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No app? No problem! Apple’s iOS 14.2 update had some iconic new updates, like the “frustrated Italian hand gesture” emoji. It also snuck in a very handy feature – the ability to add Shazam song identification to your iPhone Control Center. And the best part? You don’t even have to download the Shazam app to use it! Follow a few easy steps, and you will be able to access it straight from your lock screen. 


First, make sure Control Center is available on your lock screen. 

  1. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID).
  2. Scroll down to “Allow access when locked” and make sure that Control Center is toggled on. 


Now it’s time to add Shazam to your lock screen. 

  1. Go to Settings > Control Center. 
  2. Scroll down to “More Controls” and tap the green plus icon next to Music Recognition to add it to the “Included Controls” list above. 
  3. Change its position in the Control Center by moving it up or down the list (tap and hold the three bars to the right of the icon). 


You should now see the Shazam icon in your Control Center. To access it from your lock screen, swipe down from the top of the screen on a phone with Face ID, or swipe up from the bottom on a phone with Touch ID. Tap the Shazam icon to turn music recognition on — the icon will light up and pulse as it’s listening. In a few moments, you should see a notification with the song and artist.

If you find yourself in a little bit of a predicament and don’t have your hands free – you can also use Shazam via Siri. First, follow the steps above to make sure Siri is enabled on your lock screen. Then say “Hey Siri, what song is playing?” or something to that effect. She’ll respond that she’s listening, and you’ll get a notification from Shazam when the song has been identified. 

Taa da, it worked! You can now download the songs you like to continue listening, and share them with loved ones. Happy listening! 

Source: The Verge. 

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