How do I add audio file?

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06 Nov, 2019 09:36 PM

I downloaded Anki to my MacBook yesterday. When I compare the screens I see with those shown in various YouTube presentations, they don't look much alike. For example, the Add page I see has type, deck, front, back, tags and nothng else. No fields, tools, font buttons, any space to add an audio source, no audio or image button, any way to indicate the text field is right to left (I'm trying to create Arabic flash cards), or much of any other information. I'd like to purchase the mobile app version, but not if I can't get this one to work.

Thank you.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Damien Elmes on 06 Nov, 2019 09:52 PM

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    You need to use the downloadable computer version to add audio - AnkiWeb only offers basic functionality.

  2. 2 Posted by Susan and Aleja... on 06 Nov, 2019 11:33 PM

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    Thank you for your prompt reply. I now have the version which you mentioned, with the icons, etc., and I added audio files to the cards, but I don't hear anything. When is the sound supposed to play? Both the wav and mp3 files I added reside on my hard drive.[cid:187d58a3-2a08-4704-9a33-8c73d008ed4c]


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Damien Elmes on 07 Nov, 2019 09:42 PM

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    Please click the Cards... button and make sure you've added the audio field to either the front or back of the card. It will then play during review, or when you view the card using the Preview button.

  4. 4 Posted by remon on 01 Apr, 2020 01:58 PM

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    Having trouble adding an audio clip
    When adding an audio clip, it does not appear when playing the card

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Damien Elmes on 02 Apr, 2020 09:57 AM

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    Please see my previous reply.

  6. 6 Posted by william on 28 Apr, 2020 12:13 PM

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    I have the audio field, mpv player installed and my audio still doesn't play, I've tried adding it to the mpv folder in anki but nothing...

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Damien Elmes on 29 Apr, 2020 09:16 AM

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    Did you add it to the card template as mentioned in post 3?

  8. 8 Posted by Priscilla on 02 May, 2020 03:53 PM

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    How can I add sound on my Ankemobile(IPhone)?

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Damien Elmes on 03 May, 2020 11:44 PM

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    If you want to record your own voice, you can tap on the microphone in the editing screen. If you want to use automatic audio, please see

    Text to speech support

    If anyone else has audio problems, please create a new post instead of posting here.

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