How to Add Music to YouTube Videos

By | April 3, 2022

Need to add music to your YouTube videos? Take advantage of the copyright-free music collection in YouTube Studio.

As a YouTube content creator, sometimes you may want to add an extra touch of musical inspiration to your videos.

While you can do this with a third-party app before uploading the video, you run the risk of violating YouTube’s copyright terms. This is because third-party apps don’t tell you which songs YouTube flagged for violating its copyright rules.

Once YouTube identifies such a violation, it means you cannot monetize the affected video. If you want to prevent this, the best option is to use the built-in YouTube Studio editor to add recommended music to your videos.

How to Add Music to Your YouTube Videos

Adding copyright-free music to YouTube videos is easy when you use YouTube Studio. Let’s see how you can do that in just a few steps outlined below.

Save Or Schedule Your Video

If you’ve already published, scheduled, or privately saved your video, skip these steps, and skip to the next one below. If not, you can continue to follow.

After logging into your YouTube account, go to the page YouTube Studio. Alternatively, you can click the three-menu icon in the upper-left corner of the YouTube homepage, then select Your Videos to load the YouTube Studio homepage.

When you open YouTube Studio, click For in the top right corner of the web app to upload a new video if you haven’t already.

During the upload process, check the option Personal or Private after you reach step Visibility, and click Save.

Alternatively, you can schedule content to publish later by ticking the option Schedule, then click Save. Doing this ensures that your video is only publicly available on a specific date and time, ideally after you’ve added audio.

However, to edit a video that you have saved as a draft, click options Content in the left sidebar of YouTube Studio to load your video.

Once your content appears, click on the draft video to open it for editing. Then, go to options Visibility to save it as a private video or schedule it to publish later.

The steps above are necessary because saving a video as a draft doesn’t give you access to edit it through YouTube Studio’s built-in editor.

However, ticking the option Private or scheduling a video will keep it out of public view and give you access to the editor. This lets you add music before viewers can see your video.

Music Library Access

Once you have completed the steps above, click on the video you want to convert. In the left sidebar, click Editor to start editing the video.

Once the video editor appears, look to the bottom left corner of the video. Click on the plus sign to the right of the music icon to load the built-in music library.

You may want to listen to music before adding it to your video. To do that, click the play symbol to the left of the music you want to add.

Once you are satisfied with the music and want to use it in your video, hover over it and click Add to add it to your video.

You can also download copyright-free music for later use by clicking on options Audio library in the upper right corner of the music library. On the next page, hover your mouse over any audio clip and click Download to save it in your local storage.

Make the Most of YouTube Studio

Adding copyright-free audio to your YouTube videos has never been easier. YouTube Studio has many built-in features that allow content creators to make video edits directly on their channel.

With YouTube Studio, channel owners can trim, merge, and blur video elements, and add YouTube-recommended free audio to their content.