Which song is playing? Don’t ask Siri or Shazam…just tap on your iPhone

iOS 14.2 makes it possible

by: - Last updated on: November 23rd, 2020

What do you do when you hear a song playing around you and want to identify it? Well, we have been either summoning Siri on our iPhones or Apple Watch, asking her to recognize the song, or have been launching the Shazam app for the same purpose. Both options come in handy most of the time but take their own sweet time. Waking up Siri does take a few seconds and fishing out Shazam from the list of apps can also waste a few moments. These few moments are often key when you are out hearing and trying to identify a random song. Also, speaking to your phone (rather than on it) in public can get you some weird glances.

iPhone song recognition

Well, all of this can now be avoided. You can figure out what song is playing around you with just a single tap on your iPhone.

Yep, that simple. The iOS 14.2 update has introduced a feature that will allow you to tap and recognize the songs playing around you. The feature called, “Music Recognition” is basically Shazam in your Control Centre. For those who might have forgotten, Apple bought Shazam back in 2018 for $400 million and after integrating it with Siri, the brand is further weaving the music recognition software into its OS. But instead of calling it Shazam, Apple has added it as Music Recognition with a Shazam logo. And it puts song recognition a tap away on your iPhone.

Here is how you can get the feature on your iPhone!

Update! Update! Update!

First things first, your iPhone must be running on iOS 14.2 or above in order to get this feature working on your device. If you have not updated your iPhone, you can easily do so by going to Settings. Pick out “General” and then tap on “Software Update”. From here you can update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS available in your region.

Dive into Control Center

DiveIntoControlCentre

Once your iPhone is updated, you again need to go swimming in the Settings but this time you have to select a fish swimming a little deeper than General and select the “Control Centre” option. It is right below General.

Time to recognize Musical Recognition

RecogniseMusicalRecognition

After getting into the Control Centre find the feature called “Music Recognition”. You would have to scroll down all the way to the bottom of the page to find it but it will surely be there. The feature will have the iconic blue Shazam icon.

Add Musical Recognition Control to your Centre

AddMusicalRecognition

Now all you have to do is tap on the tiny green “+” icon right next to it and the feature will be added to the Control Centre on your iPhone. It will now have a “-“ icon next to it – this we will ignore!

Identify songs with a tap:

IdentifySongs

Next time you hear a song around that you want to identify, do not summon Siri or launch Shazam. Simply swipe down (or up, based on what iPhone you are using) to access your Control Centre, tap on the Shazam icon which is now called Music Recognition. And let it do the job for you. It will identify the song and show it as a notification, tapping on which will open the song in Shazam.

Easy Peasy Apple Squeezy!

(Note: No Apples were harmed in the making of this article.)

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