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How to put a song on a photo

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Many people you follow on social networks post photos with background songs and you, having been impressed by some of this content, would like to learn how to do something like this. However, not being particularly tech-savvy, you don’t even know where to start. That’s the way it is, am I right? Then don’t worry: you are in the right place!

In the next paragraphs of this guide, in fact, I will have the opportunity to explain how to put a song on a photo to post online, taking advantage of some functions included in Instagram and Facebook plus some third-party solutions suitable for this purpose. I assure you that everything is much simpler than you imagine.

If you are ready to start, therefore, I would say not to waste any more time in chatting and to immediately get into the heart of the article. Strength and courage: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and, more importantly, try to put into practice the “tips” that I will give you. Happy reading and have fun!

How to put a song on a photo on Instagram

If you are particularly active on Instagram and want to know how to put a song on a photo , let me show you some of the best solutions you have from yours.


If you want to complete the operation in question using the function integrated in the Instagram stories , all you have to do is insert the photo of your interest in a story, recall the sticker that allows you to insert the music in it and publish it.

Therefore, access Instagram from the official app of the service for Android or iOS , press the house symbol (bottom left) and tap the camera icon (top left). Now, take a photo, by pressing on the white dot at the bottom of the screen, or take one from the Gallery, by tapping on the square (bottom left) and pressing on the preview of the shot of your interest.

We are almost there: press the smiling sticker icon (top right), press the Music sticker , search for the song of your interest in the search field at the top and tap on the song name . In conclusion, select the type of sticker to include in the story, choosing from the four types available (the dots located at the bottom) and, scrolling the timeline located at the bottom of the screen, choose the point from which to start playing the song. Furthermore, by pressing the button representing 15 , you can possibly adjust the playback time.

When you are ready to do so, then tap the Done button (top right) and publish the photo to which you applied the song, pressing the Your story button (bottom left). Simple, right?

For more information on how Instagram Stories work and how to put music in Instagram Stories, feel free to check out the insights I just linked to.

Quik (Android / iOS / iPadOS)


If you prefer to turn to third-party solutions, I highly recommend you try Quik , an app developed by GoPro that allows you to easily create slideshows containing photos and clips by framing everything with one of the many musical themes among those available or with songs. saved on the device.

After installing Quik on your Android or iOS / iPadOS device , press the Create a new video button , select the photo you want to use, by tapping on its preview (you can also use more than one, if you wish), and presses on the button (✓) located at the bottom right. Once this is done, add an introduction title using the appropriate text field , press the Continue button and choose one of the themes from those available listed below (eg. Bold , Radical , Sharp , etc.), based on your preferences .

By tapping on the musical note (at the bottom, in the center of the screen), you can enter one of the musical themes included in the app. If these are not to your liking or if you want to add a song saved locally, tap the (>) button on the right of the applied song (below), press the Music Catalog button that appeared on the display and, in the screen that opens, touch the title of another song you like. Otherwise, if you want to load a song already saved locally, tap on the My Music tab , press on the title of the song of your interest and import it into the project by pressing the button (✓) (bottom right).

After doing this, press the icon with the three adjustment bars (bottom right), tap the Duration button , select the duration of the video , then press the (✓) button located at the bottom. By pressing the Start button of the music , however, you can use the timeline located at the bottom to choose the starting point of the song to be included in the slideshow. Also in this case, remember to save the changes by pressing the button (✓) located at the bottom.

Finally, you just have to save the final result, by pressing the down arrow icon (bottom right) and then on the Instagram Stories button , to share it directly in the Instagram stories, or select one of the other options of saving or sharing among those available ( Share link , Send file , Save without sharing and so on).

Other useful apps


If you want to turn to other solutions to make videos for Instagram combining photos and music, take a look at the apps proposed below: they may be useful for you.

  • Magisto ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ) – offers the possibility of making videos by combining photos and music, but know that the free version does not allow you to insert more than 10 photos per video, also limiting the duration of the latter to 10 minutes. It is possible to remove these limits by subscribing to the 4.99 euro / month subscription. If you do not subscribe, know that to download the output files you will have to make a purchase of 1.09 euros / video. I also point out its availability as an online service .
  • iMovie ( iOS / iPadOS ) – this is Apple’s application for making videos of various kinds, which you can also use for the purpose in question, thanks to its multiple tools that allow you to easily insert audio tracks (therefore also songs) on photos and possibly videos.
  • Clips ( iOS / iPadOS ) – is another Apple app designed specifically for making clips containing photos, videos and music to share on social networks. Given its ease of use, it is preferable to iMovie if you are not very familiar with audio-video editing.

Do you want to know more about how these and other apps for making videos with photos and music work? Then take a look at the in-depth article I just linked to you.

How to put a song on a photo on Facebook

Now let’s see how to put a song on a photo on Facebook . Also in this case, it is possible to proceed through the stories function integrated in the social network or by using third-party apps.


Song on Facebook

Do you want to take advantage of the functionality built into Facebook Stories to insert a song on a photo? No problem: just start creating a new story in the Facebook app and, after activating the “Music” mode and choosing the song to use in the background, choose the photo to publish.

To proceed, then, access Facebook from the official app of the service for Android or iOS / iPadOS , tap the (+) Create a story button on the main screen of the same and select the Music option .

Now, search for the song of your interest using the search field at the top and tap on the title of the song you want to use (those marked with the wording “Text” also allow you to insert the text of the overlayed song).

Once this is done, select the part of the song you want to play: to do this, tap on the song text or on the album cover and scroll down the timeline to choose the point from which to start playback, then press the End item (in top right). At this point, click on the photo icon (top left), locate the photo to include in the story and tap on its preview . When you are ready to do so, publish the content by pressing the Share button in the story (bottom right), and that’s it.

If you want to deepen the subject and get some more clarification on how Facebook stories work and how to put music on Facebook, consult the tutorials that I have dedicated entirely to the subject.

WeVideo (Android / iOS / iPadOS)


If you prefer to turn to a third-party solution, I recommend that you give WeVideo a try . It is a freemium solution for Android and iOS / iPadOS that allows you to combine photos and music quite simply. Know, however, that he applies a watermark to his works, which is removable only by subscribing to a subscription of 4.49 euros / year.

After installing and starting WeVideo, tap on the Edits tab and press the (+) button located at the bottom right. Then enter the title of the video in the My Video text field (top), press the (+) button located at the bottom right and choose the photo (or photos) to include in the project: you can take it at the moment ( Take photo ) , take them from the Gallery ( On Device ) or from Google Drive .

Once you have decided which photos to use in the project, press the magic wand symbol to choose a theme to apply (those marked with a padlock are only available in the subscription version of the app). To insert a song, on the other hand, tap on the musical note symbol (top left) and select a song from the app library ( Library ) or from your personal library ( My music ). After tapping on the audio track of your interest, so as to listen to it, add it to the project, pressing the (+) button located next to it and press the (✓) button , at the top left.

Now, press the Play button , to play the video and preview the final result: if you are satisfied with it, press the paper airplane icon located at the top right and tap the Save with watermark button to export the output file containing the photo and song of your choice.

Other useful apps

Trim video with iMovie on iPhone

There are many other apps for inserting songs into photos. Below I propose some valid solutions that will surely be useful to you, especially if you want to put a song on several photos.

  • Sharalike ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ) – this app, also available as an online service , allows you to create real slideshows by combining photos (and possibly videos) together with music, even allowing you to get songs from Spotify, which is perfect for the purpose in question.
  • iMovie ( iOS / iPadOS ) – since I have already told you about it in the previous lines , I don’t have to add anything else about the famous Apple app dedicated to video editing, which as I told you is great for applying music to one or more photos (and also a video clip of course).

For more information on how to use these and other apps to make videos with photos and music, I refer you to the tutorial that I dedicated entirely to this topic. I hope it will be useful for you.

Applications to put a song on a photo

I conclude this guide by telling you about some applications to put a song on a photo using the computer. See if they can come in handy in some way.

  • PhotoStage Slideshow Producer ( Windows / macOS / Linux ) – is a free (if used for non-commercial purposes) and cross-platform software that, through its user friendly interface, allows you to create photo presentations to which you can add audio tracks and music in a simple way it’s fast.
  • Windows 10 photos – this program, included “standard” in Windows 10, allows you not only to manage and view your photos, but also to create videos through them to which you can apply background music.
  • MacOS Photos – this is the application dedicated to managing photos on Mac, through which you can create photo slideshows with preset background music.
  • iMovie ( macOS ) – is the application included “standard” in macOS, whose operation does not differ much from its version for iOS / iPadOS, which I have already mentioned in the tutorial. It is therefore perfect for inserting music tracks on desktop photos.

For more information on these and other programs for making videos with photos and music, I refer you to reading the tutorial that I have dedicated entirely to the latter.