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How to Add Voice Over to a Video: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

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The voiceover, an essential tool in video editing, brings your story to life and adds a new layer of emotion and understanding. It can transform a simple...

The voiceover, an essential tool in video editing, brings your story to life and adds a new layer of emotion and understanding. It can transform a simple video clip into a professional video ready for social media, personal use, or professional presentations. This tutorial will guide you through the simple steps to add voiceovers to your video content, whether on an iPhone, Android, or other devices.

How Do I Put a Voiceover on a Video?

Adding a voiceover to your video involves recording your own voice, using text-to-speech conversion or hiring a professional voice actor. For beginners, it's best to start with recording your own voice. Follow these general steps:

  1. Open your video editing software: Choose the video you want to add the voiceover to. Start by importing or opening the video file into your video editor.
  2. Start recording: Locate the record button in your software. Most video editors have a timeline where you can customize when you want to start recording the voiceover.
  3. Add your voiceover: Talk as the video plays, matching your words to the action.
  4. Stop recording: Once you're finished, click the stop button. The audio file you just created should be visible on the timeline.
  5. Edit the voiceover: You may want to adjust the timing, volume, and remove any background noise.
  6. Save the video: Once you're happy with your voiceover, save the final video.

Remember, good voice-over requires practice. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get it right.

How to Add Voice Over to iPhone or Android Video?

To add voiceover to iPhone video, iMovie is a handy tool. For Android, you can use a variety of video editing apps like FilmoraGo or PowerDirector.


iMovie, a powerful iOS video editor, allows you to add voiceover easily:

  1. Open iMovie and import the video clip you want to add a voiceover to.
  2. Tap the plus icon and select 'Voiceover' on the pop-up menu.
  3. Hit the record button and after a countdown, start speaking.
  4. When you finish, tap the stop button. Your voiceover will appear on the timeline and you can then customize it as needed.


With FilmoraGo, you can add voiceover by following these steps:

  1. Open FilmoraGo and select your video.
  2. Tap on 'Music,' then 'Record,' and you will be prompted to record audio.
  3. Start recording, then stop when you're done.
  4. Save the video with your new voiceover.

What App Can I Use to Add Voice to a Video?

There are numerous video editing apps that allow adding voiceovers. Here are eight top picks:

  1. iMovie (iOS): This iOS app is simple to use for beginners, with high-quality audio recording capabilities.
  2. FilmoraGo (Android): Besides voiceover, FilmoraGo supports adding subtitles, text, and even sound effects.
  3. PowerDirector (Android & iOS): With a user-friendly interface, PowerDirector supports multiple track timelines for extensive edits.
  4. InShot (Android & iOS): This is a comprehensive video editor and video maker with voiceover and music overlay capabilities.
  5. Adobe Premiere Rush (Android & iOS): Aimed at social media content creators, it supports voiceovers and has a wide array of editing tools.
  6. KineMaster (Android & iOS): KineMaster provides professional-level control over video editing and voiceovers.
  7. VoiceOver - Record and Do More (iOS): This app is tailored for voiceovers, with features such as AI voice and text-to-speech conversions.
  8. VideoShow (Android & iOS): VideoShow is a user-friendly app with options to add voiceover, music, sound effects, and text to your video.

The above apps are perfect for creating professional videos, including TikTok clips and other social media content. These tools offer a wide range of editing tips and templates, helping you perfect your voice recording and overall video content.

Adding a voiceover to your video doesn't have to be a daunting task. Whether you're looking to add background music, record a tutorial, or just want to create engaging video content, there's an app or software that fits your needs. With a little practice, you can create high-quality, professional videos with engaging voiceovers in no time.

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.