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How to Add Audio to Google Slides

Adding media to your presentations makes them more engaging. Today we’ll show you how to add audio to Google Slides.

There are several reasons you’d want to add audio to a Google Slides presentation. First, adding audio can make the presentation more engaging for your audience. Maybe you want a light background music track to go with it. Perhaps you want a vocal recording to emphasize some points. Or you might want audio to make it more fun.

Whatever the case, Google Slides now allows you to add audio to your presentation. Here’s how to add audio to Google Slides.

Add Audio to Google Slides

It’s important to note that you can’t upload audio files directly from your computer. Google Slides also can’t record audio like PowerPoint. To get audio in Slides, you’ll need to record it separately (or have an MP3 file) and upload it to Google Drive.

Upload Audio to Google Drive

Upload your audio file to Google Drive using the following steps:

  1. First, log into your Google Drive account if you aren’t already. Then click the New button at the top-left corner of the screen.

Google Drive New

  1. Click File upload from the menu that appears.

Google Drive File upload

  1. When File Explorer (Finder on macOS) opens, select the audio file you want to use with your Google Slide.

Select audio file

  1. A notification will pop up at the lower-right corner of the page. A green check mark will display next to it after successfully uploading it.

File uploading to Google Drive

Insert Audio to Google Slides

Now that you have the file uploaded to Google Drive, you can import it into your Google Slides presentation.

To add the audio file from Google Drive to Google Slides, do the following:

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation, click Insert from the menu bar, and click Audio.

Insert Audio Google Slides

  1. When the Insert Audio window comes up, select the My Drive tab, select the audio file you want to use, and click the Select button.

Find audio file for google slides

  1. Next, a speaker icon and player controls will appear on the slide. You can resize or reposition it by dragging it to a different location.

speaker audio

  1. You can also adjust when and how the audio plays during your presentation. Click Format from the menu bar and then Format options.

Format Options

  1. The Format options pane comes up on the right side and opens to Audio playback. Under the Audio playback section, choose to play audio when clicking the audio icon or automatically play when the slide opens.

Audio Playback Google Slides

  1. You can also adjust the volume level by dragging the slider under Volume when presenting.

Volume while presenting google slides

Under the Volume slider is three other options which include the following:

  • Hide icon when presenting: This option, when checked, will hide the volume icon during your presentation. Note that this is only available if you automatically set the audio to start playing.
  • Loop audio: When the audio track ends, it will start over. This is a good option if you want background music for the duration of your presentation.
  • Stop on slide change: As the name implies, the audio will stop when you move to a different slide.

Audio options google slides

Audio Enhances Presentations

Whether you need audio to explain specific slides, or want background music, adding audio can enhance the presentation. Remember that you can also create a Google Slides template.

Adding media to any presentation makes it more appealing. For example, if you’re a Microsoft Office user, take a look at adding audio to PowerPoint. You can also add a video to a PowerPoint presentation.

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