“Why can’t I save Audio on Instagram Reels? [In just 1 minute]

Why Can't I Save Audio on Instagram Reels

This article will give an easy solution to the simple question of “Why can’t I save audio on Instagram Reels” in step-by-step instructions.

Following the success of short video platforms like TikTok, Instagram has launched its own short video-sharing platform called Instagram Reels, with features to create 15-30 second multi-clip videos with audio, effects, and new creative tools. Due to the restrictions of Chinese-based TikTok in various countries, Instagram Reels gained massive popularity in a short period. The huge One billion-plus user base of Instagram and the ongoing pandemic helped Reels gain new heights every day, and it’s ever-increasing.

So the other day, I was talking to a friend who’s a content creator on Instagram. She makes short dance videos on the Instagram Reels platform. She was doing well, but she had a few queries for a few days and wanted to learn to make excellent and engaging videos. She wanted to know how to find the songs she was interested in and how to save audio songs created by other content creators. She approached me and asked the solution to “Why can’t I save audio on Instagram Reels?” she wanted me to give the solution to save some time for her. So as a tech-savvy friend, I decided to help her out. I did some digging and found out that many people like her also wanted to know how to save audio in Instagram reels.

What issues are Reel Creators facing?

Apart from the issue mentioned above, Instagram Reel content creators are facing many other issues. Many peoples are searching for solutions.

  1. Why can’t I save audio on Instagram Reels?
  2. Why can’t I find trending songs on Instagram Reels?
  3. Why is Instagram Reels search not working?
  4. Why is Reels audio search not working?
  5. why can’t I use saved audio on the Instagram story?
  6. Etc.

I also wanted to know the solutions for my friend. So decided to search on my own Instagram account to find the solution. So after my extensive digging, I could link all these issues with only one change of setting in the profile. Let’s find out the easy solution in the below section of the article.

The Real Reason –

It turned out the issues persist only with a specific account type, Business Accounts. Earlier Instagram had only two account types Personal account and Business account. But now, with the launch of Instagram Reels, they’ve introduced a new account type called Creators Account. So if you are using a business account or recently switched your account to a Business Account, you can’t save audio on Instagram reels. For some unknown reasons, Instagram has limited the use of many features of Reels on Business accounts.

The Quick Fix to save audio from Reels –

In the Instagram Business Account, the option to save audio on the Instagram reel will be available in the near future. So, now I can finally tell my friends the solution. The solution is simple. To be able to save audio on Instagram, you can switch to the Creator Account if you are currently on a business account. Let us guide you through a step-by-step solution.

How to switch to a Creator profile on Instagram?

  1. Open the Instagram App on your smartphone and go to your profile option from the bottom of the home screen. From here, click on the three horizontal lines at the top right corner, and tap on Settings from the bottom.
    click on the three horizontal lines at the top right corner, and tap on Settings from the bottom
  2. From the settings panel, tap on Accounts and scroll to the bottom to find the Switch Account Type option and tap on it.
    from the settings page of instagram, select accounts
  3. When given the option between Personal Account or Creator Account, tap on Switch to Creator Account.
    tap on switch account type to switch to a business account
  4. Now go to the audio, and you can now see the Save option there.

That’s it! You now have the solution to your question why can’t I save audio on Instagram reels?

Also Read – Why Do My Instagram Reels Have No Sound?

How to save Audio from Instagram Reels?

You can now save audio on Instagram by simply clicking on the Save Audio option. Here are the steps –

  1. Open Instagram Reel and tap on the music that you want to save.
  2. On the music page, click on the ‘Save Audio‘ option.
    how to save audio on instagram
  3. Now the audio is saved to your saved list.
  4. On the same page, you can directly Use Audio on the post by tapping on the ‘Use Audio‘ button at the bottom of the page.

Where is my Saved audio on Instagram?

You can save multiple audios and save them in the saved list so that you can use them later. Follow these steps to know the location of saved audio –

  1. Open Your Profile and click on the ‘Menu‘ icon.
  2. Then tap on the Saved option from the menu.
  3. Then select the ‘Audio’ option.
    view saved audio on instagram
  4. You can now see all the audio saved previously.

Also Read – How to save Instagram Reels in Gallery with Music?

How to delete Saved Audio on Instagram?

If you remove the saved audio from your list, you can do so by following the steps –

  1. Open Your Profile and click on the Menu icon.
  2. Then tap on the Saved option from the menu.
  3. Then select the ‘Audio’ option.
  4. You can now see all the audios saved previously.
  5. Open the song name that you want to remove.
  6. Tap on the ‘Saved‘ option to remove it from the saved list.


Why can't I save videos with audio on Instagram?

The reason you can't save videos with audio on Instagram is because the original audio from the user is protected, and cant be shared. If the audio is a commonly used song, the video will download with the audio, but if the video has original audio recorded by the user, then you cannot save audio of that video. Another possibility is that you might have muted the audio while playing the video. Turn on the audio by tapping the audio icon at the bottom of the video to get the audio.

Can you save an IG reel with audio?

Yes, you can save a reel with audio. Although, some videos might not be saved with the audio because of privacy concerns.

How do you save original audio for Instagram reels?

If the audio is originals, you cannot save the video directly with audio from Instagram App. However, you may use the third-party app to download and save the video with original audio for Instagram reels.

How can I save audio from Instagram?

To save audio from Instagram reel or video, just tap on the song name and then press 'Save Audio' button. The audio will be saved to the Settings - Saved option. You can use the audio later in your reel or video.

Why can't I save audio on Instagram Reels?

There is a chance that you have a business account type. You can switch the account to the creator and get back the save option to save audio on Instagram reels.

Can you save an Instagram reel with audio?

Yes, you can save the reel with audio. You can tap on the Save option from the three-dot menu on any reel to save it with audio.

How do you save audio on a reel?

You can tap on the Audio and then click on 'Save Audio' button to save audio on any reel.

Why can't I save songs on Instagram?

You can switch to creator mode to get back save audio functionality on your account.

Summary –

I hope we can provide a proper answer to your question, “Why Can’t I Save Audio on Instagram Reels?”. If you need further help in finding another solution to save Instagram reels audio, drop a comment below, and we will help you find another solution. Meanwhile, if you want to upload pictures and videos on Instagram from your PC, read our article “How to upload videos to Instagram from PC“.


  1. Nice Article It Solved my Problem

  2. For anyone trying this, and having no success, change to a Creator account>Clear cache of the Instagram app in your device settings>Close all apps>Restart your device>Launch Instagram.

    That got it working for me.

  3. Thank you so much for the tip. I have a business account and I’ve been looking high and low for ways to save music and now it works.

  4. Thank you! It solved my problem! I was struggling so much about it because I didn’t know WTH was going on.

  5. I couldn’t figure this out for the past few weeks and this solved my problem instantaneously! Thank you so much!

  6. It didn’t fix it for me

  7. Nope. Creator account and this still happens.

  8. Avatar William Ostrowski

    This no longer works ☹️

  9. I am a creator account and still can’t get the access it’s as if I have frozen in business account! Tried switching back to business then creator and no luck, also went back to personal account (lost all my insights in the process ????) and then back to creator and it still doesn’t work. Help NEEDED!

  10. Avatar Michelle Steadman

    It lets me search reels by myself but it won’t let me save audio from other peoples content which is super annoying! I really want to fix that if it’s possible

  11. Unfortunately it seems with the latest update creator accounts are being limited too. At least mine is. More then 3/4 of the reels I watch don’t have the sound save option anymore.

  12. When I’m scrolling through my own Reels and other people’s Reels, I can no longer see which audio they use. Only the caption, effect used, or location appears on the bottom. How do I get this back?

    All of my previous saved audios also disappeared from my saved folder.

  13. Avatar Delight home bakery

    You are a genius!!!! Tysm

  14. Thank you so much…this was such a great help. I was stuck for days not knowing what to do.

  15. In dont have the option switch account type

  16. Amazing ..it worked..thanks a lot!!!!

  17. I didn’t work on my android. Help please?!?

  18. This actually worked ! Genius ! Thankyou so much ❤️

  19. ok but what can I do if I have to keep a business account because I am selling and tagging products on my posts and that feature is only available to business accounts? Any solutions?

  20. Thanks a million times. This really worked. Thank god I found this page…. It saved my time.

  21. Still unable to save reels with audio please help

  22. Nice post! That was seriously driving me crazy! Switched to creator and worked out perfectly!

    1. I can’t use audio when I m going to use orignal audio is not available mentioned in every Vedio

  23. Genius! Thanks so much

  24. Hi! I did the suggestion troubleshooting solution and I still can’t save new audio on Instagram. It says it’s Saved but when I go to use them, they’re not listed under Saved.

  25. Yeah I followed all the steps but my phone had a different set up. It didn’t work. Same issue

    1. Sorry to hear that. We will come with the new fix.

  26. Thank you!! It really worked! I’m shocked

  27. i dont have the audio tab on my instagram! please help me how to fix it?

  28. Didn’t work for me it was asking to change my profile to public. And I want to keep it on private. Any solution for private profiles ????

  29. Your a life saver! Totally worked!!!!!

  30. It worked for me! Thank you.
    I had to close down the app after changing account type, then worked when I re-opened.

  31. Still not able to save the audio.

  32. So helpful! Problem solved. Thank you and stay blessed.

  33. Hi, thank you for the information. I have 3 personal accounts linked. 2 of the 3 are saving reels audio just fine. The 3rd account was till recently. Now when I go to save or use an audio, it does not give me the option to “use this audio” and when I click the save button it won’t let me. I have tried switching my account to digital creator and back to personal, I uninstalled the app and started over, I restarted phone, I logged out several times and logged back in. Its only happening on my ONE account. None of my accounts are business. I cannot figure out what the deal is, I was posting reels with using saved audio fine till about last week. Please help, I’ve asked Instagram to help directly and they haven’t responded to issue.

    1. I have the exact same issue. I have a creator account and also cant save audio anymore (only for original audio it works) but for other songs it doesn’t and i also dont have the button „use audio“ anymore. This issue started to appear recently.

  34. I still cannot :((

  35. I changed my account to creator and am still unable to save audios. Any more tips you can give? Thanks sm

  36. I’ve been using the creator account for awhile, had access to all music, it suddenly it disappeared even though my account type is still creator. So this isn’t necessarily the only answer to this problem…

    1. Hello Tania, Thanks for your valuable feedback. We want to let you know that at the time of writing this solution and during our testing only the business accounts were getting this error, and switching to a creator account helped solve it. But now, it seems like the problem is from the Instagram server itself and not your device’s. So, the best solution is to report the issue to Instagram from the Settings>Help>Report a problem along with a screenshot. Meanwhile, we are trying to find a different solution to this. As soon as we find one, we will update the article.

  37. Hey, I already have a creators account,I’m still not able to save my audio. Even clearing the cache or re installing the app hasn’t worked. Kindly help,

    1. Would you please try to switch profiles back and forth from personal to business to creator accounts. The issue happens randomly to a person. Mostly switching accounts solves it. But if the problem still persists, please report it to Instagram from the Settings>Help>Report a problem, and don’t forget to attach a screenshot of the same. We hope your issue gets resolved soon.

  38. I tried this hack but still unable to save the audio

    1. Hello Priya, thank you for writing to us. Would you please try to switch profiles back and forth from personal to business to creator accounts. The issue happens randomly to a person. Mostly switching accounts solves it. But if the problem still persists, please report it to Instagram from the Settings>Help>Report a problem, and don’t forget to attach a screenshot of the same. We hope your issue gets resolved soon.

  39. I did that and it worked for like 2 weeks.
    This morning I tried to add a song and the same issue happened again.
    My account is still the creator account, idk what to do

    1. Please try to switch accounts back and forth between creator and personal again. If this doesn’t go away, the only option left is to report it to Instagram from your Instagram’s Settings>Help>Report a problem section, and don’t forget to attach a screenshot.

  40. Hi
    I fid xhange my account to creator but still can’t save reels audio

    1. In this case, please report it to Instagram from Settings>Help>Report a problem along with a screenshot attached. I hope they resolve your issue soon.

  41. I followed these directions and it didn’t work for me. I also tried deleting and reinstalling IG and no luck again. Any other suggestions?

    1. In this case, the only option left is to report the issue to Instagram. You can do that from Settings>Help>Report a problem. Please attach a screenshot of your issue for better clarification. I hope they resolve your issue quickly.

  42. I still can’t save reel audio no matter what account I use

    1. Thank you, Alariana, for writing to us. If the solution provided here is not working for you, you can try some other solutions mentioned below-
      1. Please go to Instagram app info and clear cache first. If that doesn’t work clear Data and log in again.
      2. Reinstall the Instagram app
      3. If none of this works, please go to Instagram settings. From there, select ‘Help’ and select ‘Report a Problem’, Select ‘Report a problem’ again and explain your issue in detail, along with a screenshot of that specific problem. Instagram should fix the issue for you.

      1. Thank you this worked!!

      2. How do you clear the cache again? Where’s the app info?

        1. If you are on Android, Open your phone settings and go into the Apps section. From here, find Instagram. You’ll get app info. From here, go to storage, and you’ll find an option to clear the cache. Otherwise, on iPhones, there are no options to clear cache or data. You have to uninstall and re-install the app itself.

  43. THANK YOUUU!!!!! worked instantly!!

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