How to Automatically Play Audio in Google Slides

Google Slides is a great platform for creating presentations and keeping your audience engaged. While it is a powerful tool, one of the biggest issues users might run into is that Google Slides does not support audio files.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to work around the issue and add some music to make your presentation even better.

Read on to find detailed step-by-step explanations on how to add your favorite songs to Google Slides presentations.

How to Add Audio to a Google Slides Presentation

Before looking at how to play audio files automatically, let’s first go over how you can add audio to your Google Slides presentations in the first place.

More specifically, we’ll look at two ways to accomplish this: via online music streaming services or by using YouTube.

Adding a Link to an Online Music File

You can add music to Google Slides presentations quickly and easily by adding a link to a track you want to hear in the background. You can add music from any online service, including SoundCloud, Spotify, and Grooveshark.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Create a new Google Slides presentation in your browser and find the slide you want to add the music to.
  2. Click on the Insert option and select Text box.
  3. Open your browser, go to your preferred music streaming service, find the song you want to add, then copy the link.
  4. Open the slide once more and paste the link into the text box you created.
  5. Resize the text box by clicking on the arrow tool and move it wherever you want on the slide.
  6. Play the presentation by clicking View and selecting Present in the pop-up menu. Click on the link and the music will start in a new tab of your browser.

If you don’t want the link to be displayed in the text box, or if it’s just an eyesore, you can place an image over it to make it invisible. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open the menu and select Insert, then click on Image.
  2. Find the photo or image you want to add to your slide. Click on it and hit Select.
  3. Select the arrow tool to resize and move the image where you want it.
  4. While your image is selected, click insert link in the toolbar.
  5. Once you’ve pasted the link into the box, click Apply

After doing that, the link will become invisible and can be activated only when you click the image.

Adding Music from YouTube

You can also add music from YouTube to your presentation. You can do it by adding the link as explained above.

The other method allows you to add a YouTube video directly to your slide. It’s best you try it with shorter music videos when you want to underscore a point or introduce new ideas. The video will play until you advance to the next slide.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Open the slide you want to add music to and select Insert. Choose Video in the menu.
  2. Open YouTube and search for the video you want.
  3. Click the video of your choice and hit Select to add it to the slide.
  4. Use the arrow tool to resize the video to the smallest size and place it where you want it.
  5. Play the video by clicking on it.

This method offers a quick and easy way to add music to your presentation, and since YouTube has a wide selection of music, you should have no trouble finding the perfect music for your slideshow.

How to Automatically Play Audio in Google Slides

We’ve learned how to add music to a Google Slide presentation, but what about when you want one song to play throughout the entire presentation?

The autoplay option can activate a video or a song on a single slide or the whole presentation. You can set that by doing the following:

Single Slide Autoplay

  1. Insert the audio file into the slide you want.
  2. Right-click on the video and look for format options in the menu.
  3. The Video playback option will become visible on the left side.
  4. Select Play (automatically) from the option and the audio will play across the entire slide.

Entire Presentation Autoplay

  1. Copy the audio you want to add to every single slide of your presentation. All slides must have the same link.
  2. Set each video to Play (automatically).
  3. Play the presentation. The music will play automatically throughout the presentation.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to add music to your slides, you can use your creativity to make a more profound impact on the auditorium. Choosing the right song for a presentation can make all the difference in how people perceive it. With a little practice, you will quickly become a master presenter.

Have any other tips for creating an amazing Google Slides presentation? Let us know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “How to Automatically Play Audio in Google Slides”

Becky Higgins says:
Does the music play automatically…continuously throughout the slide show? We can’t get it to. It starts over from the beginning of the song each time. We are making Googleslides shows and putting youtube songs into it.
Debbie Landers says:
I want to make a weather choice board. I have inserted the image and changed the picture on a audio clip. However when the picture is touched the link comes up and and i have to reclick to start the sound. How do I make it automatic

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