How to Add Narration to Google Slides Presentation?

When you give a presentation, you might want to make people talk through it, explaining each slide. In some cases, you won’t be able to do this in-person. If this is the circumstance, you should consider adding narration to Google Slides. Let’s look at how to add narration to Google Slides.

Add Narration to Google Slides

  1. Create the Audio File. The first step is to create an audio file. Thankfully, there are multiple programs that you can use to do this. To create the audio, click the Record button. In most programs, this will be a red circle. You can use standard apps on your smartphone. Then, talk through the slide just like you were giving a presentation. When you are finished, select the Stop button; a square icon often represents this. After the recording is complete, make sure to save the file on your computer.
    Create the Audio File

    Create the Audio File

  2. Upload to Google Drive. Once you have created the audio file, you will need to upload it to Google Drive, which will make it easier for you to find and insert it into your presentation. To do this, click on the New button, which will present you with a list of options. Select File Upload. Then, you will need to locate the audio recording on your computer. Upload it onto Google Drive. In some situations, you may want to rename the file to make it easier to recognize. After you’ve done this, you're ready to start adding narration to Google Slides.

    Upload audio to Google Drive

  3. Insert Audio. Now you are ready to insert the audio file into the presentation. To do this, move to the slide where you want the narration to be. Then, click on the Insert tab, which should cause a drop-down menu to appear. One of the menu options should be Audio. Click on this.
    Insert Audio to Google slides

    Insert Audio to Google slides

  4. Once you’ve done this, you will need to locate the correct audio file in your Google Drive. You might find it easier to locate by going to the Recent section. Once you find the file, click on it, then click the Select button at the bottom of the page.
    Select audio file in Google drive

    Select audio file in Google drive

  5. When you have done this, you will notice a speaker icon appear on your slide, which is the audio file. You can click to select and reposition the icon if you want.
    Add narration to Google slides

    Add narration to Google slides

  6. Customize Your Audio Options. If you're going to do more with your audio, you will have to click on the Speaker icon, and this will bring up the Format Audio tab at the top of your screen. Once you select this, you will be able to change the way the audio is played. For example, you might want to make it quieter. You can do this by adjusting the Volume When Presenting section. You can also stipulate when it starts to play and how long the narration lasts.
    Adding narration to Google slides

    Adding narration to Google slides


Conclusion

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to narrate Google Slides. Knowing these options will allow you to add a new dimension to your presentation. So, out these techniques for yourself today.

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Comments

  • Christine

    I was able to add each voice mp3 to each slide, but when I play the presentation, it cuts off the recording and goes right to the next slide. It will not play the voice recording completely, then go to the next slide. How do I make this happen?

  • Molly Macfarlane

    Update: Only two free files per day. Not helpful for a teacher trying to make content available to remote learners.

  • Molly Macfarlane

    Same problem. People keep trying to convince me that you can do anything with google products and while it might be true, you usually need to use three different programs or add-ons etc. Who has time for this?

  • Ethan Roussel

    I used an audio file from voice memos. I converted it to my Google Drive and it's there, but when I go to insert an audio file they show no documents.

    • Jen

      I had the same issue. This is what I found out: Google Slides supports MP3 and WAV audio formats. After I created the voice memo, I used www.zamzar.com (a free converter) and changed it into a mp4 file, then downloaded that file into my google drive. Hope this helps!

      • Molly Macfarlane

        Same problem. People keep trying to convince me that you can do anything with google products and while it might be true, you usually need to use three different programs or add-ons etc. Who has time for this? Update: Only two free files per day. Not helpful for a teacher trying to make content available to remote learners.

        • West

          Totally agree.

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