How to add music Forza Horizon 5

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Carlos Laforet Coll

Forza Horizon 5 features a variety of in-universe radio stations that play a collection of licensed real-world tracks ranging from pop, drum & bass, rock and more. 

It's a healthy playlist that features well-known and non-well-known artists, but after putting in a few dozen hours or so, you're bound to get bored with the same old selection. Fortunately, the Forza Horizon 5 allows you to add your own music to the game.

Compatibility with Microsoft's defunct Groove Music service is long dead after its brief stint in Forza Horizon 3. But, there are still some surprisingly simple ways to get your music into Forza Horizon 5. 

Remember that whenever you want to play your own music, make sure to enable “Streamer Mode” in the game's settings. This disables most of the music you often hear while driving and during loading screens. To access it, go to the Settings, Audio menu and scroll down to the bottom. You will have to enable this every time you start the game.

Method 1: Xbox Game Bar and Spotify

Although it has been a part of the Windows gaming experience for some time now, some PC users are still unfamiliar with the Xbox Game Bar. 

Its own Microsoft gaming overlay that provides a bunch of useful tools and switches like a system monitor, Xbox friends/social board list, an audio mixer, and most importantly for our purposes – native Spotify integration.

If you use Spotify, you can take full advantage of this native compatibility. From the game bar (just press Win+G) you can seamlessly select the playlist you want, pause/play, fast forward/skip and rewind. Using the aforementioned audio mixer, you can also adjust the volume of the music so that it doesn't overpower the game's audio.

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Another neat trick about this is that Spotify is cross-compatible with different devices through its app. 

You can grab any mobile device (iOS or Android), open the app there while you have it running on your PC and it will ask you if you want to continue playing the audio through your PC. With this enabled, you can use Spotify on your mobile device as a fancy remote to control playback, volume, and content selection.

What if you don't have Spotify yet? There is still another way to add custom music to Forza Horizon 5, but the next method is exclusive to Steam.

Method 2: Steam Overlay and YouTube

Pressing Alt + Tab will activate the Steam overlay. Like the Xbox Game Bar, it does not interrupt the on-screen action. Using the built-in browser, you can browse to YouTube and play music from it. Of course, logging into your account and running a playlist will ensure your music plays continuously.

As a unique feature of the Steam, of course, it can only be used with the Steam edition of Forza Horizon 5 . On the other hand, Steam users can still use the previous method of running Spotify with Xbox Game Bar. So in this case, it all comes down to preference.

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