How to Add Music to Canva Designs [An Easy 2024 Guide]

| | March 20, 2024

Music has the power to transform any visual experience.

Whether you're creating a captivating video presentation, a dynamic social media post, or an engaging educational resource in Canva, adding music can significantly enhance its impact.

Thankfully, Canva makes incorporating music into your designs a breeze. Adding music to your designs can evoke emotions, set the mood, and make your content more engaging.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to add music to Canva projects, along with valuable resources including YouTube to elevate your audio selection.

Let's get started.

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How to Add Music to Canva

How to Add Music to Canva?

First, you need to log in to your Canva account. If you don't have an account in Canva, you can sign up for your free account by visiting this link -

After log in to your account, you'll be taken to your Canva dashboard. Now, you would need to open your existing design or create a new design.

In this tutorial, we will create a new design and then add music to our Canva design.

Create a New Design on Canva

To create a new design, click on Create designs and select from the given suggestion or create your own custom design. You can also use the search bar to find other designs.

Create a Design Canva

In the above screenshot, you can see that I have selected Instagram Post (Square) as my design.

After selecting a design, you'll be taken to the Canva editor where you'll be able to apply pre-made template to your design and also customize it.

Instagram Post Canva

On the left side of your design, you can see a bunch of ready-templates. Both free and paid templates can be seen here.

Now, we'll select a template of our choice. Or, you can also create your own custom design from scratch.

In the above screenshot, you can see that I have marked a template with an arrow. I am going to select this template for my design.

To select a template, simply click on it and it will added to your design as shown below.

Apply Instagram Template Canva

Next, in this tutorial, we will see how to add music from different sources to your Canva design.

Adding Music from Canva's Library

Canva offers lots of free as well as paid audio in its library. To add an audio, go to Apps, then click on Audio as seen below.

Apps Audio in Canva

Canva will now suggest lots of audios and music under different genre. You can also search for a particular audio from the search audio bar.

To see all the audio under a particular genre, click on See all. For example, if you want to audios under Happy, click on the See all link.

Canva Audio Library

After selecting See all, you will see all the audios under that particular genre. Since we had selected Happy in the previous step that is why we will see all the audios under this genre.

Before you select any one of the audios listed here, let me tell you one thing. Not all the audios listed here are free.

The audios where you see the crown symbol (see the below screenshot), these are premium audios. To use these audios you would need to pay for it.

And audios where no crown symbol can be seen, these are free to use on your designs.

Free and Premium Audio in Canva

Below you can see that I have selected and added a free audio - Happy Birthday Party Song, to my design.

As you click on any of these audios, it will automatically be added to your design. In the bottom of your design, you can see that the audio has been successfully added.

To play the audio, you can click on the Duration link located just below the audio you just added. Then click on the play button to preview it.

Audio Added to Canva Design

This is how you can add music to Canva designs. If you want to delete an audio, just select it and press the delete button. That's it.

If you want to learn how to add music to Canva from YouTube then follow the steps mentioned below.

Click on Audio on the left of your design. If you didn't see the Audio link on the left, then, again click on Apps and then click on Audio.

Now, you'll be able to see all the audios under different genres. Next, you will need to scroll down through different genres until you find the YouTube genre as shown below.

Add Music From YouTube to Canva

Now, as we did earlier, click on the See all link to see all the audios under YouTube. Select one that you like to add it to your designs.

In the next section, we will learn how to add our own music instead of Canva audio library to our designs.

Uploading Your Own Music

To add your own music or audio to your design, you need to click on the Uploads option on the left. Then click on Audio and drag and drop your audio files in the area as shown below.

Upload Audio Files in Canva

Alternatively, you can click on the three dots under Upload files to add your audio in Canva. See the below screenshot.

Upload Music to Canva

After clicking on the three dots, click on the Upload option.

A dialog box will open. Now, select your audio file from the dialog box and click on Open to add it your Canva design.

Please note that you can download free audio files from popular sites like

Select Audio File

As you click on the Open button after selecting the audio file, it will be uploaded to your Canva account which you can add to your current design as well as to your future designs.

Now, click on your uploaded audio file to add it to your design. In the below screenshot, you can see that the selected audio has been added to my design.

Add Uploaded Audio Files to Canva

This is how you can upload and add music to Canva designs.

Tip: Remember to check the licensing terms of any music you download from third-party platform such as YouTube, Pixabay, and others, and use on your Canva designs, especially if you plan to share your creations commercially.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is Canva?

Answer. Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create a wide range of visual content, including presentations, social media graphics, posters, and more.

2. How can I add music to my Canva design?

Answer. To add music to your Canva design, you can use the Audio feature, which allows you to choose from Canva's library of music tracks and add them to your design.

3. What types of audio files can I add to Canva?

Answer. You can add MP3, M4A, and WAV files to Canva to incorporate music into your designs.

4. Is there a library of royalty-free music available in Canva?

Answer. Canva provides a vast library of royalty-free music for you to choose from, ensuring that you have access to high-quality audio for your designs.

5. Can I upload my own music to Canva?

Answer. Yes, you can upload your own music to Canva by using the Uploads feature and selecting your desired audio file to add to your design.

6. Are there any copyright restrictions when adding music to Canva?

Answer. Canva provides a selection of music tracks that are licensed for use in designs created on the platform. You can also upload your own music, however, it's important to ensure that you have the necessary rights and permissions to use the audio in your design.

7. Can I preview how the music sounds in my Canva design before finalizing it?

Answer. Yes, you can preview the music in your Canva design by playing the audio track within the editor.

8. Are there any copyright issues when adding music from YouTube in Canva?

Answer. It's essential to ensure that you have the necessary rights to use the music from YouTube in your Canva designs. Stick to royalty-free or Creative Commons licensed music to avoid copyright infringement.

Wrapping Up

Adding music to your Canva designs can elevate the impact of your projects, making them more captivating and memorable.

Whether you choose from Canva's extensive music library or incorporate tracks from YouTube, the process is simple and enhances the overall appeal of your creations.

I hope you found this tutorial on how to add music to Canva designs helpful. If you've liked it please share it with your friends on social media.

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