How to Use Shazam on an iPhone


When Apple released iOS 14.2 in 2020, it introduced some notable new emoji, like the “frustrated Italian hand gesture” and bubble tea. It also added a very handy feature: the ability to add Shazam song identification to your iPhone Control Center. Best of all, you don’t even need to download the Shazam app to use it. With a few simple steps, you can access this feature right from your lock screen.

Shazam is the song identification app that made us all feel cool when we got our first smartphones. Suddenly, you could tell all your friends what song was playing at the bar just by opening an app and pointing your phone in the air. In much more recent history, Apple acquired Shazam in 2018, making the app ad-free for everyone and eventually incorporating its weirdly good song identification feature right into iOS – you don’t even have to download it. app to use it.

In fact, you don’t need to unlock your phone to access Shazam, which is great when you’re struggling to identify a song on the radio before it ends. This will even work for songs streaming through your headphones. If you’re using iOS 14.2 or later, you can follow these steps to impress all your friends and use Shazam from your lock screen:

Make sure Control Center is available on your lock screen:

  • Go to Settings > Face ID and password (or TouchID)
  • Scroll down to “Allow access when locked” and make sure Control Center is enabled

Check that Control Center is accessible from your lock screen.

Adding “Music Recognition” will place a Shazam icon in your control center.

Then add Shazam to your control center:

  • Go to Settings > Control Center
  • Scroll down to “More commands” and tap the green plus icon next to Music recognition to add it to the “Included Controls” list above
  • Change its position in the control center by moving it up or down the list (press and hold the three bars to the right of the icon)

You will now see a Shazam icon in the control center. To access it from your lock screen, swipe down from the top of the screen on a phone with Face ID, or swipe up from the bottom on a phone with Touch ID. Tap the Shazam icon to activate music recognition – the icon will light up and flash while listening. You’ll see a notification in a few moments with the song and artist or a message that no results were found.

Tap the Shazam icon to initiate song identification.

A notification will appear with the song title and artist if there is a positive match.

You can also use Shazam via Siri, which is useful if you don’t have your hands free, but this will blow your cover if you try to act like you know what song is playing. You’ll need to follow the steps above to make sure Siri is enabled on your lock screen if you want to use this feature without unlocking your phone. Otherwise, just say “Hey Siri, what song is playing?” Or something to that effect. She’ll reply that she’s listening, and you’ll get a notification from Shazam when the song has been identified.

Shazam app download will enable more features, like an archive of songs you’ve identified and the ability to capture audio when you’re offline and have the app identify the song when you’re back online. But if you want to avoid adding another app to your life, you can rest easy knowing that you can use Shazam’s best feature right in iOS.


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