Easy Fix “Why can’t I save Audio on Instagram Reels?”

This article will answer your question as to Why can’t I save audio on Instagram Reels in step-by-step instructions.

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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 ban of Chinese-based Tik-Tok in various countries and the lack of proper alternatives, Instagram Reels gained huge popularity in a short span of time. The huge 1 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 Reel platform. She was doing really well, but she couldn’t make videos properly for some days or so. She can’t find the songs she was interested in, nor can she save audio songs created by other content creators. She asked me,” Why can’t I save audio on Instagram Reels?”. So as a tech-savvy friend, I decided to help her out. I did some digging and found out that not only her but many other creators are also facing the same issue.

What issues are Reel Creators facing?

Apart from the above-mentioned issue, the Instagram Reel content creators are facing many other issues. The online forums are filled with questions like-

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

When I tried to find the solution to all these issues, I can’t find them anywhere. So I messed around with 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 below-

Why Can’t I Save Audio on Instagram Reels?

It turned out the issues persist only with a specific account type, and that is 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 are bound to face these issues. For some unknown reasons, Instagram had limited the use of many features of Reels on Business accounts.

How to Fix the “can’t save audio on Instagram reels” problem?

You will face all the above-mentioned issues only if you are using a business account. At least that’s what caused the issues with the friend I’ve mentioned. So the solution is simple. If you are currently on a business account, switch to the Creator Account. If you don’t know how to do that. Let us guide you through a step by step solution-

  • Step-1: Open Instagram on your smartphone and go to your profile. 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
  • Step-2: From the settings panel, tap on Accounts and scroll all the way to the bottom to find the Switch Account Type option and tap on it.from the settings page of instagram, select accounts
  • Step-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

That’s it. All the issues you are facing should resolve now. I hope we can provide a proper answer to your question, “Why Can’t I Save Audio on Instagram Reels?”. If this doesn’t solve any issue you face, 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?

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26 Comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    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.

  5. 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.

    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.

  6. 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.

    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. 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.