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How to Add Audio to PDF? (Easy Guide)

Have you ever been in a situation where the text in your document could not completely convey the message and you want to add audio to PDF file, or you want to email a PDF with MP3 file embedded in it. If you are looking for a way to add audio to PDF document, you have just found the right page. You are about to come across some simple ways by which you can add audio to PDF. Here you will find three different ways to add MP3 to PDF; 1. using the simple "UPDF" app, 2. using "adobe acrobat" and 3. using "pdf-Filler" in Google doc.

Way 1. Embed Audio in PDF with UPDF

UPDF is user friendly and affordable PDF editor. UPDF offers attachment feature which facilitates attaching PDF to file of any format. The attachment icon can be placed anywhere on the page and the icon color can be changed to match the aesthetics of the PDF. You can download it right now (or later if you want) and then follow along. In a matter of few clicks you will have your audio or music file added to PDF. Yes, it is as simple and yes, you can add audio to pdf without acrobat.

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Here is the step-by-step process to add audio or music to PDF using UPDF.

Step-1. Open your PDF file using UPDF

If you have been using another PDF reader, you may want to right click on the PDF and select "open with UPDF" option. Otherwise, open the UPDF app and then open the document through ‘File’ tab, just like you do with any other office document.

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Step-2. Click on attachment tool

Once your PDF is open, click on the "Comment" tab (looks like a drawing tool) on the left side, a banner of annotation tools on the top will appear. From the annotation tools, click on the "attach file".

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Step-3. Attach audio to PDF

There are four cool icon options to pick but they serve the same purpose. Click on any and your cursor will look like that option. Click wherever you want to insert the audio file. A pop-up window will show up which allows you to browse and select your audio or music file. Hit open and the music or audio you just added would be saved with the PDF. Also, the attachment icon appearance properties can be changed according to the aesthetics of your PDF document, and it can be placed and moved anywhere on the page or file without losing the aesthetics.

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To change the appearance of the attachment icon, click on it, a banner of tools will appear. Click on the option, "properties".

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You will see another set of options to change the shape and color of the attachment icon. For color selection either pick the ones available or you can customize the color by clicking on the last button which looks multicolored.

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Step 4. Save the PDF file with Audio

To save the inserted MP3 file, go to the "File" menu and hit "save". A pop-up window will appear and ask you to save with "UPDF" water mark. Click OK. Don’t worry, it will not change your PDF in any way, other than a logo of UPDF which will appear on top left corner. You can also get rid of this watermark by subscribing to the UPDF pro.

To play the audio file, just click on the attachment icon you have inserted, and it will start playing the audio using the music player on your PC.

So, in just few clicks, you can add music to PDF. This tool can be used to add any kind of soundtrack or music or audio or MP3 file.

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What Else UPDF Can Offer to You?

UPDF is not just a tool to add audio to the PDF but provides several other features you would not want to escape. It can also do-

  • PDF form editing and designing with interactive elements and fillable forms
  • Complete PDF text and image editing
  • OCR
  • Annotations
  • Embed video to PDF
  • UPDF AI chatbot
  • UPDF Cloud
  • Effortless file sharing with others.

To use all these premium features, you need to download UPDF on your PC for free and then buy the premium subscription to enjoy all features mentioned above.

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Way 2. Add Music to PDF with Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat also comes with the attachment features. You can attach an external file of any format. However please be aware that this feature comes with subscription only. Also, the placement of the embedded music or soundtrack on the page cannot be modified to meet the page aesthetics.

Here are the steps to add audio to PDF using Adobe Acrobat.

Step 1. If you have been using another PDF reader, you may need to right click on the PDF and select "open with Adobe Acrobat" option. Otherwise, open the Adobe Acrobat app and then open the document through ‘File’ tab, just like you do with any other office document.

Step 2. Click on the “All tools” and then click on “Add rich media” option.

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Step 3. This is show you a list of options to edit PDF. Click on the "Sound "option.

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Step 4. This will allow you to draw a box (like text box) on the page.

Step 5. Once you finish drawing the box, a pop-up window will show up which will allow you to add the music/MP3 file to the box. Click "Browse" to select the audio in your computer. Then, you click "ok", audio will be added to the PDF.

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As said earlier, unlike UPDF, the box with sound file added, cannot be modified to match the document aesthetics.

Step 6. To save the inserted MP3 file, go to the "File "menu and hit save. To play the added soundtrack, hit the Play button and the MP3 file will start to play.

Way 3. Add audio to PDF online with Google Drive and PDFFiller

There are some tools available online where PDF can be annotated. However, if you want to add audio to PDF online, it cannot be done directly. There is no tool available to add audio to PDF online for free directly. However, there is a way around it. You can use the "PDFFiller" app and Goggle drive to add mp3 to pdf online. Even this way, you can only hyperlink the MP3 file but cannot embed the file to the PDF.

Here are the steps to add audio to PDF online using Google drive and pdfFiller.

Step-1. Add Audio to google drive and copy link.

Open Google drive. On the left side of the window, click on "+ New "icon and then on "File upload". This will allow you to browse and add Audio and PDF from your computer to Google Drive. Once the audio and PDF have been added to Google drive, right click on the audio and go to "Share" and the click on "Copy link". This will copy the file URL.   

Step-2. Install pdfFiller on your Google drive

Now, right click on the PDF you want to add the audio to. The menu box will open with several options. Keep the cursor on the "Open with" option and a submenu will open. Click on the "connect more apps" option.

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A new window will open with several apps. In the search apps tab, search for "PDFFiller for Google Drive". Search results will show this app. Click on the app, it will ask to install.

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Step-3. Hyperlink the MP3 file

Once installed, open the PDF file in the google drive using pdfFiller. Once the PDF is open, click on the "Text" tab, which will allow you to add text box in your document. Once you add the text box, a hyperlink option will appear on the top. Paste the URL you copied at the end of step-1 and it will link the MP3 file to the PDF. Click on save (downward arrow icon on the top) to save the document. This will take you to the pdfFiller subscription page. Subscription will allow you to save and download the document.

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To play the audio file, move the cursor over the link and this will highlight the URL. Click on the URL and the audio file will open in a new window.

Final Words

Now, you know how to add audio to PDF. You can choose any method mentioned above. However, it is unnecessary to use three ways. So you need to choose the best one smong them. We highly recommend you to use UPDF as it is much easier and more powerful to use when compared with Adobe Acrobat and PDFFiller. So click the link below and download UPDF on your computer or Laptop and add audio to PDF with ease.

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