How to insert audio into google slides? Video and step by step tutorial.

October 22, 2020 Off By admin
How to insert audio into google slides? Video and step by step tutorial.

Adding audio is a great way to keep your slides and as a result – the learning experience more engaging and personalised. You might want to insert audio into google slides for many reasons. For example – to add narration, a piece of background music or even some sound effects. In this post, I will show you how to insert audio into Google slides.

You can watch the tutorial video or read the post below.

Other posts about Google Slides you might be interested in:

  • Audio and voiceover in Google slides – why and how to use it?

  • How to insert audio into Google Slides? Video and step by step tutorial.

  • How to play Audio in Google Slides in editing and presenter mode

  • How to test your slides before publishing to the web?

  • How to share your google slides with the audience? Publishing and embedding slides.

Watch the video explaining how to add audio into Google slides

Adding audio is a great way to keep your slides and as a result – the learning experience more engaging and personalised (read more about reasons and examples of using audio and voiceover in Google slides)

How to insert an audio file into google slides

The range and the capability of Google tools are impressive. You can collaborate online in real-time creating documents, spreadsheets and slides and see changes instantly. You can also store other formats like audio, video, and images, but they cannot be created within the drive, but rather uploaded.

So before getting into step by step guide, I wanted to note that Google doesn't allow creating the audio file itself (at the time of writing this and recording this video) so I explain how to INSERT video into google slides. Hopefully, the option to record directly into slides will come soon.

Step 1:

Create and record your audio file or source external files

You will need to use an external application to record the audio file and save it to your Google Drive. There are plenty of free recording and editing apps that you can try for audio production are. Among the tools I use are:

  • Voice recorder on your phone (all smartphones have a built in app),

  • Online Voice Recorder (web-based, no sign-in required) or

  • Audacity (I do recommend Audacity. If you record a lot, it will allow you to control the quality, input levels and adding metadata. And of course, you can use it to edit your files).

When saving your files, you need to know that audio file formats acceptable to insert into Google Slides must be an .mp3 or .wav format.

If you plan to use existing audio files, e.g. background music, sound effects or some historical audio recordings, source and download your audio.

When you use audio files created by someone else, always make sure that you comply with the copyright policy and respect fair use policies and guidelines

(check out my list of Royalty free background music and audio for eLearning – link below the video).


Step 2:

Save your audio on your laptop or in G drive.

Once you recorded your audio or sourced external audio clips, save them on your google drive and ADJUST their SHARING SETTINGS. 

Make sure to change your audio sharing settings to 'shared'. This is important. If you are planning to share your slide deck with your students or visitors on your website and want them to be able to play or hear the audio file, the audio has to be shared. Think about audio as another file added to your presentation. It is not enough to share the presentation – you will need to share the audio files too.

  • Right-click on the audio file from Google Drive, and click on Share.
  • Go to 'Get link' window, and make sure that the file is shared with anyone with the link (only this way people from outside your organisation will be able to play the audio).

If you won't share audio, this is what your viewers will see -a pop-up box with a 'request access' link.

Step 3:

Insert audio into your Google Slide

To add audio to your google slide click on INSERT > AUDIO > and choose a file to attach from the drive and then click > SELECT. 

When you insert it, the little speaker icon appears together with a player bar – when you click on it, the clip should play.

You can drag and reposition the speaker icon to the place you want it to appear.

Step 4:

Adjust the audio settings


Click on the Format option from the top menu – the side options menu should open on the right hand side.

From here you can change the settings of the inserted audio clip. For example, you can set it to autoplay when the slide loads, or play audio only when the viewer clicks on it. If it is background music, you might want to loop your audio or hide the speaker icon all together for the time you are presenting. You can also change other settings such as icon position, colour, transparency and other adjustments.


Make sure to test your slides before publishing them to the web! You might discover that some files are not appearing because their sharing settings have not been changed.

If you want to learn more about the Google Slides, check out my Google Slides mini-series on Youtube (make sure to subscribe to get notifications about new videos).

You can also express your interest in Google Slides for education and communication boot camp I am designing. This course is perfect for beginner to intermediate users to take their skills to the next level and become a Google Slides Ninja!

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