How to recognize a song playing on your iPhone

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Your iPhone has a useful feature that you may not be aware of. You can recognize the song playing on the radio at a bar, in your car, or at a friend’s house, all without opening an app. All you have to do is swipe down and tap a single button.

It’s part of the iPhone (and iPad) integration with music recognition service Shazam, which Apple acquired in 2018. It’s been available for a few years now, but may be more useful now that people are back on the road. You don’t even need to have Shazam installed.

Your iPhone can recognize music with just a tap in iOS 14.2.

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Here’s how to set it up.

  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap Control Center.
  • Scroll down under “More” and tap the green “+” button next to Music Recognition.

That adds the music recognition feature to the Control Center, which you access by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen (or from the bottom of the screen if you have an iPhone with a Home button).

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Tap this button to identify songs from your iPhone.

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Once you’ve done that, you can use your iPhone to identify a song by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center, then tapping the Shazam button. Your phone listens for a few seconds and then displays the artist and title at the top of your screen. And it stores a history of the songs you’ve identified so you can go back and check them out later. To do that, just hold down the Shazam button.

That is it!

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