How do you add sound to Snapchat on Android?

The Snapchat app allows users to add fun sounds and music to their Snaps and Stories on Android devices. Sounds can be added before or after capturing a Snap, with options to browse Snapchat’s Sound Library, search for specific sounds, record your own audio, and adjust sound volume.

This guide will provide a step-by-step overview of how to add sound to Snapchat on Android, from accessing the Sound Library to customizing audio exactly how you want it.

Accessing the Sound Library

The first step to adding sound on Snapchat for Android is accessing the sound library within the Snapchat app. To open the Snapchat camera screen:

  • Open the Snapchat app on your Android device.
  • From the Snapchat camera screen, tap the musical note icon in the top right corner.
  • This will open the Sound Library where you can browse and select sounds to add to your Snaps.

If you don’t see the musical note icon on the camera screen, you may need to enable camera access for Snapchat in your device settings. On Android, go to Settings > Applications > Snapchat > Permissions > Camera. Toggle on Camera access for Snapchat [1].

Adding Sounds Before Capturing

One way to add sound to your Snaps on Android is to select a sound from the library before capturing the Snap. To do this:

  1. Open the Snapchat camera.
  2. Tap the music note icon at the top of the screen to open the sound library.
  3. Browse or search for the sound you want to add.
  4. Tap the sound to preview it.
  5. Once you’ve selected a sound, capture your Snap as usual.
  6. The selected sound will be added to the Snap automatically.

Tapping the music note icon before capturing gives you easy access to Snapchat’s entire library of sounds to liven up your Snaps. You can browse through different categories like music, sound effects, and voice effects to find the perfect audio clip for your Snap.

Browsing the Sound Library

Snapchat’s sound library contains thousands of audio clips sorted into different categories that you can scroll through. To access the sound library, tap the music note icon when creating or editing a Snap. This will open the sounds tray.

At the top of the sounds tray are tabs for different sound categories like Sound Effects, Music Hits, Love & Romance, Scary Stuff and more. Tap on a category name to browse clips in that genre. You can scroll vertically through the available clips under each tab.

As you scroll through sounds, preview clips by tapping on them. This will play a short snippet so you can get a sense of what the full audio sounds like before adding it to your Snap. Spend some time exploring the different categories to discover new sounds to incorporate into your Snaps!

According to Snapchat’s Creator Hub, the sound library is updated regularly with new music and audio clips across various genres and categories. So browse through sounds often to find fresh options to liven up your Snaps.

Searching for Specific Sounds

To find a particular sound that you want to use, tap the search bar at the top of the Sounds screen on Snapchat and type in keywords for the sound. For example, you could search for “laughing” or “applause” to find relevant sound effects.

When you start typing, Snapchat will display suggested sounds based on your search. Tap one of these to preview it. You can also tap the search icon to view more results.

If you know the exact name of a song you want to find, search for the song title or artist. Snapchat’s music library includes many popular songs.

Once you find the desired sound through searching, tap on it to add it to your Snap before sending it or saving it to your Gallery. This makes it easy to find funny, weird or appropriate sounds without browsing through the entire library (from Snap Sounds & Music | Snapchat Creator Hub).

Listening to Sound Previews

Before adding a sound to your Snap, you can preview it to make sure it’s the right one. Just tap the play icon next to the sound in the Sound Library to listen to a short preview clip.

This allows you to get a sense of what the sound is before adding it to your Snap. You don’t have to commit to using a sound until you actually add it to your Snap.

If you’re browsing a playlist or search results, tapping the play icon will let you efficiently scroll through and sample sounds without having to open each one individually.

According to Snapchat’s Creator Hub, “Tap the play button to preview” sounds in the Sound Library (source). This makes it easy to find the perfect sound for your Snap.

Adding Sound to a Snap

To add sound to a Snap you’ve already recorded on Android, simply tap the musical note icon at the top of the editing screen. This will bring up Snapchat’s Sound Library where you can browse or search for sounds to add.

Once you find a sound you like, tap on it to preview the sound. Then tap the “Use Sound” button to add it to your Snap. You’ll be taken back to the editing screen where you can see the soundwave added to your Snap’s timeline.

Use the slider below the timeline to select exactly which part of the sound you want to use. You can drag the handles on either side of the slider to shorten or lengthen the audio clip. Position the clip so the part you want plays over your Snap video.

When you’re happy with the sound placement, you can further edit your Snap before sending or saving it. The audio will stay synced to your Snap video.

According to Snapchat’s help article, this is the easiest way to “Tap on the Sound at the bottom of the Spotlight Snap · Tap ‘Use Sound’ on the Sound Topic page and create your own Snap!”

Recording Your Own Sound

Snapchat allows you to record your own sounds and use them for your Snaps. To access this feature:

1. Open the Snapchat camera and tap on the musical note icon in the top-right corner to open the sounds menu.

2. Scroll down and tap on “+ Create Sound” under “Featured Sounds”.

3. Tap and hold on the microphone icon to start recording audio through your phone’s microphone. You can record up to 60 seconds of audio.

4. When you’re done, release the microphone button. You’ll be able to preview your recording.

5. If you’re happy with it, tap “Save” and your custom sound will be added to your sound library for use in any future Snaps.

The custom sounds you record are saved privately so you don’t have to worry about copyright issues. Feel free to get creative and make your own beats, jokes or audio memes!

Adjusting Sound Volume

The volume of sounds added to Snaps can be adjusted using the volume slider in the Snapchat app. After adding a sound from the Sound Library, tap on the speaker icon at the top of the editing screen. This will open the volume slider where you can drag left or right to lower or raise the volume of the added sound.

By default, sounds play at full volume when first added. Lowering the volume using the slider allows you to make loud sounds quieter or create a subtle background sound in your Snap. Take care not to set the volume too low, or the sound may be inaudible.

The volume slider in Snapchat only adjusts the volume of sounds added from the Sound Library. It does not affect the volume of music playing in the background or the volume of audio recorded directly into a Snap.

Additionally, the overall system volume set with the Android volume buttons or mute switch impacts the sounds in Snapchat. So if your device’s ringer volume is lowered, added sounds will play more quietly even at full volume within the app.


Adding sound to your Snaps on Android is straightforward once you know where to look. The key steps include:

  • Access the built-in sound library in Snapchat by tapping the music note icon while capturing a Snap.
  • Browse or search for the perfect sound effect or song clip to accompany your Snap.
  • Listen to sound previews before adding a sound.
  • Adjust the volume of added sounds using the slider.
  • Alternatively, record your own sounds to use in Snaps.
  • Customize notification sounds for individual friends or groups via Chat Settings.

With Snapchat’s huge library of sounds and the ability to add your own audio, you have endless options to make your Snaps more engaging. So get creative in personalizing your Snaps with music and sound on your Android device!

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