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Shazam is primarily known for identifying songs that are currently playing in your surroundings by using your device’s microphone. However, if you already have a song on your phone and want to use Shazam to identify it, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the Shazam app on your phone. If you don’t have the app installed, you can download it for free from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

2. Tap on the Shazam button or icon within the app to access the song identification feature. In most cases, this button is located at the center or bottom of the screen and resembles a large “S” logo.

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3. Once you’re on the song identification screen, search for the option to “Import” or “Add” a song. This will allow you to select and import a song from your phone’s music library.

4. Tap on the “Import” or “Add” button and grant Shazam permission to access your music library. The specific wording and steps may vary slightly depending on your device and the version of the app.

5. Shazam will display a list of songs from your music library. Scroll or search for the song you want to identify and select it.

6. Shazam will analyze the selected song and attempt to identify it. It will compare the audio fingerprint of the song with its extensive database to find a match.

7. Once the identification process is complete, Shazam will display the song’s title, artist, and other related information.

Set up Auto Shazam 

Open and run the Shazam app to identify songs on a case-by-case basis. If you’d like Shazam to listen in the background and determine what it hears, turn on Auto Shazam.

  • On iOS: Select the Settings icon and move the toggle to the on position next to Shazam on app start. Alternatively, long-press the Shazam icon to turn it on.
  • On Android: Select and hold the Shazam app icon and tap Auto Shazam.

Troubleshooting Tips 

If you have problems identifying songs, try these fixes:

  • Increase the volume on your device: Sometimes Shazam won’t hear a song playing if the microphone doesn’t pick up the sound.
  • Use headphones: Another way to solve the problem of Shazam not hearing songs is to use earbuds or headphones. Once connected, hold the earbuds next to your device’s microphone to see if that solves the issue. You may have to play around with the volume to get the correct level.

It’s important to note that Shazam’s success in identifying songs from your music library depends on the accuracy and completeness of its database, as well as the audio quality of the song. In some cases, it may not be able to provide an exact match or may provide alternative suggestions.

I hope these steps help you use Shazam to identify a song that’s already on your phone.

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