Since the release of iOS 14.2 in 2020, the iPhone has a built-in music recognition feature in Control Center, powered by Shazam. And with iOS 16, as well as the iOS 15.6 beta, the feature has received a small but useful upgrade.


As noted by Twitter user @someone_andrewsongs identified with Music Recognition in Control Center will finally sync with the Shazam app.

It also remains possible to view a list of previously identified songs by long-pressing the Music Recognition button in the Control Center, but syncing with the Shazam app is a useful addition for those more reliant on the app, which is free. is in the App Store.

Apple acquired Shazam in 2018 for a reported $400 million and has been steadily improving the service ever since, removing ads from the app and more. In September 2021, Apple announced that the music recognition feature in the Control Center had reached more than a billion cumulative recognitions on the iPhone and iPad since its launch.

Music Recognition can be added to Control Center in the Settings app under the Control Center menu. From there, scroll down and tap the “+” button next to the “Music Recognition” option, which is displayed with a Shazam logo.

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