Is the Instagram music sticker missing on Instagram story?
The Instagram music sticker has been out for a while now, and it’s a great way to add mainstream songs to your stories.
In the past, if you want to add music to your videos, you need to use a video editor.
Currently, you can add music to your Instagram story seamlessly by using the music sticker (if it’s available in your country).
However, some users have reported that the music sticker is missing from their stories.
This is a common issue, and many Instagram users have faced it before.
In this article, you’ll learn why your music sticker is gone, and how to fix it on Instagram.
- Why is my music sticker gone?
- How to fix missing music sticker on Instagram
- How do I get the music sticker on Instagram?
- Why can’t I add music to my Instagram story?
Why is my music sticker gone?
Your music sticker is gone because you recently switched to a business account on Instagram.
Otherwise, the sticker might not be available in your country yet.
Did you recently switch your personal account to a business one?
If you switched your personal account to a business one, you won’t be able to use the music sticker on Instagram.
This is because using the music sticker for a business account is considered as “commercial usage”.
Similar to TikTok, the music on Instagram cannot be used for commercial purposes.
Hence, if your account is a business one, the music sticker will not be available for you.
On the other hand, if you’re living in a country where the sticker is not available, you won’t have access to it as well.
The music sticker is only available to a selected number of countries, so if you don’t have the sticker, it might be because it’s not available in your region.
How to fix missing music sticker on Instagram
To fix the missing music sticker on Instagram, you need to switch to a personal account, delete and reinstall the app, then wait for up to three days.
You can also try connecting to a VPN (a country where the music sticker is available).
The reason why the music sticker is missing is that your account is a business one.
In order to get the music sticker back, you need to switch to a personal account.
Otherwise, you won’t be able to access the music sticker as it cannot be used for commercial purposes.
After you’ve switched to a personal account, it can take up to three days for the music sticker to appear.
In the meantime, you have to either clear the app’s cache or reinstall it.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:
Step #1: Switch to a personal account
Firstly, you need to switch to a personal account.
If your account is a business one, you will not have access to the music sticker as it cannot be used for commercial purposes.
You can also switch to a creator account, but switching to a personal account is much safer.
Here’s how you can switch to a personal account on Instagram:
- Go to your Instagram profile and tap on the menu at the right corner of your screen.
- Tap on Settings > Account.
- Scroll down and select “Switch to personal account”.
Once you’ve switched to a personal account, you will regain access to the music sticker.
However, you will lose access to your account’s analytics via “Insights”,
When you switch your account to a personal one, the “Insights” button will no longer exist on your profile.
If you rarely look at your insights, switching to a business account will make no difference to you.
On the other hand, if you always look at your account’s insights, it’s best that you think twice about switching to a personal account.
Before you switch to a personal account, you should weigh the conditions and decide what works best for you.
After all, is it worth it to lose your account’s insights for a music sticker?
Step #2: Delete and reinstall the app
After you’ve switched to a personal account, you need to delete and reinstall the app.
This step is crucial because it tells Instagram that your account is no longer a business one.
Alternatively, you can clear the app’s cache (if you’re using an Android device).
Deleting and reinstalling the app is the best option because it will be automatically updated to the latest version.
In addition, the app’s cache will be cleared once you’ve deleted it.
Here’s how you can delete and reinstall Instagram:
- Hold down the Instagram app.
- Tap on “delete”.
- Install the Instagram app from the App Store/Google Play Store.
If you’re using an Android device, you can clear Instagram’s cache instead.
Here’s how you can clear Instagram’s cache on an Android device:
- Open your device settings.
- Navigate to storage > other apps.
- Find Instagram, select it, and tap on “Clear Cache”.
After you’ve reinstalled Instagram or cleared its cache, force close the app on your background.
For older iPhones, double-tap your home button and swipe up to force close the Instagram app.
For Android devices/iPhone X and above, drag your screen from the bottom to the middle to open the apps’ preview, then swipe up to close it.
Congrats, you’ve successfully deleted and reinstalled the app!
Now, all you’re left with is to wait for the music sticker to appear.
Step #3: Wait for up to 3 days
The final step is to wait for the music sticker to appear on the stickers page.
It can take 24 hours, 48 hours, or up to 3 days for the sticker to appear.
If you’ve deleted and reinstalled Instagram or cleared its cache, you should be able to find the music sticker in your stickers.
If the music sticker is still missing, you have to be patient and wait for a few more days.
Several users have commented that they managed to get the music sticker back after waiting for 3 days.
Others managed to get it back on the day itself.
If you still haven’t got the sticker after 3 days, you need to report the problem to Instagram in the app.
Here’s how you can report the missing music sticker to Instagram:
- Go to your Instagram profile.
- Tap on the menu on the right corner of your screen.
- Open the Settings.
- Tap on Help > Report a problem > Something Isn’t Working.
- Type what happened and include a screenshot of the missing sticker.
Once you’ve reported the problem, Instagram should get back to you soon.
If you’re lucky, they will be able to fix the missing music sticker for your account in one business day.
Otherwise, you may have to wait for up to a week as the Instagram support team is understaffed.
How do I get the music sticker on Instagram?
To get the music sticker on Instagram, tap on your profile picture, add a photo/video, tap on the “Stickers” icon, and tap on the music sticker.
After you’ve tapped on the music sticker, choose a song, edit it, and tap on “Done”.
Finally, tap on “Your story” to add the photo/video with the song to your story.
Why can’t I add music to my Instagram story?
You can’t add music to your Instagram story either because it’s not available in your country yet, or your account is a personal one.
Instagram music is only available in selected countries.
Here are the countries that Instagram music is available in—US, UK, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, and France.
If your country is not in the list, it means that Instagram music is not available to you yet.
In order to bypass this, you need to connect to a VPN.
Firstly, force close the Instagram app on your device.
Next, download a VPN on the App Store/Google Play Store and connect to a country where Instagram music is available in.
After that, open Instagram, tap on your profile picture to add a story and tap on the stickers icon.
You should be able to find and add the music sticker to your story on the second row of the stickers.
If the music sticker is still missing on the Instagram app, it might be because your account is a business one.
In order to have access to the sticker, you need to switch your account to a personal one.
The music sticker is a great way to liven your Instagram stories.
Moreover, it’s a seamless way to add music to your photos/videos.
However, not every country has access to it as Instagram has not resolved the legal issues on their end yet.
Fortunately, you can bypass this by connecting to a VPN where the sticker is available.
In a nutshell, you have to make sure to switch to a personal account instead of a business one.
Otherwise, you won’t have access to the sticker even though it’s available in your country.
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