The Perfect Tutorial On Adding An Audio In Google Slides

Many people utilize Google Slides when it comes to creating presentations not only because of the wide range of things you can do with it, but also the great features it can provide. It allows you to be as creative with your presentation as you can by letting you apply unique themes to it, add more elements like images, videos, audios, links, and gifs — not just texts.


Indeed, I’m also fascinated with everything it provides its users. However, the problem is that some individuals cannot maximize and use the platform to their full advantage because they lack knowledge about the features and tools one could use. That’s mainly the reason why this article can be the ideal guide for you! Here, we’ll be discussing one of the problems that users often struggle with — inserting audio files to Google Slides.

Read below to learn all the steps you have to follow and learn more about it!

1. Go to Google Slides and select the presentation you want to edit.

If you want to add audio to your presentation, you must first select an existing work that you want to edit, or you can create a new one if you haven’t begun working on it yet.

2. Select a particular slide that you want to add an audio to.

The different pages you have in your presentation will be visible on the left panel. Go through each slide and decide which one best fits the audio you intend to add.

3. In the menu bar, click on “Insert” then select the “Audio” option.

After you’ve selected which slide you’ll be inserting the audio, go to the menu bar and click the “Insert” button. Following that, a menu will appear, from which you should select “Audio.”

4. Select the audio that you want to put in the specific slide.

After you click the “Audio” button, a new window will open showing the files you have in your drive. If the file you need is already uploaded there, simply scroll through all your files in “My Drive” and click your preferred file once you’ve successfully found it. Then, it will automatically be added to the slide you’re currently in.

However, if that isn’t the case for you and still haven’t uploaded the audio file you wish to insert, then you initially have to upload that file first to your Google Drive.

5. If you’ve successfully added audio, you’ll see an audio icon in your slide.

To confirm if you’ve successfully added audio, check whether an audio icon located in the lower-left part of that specific page would show. If not, then something might have gone wrong and you will have to repeat the process.

This is also the button you’ll need to press to be able to play the audio you have added.

6. Freely edit the audio in the Format Options tab.

If you click the audio icon on your slide after it has been successfully added, a “Format Options” tab will appear on the right side of the screen. If you like, you can choose whether to play the audio automatically or set it on-click. Also, you have the option to either loop and repeat the audio throughout the presentation or just on a particular slide.

Adding Audio Elements to Your Presentation

The addition of audio to your presentation may be a good strategy when it comes to achieving creativity and avoiding dullness. However, note that its usage may not be appropriate all the time because you have to consider the tone or purpose of your presentation. For instance, it might not be a good idea to use it when it’s for business purposes and you have to present it professionally — unless the audio is part of a video to be shown.

Nonetheless, there are still some exceptions to it so just make sure that when you do add audio to presentations, make sure that it’s fitting and suits the audience!