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Music Recognition on iPhone: how to detect the song playing in a video

We’ve all done it. We’re watching a video on our iPhone — it could be on Facebook, an Instagram story, or Twitter — and you want to know what the name of the song playing in the background.

There are a few ways you can do this now, but on the iPhone, you don’t need to install any apps or set up any new accounts. You have everything you need already built in. Today, I’ll show you how to use the native music recognition app (powered by Shazam) on your Apple iPhone.

First, click into Settings Apple Settings menu icon > Control Centre

There, scroll down to Music Recognition, and click the green + symbol to the left of it. This will add Shazam Music recognition to your iPhone Control Centre.

iOS Control Centre settings inside the Settings menu

How you access the Control Centre varies depending on which model of iPhone you have.

iPhones with a Home Button

You would swipe up from the bottom on an iPhone 6, 7, 8, or iPhone SE

iPhones without a Home Button

You would swipe down from top right-hand corner or an iPhone X, 11, 12, 13 or 14

Now, just find that video you need help detecting the song from. Play the video, but this time open Control Centre and tap the Music Recognition symbol:

Showing the Shazam Music Recognition logo activated in the iOS 16 Control Centre

This tells your iPhone to start listening. Within a few seconds, you’ll see a notification at the top of your iPhone confirming what the song is called. Easy.

Shazam sends a banner notification to the top of your iPhone confirming the artist and song

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