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How to Add Audio to Google Slides: An Easy Method

Want to insert audio to liven up your Google Slides presentation? It will take you less than 2 minutes. Read this handy guide and you'll be good to go.

John McTale

Mar 30, 2022

2 minute read

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Putting any audio recording into your Google Slides presentations is as easy as one, two, three. Alright… Maybe more like one-two-three-four because there are literally four clicks of the mouse this action requires.

One thing to note before you start: your audio file has to be in an MP3 or WAV format and be already uploaded to your Google Drive. There’s no option to drag-and-drop an audio file from your computer’s memory.

Inserting audio to Google Slides step by step

  1. Upload your audio file to any folder on your Google Drive.

  2. Open the slideshow you’re putting together on the slide where you want to add audio.

  3. Click “Insert” and then select “Audio” from the drop-down menu.

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4. Select the audio file you want to add. All available files will be shown automatically, no matter where exactly they are on your Drive.

Add audio to Google Slides

In this case, we’re adding the amazing 1983 “Luxury” tune by Wind (which I highly recommend in case you don’t know it).


5. A speaker icon will appear on your slide. You can resize it or move it around as you please.

Add audio to Google Slides

6. Upon clicking on the icon, a playback bar will appear. There, you can pause, play, or fast-forward the audio.

Add audio to Google Slides

7. When you select the icon, you can click “Format” on the left-hand side of the menu bar to further customize your audio: decide if you want it to play automatically or on click, loop it, make it stop on slide change and also change color, shadows, and transparency.

That was easy, wasn’t it? But now that you know how to insert audio into Google Slides, take a step back.

You can do better

You’re adding audio to your Google Slides presentation because you want to make something more of it. You want a better medium for your message than just a bunch of static slides.

What if you could get something a hundred times better than a Google Slides deck?

Try the Storydoc presentation maker for free. You can create fully interactive presentations, embed audio, video, make the most of the modern layout and design functionalities.

Just see some of those presentation templates you can make yours in a flash:

Thanks for reading my piece and happy creating!

John McTale

Hi, I'm John, Editor-in-chief at Storydoc. As a content marketer and digital writer specializing in B2B SaaS, my main goal is to provide you with up-to-date tips for effective business storytelling and equip you with all the right tools to enable your sales efforts.

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