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How to Add Audio to Google Slides Presentations

May 04, 2022

A slideshow presentation can go one of two ways. It can either be engaging and exciting or extremely boring and bland. One way to ensure that your presentation is exciting and engaging is to add audio or music to your Google Slides presentation.

This article will show you how to add an audio track to your slide presentation and help you create a brilliant slide deck full of engaging content.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you put a voice recording on Google Slides?

Press Insert Audio. Choose the audio file you want to add to your Google Slides presentation. When you add the audio file, a speaker icon will appear on the slide with a play button you can press to preview the audio before you go into presentation mode.

Why can't I insert audio in Google Slides?

Unfortunately, Google Slides does not offer a recording option. You need to use an external app to record your audio files and then add them to Google Slides from Google Drive.

Where can I find great Google Slides Templates?

Look no further! Simple Slides offer a range of fantastic Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint templates for you to add audio files to, change format options, include a YouTube video, and many other benefits.

Can you add audio to PowerPoint or Keynote presentations?

You have the power to add audio files, like narration, an audio recording, music, or sound bites, to a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

After adding audio, you can set this sound to play automatically, loop audio, or play audio when you click on it.

This range of options is fantastic for adding audio playback, background music, and other format options.

What is Google Slides?

Google Slides is a direct online competitor to Microsoft PowerPoint. The tool allows users to create presentations online, and each Google Slide change is automatically saved online on Google Drive, making it a great tool for collaborative presentation work.

Google Slides is an excellent presentation tool for many reasons, but it does lack some of the main features that PowerPoint and Apple Keynote have.

For example, it is much more complicated to add audio or video to a Google Slides file.

However, there are ways to work around this, by adding an audio file or video file to Google Drive, which we will touch on below.

The important thing to remember is that there are still many other benefits to using Google Slide other than the audio file upload process.

You still control how the audio plays, the volume level, sound effects, and other aspects.

How to Add Audio to Google Slides

You can add audio to Google Slides straight from Google Drive or via a link to a Spotify audio file.

From Google Drive

Upload your audio file as a WAV file or MP3 file to Google Drive.

Open Google Slides and head to the slide you want to include audio on. Click "insert audio" in the toolbar from the top left corner.

From the insert audio pop-up, find your audio file from Shared Drives, Shared With Me, My Drive, or Recent.

Choose your audio file and press select.

The audio file should now show in your slideshow as a small sound icon. To change the icon size, select it and move one of the corners out or in.

When you hover your cursor over the icon, an audio playback bar will show where you can fast-forward, pause, or play audio.

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