audio and press “Open”

    Windows 11 - Google Drive My Drive - Upload Files - Select One - Open

  4. Go to the Google Slides webpage and press “Go to Slides”

    You can save some Googling by clicking this direct link to the Slides webpage.

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Go to Slides

  5. Click your presentation to open it

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Go to Slides - Open Presentation

  6. Navigate to the slide you want to add audio to and press “Insert > Audio” in the toolbar

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Insert - Audio

  7. Click your Google Slides audio or music from in the Drive tab and press “Select” 

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Insert - Audio - Search Audio - Select

  8. Click “Continue editing” if you get a warning

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Insert - Audio - Select - Continue Editing

  9. An audio player will appear on your slide

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Insert - Audio - Select - Continue Editing - Result

  10. Press the Google Slides music player and press “Format > Format options” in the toolbar

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Audio - Format - Format Options

  11. Choose whether you want your music to start automatically or activate on click under the “Start playing” heading

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Audio - Format Options - Start Playing

  12. Adjust the “Volume when presenting” slider to suit your preferences

    Make sure you test this on the setup you’ll be presenting from before you start your presentation if possible. Your home speakers may be much quieter than a conference room setup.

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Audio - Format Options - Volume

  13. Tick “Hide icon when presenting”

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Audio - Format Options - Hide Icon

  14. Choose whether you want the audio to loop

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Audio - Format Options - Loop Audio

  15. Tick or untick “Stop on slide change”

    If you’re wondering how to make music play through the entire Google Slides presentation, the answer is to untick this option. When you combine it with the loop option, it can add some nice background music to Google Slides.

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Presentation - Audio - Format Options - Stop On Slide Change

How to Add a Video to Google Slides

You can add music to your presentation through a YouTube or Drive video. In fact, this used to be the only way to do so. However, you can also use the following as a guide on how to embed a video in Google Slides more generally:

  1. Select your slide and press “Insert > Video” in the toolbar

    Windows 11 - Google slides - Insert - Video

  2. Copy the link to your YouTube video

    Windows 11 - Youtube - Copy Link

  3. Open the “By URL” option in the Insert Video pop-up, paste the link, and press “Select”

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video - By URL - Paste Link - Select

  4. OR: Open the search tab and enter the title of the song you’d like to embed

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video -Search

  5. Select the YouTube video from the list and press “Select”

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video -Search - Select

  6. OR: Add video to Google Slides via the Google Drive tab

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video -Google Drive

  7. Click on the video in your Google Drive storage and press “Select”

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video -Google Drive - Choose One - Select

  8. Google Slides will insert the video into your slide

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video -Result

  9. Click the video and press “Format > Format options”

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video - Format - Format Options

  10. Choose whether to play the video on click, manually or automatically

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video - Format - Format Options - Play Options

  11. Select where you want the video to start and end

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video - Format - Format Options - Choose Time

  12. Tick or untick the “Mute audio” option

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video - Format - Format Options - Mute

  13. Adjust, the size, rotation, positioning, and drop shadow to your liking

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert Video - Format - Format Options - Edit Size Position Shadow

How to Add a Shareable Google Drive Link to Google Slides

Before we had the insert audio and video features, the only way to add music to Google Slides was via a sharable Google Drive link. While the new functionality makes this unnecessary in most circumstances, there are times when you might want to use this method instead. Here’s how you can:

  1. Upload your audio or video file to Google Drive

    To do so you can click the “My Drive” heading and then press “Upload files”.

    Windows 11 - Google Drive - My Drive - Upload Files

  2. Open your slide and press “Insert > Text box”

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert - Text Box

  3. Right-click your text box

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert - Text Box - Right-click

  4. Click “Link” in the context menu

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Insert - Text Box - Right-click - Link

  5. Right-click the file in your Google Drive and press “Get link”

    Windows 11 - Google Drive - My Drive - File Context Menu - Get Link

  6. Press “Copy link” in the pop-up

    Windows 11 - Google Drive - My Drive - File Context Menu - Get Link - Copy Link

  7. Paste the link into your textbox in Google Slides

    You can then press the text box link during your presentation to open a new tab with your music, audio, or video.

    Windows 11 - Google Slides - Text Box - Paste Link

Extra: How to Add Audio to PowerPoint

If you prefer Microsoft PowerPoint over Google’s slightly finicky Slides, don’t worry. We also have a guide on how to add audio to PowerPoint. You won’t have to jump through hoops with Google Drives, so you may find it easier.

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Extra: How to Embed a Video in PowerPoint

Just like Google Slides, PowerPoint lets you embed a YouTube video directly in your slide. The process is a little less intuitive, though, so make sure to follow our dedicated guide.

Extra: How to Insert an Animated GIF in PowerPoint

Meanwhile, if you only want a short clip in your presentation, you can follow our guide on how to insert an animated GIF in PowerPoint.

 
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