What is this song? How to easily find the song you’re listening to
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(Pocket-lint) – If you’ve heard a song and know it should be called that but can’t place it, don’t worry, there are a few ways to find out.
There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing a tune sung, whistled, hummed or played and not being able to remember what it is. Maybe you just want to be able to add it to your Spotify playlist or perform it yourself.
Well, follow this guide and we will help you find the name of this song and its performer.
Hum to search with Google
Google search is always improving and Google experts have well understood how annoying it is to forget the name of a song. It’s all the more painful when you have it in your head on repeat and you can’t remember where you heard it.
There’s a nifty ‘hum to seek’ feature, available through the Google app and Google Assistant on your Android phone, which lets you hum, whistle or sing the song in question to get the answers you need.
To use Google to find the song, follow these steps:
- Unlock your phone and go to the home screen.
- If your assistant is configured to react to voice actions, say “Ok Google”.
- When he answers, say “What’s that song?”.
- Then hum or sing the song or let Google hear it if it’s already playing nearby.
If Google Assistant isn’t set up this way, instead open the Google app, click the microphone button, then ask “What’s that song?” and let Google listen.
This awesome system will save you time and effort every time you pay.
Automatically get song information with Google
With some modern Android phones running Android 10 and above, it is possible to get song information automatically without even asking Google.
You need to enable this feature though, but once it is started, you just need to open your phone to see the song information.
To enable these settings:
- Unlock your phone and go to settings.
- Look for sounds and vibrations and click on it.
- Find “Now Playing”.
- Then click on the “Identify songs playing nearby” option.
Your phone will then be configured to listen to the songs and give you this information on the fly. You should be able to see song information on the lock screen, but also in the notification area. Open and expand notifications to learn more about the song with ease.
Once this setting is enabled, you will also have access to a “current listening history” where all the songs your phone has played are listed. To access it, follow the same steps as for enabling this setting and find the history under this heading. Click on a specific song and you can open it in Spotify, YouTube or YouTube Music, as well as share it elsewhere.
Amazon Alexa Song ID
If you have an Amazon Alexa device in your home and you’re listening to music you don’t recognize, there are several options.
If you’re already listening to music on Spotify or Amazon Music and you like the song you’re listening to but don’t recognize it, just say “Alexa, what’s that song?” and the voice assistant will tell you.
You can also enable Alexa’s Song ID feature. This is a setting you can turn on that will tell you the name of the song and artist each time it starts playing. It only works with Amazon Music, but it’s a good way to find out what a song is without the hassle.
To enable this setting, just say “Alexa, turn on song identification” and you’re done.
Find the name of a song with your iPhone
If you’re using an Apple iPhone, you can also use it to find the song you’re listening to. Apple’s Control Center gives you access to this feature.
It’s basically putting Shazam in your Control Center for easy access. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open your Apple iPhone’s Settings
- Tap Control Center
- Find Music Recognition
- Press the “+” next to it
- Use the three lines on the right to move Music Recognition to an easy-to-reach place in Control Center.
- Then, when a mysterious song is playing, open the Control Center and click on this icon.
- The name of the song will appear at the top of your screen.
Shazam on the desktop
Shazam was once the go-to app for finding the name of a song. You can still download it on Android and iOS devices. But since it has mostly been incorporated into iPhones, it may not be as useful as it used to be.
However, you can use the Shazam Chrome plugin to find out the title of a song when you hear it playing while surfing the web. If you’re watching a movie on Netflix or watching YouTube videos in your browser and you hear a song you can’t identify, Shazam can come to your rescue.
Just install the plugin and use it whenever you need. Easy.
Written by Adrian Willings.