Flipnote Studio allows you to import audio clips created in the Nintendo DSi Sound app. If you’re using Flipnote Studio on a 3DS, it will also work with sounds created using the Nintendo 3DS Sound app.

This tutorial will not instruct you how to add full music to your Flipnotes. We’d recommend reading our Flipnote Audio Recording Techniques article for that!

To get started, open the Flipnote Editor and go to the sound menu:Image showing the location of the Flipnote sound menu

Normally you can record audio by tapping the record button on the Music section or any of the three sound effect slots.

Flipnote Sound menu (normal)

However, we’re going to hold the action button (Normally the L button, or R button if you’re left-handed) and tap one of these audio bubbles:

Flipnote Sound menu (import mode)

Assuming you’ve already created some audio clips in the Sound application, they’ll be shown here. Select the sound you want to import, and then “Import this sound”.

Import Sound Menu showing how to select a sound.

That’s it! You’ve imported a sound from the Nintendo DSi (or 3DS) Sound application. Have fun creating fun noises and audio and using them for your Flipnotes!


Flipnote Studio has a drafting tool that lets you sketch out what’s on your mind before you even begin to draw!

In order to use the drafting tool, you’ll first need to enable the Advanced Tools.

First, open the Flipnote editor and go to page 2 of your tool section. Next, hold your alternate button (L Button, or R button if you’re left-handed) and tap on “Draft”.

Just like the layers, what you’ve drawn with the draft tool can be hidden or shown by tapping the eye icon while holding the alternate button. You can erase it entirely by tapping on the Erase button.

The draft layer is different from other layers, however, in that it won’t be saved with the Flipnote and is the same on all pages. You can draw straight or horizontal/vertical lines by holding the Select or Start buttons.

Selecting the drafting tool button

Use the drafting tool to get an idea of how you’d like to do something, or to draw a simple guide for yourself to reference while working on your Flipnote!

"Hi there" written with the drafting tool

Flipnote Studio provides you with much more than first meets the eye, and much of it is available under the Advanced Tools. Today we’ll show you how to turn on the Advanced Tools and become a pro Flipnote creator!

First, open Flipnote Studio and tap the Wrench symbol in the top right corner.

Go to the third page in the Settings and then tap “On” under Advanced Tools.

Tapping on the button to enable Advanced Tools


You’re all set! Now you can use the wide plethora of advanced tools available to you.