How to add audio to Google Slides
With a Google account, you can access different free apps that are part of Google Drive. If you’re looking for an online version of PowerPoint, Google Slides can help you as an alternative slide-based presentation building platform.
While Google Slides offers various useful presentation features, you may also want to add an audio file to your Google Slides presentation. Adding audio to Google Slides can be achieved in various ways, like with Google Drive, Spotify, and text to speech (TTS) platforms like Speechify.
What is Google Slides?
Formerly known as Google Presentations, Google Slides is a free presentation platform. This web-based app is integrated into your Google Drive account, along with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Drawings, and others. Anyone with a Google account can make a Google Slides presentation.
Google Slides is like the online version of Microsoft PowerPoint, with more-or-less identical features and capabilities. However, one feature that only Google Slides offers is cloud storage. In other words, all your Google Slides presentations are automatically saved to your Google Drive. This web app also offers various format options to help you customize your presentation.
Adding audio to a Google Slides presentation
There are two main ways to insert audio files into your Google Slides presentations. The first method is with Google Drive, and the second is with Spotify.
You can add sound effects, audio recordings, voiceovers, GIFs, and background music to your presentation. Keep in mind that there are two audio format options Google Slides can open, and those are MP3 and WAV file formats.
Adding audio to Google Slides from your computer
The easiest way to add an audio file to your Google Slides presentation is directly on your computer. This is achieved through Google Drive, so before we get into it, ensure the audio file upload process is complete. This is what you need to do next:
Go to Google Slides and open the presentation.
Click “Insert” on the toolbar at the top.
Proceed to “Audio” on the drop-down menu bar.
Choose “My Drive” under the “Insert audio” tab.
Find the audio file you want to add and click on the “Select” button in the bottom-left corner.
Once you insert the audio file, it will appear on the slide in the form of an audio icon. You can resize it and move it around the slide. When the slideshow starts, you can choose when the audio will play, but we’ll get to that later.
Adding audio to Google Slides from Spotify
Another way to add an audio file to Google Slides is with the audio streaming platform Spotify. Of course, this means you need a Spotify account. The audio file you want to add to your Google Slides presentation must also be available on Spotify. Follow the steps below to do this:
Open the Spotify web player. This can’t be done on the Spotify mobile app or desktop app.
Right-click on the song you want to add.
Choose “Copy song link” on the drop-down menu.
Go to the “Share” option.
Right-click anywhere on the slide and select “Link.”
Paste the Spotify song link.
Keep in mind that if you want to use this method, you’ll need to be logged into your Spotify account during the presentation. To play the audio file, you will still need to click on the play button on the Spotify web player.
You can use the same method to add a link to a YouTube video.
How to activate audio playback
To activate audio playback on your Google Slides presentation, all you need to do is right-click on the speaker icon on the slide. The audio playback sidebar will appear under the “Format Options” tab.
From here, you’ll be able to choose whether the audio file will start playing automatically or on click. If you don’t want the audio icon to be visible while playing the slide, click on the “Hide icon when presenting” option on the sidebar. This is where you can also customize the audio file tab.
Another playback option is to select whether the audio plays on a loop during the slideshow or if it will stop playing on a slide change.
Speechify—The text to speech app that helps you create audio
There is an alternative way to create a custom audio sound for Google Slides, and that’s with Speechify.
Speechify is a text to speech app that generates spoken text in different voices, languages, and accents. Instead of using a voice recorder, you can use Speechify’s free text to speech online tool to create narration for your Google Slides presentations. This is a great method when you want to add custom audio files in various format options.
Speechify will scan the text from your Google Slides presentation and produce naturally-sounding speech without having to record your own. This is also a handy feature when you won’t be presenting in person, but you still want your presentation to have a voiceover. This text to speech tool gives your presentation a unique element that makes it stand out.
Why can’t I insert audio in Google Slides?
If you can’t insert the audio file into your Google Slides presentation, it may not be in the right format. The only two acceptable audio formats are MP3 and WAV file formats.
Is Google Slides compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint?
Google Slides is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint. If you download a Google Slides presentation on your computer, it will automatically be converted into a PowerPoint presentation. However, you may need to do some reformatting of your presentation in PowerPoint to make sure it looks the same after it’s converted.
What is presentation mode in Google Slides?
Presentation mode is a full-screen view of your presentation. It’s located on the “View” tab on the menu bar when you choose “Slideshow.”
What platforms is Google Slides available on?
Aside from Google Chrome, you can use Google Slides on Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. You can also download the Google Slides mobile app on iPhone and Android devices.