Google Slides are free and easy to use for business presentations and fun. However, you can't simply embed music on Google slides like you can on Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote. There are a few methods you can use to add music from online music services and MP3s to one or more video slides in a presentation. We have gathered steps on how to add music to Google Slides.
Unlike Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote, Google Slides lacks a feature that allows you to add audio to your presentations in one easy step. If you want to add music or voice- over narration to G Suite or Google slides, you have to put a video file on a slide, switch on Auto-Play, and choose the invisible function.
You embed a video with audio in every slide. Then you turn off the video and leave the music playing. Visitors to your site (or the people attending your presentation) will hear the music, but the video attached to it will be invisible.
Adding music to Google Slides is easy once you get used to it, even if you’ve been spoiled by PowerPoint. Here’s how to add audio from an audio file on your computer, YouTube or your favorite online music service.
The instructions on how to add music to Google slides, including a condensed version and one specifically for using audio from online music services.
Convert Audio to Video
Once you've converted the file into a video format (MPEG, WMV, etc.), you can upload to your YouTube or Google Drive account. Google Drive may be easier to use for many people since you won't find any advertising there like on YouTube.
Upload the File to Drive or YouTube
Now you log in to Google Slides. Choose the Insert menu and Select Video. Upload the file you just placed in Drive or go to the tab called "By URL" and paste the link of any public video from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion or elsewhere.
Turn On Auto-Play
Continue mastering how to add music to Google slides by choosing auto-play, so the music you’ve added will play throughout your presentation. Right-click the video and pick Video Options, then choose “auto-play when presenting.”
If you have a voiceover that needs to sync with the visuals, you can adjust the video beginning and ending time.
Hide the Video
Now that you've gotten the audio embedded in the slide, you can make the slide invisible. The video slide was only a tool to get the music into your presentation. Viewers don't need to see this new slide so you can hide it. Choose video play and drag the resize icon until the video is too tiny to be seen.
You can also drag the video player away from the slide, so it is still technically a part of the presentation, but isn't evident to viewers as they watch (and listen to) the main slides.
Add Music from YouTube Videos to Slides
Add music from YouTube to Google Slides using the following method.
Launch your browser and open Google Slides. Open the slide that needs music, and click on "Insert." Then choose "Video" for a YouTube search box to open. Use the search function to find the video/music you want. Click on the title you want and "Select." The video will then be placed inside the slide.
Resize the video by clicking on the handles around it until it is at the desired size. Drag and drop your video where you want it on the slide. Click the video for music to start playing. The music will play on the slide you've chosen, and it will stop playing when you go to the next slide.
Use the "Online music service" method below, since it also works with YouTube videos if you want music to play on all the slides in your presentation.
Use an Online Music Service to Add Audio to Slides
Here’s how to add links to songs via your favorite online music service to your slides. The first thing you need to do is launch Chrome, Firefox or whatever browser you use. Then open your Google Slides Presentation.
Locate the slide that needs music. Then choose "insert" and "text box." Click on your slide to generate a text box. Open a new tab on your browser and go to SoundCloud, Spotify or the service that has the music you want.
Follow the instructions on the music service for how to share a link. For most services, you click "Share" and copy the link in your browser's URL (or from a separate box, which is one of the options on YouTube.)
Go back to Google Slides and paste the link in the text box on the slide you’ve chosen.
Resize the text box by clicking on the handles. Drag and drop the text box into the desired point on the slide. Click “View” and then “Present. Now click on the link in the text box, and it will open in another tab. The music will now play throughout your presentation.
How to Choose Music
Now that you know how to add music to Google Slides, you should consider a few issues before choosing music.
Before you choose the audio for your presentation, think about the message you want to convey. Make sure the audio you use on your slides is suitable for your audience and brand.
Adding music you like is fine for personal slides and videos you do for fun, but consider the potential viewer’s tastes – and the topic – when putting together brand or business presentations.
Use soft instrumental music if you need to speak live over the soundtrack. When you speak after the music plays, you can use louder music, like heavy metal or Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, provided they are audience-appropriate.
For business purposes, it's important to own the rights to the music you use or use original or royalty-free music. You can’t use a hit song as the soundtrack for your presentation unless you’ve paid for the right to use that song in your presentation.
If you’re using Google slides with music for personal use at home, music rights aren’t an issue, but if you are playing the presentation for an audience, you will need to use royalty-free songs.