How to Add Music to Instagram Photo Posts

While the future of Twitter seems pretty shaky, at least one social media platform seems to be keeping up with the times. Instagram recently unveiled an update that allows users to add music to photo posts, which was previously only possible on Reels and Stories.

Not everyone seems to have access to the feature yet, so it’s unclear when exactly the tool became available, though someone on Twitter revealed that the company was “testing” the feature on Nov. 5. Apparently it’s only available on single images, so you won’t be able to add a soundtrack to a multi-image carousel post.

After selecting and editing the photo, the “Add Music” option will appear under the “Tag People”, “Add Reminder” and “Add Location” buttons, so that the song is selected just before the photo is published.

Some Instagram users have taken to Twitter to share their excitement over the addition to the app, compared to the “profile song” feature popularized on Myspace years ago. In mid-October, various tech outlets reported that Instagram was indeed test of a profile song feature, but it looks like they decided to roll out mail songs instead.

A few people on Twitter reported that their Instagram app was “randomly playing some music,” so maybe their app was updated and they had access to the post-song feature without even realizing it. See some of the tweets below.

So yes, you will be able to add “People = Shit” to the next picture you post from one Slip knot concert.

If your app hasn’t been updated to include this new option yet, then you won’t be able to hear music on other people’s posts either. No official announcements have been made by Instagram at this time, so have some patience until the feature becomes available on a wider scale. After users became increasingly frustrated with the algorithm-based timelines, which now favor Reels over traditional posts, it’s nice to see that they’ve added something to spice up photos in a good way.

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