(Pocket-lint) – If you’ve heard a song and know you should know what it’s called but can’t place it, don’t worry, there are a number of ways to find out.
There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing a tune being sung, whistled, hummed, or played and you can’t imagine what it is. Maybe you just want to add it to your Spotify playlist or just get started yourself.
Well, follow this guide and we’ll help you find out what the song is called and who it’s by.
Hum to search with google
Google searches just keep getting better, and the smart people at Google know the frustration of forgetting a song’s name. Even more so when you’ve got it stuck in your head on repeat but can’t remember where you heard it.
There’s a clever search feature available through the Google app and Google Assistant on your Android phone that lets you hum, whistle, or sing the song in question to get the answers you want.
To find the song using Google, do the following:
- Unlock your phone and go to the home screen
- If you’ve set up your Assistant to respond to voice actions, say “Ok Google”.
- When it answers, say “What’s that song?”
- Then hum or sing the song, or let Google hear it if it’s already playing nearby
If you didn’t set up Google Assistant this way, instead open the Google app and click the microphone button. Then ask “What’s the name of this song?”. and let google listen.
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Get song information automatically with Google
With some modern Android phones Android 10 and later, it’s actually possible to get song information automatically without asking Google.
You do have to turn this on, but once it’s up you can just open your phone and you can easily see the song info.
To enable these settings:
- Unlock your phone and go to settings
- Look for Sound and Vibration and click on it
- Search for “Now Playing”
- Then click “Identify Songs Playing Nearby” to enable it.
This will set your phone to listen for songs and give you that information on the fly. You should be able to see the song information on the lock screen but also in the notification bar. Open and expand notifications to easily see more about the song.
Once this setting is enabled, you also have access to a “Now Playing History” that lists all the songs your phone has been listening to. To access it, follow the same steps you used to enable this setting and look for the history there. Click on a specific song and you can open it in Spotify, YouTube or YouTube Music and share it elsewhere.
Amazon Alexa Song ID
If you have an Amazon Alexa device in your home and it’s playing music you don’t recognize, there are a few options.
If you’re already playing music from Spotify or Amazon Music and like the song you’re listening to but don’t recognize it, just say, “Alexa, what’s that song?”. and the voice assistant will tell you.
However, you can also enable Alexa’s Song ID feature. This is a setting you can turn on that will tell you the song name and artist each time you launch it. This only works with Amazon Music, but can be a good way to find out what a song is without much fuss.
To enable this setting, just say “Alexa, turn on Song ID” and it’ll do it.
Find a song name with your iPhone
If you’re using an Apple iPhone, you can also use it to find the song you’re listening to. Apple’s Control Center gives you access to be able to do this.
This basically means putting Shazam in your control center for easy access. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the settings on your Apple iPhone
- Press Control Center
- Find music recognition
- Tap the “+” next to it
- Use the three lines on the right to move music detection to an easy place in Control Center
- Then when a mystery song starts playing, open the Control Center and click on this icon
- The song’s name will appear at the top of your display
Shazam on desktop
Shazam used to be the best app for finding out what a song is. You can still download it on both Android and iOS devices. But since it’s mostly built into iPhones anyway, it might not be as worthwhile as it used to be.
However, you can use the Shazam Chrome plugin to find out what a song is when you’re listening to it while surfing the web. If you’re watching a movie on Netflix or browsing some YouTube videos in a browser and listening to a song you can’t identify, Shazam can come to the rescue.
Just download the plugin and use it whenever you need it. Easy.
Writing by Adrian Willings.