iOS 14.2 turned out to be a pretty big update considering it’s a point release update. Not only does it revamp the look of the playback screen on both the lock screen and control center, but it also brings in some new features. One of the new features is the new “Music Recognition” feature in Control Center that lets you identify songs that are playing in the background or on your iPhone. In this article, I will show you how to use the Music Recognition feature in iOS 14.2 to identify songs.

Use Music Recognition to Identify Songs in iOS 14.2

The Music Recognition feature is the system-level integration of the Shazam app in iOS 14.2. If you recall, Apple acquired Shazam a while ago and slowly brought it into iOS. The integration is quite powerful and different from the Shazam app. While the Shazam app was able to identify what’s going on around you, it didn’t work when you used it to identify songs playing on your iPhone.

As this is now a system-level feature, the Control Center toggle for Shazam (music recognition) can now even identify songs playing on your iPhone. And it doesn’t need to play on speakers. It can identify music even when using headphones. It’s pretty cool.

There are times when I’m streaming a video or a TV series, and I want to know what songs are playing in the background. But I can’t do it because I don’t have an extra device. With this new feature I will be able to do it in seconds. Also, once it identifies a song, you can press the “Listen to Apple Music” button to play it in Apple Music. That said, let’s see how it works, shall we?

1. First, make sure your phone is updated to iOS 14.2. It is currently in public beta. If you’re using a stable release, you’ll need a week or two. You can learn how to join the public beta by clicking the link if you’re interested.

2. Now go to Settings -> Control Center.

3. Here, scroll down to find “Music Recognition” and press the (+) button so that it appears in the “Included commands” list.

4. Now, when a song is playing around you or on your iPhone, find the toggle in Control Center and tap it to identify the song.

5. Once the song is identified, you can long press to reveal more information as well as the “Listen to Apple Music” button.

Identify Songs Played on iPhone Using Music Recognition

I love this feature because it helps me identify songs from shows and movies that I like. My only complaint is that it doesn’t keep the history of identified songs like the Shazam app did in the past.

And since I don’t use Apple Music, I don’t have an easy way to throw the song in a music streaming app and save it there. AT?? Right now I’m using iOS 14’s backspace gesture to take a quick screenshot to save the song info. I hope I can improve this feature in the future.

What do you think of these new music recognition features? Let us know in the comments below.