Shazam from the Control Panel: this is how you can quickly recognize music

Even when listening through headphones

Starting with iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, you can use Shazam from the Control Center. You can then recognize music faster, without needing an app or using Siri.

For a number of years now you can use Siri Shazam to directly ask the assistant to recognize a music track. But there may be a faster way to recognize music that also offers additional features: Shazam in the Control Center. How does this work, where are your Shazams stored and what can you do with it? You can even recognize music on your headphones or earbuds this way with Shazam.

  • Set up
  • Use
  • Save and listen
  • Via headphones

Add Shazam to the Control Center

To use Shazam in the Control Center, you need to set it up first. You do this by adjusting the Control Panel. It works like this:

  1. Go to Settings> Control panel.
  2. Tap the green button with the plus sign next to Music Recognition to add the button.
  3. If necessary, move it to the desired location by dragging the button via the three lines.

Add Shazam to Control Center.

Using Shazam from the Control Center

If you hear a song on the radio or elsewhere and you want to know which song it is, do the following:

  1. Open the Control Panel. On iPhones without a home button, swipe down from the top right. On an iPhone with a home button, swipe up from the bottom.
  2. Press the added music recognition button. You can recognize this by the Shazam logo.
  3. At the top of the Control Panel, it says that Shazam music recognition is turned on. Your iPhone or iPad is now listening to music around you.
  4. The result of your Shazam appears via a notification on the screen, along with the artist and song.

The music recognition listens for about ten seconds and then switches itself off again. If no result is found, you will also see this in a message. So you don’t have to worry that Shazam is always listening in when you add the button to the Control Panel.

View and save shazams

If a result is found, you can press and hold the message to expand it. If you tap on the album cover, you save the Shazam in the Shazam app. It will then be added to your list of recently recognized songs. You will also see a button here to immediately listen to the song via Apple Music.

Shazam via Control Panel: View result.

If you haven’t installed the Shazam app, the notification will forward you to the Shazam website. You will then see more information about the recognized song and view (if available) the synchronized lyrics.

So there is no other place where your Shazams are stored than the Shazam app. When using Siri with Shazam, the recognized songs will still appear in your iTunes Store app wishlist, but this feature doesn’t.

Shazam also recognizes music through headphones or earbuds

The handy thing about this function is that Shazam not only recognizes music around you via the microphone, but also listens through your headphones or earbud. On Android This has been possible with the Shazam app for a while, but due to iOS privacy restrictions, the Shazam app itself does not have that option.

Now that the button is built into iOS as standard, Shazam can listen to what you’re listening to on your headphones. For example, if you’re listening to the radio through your earbuds or watching a movie or TV series on your iPhone or iPad with headphones on, you can quickly identify the song with the Shazam button in the Control Center.

Control panel with Shazam via headphones.

Also read our other articles about Shazam:

  • Siri and Shazam: recognize and find music tracks
  • This way Shazam automatically remembers all the songs of the evening
  • Use Shazam in Snapchat to find out what music you hear


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