How to use Shazam to identify songs on any device

Discover all the different ways to identify which song is playing around you or in a YouTube clip, Instagram Reel, TikTok video, or elsewhere using Shazam on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Apple Watch, HomePod, Mac, Windows PC, and even the web!

Using Shazam on iPhone to identify an unknown song

Apple’s Shazam is one of the best free services out there for song recognition.

  • It lets you find out which song is playing around you (like on the TV or in a restaurant) or on the device (like in an Instagram video)
  • Then, you can listen to that full song on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, or other supported apps
  • It can also sync your found tracks to a playlist on Apple Music
  • Shazam can keep listening in the background to identify all the songs playing around you, and you can see them all in one place inside the app
  • It can match your Shazamed songs to your location, thus helping you know where you found this song
  • Shazam also gives you concert information for the found song
  • It shows you real-time lyrics and lets you sing along

1. Use the Shazam app

  1. Make sure you have the Shazam app on your device: iPhone, iPad | Apple Watch | Mac | Android phone
  2. Open the app and tap the screen to Shazam. If this is the first time, you will be prompted to allow microphone access. Make sure you do that.
  3. The app will listen to the playing song for a few seconds and then show its name on the screen.
Tap to Shazam on iPhone

Extra info: The Shazam interface will show a headphone icon when you have AirPods, Bluetooth headphones, or wired earphones plugged in. It will still work the same way and help you identify the music playing in an Instagram Reel, TikTok clip, YouTube video, Twitter, and elsewhere.

2. Use Shazam in the Control Center

In addition to identifying what’s playing around you, this method is especially useful for finding songs playing in an Instagram or TikTok video. It also works when you’re listening to music with wired or wireless earphones.

iPhone or iPad

  1. Go to Settings > Control Center and tap the green plus button for Music Recognition. Since this feature is built into iOS and iPadOS, it works even if you don’t have the Shazam app.
  2. When you’re watching a video, open the Control Center and tap the Shazam button to find which song is playing. If the video pauses when you open Control Center, you can go back to it after tapping the Shazam button. Once the app identifies the song, it will show you a notification.
Using Shazam from iPhone Control Center


macOS Sonoma 14.2 has integrated Shazam support on Mac, just like on iPhone and iPad. As a result, you can use Shazam for music identification even if you do not have the Shazam app installed on your Mac.

  1. Open System Settings and select Control Center.
  2. Scroll down to the Music Recognition heading and turn on the switch next to Show in Control Center.
Music Recognition in Mac Control Center settings

Now, open your Mac’s Control Center to use Shazam Music Recognition.

Music Recognition in Mac Control Center

Android phone

  1. Make sure you’ve set up the Shazam app on your phone.
  2. Open the Notification Center and swipe down to expand quick controls. From here, tap the edit button.
  3. Hold the Shazam icon and drag it to add it to your quick controls.
  4. From now on, you can tap this Shazam icon and get notified when it identifies the song.
Add Shazam button to Android phone quick controls

3. Shazam using the Action button

If you have an iPhone 15 Pro or 15 Pro Max, you can configure the Action button to recognize music.

  1. Go to Settings > Action button, swipe to Shortcut, and tap the current shortcut name shown there.
  2. Select Recongize Music under the Get Started heading or find it in the list below.
  3. Press and hold the Action button to immediately start Shazaming.
Using Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro Max to identify song

4. Use Shazam from the Mac menu bar

Get the Shazam app for Mac and open it to see its icon in the menu bar. You can click it and then click once again to identify the song.

Click to Shazam in Mac menu bar

Tip: Go to Shazam preferences/settings and turn on One click Shazaming to ensure one less click.

Even if you do not have the Shazam app, you can go to System Settings on macOS Sonoma 14.2 or later and toggle on the switch for ‘Show in Menu Bar’ under Music Recognization. After this, you can identify songs from the menu bar without the Shazam app.

Using Shazam Music Recognition from Mac menu bar

5. Ask Siri

Siri is integrated with Shazam. So you can invoke Siri on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or HomePod and ask it something like ‘What song is playing’ or ‘What song is this.’

Asking Siri to identify a song using Shazam

6. Use Shazam from the iOS Home Screen

  1. Download the Shazam app and then add its widget to your iPhone or iPad Home Screen.
  2. Tap the Shazam widget to identify what song is playing.
Use Shazam using Home Screen widget

7. Use Shazam on the Lock Screen

  1. Get the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now, add its small widget to your iPhone or iPad Lock Screen or the Today View.
  3. Tap the widget to identify the song playing around you or the one you’re listening to in an app on the device.
Shazam shortcut on iPhone Lock Screen to identify songs

8. Use a keyboard shortcut

Once you have the Shazam app installed on your Mac, you can press Option + Command + S to start Shazaming from anywhere.

Tip: Go to Shazam app settings if you want to change this keyboard shortcut combination.

Shazam settings on Mac

9. Shazam in the Messages app

You’re texting your loved one, and a romantic song starts playing on TV! You can use the built-in Shazam iMessage app to identify the song and share it via Messages!

Using Shazam inside Messages app on iPhone

10. Shazam on Snapchat

In addition to the Shazam app, you can also use it inside the Snapchat app to recognize songs playing around you.

  1. Open the Snapchat app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone. Make sure the app is permitted to use the device microphone.
  2. Touch & hold on the camera screen, and Snapchat will start scanning to find content related to the scene.
  3. Once it has identified the song playing around you, it will show up in Scan Results.
Using Shazam in Snapchat app on iPhone

11. Shazam using its browser extension

If you use a Chromium-based computer browser like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, or Opera, you can install the Shazam extension and then click the Shazam extension icon to identify what’s playing in that tab.

Using Shazam browser extension on computer

12. Use Shazam in a web browser

Simply visit on your Mac or Windows PC and click its button to identify the unknown song.

13. Shazam from Android notifications

  1. Open the Shazam app on your Android phone and swipe right, followed by tapping the settings icon from the top left. Now, turn on Shazam from notification bar.
  2. Open the Notification Center on your phone and tap to Shazam the song.
Shazam from notification bar on Android phone

14. Use Pop-up Shazam

Android has a feature that allows a small app bubble to keep floating on the edge of the screen. It’s particularly helpful to find songs in a social media video or when you’re using earphones.

  1. Go to Shazam settings and turn on Shazam from Pop-up. This will take you to Android phone settings, where you have to allow the Shazam app to display over other apps.
  2. Next, you can tap the small Shazam floating button to identify songs. You can also drag this button to the bottom of the screen to hide it.
Shazam from Pop-up on Android phone

15. Build a Siri Shortcut

You can also open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and use the Recognize Music action to build a shortcut that will help you identify unknown music.

Shazam Siri Shortcut on Mac

While the use case for this is slim, I think it can be handy if you want to have a keyboard shortcut to use Shazam without its app being installed on your Mac. To learn about more use cases for this Siri Shortcut, try one of these fifteen ways to quickly run a shortcut and see if one of them is helpful for you.

16. Use Auto Shazam

Auto Shazam automatically identifies the music playing around you, and it works in the background even if you are in another app or when the device is locked.

So, if you’re in a nightclub, for instance, you can turn on this feature, and Shazam will identify the songs playing there. Later, you can see them all inside the app.

  1. Touch and hold the Shazam app icon on iPhone, iPad, or Android phone and tap Auto Shazam. On Mac, click the Shazam menu bar icon and then double-click on the Shazam screen to activate Auto Shazam.
  2. You can now go out of the Shazam app or lock your device. Shazam will keep working in the background. Once you finish, open the Shazam app or click its menu bar icon and tap/click to stop auto-Shazam.
  3. You will find an Auto Shazam folder of the said date under Recent Shazams, showing all the identified songs.
Auto Shazam on iPhone

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