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How to Add a Voiceover to Google Slides. We can now insert audio in Google Slides–this can be voice, music, narration, sound effects, any type of audio you have access to or want to create.
For many years, teachers have been asking me how to add audio–usually narration or background music–to Google Slides. Google has heard our request and we now have a new menu option: Insert > Audio! Hooray!
There are so many ways that we can use this feature in our lesson plans and student projects.
With the desktop version of Google Slides, you can use a feature to add audio. However, the audio file must be previously recorded, as you only have the ability to insert audio, not record it; it must also be saved in your Google Drive as a .mp3 or .wav file. To learn more about recording a sound from your computer, you can read How to Record Audio on a PC. This article will teach you how to add audio, like a voiceover, to your Google Slides presentation using the desktop version.
Steps on How to Add a Voiceover to Google Slides
- Open your project in Google Slides. You can open the file from your computer, if you have Google Drive sync set up, or you can go to https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/0/ and double-click the presentation you want to add voiceover to.
- Since Google Slides is a desktop web application, this method will work for both Windows and Mac computers.
- Navigate to the slide you want to add audio to. You can use the panel on the left side of the window to navigate through your slides.
- Click the Insert tab. You’ll see this in the horizontal menu above the document, next to File, Edit, and View.
- Click Audio. You’ll find this next to an icon of a speaker near the top of the drop-down menu.
- Navigate to and click to select the audio file you want to use. You’ll only see audio files that are saved as .mp3 or .wav files.
- Click Select. You’ll find this blue button in the bottom left corner of the file browser.
- You’ll see a speaker icon on the slide you added the audio to.
- When you’re editing your slides, you’ll have the option to click Format Options when you have the speaker icon selected; click it to be able to change the default settings for the audio file. You can set the audio to play automatically when the slide appears or make it continuously loop the entire time the slide is on the screen.
- When your Google Slide presentation is in presentation mode, you’ll either be able to listen to the audio by clicking the speaker icon or it will start automatically, depending on the options set in “Format Options.”