What is this song? How to easily find out what song you’re listening to


(Pocket-lint) – If you’ve heard a song and you know it should know what it’s called but you can’t place it, don’t worry, there are different ways to find out.

There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing a tune being sung, whistled, hummed or played and you can’t think what it is. Maybe you just want to be able to add it to your Spotify playlist or just find yourself there yourself.

Well, follow this guide and we will help you find out what this song is called and who it is from.

Hum to search with Google

Google search is improving all the time and the smart people at Google clearly understand how annoying it is to forget the name of a song. Even more so when you’ve stuck it in your head on repeat but can’t remember where you heard it.


There’s a clever “hum to search” feature that’s 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 need.

To use Google to find the song, follow these steps:

  1. Unlock your phone and go to the home screen
  2. If Assistant is set to react to voice actions, say “Ok Google”
  3. When he answers, say “What’s that song?”
  4. Then hum or sing the song or let Google hear it if it’s already playing nearby

If you haven’t set up the Google Assistant this way, instead open the Google app and click the microphone button, then ask “What’s that song?” and let Google listen.


Automatically get song information with Google

With some modern Android phones running Android 10 and later, it’s actually possible to get song information automatically without even asking Google.

You need to enable it though, but once it is running, you can just open your phone and you can easily see the song information.

To enable these settings:

  1. Unlock your phone and go to settings
  2. Look for sound and vibration and click on it
  3. Search “Now Playing”
  4. Then click to enable “Identify songs playing nearby”

This will then set your phone to listen to songs and give you that information on the fly. You should be able to see the song info on the lock screen, but also in the notification shade. Open and expand notifications to learn more about the song with ease.

Once this setting is enabled, you will also have access to a “Now Playing History” where all the songs your phone has heard are listed. To access it, follow the same steps you took to enable this setting and find the history below. Click on a specific song and you can open it in Spotify, YouTube or YouTube Music, as well as share it elsewhere.

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Amazon Alexa Song ID

If you have an Amazon Alexa device in your home and you don’t recognize the music playing, there are several options.

If you’re already listening to music from Spotify or Amazon Music and you like the song you’re listening to but don’t recognize it, it’s as simple as saying “Alexa, what’s that song?” and the voice assistant will tell you.

You can also enable Alexa’s song identification feature. This is a setting you can turn on that will tell you the song name and artist every time it starts playing. This only works with Amazon Music, but can be a good way to find out what a song is without any hassle.

To enable this setting, just say “Alexa, enable song ID” and it will be done.

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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.

It’s basically putting Shazam in your control center for easy access. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings on your Apple iPhone
  2. Tap Control Center
  3. Find music recognition
  4. Tap the “+” beside
  5. Use the three lines on the right to move Music Recognition to an easy place on Control Center
  6. Then, when a mysterious song is playing, open the Control Center and click on this icon
  7. The name of the song will appear at the top of your screen

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Shazam on computer

Shazam was the go-to app for finding out what a song is. You can still download it on Android and iOS devices. But since it’s been mostly integrated into iPhones anyway, it might not be as interesting as it used to be.

However, you can use the Shazam Chrome plugin to find out what a song is when you hear it playing while browsing the web. If you’re watching a movie on Netflix or watching YouTube videos in a browser and hear a song you can’t identify, Shazam can come to the rescue.

Just click on the plugin and use it whenever you need. Easy.

Written by Adrian Willings.


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