With iOS 14.2 released in 2020, Apple introduced some groundbreaking new emojis, including a frustrated Italian hand gesture and bubble tea. The app also added a very handy feature: the ability to identify songs with Shazam from your iPhone’s control center. Shazam is even available without downloading an app onto your phone. This feature is easy to access from your lock screen by following a few easy steps. Learn How to use Shazam on your iPhone without downloading the app.
We all felt cool when we got our first smartphone and started using Shazam to identify songs. You had to open an app and point your phone in the air to show your friends which song was playing at the bar. The Apple company recently acquired Shazam, making it free for everyone and eventually integrating the app’s song-identification feature right into iOS – you don’t need to download it.
When you’re scrambling to identify a song on the radio before it ends, Shazam is really helpful because you don’t have to unlock your phone to use it. You can even use Shazam with headphones. Following these steps will let you use Shazam from your lock screen if you’re running iOS 14.2 or higher:
Your lock screen should have Control Center available:
- Select Settings > Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID)
- Make sure Control Center is enabled and scroll down to “Allow access when locked.”
You can add Shazam to your Control Center by following these steps:
- To access the Control Center, go to Settings
- Add Music Recognition to the “Included Controls” list by tapping the plus icon in the “More Controls” screen.
- By holding the three bars to the right of the icon, you can move it up or down the list in the Control Center.
The Shazam icon is now visible in your Control Center. To turn on music recognition, tap the Shazam icon on your lock screen – it will light up and pulse as it listens. If you have Face ID, swipe down from the top of the screen; swipe up from the bottom if you have Touch ID. Your notification will appear in a few moments with the song title and artist, or it will say there were no results.
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As an alternative, you can use Shazam via Siri, which is useful if you can’t use your hands. However, if you’re trying to make the impression that you know what the song being played is, it will be obvious you don’t. If you wish to use this feature without unlocking your device, you must follow the steps above to make sure Siri is enabled. You can ask Siri, “What song is playing?” or something along those lines. Shazam will notify you when the song is identified, and she’ll tell you that she’s listening.
In addition to more features, downloading Shazam will give you access to an archive of the song identifications you’ve made and allow you to capture audio while offline and have the app identify it when you are back online. When it comes to Shazam, you can use its very best feature right from iOS if you don’t wish to add an app to your life.