Shazam identifies a song by creating a unique digital fingerprint to match what you’re hearing with one of the millions of songs in the Shazam database.
Identify music with Shazam
Use Shazam to identify what’s playing around you. You can even identify music playing in another app when you have headphones on.
- Touch and hold the Shazam app in the app drawer, then tap Shazam Now.
- Open the Shazam app on your device, then tap the Shazam button .
When Shazam identifies the song, it’s saved to your Shazam Library.
After you identify a song, you can connect to Apple Music and other music services to listen to your Shazam.
If you don’t have an internet connection, the app still creates a unique digital fingerprint to match against the Shazam database the next time your device is connected to the internet. If a song can’t be identified, it will disappear from your pending Shazams.
Use Auto Shazam
To have Shazam automatically identify what’s playing around you, turn on Auto Shazam:
- Touch and hold the Shazam app in the app drawer, then tap Auto Shazam.
- Open the Shazam app on your device, then touch and hold the Shazam button .
When Auto Shazam is on, Shazam matches what you’re hearing with songs in the Shazam database—even when you switch to another app. Shazam never saves or stores what it hears.
You can then find the Shazams identified with Auto Shazam in your Library, grouped together by date.
To turn off Auto Shazam, tap the Shazam button.
Use Notification to identify music with a swipe and tap
While you’re in another app, you can access Shazam in the notification bar to identify music:
- Swipe down to see the Shazam in the notification bar.
- Tap the Shazam to start identifying music.
- To close the notification, go to the Library in the Shazam app, tap the Settings button , then turn off "Shazam from notification bar."
Use Pop-Up Shazam to identify music
- Open the Shazam app, swipe to the Library, then tap the Settings button .
- Turn on “Shazam from Pop-Up,” tap Go To Settings, tap Shazam, then turn on “Allow display over other apps.”
- While you’re in another app, tap the Pop-Up Shazam button to identify music playing in that app.
- To remove the floating button, drag it to the X at the bottom of the screen.
To bring Pop-Up Shazam back on-screen, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap on the notification. If you don’t have "Shazam from notification bar” enabled, open the Shazam app and Shazam a song. While Shazam is identifying a song, put Shazam in the background. You’ll see the Pop-up button reappear on screen.
More ways to identify music
- Use Shazam on your Wear OS device to Shazam tracks.
- In Shazam Settings, turn on “Shazam on startup” to identify music automatically when you open the app.
See your previous Shazams
After Shazam identifies a song, the song is saved in your Shazam Library. Swipe to the Library or tap the Library button to see your previous Shazams.
- Use Shazam on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
- You can create a Shazam account to keep track of all your Shazams and view them on www.shazam.com/myshazam.
- In addition to Apple Music, you can connect Shazam to other services like Snapchat and Spotify.
- Learn about Shazam's Terms & Conditions.
- Learn about Shazam and privacy.