Adding audio to your Google Slides presentations can take them from good to great. Whether you want to set the mood with background music, provide clear narration, or add impactful sound effects, incorporating audio is a powerful way to engage your audience and leave a lasting impression. But where do you start? This comprehensive guide will walk you through every step of adding audio to Google Slides, from upload to control, ensuring your presentation sounds as good as it looks.

Step 1: Prepare Your Audio Files

Before heading to Google Slides, make sure your audio files are ready. Supported formats include MP3, WAV, and OGG. Consider the following:

  • Length: Choose audio that complements your slide content and presentation timeframe.
  • Quality: Use high-quality recordings for a professional feel.
  • Editing: Edit your audio beforehand using software like Audacity to remove unwanted sections or add fades.

Step 2: Upload Your Audio to Google Drive

Head to your Google Drive and click “New” > “File upload” to add your audio files. This makes them accessible within Google Slides.

Step 3: Insert Audio into Your Slides

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation.
  2. Select the slide where you want to add audio.
  3. Click “Insert” > “Audio” from the top menu bar.
  4. Choose “My Drive” and select your uploaded audio file.
  5. Click “Insert.

Step 4: Customize and Control Your Audio

An audio icon will appear on your slide. Right-click it for a plethora of options:

  • Playback: Choose “On click” to manually trigger playback or “Automatically” for continuous audio.
  • Volume: Adjust the volume slider for the perfect level.
  • Loop: Enable looping for repetitive background music.
  • Hide icon: Opt to hide the audio icon during full-screen presentations for a cleaner look.
  • Trim: Shorten your audio directly within Google Slides for precise timing.
  • Transitions: Add fade-in and fade-out effects for a smoother listening experience.

Step 5: Advanced Tips and Tricks

  • Sync audio with slides: Use the “Start after” option to synchronize audio playback with specific slide transitions.
  • Multiple audio tracks: Add multiple audio files to a single slide and control them independently.
  • Narration: Record your own narration directly within Google Slides for a personal touch.
  • Creative uses: Explore using sound effects for emphasis, quotes, or humor.


  • Copyright: Ensure you have the proper rights to use any audio you include.
  • File size: Large audio files can increase presentation loading time. Consider compressed formats or online audio libraries.
  • Test, test, test: Preview your presentation in slideshow mode to ensure audio plays as intended.