How to Embed and Play Audio Files in Google Slides Deck

Adding audio files to your Google Slides presentations can make them more dynamic, engaging, and impactful. Audio elements help convey tone and emotion that text alone cannot achieve. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on embedding audio into Google Slides and ensuring seamless playback during presentations.

Why Add Audio to Google Slides

Here are some key reasons to enhance your slides with audio:

  • Set the right mood and tone for your message
  • Make presentations more dynamic and memorable
  • Increase audience engagement and attention
  • Provide additional context through narration
  • Make presentations more accessible

Audio elements, whether background music or voice narration, can make presentations stand out while conveying key information effectively.

Supported Audio Formats

Google Slides supports the following audio formats:

  • MP3
  • WAV

If your audio file is in a different format, you will need to convert it to MP3 or WAV before adding it to your presentation. There are many free online converters available.

Step 1: Upload Audio File to Google Drive

Since you cannot directly upload audio files into Google Slides, you first need to add them to your Google Drive:

  • Navigate to Google Drive and click on “New” > “File Upload”
  • Select your audio file and upload it
  • Supported formats are MP3 and WAV
  • Audio files can be up to 50MB in size

Once uploaded, your audio file will be accessible from within Google Slides.

Step 2: Insert Audio into Google Slides

With your audio file now in Google Drive, it’s time to add it to your presentation:

  • Open your Google Slides presentation
  • Select the slide where you want the audio inserted
  • Click “Insert” > “Audio”
  • Locate the audio file in Google Drive and click “Select”
  • An audio icon will appear on the slide – click it to play the audio

You can drag the audio icon anywhere on the slide or replace it with a different image if desired.

Step 3: Adjust Audio Playback Settings

Google Slides provides options to customize your audio playback:

  • Click on the audio icon
  • Under “Format options” adjust settings:
  • Start time
  • Playback duration
  • Volume
  • Fade in/out
  • Ensure “Play across slides” is checked if you want the audio to play on multiple slides

Experiment with these settings to achieve the playback effect you want.

Step 4: Share and Present with Audio

A key benefit of adding audio through Google Drive is it stays embedded when sharing or presenting:

  • The audio will remain intact when exporting slides to PowerPoint or PDF
  • Audio plays seamlessly when presenting directly from Google Slides
  • No need to bring separate audio files – it’s all in the cloud!

This makes sharing and presenting seamless even with audio enhancements.

Troubleshooting Audio Issues

If audio fails to play properly during presentations, try the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Ensure you are using a supported browser
  • Check your internet connection and reload slides
  • Verify the audio file plays properly in Google Drive
  • Check slide permissions if sharing with others
  • Try different computer/device and web browser

In most cases, audio issues can be resolved through browser, connectivity or permissions checks.

Final Thoughts

Adding audio elements can take your Google Slides presentations to the next level. Following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily embed audio of your choice and adjust playback settings. Audio enhances viewer engagement, sets the right tone and provides critical context. With cloud-based access and seamless sharing, Google Drive integration makes adding audio a breeze. Enhance your next presentation with audio and make an impact!