How to view song lyrics in real time in Spotify
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(Pocket-lint) – Spotify has announced that it is rolling out real-time song lyrics around the world. Previously it only offered lyrics in certain countries.
Here’s how to find and even share lyrics in Spotify.
Which Spotify songs have lyrics?
Spotify said the lyrics will be available in the “majority” of its music library. Musixmatch, which claims to have lyrics for “over 8 million” songs, powers Spotify’s real-time lyrics feature. Spotify first partnered with Musixmatch in 2016 to offer lyrics on a more limited basis.
How to access song lyrics in real time in Spotify
Spotify lyrics can be accessed on virtually any platform, including iOS, Android, desktops, game consoles, and smart TVs.
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Spotify mobile app
- Open the latest version of the Spotify mobile app.
- Tap the “Now Playing View” on a song.
- While listening, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- You will see the lyrics of the songs scroll in real time.
- To share, tap the “Share” button at the bottom of the lyrics screen.
- Then select the lyrics you want to share.
- You can also select where you want to share it.
Spotify desktop app
- Open the latest version of the Spotify desktop app.
- In the “Now Playing” bar, click the microphone icon.
- You will then see the lyrics of the songs scroll in real time.
Spotify TV app
- Open the latest version of the Spotify TV app.
- Open the “Now Playing View” on a song.
- Go to the corner of the “lyrics button” and select if you want to enable lyrics.
- Once activated, you will see the lyrics in the “Now Playing” view.
Do you need a premium subscription to view the lyrics?
Spotify’s lyrics feature is available for free and premium listeners.
What happens to Behind the lyrics?
Spotify has long been offering “Behind the Lyrics” through a partnership with Genius. It is available in some markets, such as Japan, and mainly displays general song information. But with the lyrics rollout around the world, Spotify told TechCrunch it was shutting down its “Behind the Lyrics” feature.
Want to know more?
Check out Pocket-lint’s guide to Spotify to learn more about the music streaming service, including how it works and how much it costs.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on .