Apple bolstered its music discovery capabilities across all its devices with the acquisition of Shazam in 2018. Subsequently, it integrated Shazam’s music recognition feature into the iPhone and iPad. And as part of this change, it introduced the ability to run Shazam from the Control Center.

view Shazam history on iPhone

While the Shazam Control Center control works without a hitch, it has one major flaw: the songs you identify from the Control Center aren’t saved to the Shazam app. Hence, you can’t find them under the Shazams tab on the app, as you usually do when you identify a song from the Shazam app.

Fortunately, there’s a way around this that lets you access your Shazam history. Follow along as demonstrate the steps to this on your iPhone and iPad.

How to View Shazam History on iPhone and iPad

Follow the steps below to view your Shazam history on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Access the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen. If you’re on an older device—with a Home button—swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center.
    accessing Shazam history on iPhone
  2. Tap and hold the Shazam control/button in the Control Center.
    accessing Shazam history on iPhone

A Shazam History card with all your Shazam-ed songs will now appear. Scroll up or down on this card to view the entire list of songs you’ve identified using the Music Recognition control from the Control Center. If you’d like to know more about a song on this list, tap on it to view it directly in the Shazam app.

From here, you can either preview the track on Shazam or open it in Spotify or Apple Music, depending on which service you’ve connected with Shazam.

If you’d like to add this song to Shazam’s history (on the app) for future reference, you’ll need to add it to My Music. To do this, click on the More (three vertical dots) menu and select Add to My Music from the menu.

add Shazamed song to My Music

Go to the Shazam home screen and tap on Shazams under My Music to view this song along with all other songs you’ve identified on the Shazam app.

If you didn’t know this trick and you removed Shazam control from the Control Center, thinking it’s not the best idea to run a Shazam search from the Control Center, you can add it back to your Control Center and access your Shazam history from there.

For this, first, go to Settings > Control Center. Then, tap on the green (+) icon beside Music Recognition to add it to Control Center. Once that’s done, tap and hold the Shazam icon to view your song history.

add music recognition control in Control Center

Access Your Previous Shazams Easily

After following the above steps, you should be able to recover your Shazams (Shazam history) on your iPhone or iPad and add them to the Shazam library for easier access next time. Similarly, you can use iCloud to back up your Shazams. Or, add Apple Music or Spotify to Shazam—depending on which service you use—to listen to full songs.

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