iMovie for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch): Add soundtracks and other background music

Add soundtracks and other background music

You can add any of the following types of background music to a movie project:

  • Soundtracks and theme music: iMovie comes with a collection of soundtracks that dynamically adjust to fit the length of your project. Soundtracks include the music from iMovie themes, which you can add separately from themes. Theme music added in this way works just like a soundtrack and is automatically adjusted to fit your project. For more information about themes, see Work with themes.

  • iTunes: You can add songs from iTunes that have been synced to your device using iTunes on your computer.

  • Imported: You can add songs that you created in GarageBand, Logic Pro X, or another app and imported into iMovie using iCloud Drive or iTunes on your computer. (To import background music from iCloud Drive, see “Add background music or other audio from iCloud Drive,” below.)

Background music clips are colored green in the timeline. If you add a song that’s less than 1 minute long, it behaves the same as a sound effect in the project and is colored blue in the timeline. See Add sound effects.

Add a soundtrack or theme music

Some soundtracks may need to be downloaded (you must have an internet connection). After you download a soundtrack, you can tap it to hear it before you add it to your project.

  1. With your project open, tap the Add Media button , then tap Audio.

  2. Tap Soundtracks.

  3. Tap a soundtrack, then tap the Add Audio button .

    To add theme music, scroll down to the Theme Music section of the Soundtracks list, and tap a theme music name.

Add background music stored on your device

  1. With your project open, tap the Add Media button , then tap Audio.

  2. To find music previously synced to your device from your computer, tap My Music.

  3. To listen to the music before adding it, tap the item.

  4. To add the music to your movie project, tap the item, then tap the Add Audio button .

Tip: If you’re creating a music video and want to align video clips to specific points in the music, add background music to your project first. (If the music is shorter than 1 minute, you must add video to the project before you add the music.)

By default, iMovie automatically loops background music to fit the length of your movie. You can add multiple songs as background music, but iMovie automatically arranges them to play one song at a time. You can also manually adjust the length if you want.

Add background music or other audio from iCloud Drive

  1. With your project open, scroll the timeline so that the playhead (the white vertical line) appears where you want to add the song or audio clip.

    If the playhead is resting over an existing clip, the new clip is added either before or after the existing clip, whichever is closest to the playhead.

  2. Tap the Add Media button , then tap Audio.

  3. Tap iCloud Drive in the list of categories.

  4. In the iCloud pane, navigate to the folder containing the audio you want to use.

  5. Tap the name of the song or audio clip you want to add, then tap the Add Audio button .

Note: Songs that appear dimmed or are marked Unavailable need to be downloaded to your device for use in iMovie. Use the Music app to download songs from iTunes in the Cloud, or use iTunes on your computer to sync songs from your iTunes library. If a song on your device still appears unavailable, it may be of a type that can’t be used in iMovie. For example, songs protected by digital rights management can’t be used in iMovie.

Published Date: Jun 12, 2019
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