Adding music to a text-heavy Google Slides presentation can spice it up. If you want to add music to Google Slides, you will need to use a YouTube or Google Drive video, or link to a third-party streaming service instead.

Add video to YouTube

You can’t add audio files to Google Slides presentations, but you can add videos. The easiest solution for users who want to add music to their Google Slides presentation is to add a YouTube video.

This adds a YouTube video to your Google Slides presentation directly by loading a YouTube video player with playback options. Once the video starts playing, it will continue until you move to the next slide.

To get started, open your Google Slides presentation and click on the slide where you want to add your YouTube video. From the top menu, choose Insert > Video.

Open your Google Slides presentation, click on your slide, click Insert, then Video

You can search YouTube videos in the «Search» tab of the «Insert Video» selection box. If you don’t have a specific YouTube URL, use this search tool to find a related video.

Once you find the video, select it, and then click the «Select» button at the bottom to add it to your presentation.

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If you already have a YouTube video you want to add and the URL is ready, go to the «By URL» tab and paste the web address into the appropriate field.

A preview of your video will appear below it. When you’re ready, click the «Select» button.

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Your video will be inserted into the slide of your choice, where you can resize it and move it to the desired position.

YouTube video embedded in a Google Slides presentation

Add video from Google Drive

As an alternative to embedding YouTube videos, Google Slides users can embed their own Google Drive videos. You can embed these videos from the same ‘Insert Video’ selection box as above.

As with YouTube videos, embedded Google Drive videos will play until you move to another slide.

To add a Google Drive video, go to your selected slide, click Insert > Video, go to the Google Drive tab, and search for your video in the cloud storage.

First, you need to sync your video files to Google Drive using the PC app or by downloading the video from the Google Drive website.

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Once you’ve found a video in your Google Drive storage, click on it and then click the «Select» button.

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Your video will be inserted on the slide. You can then move and resize it to fit your presentation.

You can only use this method to add videos from the same Google Account that you use to create your Google Slides presentation. If you want to embed other types of videos, you need to use a public YouTube video.

Add music from online broadcast

Unfortunately, Google does not allow you to embed music files directly, as you can with YouTube videos or Google Drive. As a workaround, you can link to songs hosted on online streaming services like Spotify or SoundCloud instead.

Music from one of these services will load in a background tab where it will continue until you manually close it or the sound ends.

To get started, insert a suitable playback object so you can easily click during your presentation, such as an image, a shape, or a large text box. For example, to insert a shape, click Insert > Shape and then select your chosen shape from the additional menus.

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In the Link field, paste your audio URL from the third party service of your choice. Click the «Apply» button to confirm.

Paste your audio URL into the Link field, then click Apply

During a Google Slides presentation, clicking on this object will load the audio content of your choice.

However, this can only be done in a separate tab, so if you’d rather keep everything inside your presentation, use Google Drive or YouTube instead.

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