Find out what song is playing with Shazam on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch

Use the Shazam app, Music Recognition in Control Center on iPhone and iPad, Siri, and more to help you discover new music.

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

Use the Shazam app to identify songs. You can then find your previous Shazams in My Music in the Shazam app. And if you change or lose a device, you can still access your previous Shazams because they've been backed up to iCloud. 

Identify songs with the Shazam app

  1. Open the Shazam app on your device.
  2. Tap or click the Shazam button .
  3. On iPhone or iPad, tap the play button next to a Shazam to listen to a preview. If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can listen to whole songs in Shazam. You can also connect Shazam to other music streaming services that Shazam supports.

You can switch to other apps while Shazam tries to identify a song. When Shazam identifies the song, you get a notification.

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.

Identify songs automatically

Shazam can automatically identify what’s playing around you with Auto Shazam.

  1. To turn on Auto Shazam, touch and hold (or click and hold) the Shazam button .
  2. To turn off Auto Shazam, tap (or click) the Shazam button.
  3. To have Shazam automatically start listening when you open the app on iPhone or iPad, swipe up to My Music from the main Shazam screen, tap the Settings button , then turn on “Shazam on app start.”

You can find songs identified with Auto Shazam in My Music, grouped together by date.

Find previous Shazams

  • On iPhone or iPad, swipe up on the main Shazam screen to access My Music. To delete a Shazam, tap the More button next to that Shazam, then tap “Remove from My Music.”
  • On Mac, recent Shazams appear below the Shazam button.
  • On Apple Watch, recent Shazams appear below the Shazam button and are also saved to My Music on the paired iPhone.

Back up your Shazams in iCloud on iPhone or iPad

Your Shazams are automatically backed up to iCloud as long as you’re signed in with your Apple ID and you've turned on iCloud for Shazam on your device. When you back up your Shazams, you won't lose them if something happens to your device. You can also access your Shazams on your other devices when you sign in with the same Apple ID. 

If you choose not to back up your Shazams in iCloud, they’re still saved on your device. You can back up your Shazams to iCloud at any time unless you restored your device back to its factory settings or you get a new device.

Identify songs in Control Center on iPhone or iPad

With Music Recognition on iPhone or iPad, you can identify songs right from Control Center.

  1. To add Music Recognition to Control Center, go to Settings > Control Center, then tap the Add button  next to Music Recognition.
  2. To identify songs, open Control Center, then tap the Shazam button. Shazam can identify songs playing on your device even when you're using headphones.
  3. To find songs you've identified, touch and hold the Shazam button in Control Center to open your History View. Tap a song to open it in Shazam.

If you also have the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad, songs you’ve identified in with Music Recognition and with Siri also appear in My Music in the Shazam app. They're also backed up in iCloud.

Sync Music Recognition in Control Center with the Shazam App

If the songs you’ve identified using Music Recognition don’t appear in My Music in the Shazam app:

  1. Make sure you've updated Shazam to the latest version.
  2. Make sure you have two-factor authentication set up for your Apple ID.
  3. Go to Settings > your name. 
  4. Tap iCloud.
  5. Turn on Music Recognition.
  6. Turn on Shazam.

When you sync Shazam in Control Center with iCloud, your Shazams will no longer be available in your account at And because Shazam will no longer be storing your data, you won’t be able to get copy of your Shazam data from

More ways to identify music

Buy songs you've Shazamed

You can buy songs you've Shazamed from the iTunes store.

  1. In Shazam, tap the More button  next to the song you Shazamed, then tap Buy on iTunes.
  2. In the iTunes Store, tap the price next to the song to buy it.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password to complete the purchase. Need help?
  4. To find the music that you purchased, open the Apple Music app and tap the Library tab.
  5. To download music to listen to offline, tap the Download button .

If you don't see the Buy on iTunes button, you still might be able to purchase the song. Visit the iTunes Store to check.

Change microphone settings for Shazam on iPhone or iPad

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, tap Shazam, then turn on Microphone. If you don’t see an option for Microphone, you might have restrictions turned on for Privacy settings.

Get help

Still need help? Contact Apple Support

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