Add audio to Google Slides

Contents
  1. Grab your audience’s attention with sound effects and voice clips
  2. Embed audio in Google Slides with music streaming service
  3. Add audio to Google Slides with YouTube videos
  4. Hide the video icon on the slide
  5. How to add your own audio file to Google Slides
  6. Embed audio in Google Slides with Google Drive

Grab your audience’s attention with sound effects and voice clips

To play an audio or music file during your Google Slides presentation, insert audio into Google Slides from a streaming service, a YouTube video, or an audio file that you’ve converted to MP4 format.

Embed audio in Google Slides with music streaming service

If you find an audio file online that you want to use in your presentation, paste the link to the file on the slide you want to play. You can find links to audio files on music streaming services such as Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music.

When playing audio from a music streaming service, you must start and stop the audio during the presentation, and the computer you are using must be connected to the Internet.

To paste a link from a SoundCloud file into a Google Slides presentation:

  1. Open SoundCloud in a browser window and go to the page containing the soundtrack you want to use.

    If the music is copyrighted, you must have permission to use it. If it has a Creative Commons license, you have to give credit to the musician. If it is freely available, you can use it freely.

  2. Select To share

  3. Copy the soundtrack URL.

  4. Open the Google Slides presentation where you want to play the audio file.

  5. Select the slide on which the audio file will be played.

  6. Select the icon or text on the slide for the link.

  7. Go to page Insert and choose Clutch

  8. Paste the link in the text box Clutch and choose Apply

  9. To check the audio file and make sure it plays, select Imagine

  10. Select the text or image with the link.

  11. A new browser window will open with the SoundCloud audio file page.

  12. Select Play

  13. Minimize the browser window to return to your presentation.

  14. To end audio playback, return to the soundtrack webpage and select Pause

Add audio to Google Slides with YouTube videos

Another way to use sound in a Google Slides presentation is to embed a YouTube video. You don’t have to show the video to your audience, but you can hide the video so they can only hear the audio.

  1. Go to YouTube.

  2. Go to the page with the video you want to use.

    Play the video and note the start and end timestamps for the part of the video you want to use in your presentation.

  3. Select To share

  4. Select To copy to copy the link to the clipboard.

  5. Open the presentation that will contain the audio file.

  6. Select the slide that will play the file.

  7. Go to page Insert and choose Video

  8. In the dialog box Embed video select By URL

  9. Paste the YouTube video URL and select Select

  10. A thumbnail image of the video appears on the slide.

  11. Resize and move the video so it doesn’t get in the way.

  12. Choose a movie.

  13. Select Formatting options

  14. On panel Formatting options expand the list Play video

  15. Enter labels Start with And ends with you want to use when playing the video.

  16. Select Autoplay on presentation

  17. Close the panel when you are done Formatting options

  18. Select Imagine to start the slideshow from the current slide.

  19. The video will start automatically and you will hear a sound.

Hide the video icon on the slide

There are several ways to hide the video icon on a slide.

  • Resize the video to be as small as possible and move it to a place that is not distracting.

  • Hide the video behind the photo.

  • Draw a shape over the video and choose a fill color that matches the background color of the slide.

How to add your own audio file to Google Slides

If you prefer to use your own audio file or any other audio file you have permission to, convert MP3 and WAV audio files to MP4 video format in your presentation. Then, when your audio file is converted to video, you can easily embed the audio in Google Slides.

Before you get started, record your own audio or download a free audio file. Then use your favorite free audio converter to convert these audio files to video format. There are several online converters, but a free and easy one is media.io Audio Converter.

To convert audio to MP4 with media.io:

  1. Go to the media.io website.

  2. Select Add your files

  3. Navigate to the folder containing the audio file, select the file and select Open † You have returned to the web page and the file has been added to the list.

  4. Add more files if necessary.

  5. Select drop-down arrow Convert to hover over it Video and choose MP4

  6. Select transfer and wait while the file is converted to MP4 format.

  7. After the conversion is complete, select Download everything

  8. The file will be downloaded to your computer using your browser’s default download method.

  9. The file is in ZIP format. Extract the file to a folder on your computer.

Embed audio in Google Slides with Google Drive

When you save an audio file converted to MP4 format in your Google Drive, you can easily embed the audio in Google Slides.

  1. Log in to your Google Drive account

  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

  3. Select New

  4. Select File upload

  5. Navigate to the folder containing the converted audio file, select the file and select Open

  6. Open a presentation that contains audio.

  7. Select the slide on which you want to play the audio.

  8. Go to page Insert and choose Video

  9. Select My drive

  10. Select the converted audio file.

  11. Select Select

  12. Choose an icon video

    Resize and move the video so that it doesn’t contain important information on the slide.

  13. Select Formatting options

  14. Select Play video to expand the list.

  15. Select Autoplay on presentation

  16. Select Imagine to start the slideshow from the current slide and have the sound play automatically.

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