How to Add Audio to Google Slides: All You Need to Know

Audio is a great way to enhance your presentation and keep your audience engaged. If you make your presentations using Google Slides, this post has got the solutions that you need to add audio to your presentations. Let’s get started.

Adding Audio to Google Slides: Steps to Follow

Add a link to an online audio file

The easiest way to add audio to your Google Slides presentation is by adding a link to a track from an online music service such as Spotify, SoundCloud, or Grooveshark.

  • Open a Google Slides presentation in your web browser and go to the slide you want to add audio to.
  • Select Insert> Text Box from the menu or click the button ” text box ” in the toolbar. Click anywhere on the slide to create a text box.
  • Go to your favorite music service, find the track you want to use in your presentation, and follow the service’s instructions to copy the link.
  • Go back to your slide and paste the track link into the text box you just created.
  • Click the Select tool, and resize the text box and move it to the place you want on the slide.
  • To view your presentation, select View> Start Presentation from the menu. With your presentation in view, click the link to turn on the audio. The file will open in a separate tab and will play until you close it.

If you feel like the crude text link affects your otherwise beautiful slide, you can cover it with an image to better integrate it into your design.

  • From the menu, select Insert> Image. Search for a photograph or image. Click the image you want, and click Select to add it to your slide.
  • Choose the Select tool. Resize the image and move it where you want it on the slide.
  • With the image selected, click the ” insert link ” icon on the toolbar, paste the track link into the box that appears and click Apply.

Now when you show your presentation, turn on the audio by clicking the image.

Add music from a YouTube video

The other way to add audio to your presentation is with a YouTube video. There are two ways to do this. The first is to follow the steps above and just copy the video link and paste it into a text box. The second way is to insert the video itself on your slide. This method is best when you want to use a shorter music clip to introduce an idea or underline a point, because the video will stop running as the slide advances.

You can search YouTube from within Google Slides using the “insert video” command.

  • From the slide where you want to add audio, select Insert> Video from the menu.
  • Type your question in the YouTube search field that appears.
  • Click on the video with the audio you want, and click Select to put it on the slide.
  • Click the Select tool and make the video as small as possible, and position it where you want on the slide.

When you show this slide during your presentation, click on the miniaturized video to listen to the audio.

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