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​How to Record & Add Voice Over in Google Slides

By Lois Green, Monday, April 27, 2020

When the school suspends the class because of COVID-19, weather, or other factors, or officers want to send a PPT file with narration to the business partners, Google Slides will be so useful in continuing the class or doing an online presentation.

Google Slides is a web-based presentation program. It is available on Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, etc. It allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with others in real-time. When the presentation or meeting is over, files can be saved as PPT formats like .ppt, .pptx, etc.

Although it sounds so powerful for an online class and online office, it doesn't provide you with an audio recording option. That means, if you want to elaborate your PPT to your students, partners, or co-workers, you will need a separate recorder to record the audio first and then insert it into the file.

In this post, we will teach you how to add audio recording to Google slides so that you can present your PPT with voice over.

Record Voice on Google Slides

To record your voice, you will need a voice record program and microphone. There are many voice recorders and here we would like to take FonePaw Screen Recorder as an example. It not only records your voice but also your webcam and computer screen.

Now, download it first and enable the recorder.


You will see there are three options on the homepage and choose Audio Recorder.

Screen Recorder Homepage

Connect your microphone to the computer and adjust the sound.

Turn off the System Sound in case you are interrupted by the system warning beep.

Adjust Volume

Open your presentation in Google Slides webpage and present your PPT files. When you are ready, click REC and narrate your PPT to the microphone.

You can pause whenever you want by clicking the Pause button. When you finish speaking, click the red square button to listen to your audio.

Record Voice Over In Google Slides

You can clip the audio if it is too long. Click Re-Record if you are not satisfied with the recording and the original one will not be saved. When everything is done, click Save to select the path to save your audio.

Save Audio

Add Audio Recording to Google Slides

Before adding audio to Google slides, you must upload the audio file to Google Drive. It is necessary to do that otherwise you cannot insert the audio in your PPT file. When you save the audio on your computer, it's time to add voice over to Google Slides.

Step 1 Click Insert at the top of the page and choose Audio.

Insert Audion Into Google Slides

Step 2 You will see your audio under My Drive. Choose it and click Select.

Insert Google Drive Audion Into Slides

Step 3 When the audio is inserted, you will see the Format options on the right of the screen. Expand Audio Playback. You can choose to start the audio by click or automatically.

Google Drive Audio Playback

Now there will be a voice-over on your file.

Tips: Insert Music into Google Slides

With the instructions above, you already know how to add narration to Google slides. If you want to enrich your presentation by adding background music or quoting more professional commentary that you've watched on YouTube, here are two more tips.

1. Add voice to Google Slides using music streaming service

If you listen to music in Apple Music, Spotify, Sound Cloud, etc. and want to insert it to your file, you can find the links in the music streaming service first and copy it.

Add Music Link

Open your Sliders and find an icon or text for the link. Click Insert > Link and paste the link > Apply.

Insert Music Link In Google Slides

When the link is applied, click Present and hit the icon or text that contains the link of the music. A new browser that links to the music will pop out.

Now, click Play and minimize the browser. When you want to end the audio, go back to the web page, and pause the music.

2. Add audio to Google Slides using YouTube video

YouTube videos can also be used as the voice over in Google Slides.

Just go to YouTube and open the video that you want to use.

Select Share and copy the link.

Open your presentation > Insert > Video and copy the link. A thumbnail image of the video will appear on the slide.

Expand the Video playback to set the Start at and End at time. Check Autoplay when presenting. Click Present to begin your presentation and the sound will be played automatically.

Insert YouTube Video Into Google Slides

In all, though we cannot do a voice-over directly on Google Slides, we can still add our voice in it with the help of recorders like FonePaw Screen Recorder or add background music by inserting links.

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