How to Put Music in a PowerPoint from YouTube (Any PPT Version Supported)

YouTube music can be video or audio. When creating a PowerPoint presentation, do you need to insert a YouTube music video to enhance the content? Or is your goal to engage your audience and improve their listening experience by adding background music, narration, or sound effects? Read on to learn how to put music in a PowerPoint from YouTube.

Table of Contents

  • Compare Method 1 and Method 2
  • Method 1: Insert a YouTube Music Link into PowerPoint
  • Method 2. Download YouTube Music and Add It to PowerPoint

2 Methods to Put a YouTube Music on a PowerPoint 

There are 2 methods helping you put YouTube music to PowerPoint: Insert a direct link to a YouTube music video (method 1) and download YouTube audio to Mac or PC, then manually import it to your presentation (method 2). Take into account the pros & cons, and choose the option that aligns with your needs.


Method 1 Method 2
  • Quick access to YouTube music videos
  • No need to worry about compatibility with PowerPoint
  • No need to compress videos due to the file size limitation
  • Inserted media files can be played anytime, anywhere
  • Support for uploading music video and audio
  • Support for downloading music from more than 1,000 platforms in addition to YouTube
  • Requires internet connection to play YouTube music
  • Only video can be inserted, not audio
  • Local YT audio: The format should be .mp3, .wav, .m4a, .aac, .oga., and the file size < 16MB
  • Local YT video: The format should be .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .m4v, .mkv, .asf, .ts., and the size < 256MB

Method 1. Insert a YouTube Music Link into PowerPoint

PowerPoint allows you to insert videos directly from YouTube, SlideShare, Vimeo, Flip and Stream. It doesn't require much skill and can be easily used by anyone.

How to put music in a PowerPoint from YouTube without installing additional apps:

Step 1. Copy the link to the YouTube video containing the desired music.

Step 2. Open your presentation on your computer.

Step 3. On the ribbon, go to the “Insert” tab > “Video” > “Online Video”.

Step 4. Paste the online YouTube video link into the text box.

Step 5. Wait for analyze, then click “Insert”.


If PowerPoint cannot successfully detect a video through it long link, e.g., then you can try to use its short link. Right-click on the video and select “Copy video URL” to get it:

Method 2. Download YouTube Music and Add It to PowerPoint

Most users who add music to PowerPoint from YouTube are more interested in adding background music to PPT. Obviously, the first method only supports adding videos. In this case, you need to install a YouTube audio downloader for Mac or PC to get the music from YouTube, and then import it to PowerPoint locally.

For the purpose of downloading YouTube music video/audio files and save them to your local computer, Cisdem Video Converter is ready to help. It allows you to batch save music into as many different formats as you can think of, including MP4, MP3, M4A, WAV, AAC, MKV, M4V, etc. Besides YouTube, it also help you safely and steadily get music from Vimeo, Facebook, Dailymotion, TikTok, X (Twitter), Mixcloud, name to a few.

How to download YouTube music file:

Step 1. Download and install Cisdem Video Converter. Hit the third icon at the top of the software to switch to the “video downloader” interface. 


Step 2. Find the music video you want to download from YouTube and copy its URL.

Step 3. Paste the URL of the video into the software and click on the “+” button. 

Step 4. Choose the needed downloading format, say, “m4a (mp4a) - 129k”, and then hit “download” icon in the lower right corner.


Step 5. Once the download is complete, click the blue “✓” icon to find your downloaded YouTube M4A music.

More tips to use Cisdem Video Converter:

  • When you want to add multiple YouTube music in a PowerPoint, you can use Cisdem Video Converter to download them at the same time. No need to download one song after another, which helps to improve efficiency.
  • YouTube music is usually downloaded in MP4, WEBM and M4A formats by default, and only WEBM is not supported by PowerPoint. If you want to convert music to other formats, you can use the media file conversion function of Cisdem Video Converter. Just click the first icon at the top to switch to the "Video Converter" interface.
  • cisdem-convert-youtube-music
  • In addition to downloading and converting YouTube music on Mac and Windows, you can also use this app to edit/play media files and rip content from DVDs into file formats.

How to put background music on PowerPoint from YouTube:

Step 1. In your PowerPoint, click “Audio” under the “Insert” tab. 


Step 2. Choose the M4A audio you just download from YouTube. 

Step 3. Click “Open” to import it to PPT.

You can make some edits to the audio in PowerPoint, such as fading in and out, looping, trimming, setting the audio volume/image, hiding the sound icon, playing across slides, and so on.

Moreover, if you previously downloaded a YouTube music video, click “Video” on the ribbon and upload a video from your device. 

Final Thought

The above is all about how to put music on a PowerPoint from YouTube. Method 1 supports embedding any YouTube music video in PPT for playback and presentation when there is an internet connection. Method 2 supports not only inserting YouTube video but also YouTube audio. Although method 2 has restrictions on music files, most people search for this topic to add YouTube background audio to PowerPoint, which method 1 cannot do.

Why are you putting YouTube music into PowerPoint? Did the above solve your problem? Do you have a more convenient method to recommend? Feel free to let all other readers know in the comments section.


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