You’re in a bar, a mall, or any place that is playing a piece of music you immediately fell in love with. Naturally, you’re curious to know its title and artist. You can ask someone with you if they know it or use Google to type the lyrics and try to search for it. However, did you know that there’s a much easier and more convenient way to identify music using your iPhone?

Shazam, an app that let you identify media like music, is built-in on iOS. In fact, Apple acquired this company back in 2018 for USD400 million.

Music lovers would surely appreciate the built-in Shazam feature on iPhones especially if they like discovering new music in different places. Moreover, you’d get the satisfaction of addressing that earworm you may have had for hours or days.


Since the said feature is built-in, you don’t need to download any app for it (but you’d get unlock more features with the app). Still, the feature is not available by default and you have to enable it in the settings. That’s what we’ll guide you through today. Let’s begin.


How to enable Music Recognition on iPhone

Step 1: On your iOS or iPadOS, open Settings.


Step 2: Open Control Center.


Step 3: Scroll down and look for the Music Recognition feature and tap the + button next to it. This will add the Shazam feature to the Control Center.


Step 4: To identify music, open the Control Center and turn on the Music Recognition feature.


Step 5: It will listen to the music and try to identify it. After a few seconds, you should see a pop-up notification showing the song’s title, artist, and album art. If you have the app, you can tap on the notification to see more options.


How to play the full song?


To gain more options like playing a full song, you should download the full Shazam app available on the Apple Store.

Click “Play Song” and it will instantly play on the Apple Music app. If you don’t have an account, you can also link your Spotify account on the settings menu.

See also: How to subscribe and pay Spotify Premium with GCash

How to see previously recognized songs on iPhone


Again, you have to download the full Shazam app for this. Once done, open it and you’d see all your previous and recently recognized songs right from the dashboard.

That’s the complete step-by-step guide on how you can use the built-in music recognition feature on iPhones to instantly identify songs playing around you.

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