I can’t add music to my Instagram story! Here’s why and the fix

Tim Vickers

The ability to add music to an Instagram story takes the experience to a whole new level. If you love Instagram stories, this is one of those top features you’ve ever wished for.

However, in recent times many people have been complaining about not being able to add music to an Instagram story.

So, why can’t you add music to an Instagram story? This can be very frustrating when everybody else seems to post a story with music.

However, this guide is available to help you troubleshoot the issue on your Android or iOS device.

The most common issue that prevents you to add music to an Instagram story is running an outdated version of Instagram.

You can easily solve this problem by updating to the latest version. Another issue is that the feature is not available to your account yet.

What to do when if you can’t add music to your Instagram story

Whether you are getting an error while adding music or you can’t find the music sticker, here are some fixes when you can’t add music to your Instagram stories.

Solution #1: The feature isn’t available on your Instagram

If you are getting the message “Instagram music is not available in your region” then you are definitely in an area where the feature is yet to roll out.

Remember that Instagram rolled it out region after region, which means that you may be in a country where the feature is available but your region hasn’t been covered yet.

If the feature was working previously, it might have been removed from your region. Find out whether it works for your friends too.

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If this is the case, there is very little you can do about it, except wait for Instagram to enable it in your region.

Solution #2: The song isn’t licensed in your region

If you get a message “this song is currently unavailable,” it could be due to the song not being licensed in your region or it has been removed from the Instagram list of authorized songs.

Its name might be appearing because Instagram hasn’t deleted it from the database.

Again, with this issue, there’s nothing you can do except using a different song.

Solution #3: Update to the latest version

If any of the above solutions don’t work in your case, you could be running an older version of Instagram.

Follow these steps to update Instagram on the device you are using:

For iOS:

  • Open App Store
  • Scroll down to Updates
  • Tap Update

For Android:

  • Open Play Store on your Android device
  • Tap Menu
  • Select Auto Update app

Now open Instagram and check whether the issue still persists.

If the problem hasn’t gone away yet, delete and reinstall the app.

Solution #4: Check your internet connection

If you are getting an error each time you select a song or your music sticker on Instagram isn’t responding, it could be due to a slow internet connection.

Ensure that your device is connected to the internet and that you have cellular data if you aren’t using Wi-Fi. If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, restart your router.

Solution #5: Use music from another person’s story

This is more of another way to get around the problem other than fixing it.

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If you have come across an Instagram story with music that you like, tap on it and a prompt will appear asking you if you would like to reuse the music. Tap accept and create your story.

If you’re still having problems adding music to your Instagram story, consider getting in touch with the company via their social media accounts or the Help Center.

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