How to Add Audio to a Video: 6 Easy Ways in 2023


Pragadeesh N - March 30, 2021 - Leave your thoughts. 10 min read

Looking to add audio to a video on your mobile phone or computer?

Whether you want to add audio in a video on iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows, we’ve got you covered.

In this article, we’ll show you how to add an audio file to a video on iPhone, Android, Mac, and Windows, step-by-step, with pictures.

Here’s everything we’ll cover, please feel free to jump around:

How to add audio to a video on iPhone and Android using InShot

How to add audio to a video in VLC on Windows and Mac

How to add audio to a video in Windows Movie Maker

How to add audio to a video in iMovie on Mac

How to add audio to a video in Adobe Premiere Pro

How to add audio to a video online using Animaker

How to Add Audio to a Video on iPhone and Android using InShot

If you’re on Android or iOS, you can use InShot to add an audio file or music track to a video. The app is available on both iOS and Android. It’s ideal for adding music to a video and posting it on social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok, or Twitter.

Here’s how to add audio or music to a video on iPhone or Android using InShot: 

  1. Open InShot and tap Video to import the video.
    tap video

  2. Once the video has been imported, head to the Music tab.
    go to music tab
  3. You’ll now see that there are three buttons: Tracks, Effects, and Record. If you want to add a background music track to your video, tap Tracks.
    tap tracks
    Now under the Featured tab, you’ll see several groups of tracks. Tap one of the groups, then tap a track.
    go to featured tab
    This will start playing the audio track and reveal a red Download button.
    tap download button
    If you like the track and would want to use it in your video, tap the download button. Once the video is downloaded, you’ll see a Use button in its place. Tap the Use button to use it in your video.
    tap use to use the background music track
  4. InShot allows you to extract and use the audio or music from a video that you have on your phone. To extract audio from a video, use the button that says Extract audio from video under the same Featured tab.
    tap extract audio from video

  5. If you have an audio track on your phone and would like to import and add it to your video, switch to the My Music tab beside the Featured tab.
    go to my music tab
  6. To add sound effects, switch to the Effects tab next to the My Music tab.
    go to effects tab to add sound effects
    If you’d like to add the sound of applause to your video, tap the Applause category, tap an effect from the list, and tap Use to add that effect to your video.
    tap use to use the sound effect in video
  7. You can also record your voice using InShot. Tap the Record button to start recording the audio.
    tap record to record audio
  8. Once you’re done adding the audio track(s) to your video, tap the tick icon.
    tap the tick mark icon to finish adding audio to video
  9. Finally, tap the Save button in the top right corner of the screen to save the video on your phone.
    tap save

How to Add Audio to a Video in VLC on Windows and Mac

VLC media player is a free tool available on both Windows and Mac. If you don’t have it installed, you can download VLC for Windows or VLC for Mac.

Once you’ve installed VLC on your computer, follow the steps below to add audio to a video file on Windows 10 or Mac using VLC media player:

  1. First, open VLC. Then go to Media > Open Multiple Files.
    go to media and open multiple files

  2. In the Open Media window, click Add to import the video.
    click add to import video
  3. Once you’ve imported the video, you can now go ahead and add the audio file to it. In the Open Media window, tick the Show more options checkbox.
    tick the show more options checkbox

  4. Now tick the Play another media synchronously checkbox.
    tick the play another media synchronously checkbox
  5. Then click on the Browse button.
    click browse to find and import audio
  6. In the Open Media window that appears next, click on the Add button and then the Select button in the bottom right corner of the same window to add the audio file.
    click add and then select audio

  7. Then click on the Convert/ Save dropdown button in the bottom right corner and select Convert from the dropdown menu.
    select convert

  8. Now pick a location to save your video. In the Convert window, click on the Browse button under the Destination section.
    click browse

  9. Finally, click Start to save the video.
    click start

How to Add Music to a Video in Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7/8/10

Windows Movie Maker comes with the Windows Essentials suite and Microsoft has ended the support for this suite. You can, however, download the official installer using this download link. We retrieved that link using a web archiving service.

Here are the steps to install and add audio to a video using Windows Movie Maker:

  1. First, install Windows Movie Maker on your Windows computer. Double-click the installer file and pick Choose the programs you want to install option from the window that appears next.
    select choose the programs you want to install

  2. You wouldn’t need most of the tools that come with this suite. If you don’t want to install a tool, untick the checkbox beside that tool. But make sure to leave the Photo Gallery and Movie Maker checkbox ticked. Click on the Install button to begin the installation process.
    select movie maker checkbox and click install

  3. Once Movie Maker is installed, open it and import the videos or photos to it.

    Simply drag and drop the video or audio files onto the software window. Or you can import the videos (or photos) by heading to the Home tab and clicking on the Add Photos and Videos button.
    click add videos and photos

  4. Now let’s add the music or audio to the video. Head to the Home tab and click on the Add music button to import and add the audio file(s) to your video clips. The add music button is right beside the Add Photos and Videos button in the Add section.
    click add music
    Windows Movie Maker supports WMA, MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, and  AIF audio formats.
  5. Finally, save the video. To save the video, go to the File tab, select Save movie, and then select Recommended for this project.
    select save movie and recommended for this project

How to Add Audio to a Video on iMovie

iMovie is a free tool that comes preinstalled on Mac OS. Here’s how to add an audio file to a video on Mac using the iMovie desktop software:

  1. Open iMovie and click on the Create New button.
    click create project button

  2. Select Movie from the resulting dropdown menu.
    pick movie from the dropdown
  3. Click on the Import Media button to import the video(s).
    click on the import media button
  4. Once you’ve imported the video, drag and drop it onto the timeline.
    drag and drop the video onto the timeline
  5. Now let’s import the audio track that we want to add to the video. To import an audio file or a video, click on the File menu in the main menu bar and select Import media… from the dropdown menu.
    click file and select import media
  6. Once you’ve imported the audio file, drag and drop it onto the timeline panel. Make sure to not drop it over a video clip. Release the mouse button when you see the green plus button. This will add the audio to the video.
    drag and drop the audio track

How to Add Audio or Music to a Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a paid, professional video editing software designed to be used by professionals. If you already have it installed on your computer, you can use it to add music or audio to a video. 

Here are the steps to add an audio or music file to a video in Premiere Pro:

  1. Go to File > New to create a new video project.
    click file and new

  2. Go to File > Import to import the video(s).
    click file and import
  3. Now drag and drop the imported video from the Project panel onto the timeline.
    find the imported video to crop in the project panel
  4. Now import the audio file that you want to add to the video. Go to File > Import to import the audio file.
    click file and import
  5. The imported audio file will now appear in the Project panel. Simply drag and drop it onto the timeline to add it to the video file. You can trim an audio track and adjust its volume just like you can with a video clip.
    drag and drop the audio track onto the timeline

How to Add and Edit Audio in a Video Online using Animaker

If you’re looking for an online tool to add audio to video, you can use Animaker.

For those who are unaware of Animaker, it is an all-in-one DIY video-making app designed to help non-designers make professional-quality videos from the comfort of their browser.

It just takes 3 simple steps to add audio or music to a video and download it using our super-simple, free tool.

It works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc., and if you use one of these browsers, you can easily add audio files to your videos on your Windows or Mac computer.

Moreover, you can upload and combine your audio files and videos in multiple formats such as MP4, MPG, WebM, MOV, and more formats. 

Here’s how to add an audio file to a video using Animaker:

Add Audio (or Music) to Your Videos in 3 Simple Steps using Animaker

Step 1: Sign up / Sign in and Pick the Dimensions

First, sign in to your account or create a free account. Now pick the dimensions for your output video depending on the social media platform you’d be posting it on.

Want your video to be Horizontal, Square, or Vertical in size? Pick one of the premade dimensions from the Create a video section in your dashboard.

pick the dimensions

If you want to pick your own height and width for your video, simply click on the Custom Size Video button from the same section above. Then enter your desired width and height and hit Create Video.

enter the custom width and height

Step 2: Upload the Video and Add Audio to It

Now upload the video and audio file(s). You can upload videos up to 20 GB in size. Head to the Upload tab in the main menu bar and click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window.

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Once the video has been uploaded, click on the video to set it onto the canvas.

video set onto the canvas

Now click on the music or audio file to add it to your video project. Once you add the audio file to your video, it will appear right underneath the video layer in the timeline.

audio appears under video layer

To edit your audio file, simply click on the audio file from the timeline. This will reveal a tooltip with options to preview or play the audio track, adjust its volume, duplicate it, etc.

click on the audio track to reveal options to edit audio

To adjust when the audio should start or stop playing, simply click and drag the audio file to the left or right and/or drag one of the handles (black in color) on either side.

drag the handles to trim the audio

You can also add an audio track from our library. Animaker’s music library features a wide variety of royalty-free background music tracks. Head to the Music tab to access our music library.

go to music tab

Moreover, Animaker also lets you add a voiceover to your video. You can record your voice or generate natural-sounding, crystal clear audio narrations simply using text.

Click on the microphone icon in the bottom left corner of the app window to record (or generate) voice for your video.

click on microphone icon

Step 3: Preview and Download the Video

You can preview the video by clicking on the play button beside the Publish button. 

click preview to preview video

To download the video, click on the Publish button and select Download video from the dropdown menu.

click publish and select download video

You can also share the video directly to various social media platforms from right within the app.

share it on popular social media channels

Apart from letting you easily add music to your videos, Animaker offers all the video editing tools you’d need to edit and fine-tune your video footage.

You can use Animaker’s video editor to:

And the list goes on… feel free to check out all our video editing software tools and learn why they’re the go-to tools for marketers, content creators, and people with no video editing experience.

Got any questions about adding audio to a video on Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS? Any interesting tips or tools to add background music to your videos on your phone or computer that we haven’t covered? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

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