Use Shazam on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or Mac

Use Shazam to find out what you're hearing on the radio, in a store, or anywhere else you hear a song. Then check your Shazam library to find songs you’ve identified, and discover new music based on what you’ve Shazamed.

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.


Use the Shazam app

If you have the Shazam app installed on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, you can use the app to identify music and save them to your library.

  1. Open the Shazam app on your device.
  2. Tap or click the Shazam button  to identify what’s playing around you.
    iPhone with Shazam app open to Home screen

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, touch and hold (or double-click on Mac) 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 or click the Shazam button.

Use Shazam in Control Center on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can Shazam songs right from Control Center on your iPhone or on your iPad.* To add Shazam to Control Center, go to Settings > Control Center, then tap the Add button  next to Music Recognition. 

To identify songs from Control Center, tap the Shazam button  to identify what's currently playing on your device or around you. Shazam can identify songs playing on your device even if you're using headphones.

* Requires iOS or iPad OS 14.2 or later.

More ways to identify music


See your previous Shazams

After Shazam identifies a song, the song is saved in your Shazam Library:
iPhone with Shazam app open to Shazam Library

  • On iPhone or iPad, swipe to the Library or tap the Library button  to see your previous Shazams.
  • On Mac, recent Shazams appear below the Shazam button.
  • On Apple Watch, recent Shazams appear below the Shazam button, and are also saved to your Shazam library on the paired iPhone.
  • To access all your previous Shazams, create a Shazam account. You can then see your Shazams at shazam.com/myshazam and on other devices that you sign in to.


Change your settings

In the Shazam app, go to the Library, then tap the Settings button  to adjust Shazam settings:
iPhone with Shazam app open to Settings

  • Control Notifications from Shazam.
  • To have Shazam automatically start listening when the app is opened, turn on “Shazam on app start.”
  • Use iCloud to back up your Shazams.

Microphone settings on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Shazam needs access to the microphone on your device to hear what you're listening to. On iPhone or iPad, open Settings, scroll down to the installed apps and tap Shazam, then turn on Microphone. If you don’t see an option for Microphone, you might have restrictions turned on for Privacy settings.


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Still need help? Contact Apple Support.


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