How to Add Music to a Video on YouTube

This article explains how to easily add music to your YouTube videos on the YouTube platform.

Tuesday August 23, 2022 2:22 PM PDT by Karen Greene

Adding music to YouTube videos significantly amps up the recognition and entertainment value of the videos. And let’s be honest, it’s better to have subtle background music than the unwanted noise, and background chatter in your video. Think of MKBHD and the intro music, which is immediately recognizable because you have heard it in each of his videos.

You can add music to videos on YouTube as well. The first way to do it is by using the YouTube editor on the desktop website. They have a pretty good collection of royalty-free music as well. The second way is using software like FilmForth, which provides an all-around audio option for carefully adding music to your YouTube videos.

A YouTube moto vlogger is looking to add music to his latest moto vlog. We will help him do that using both methods, and you can learn along the way. But before we start, we must understand YouTube’s music policy to avoid some risks.

YouTube’s Policies

If you are familiar with YouTube, you must have noticed that YouTube has very strict policies. These policies exist to protect the rights or intellectual property rights of creators or artists, including music.

Even with the disclaimer, YouTube’s policy still prohibits creators from using music protected by copyright. Many people want to get rid of such policies, but YouTube will quickly condemn such acts and give clear hints.

The First Rule of Copyright of YouTube

The First Rule of Copyright of YouTube

YouTube refers to the first rule of copyright, implying that you need to follow the rules it makes, but does not tell you exactly what they are. This is why many users are dissatisfied with YouTube. But YouTube also provides a solution for users. They create a copyright-free music library from which you can choose the music you need.

How to Add Music for Videos Without Violating Copyright Law

Finding music from the song library provided by YouTube or creating your own audio will not violate YouTube’s policy. But if you plan to use music you find elsewhere, the following methods can help you determine whether your music violates copyright law.

First, you need to upload your video and set it as private or hidden. If your video doesn’t meet the regulations, YouTube will mark it and prompt you. You can replace the audio track of the video several times before releasing the video until it meets the policy requirements.

However, using tracks from the YouTube music library to add music to your videos is our most recommended approach. Let’s check out how to add music using YouTube Studio.

Steps to Add Music Using YouTube Studio

With their recent update, adding music from the mobile app is no longer an option. You can use the desktop website to do it instead. Head to the desktop website of YouTube, and sign in to your Google beforehand. Access their music library with over a thousand music files available for adding to YouTube videos.

Step 1. Click on the create icon, which is in the camera’s shape with a plus sign inside it. It is located in the top-right corner of the page.

Click the "Create" Icon

Click the “Create” Icon

Step 2. Now select the Upload Video option from the menu. It will take you to the YouTube Studio consisting of a video upload menu.

Select "Upload Video"

Select “Upload Video”

Step 3. After that, click on the Select Files button to upload your video. You can drag and drop to upload the video files as well.
Publish the video after providing a description, title, and other relevant things.

Step 4. Click on the thumbnail of your video, which will take you to the video overview.

Content Overview

Content Overview

Step 5. Head to the Editor section, as denoted by the arrow A. After that, click on the plus button in the music feed, as indicated by the arrow B.

Enter "Editor" Section

Enter “Editor” Section

Step 6. A music menu will open up on the screen. Search for music by artist, genre, mood, and duration, amongst other things, denoted by arrow C. Play the music by clicking on the play button, denoted by arrow D. When you have finalized the music, click on the Add button, denoted by arrow E.

Add the Music

Add the Music

Steps to Add Music by Using FilmForth

Although with YouTube desktop websites users are able to add music to their videos, there’re a lot of shortcomings, like a limited collection of music, complicated steps, and music-adding not available on the APP.  Here introduces an easy-to-use software for adding music to Youtube Videos. It is one of the best video editors for beginners and interminates. Download FilmForth from the Microsoft store, available for Windows 10. It is only available via the MS store, and avoid installing it from third-party sources.
Step 1. Launch FilmForth and create a new project by clicking on the new project.

Launch a New Project

Launch a New Project

Step 2. Add video using the Add Video/Photo Clips. You can add via the drag and drop option as well.

Add Video/Photo Clips

Add Video/Photo Clips

Step 3. Select the audio button from the timeline feed as denoted by the arrow. Alternatively, you can select the audio option from the project’s home screen.

Select the Audio Option

Select the Audio Option

Step 4. Click on the Add Audio button from the tool’s dashboard.

Click "Add Audio"

Click “Add Audio”

Step 5. In the next window, you will see an Add Local Audio File button. Use it to browse and add your music. When you look leftwards to the button, there is a suggested music tab. You can use it as well for your YouTube videos.

Add Music File

Add Music File

Step 6. After you are done adding music, save the video using the Save Video button.

Step 7. Tidying up the Added Music

The added music may be out of sync, longer than the video duration, among other things. Find the following options on the audio page.

Edit the Music

Edit the Music

  • Trim: Trim the audio from the start and the end. You can also calibrate it from the timeline feed, where music is denoted by the red bar.
  • Speed: The tempo of the music has to match the beats of the video. Slow it down or amp it up a notch.
  • Volume: When your background music is overshadowing the voice, or audio of the videos, it’s time to calibrate the video volume.


Use YouTube studio for adding music from the platform’s library. They have a variety of licenses for their audio files. Or, take benefit of FilmForth’s ability to add music to your YouTube video in under a minute. Make sure to have an appropriate license for the music you are using in your YouTube videos. Using copyrighted music can land you and your channel in trouble.


Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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