Is Shazam already in your iOS Control Center?

Shazam’s integration into iOS makes it a handy gadget. Do you use it often?

An irritating feeling: you are listening to music and you have no idea which song it is and by whom. But you think it’s a nice beat. The helping hand in this case is almost as old as the smartphone itself: Shazam. In the beginning, your phone’s microphone had to do the work: if you held it near the audio source, the app would browse through just about the world’s music library using complex algorithms to tell you which song this is. .

Shazam integration into iOS

Shazam is now from Apple and is therefore built into iOS. No additional apps needed. You may have missed that, you can easily add Shazam to your Control Center. Go to settings -> control panel and press the green plus for ‘music recognition’.

Then every time you want to scan music you can just press the Shazam logo via your Control Center. The good thing is that it’s not just about scanning other sources: you can also scan what is currently playing on your phone (or iPad) itself with Shazam in iOS. Even if you listen through AirPods!


Well, you may already be using it a lot. At least you’re not the only one who already uses Shazam a lot via Control Center on iOS. Apple reports that one billion songs have already been recognized via the integrated Shazam function. The company also provides a top 10 with the most recognized songs in the app, which includes another nice hit for us Dutch:

  • 10: Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license
  • 9: The Kid LAROI ft. Justin Bieber – Stay
  • 8: Duncan Laurence – Arcade
  • 7: StarBoi3 ft. Doja Cat – D*ck
  • 6: AURORA – Runaway
  • 5: Tom Odell – Another Love
  • 4: Måneskin – Beginning
  • 3: Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
  • 2: Masked Wolf – Astronaut in the Ocean
  • 1: Bruno Mars – Talking to the Moon

Yep, Duncan Laurence (of the Eurovision Song Contest) has made it to the top 10. The explanation for these songs that Shazam has recognized via iOS is that a large part of them is widely used on TikTok. That is also what Shazam via Control Center is really useful for: on TikTok (but also for example on Instagram (Reels) and Facebook) it sometimes happens that it is not displayed which number is used.

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