Shazam is now part of iOS, and here’s how you can access it

December 13, 2020

Know what’s playing without opening the Shazam app.

After Apple acquired Shazam in 2018, users were already waiting on how it will be integrated with the company’s software release. We first got a glimpse of that when Shazam made its way through Siri, where it used the company’s music recognition technologies to accurately identify songs that are playing in the background. 

With the release of iOS 14.2, we finally saw Shazam integrated into iOS through the Control Center, where you can place a button to quickly identify a playing song. 

Follow the steps below on how to enable the music recognition button on your iPad and iPhone. Note that you must be running iOS 14.2/iPadOS 14.2 or later to enable this feature.

Open Settings and look for Control Center.

Inside Control Center, look for the Music Recognition control and press +.

You should now see the Shazam icon inside Control Center.

Pressing that button will immediately record and tell you the name of the song that’s playing.

If you have the Shazam app installed, you can access all the songs you’ve identified and even listen to the song directly on Apple Music and Spotify.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.