How to Add Music to CapCut (Easy Step-by-Step Guide)

Want to add a song to your CapCut video edit? Find out how to add music to CapCut in just a few easy steps (complete with a step-by-step guide!)

Written By Thematic Team

On September 5, 2023
How to add music to capcut

Did you know that adding music to your videos can enhance the overall emotion of your videos and help them become more engaging for your viewers? In fact, adding music to your videos is the secret to how to grow your YouTube channel. Thankfully, one of the most popular video editing tools, CapCut, makes it incredibly easy to add music to videos using their editing apps.

Whether you’re creating a video using CapCut on your phone or computer, we’ll walk you through exactly how to add music to your video projects. We’ve included both quick text guides and detailed visual step-by-step guides (complete with pictures) to make it super easy. Use our table of contents below to jump right to your preferred tutorial. You’ll be on your way to editing videos with music in no time!

How to Add Music to CapCut using a Phone or Mobile Device

How to Add Music to CapCut using a Computer

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How to Add Music to CapCut’s Video Editing App on your Phone or Mobile Device:

Editing videos on your phone makes it incredibly easy to create TikToks and YouTube Shorts videos. CapCut’s mobile video editing app is probably the most popular app to edit videos on your phone, especially because it integrates seamlessly with TikTok.

Dive into our quick and detailed step-by-step guides below to find out how to add music to your video using the CapCut video editing app for your phone or mobile device.

How to add music to CapCut’s video editing app (quick guide):

  1. Download the CapCut app to your phone or mobile device and sign-in to your account.
  2. Click on New project to start a new video project or select and open an existing video project.
  3. Select and add your video files to your project from the video selection screen.
  4. Click on Add audio or the Audio tab from the bottom menu.
  5. Select the Sounds tab.
  6. If you would like to use a song that is downloaded to your phone, click the folder icon to open the Your sounds page.
  7. Click From Files and Import from Files to select a music file or mp3 that is downloaded to your phone or iCloud.
    • To use the audio from a video file on your phone, click the Extracted tab and then select the video whose audio you would like to use.
    • You also have the option of browsing and selecting song from your iTunes library by clicking the From Library tab.
  8. Confirm the song you have selected by clicking the blue plus sign.
  9. Or browse and select a song from the audio library.
  10. Once your song is selected, simply edit your video to the music!

How to add music to CapCut’s video editing app (detailed step-by-step guide with pictures):

First, download the CapCut app to your phone or mobile device and sign-in to your account.

Capcut video editing app - install app

Click on New project to start a new video editing project or select and open an existing video project.

Capcut video editing app - new video project

Select and add your video files to your project from the video selection screen. You will be able to select any video files that are downloaded to your device.

Capcut video editing app - select videos
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To add music to your video, click on Add audio or the Audio tab from the bottom menu.

Capcut video editing app - add audio to video

Select the Sounds tab from the bottom menu.

Capcut video editing app - sounds tab

If you would like to select a song that is downloaded to your phone’s files, click the folder icon to open the Your sounds page. Otherwise, browse and select a song from the app’s audio library.

Capcut video editing app - add song from files

Click From Files and then Import from Files to select a music file or mp3 that is downloaded to your phone or iCloud drive.

Capcut video editing app - add song from files

👉 Pro Tip: You can use the audio from a video file on your phone by clicking the Extracted tab and then selecting the video with audio you would like to use. You also have the option of browsing and selecting song from your iTunes library by clicking the From Library tab.

Confirm the song you have selected by clicking the blue plus sign next to the song at the bottom of the screen.

Capcut video editing app - confirm song

Once your song is selected, simply edit your video to the music using CapCut’s video editor.

Capcut video editing app - edit video to music

How to Add Music to CapCut’s Free Online Video Editor:

CapCut makes it super easy to edit your videos using their free online video editor. After signing-up for a free account, you can edit your videos without the need to install any software. Check out our quick & detailed guides to using CapCut’s free online video editor below to see how easy it is to add music to your video edit on their site.

How to add music to CapCut’s free online video editor (quick guide):

  1. Go to the CapCut’s free online video editor in your browser: https://www.capcut.com/editor and sign-in to your account.
  2. Click the Click to upload area to add your video files to your project and begin your video edit.
  3. To add music downloaded to your computer, click Upload from the Media tab (or select your song files from Google Drive or Dropbox). Then drag your uploaded song file to your video edit.
  4. To add music from CapCut’s audio library, click the Audio tab from the side menu and click Add to Timeline to add it to your video edit.
  5. Edit your video to the music!

How to add music to CapCut’s free online video editor (detailed step-by-step guide with pictures):

Go to the CapCut’s free online video editor in your browser: https://www.capcut.com/editor. After signing-in, you can start a new project or open an existing video project.

Capcut free online video editor

Click the Click to upload area to add your video files to your project and begin your video edit.

Capcut free online video editor - editing video project

To add music downloaded to your computer, click Upload from the Media tab (or to select your song files from Google Drive or Dropbox)

Capcut free online video editor - upload song files from computer

After your song has uploaded, you will see it listed in your Project Media files. From here, you can drag your uploaded song file to your video edit timeline.

Capcut free online video editor - uploaded song files from computer

To add music from CapCut’s audio library, click the Audio tab from the side menu

Capcut free online video editor - use song from capcut audio library

Once you’ve found a song you would like to use, click Add to Timeline to add it to your video edit. Or you can click the bookmark icon to save the song for later.

Capcut free online video editor - add song to timeline

Now that you’ve selected your song and added it to your video timeline, you can edit your video to the music!

Capcut free online video editor - edit song to video

How to Add Music to CapCut’s Free Desktop Mac App Editor:

If you prefer editing videos within a desktop app, CapCut’s free desktop editor for Mac computers might be the best video editing solution for you! Find out how to add and edit songs into your videos using the CapCut app on your computer using our quick or detailed step-by-step guides below.

How to add music to CapCut’s Mac App video editor (quick guide):

  1. Download CapCut’s free Mac app video editor from their site at: https://www.capcut.com/ and install it to your computer.
  2. Open the CapCut desktop app and sign-in to your account.
  3. Click New project to start a new video edit or open an existing video project.
  4. On the project screen, click Import to select and add your project video & audio files. You can add both your videos and your song files here.
  5. Or you can select and add music from CapCut’s audio library by clicking the Audio tab.
  6. Drag your video & song files to your video edit timeline to edit your video to the music!

How to add music to CapCut’s Mac App video editor (detailed step-by-step guide with pictures):

Download CapCut’s free Mac app video editor from their site at: https://www.capcut.com/ and install it to your computer’s applications.

Capcut desktop mac app - install app to computer

Open the desktop app and sign-in to your account. Click on New project to start a new video edit (or select and open an existing video project).

Capcut desktop mac app - start new video project

On the project screen, click Import to select and add all of your video & audio files that are downloaded to your computer. You can add both your videos and your song files to your project using this uploader. Your uploaded files will be shown in your local Media files.

Capcut desktop mac app - upload video & song files

Or you can select and add music from CapCut’s audio library by clicking the Audio tab.

Capcut desktop mac app - add music from audio library

Simply drag your selected video & song files to your video edit timeline to edit your video to the music!

Capcut desktop mac app - edit video to music

Video tutorial of how to add music to CapCut:

Thematic creator Slay The Renee’ Way has a great tutorial on how to easily add music to videos using the CapCut video editing app in her “HOW TO EDIT YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON CAPCUT FOR BEGINNERS” video:

She also has a bunch of helpful tips & tricks of how to edit amazing looking videos, so definitely check out her full video on how to edit using CapCut!

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Now that you know how to add music to CapCut, let’s get you up to speed on how to find the best copyright-free music to soundtrack your videos!

It would be a total drag to spend time editing your video only to end up with a copyright claim when uploading your video to YouTube, TikTok, and other social media sites. Any unfortunately, many users who select a song from CapCut’s audio library end up with claims on their videos because the songs are not copyright-free.

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We hope you find this guide on how to add music to CapCut helpful. You’re on your way to creating an awesome video and we can’t wait to see it.

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