How to Use Auto Shazam on iPhone to Automatically Capture Songs

How to Use Auto Shazam on iPhone to Automatically Capture Songs

L’ Shazam app is a fantastic tool for song recognition. Just tap on the app, listen to the song being played and then it gives you the details about the melody. Shazam offers a great feature called Auto Shazam so you can capture the currently playing song without lifting a finger.

Here’s how Auto Shazam works, its details, and how it connects with Shazam.

What is Auto Shazam?

Auto Shazam is a Shazam app feature that automatically captures songs. So instead of searching for your phone, opening Shazam and tapping to recognize the song, Auto Shazam can capture the melody for you. And you don’t have to do anything.

How do i activate automatic Shazam?

There are two ways to enable Shazam’s Auto Shazam feature.

Activate automatic Shazam with 3D Touch

  1. Touch and hold pressed the Shazam app on your iPhone.
  2. Touch Auto Shazam from the menu.
Enable automatic Shazam with 3D Touch
Activate automatic Shazam with 3D Touch

Activate Automatic Shazam in the Shazam app

  1. Open the Shazam app .
  2. Touch and hold the big button in the center to enable Auto Shazam.
Enable Auto Shazam within the app
Activate Automatic Shazam in the app

How does AutoShazam work?

Once Auto Shazam is enabled, you will see a red bar at the top of your iPhone screen that says “Shazam”. This is an obvious indicator that the feature is enabled, in case you’re not sure.

Automatic Shazam red bar on iPhone
The red bar showing Auto Shazam activation

While Auto Shazam is enabled, it will continue to capture songs playing near you, just like the Shazam app does when you tap its button.

Where are the songs captured in Shazam?

If you want to get information about the song, tap the red bar while the feature is enabled. The Shazam app will open and you can go to The my Shazam > Shazams to see the captured songs. They will be grouped by date and display “Auto Shazam”.

Automatic capture of Shazam on iPhone
Songs captured with Auto Shazam

You will also see an on-screen alert from Auto Shazam showing the currently playing song as soon as it is recognized. You can tap it instead of the red bar and you will be taken directly to the song details in Shazam.

Auto Shazam Alert and Song on iPhone
Notice and track details from Auto Shazam

Does enabling Auto Shazam affect battery life?

Activating Auto Shazam will affect your iPhone’s battery life, albeit how hard it is to tell. It will also depend on how many other apps you have running in the background.

According to Shazam :

Auto Shazam has been optimized to be as efficient as possible. It will automatically shut down when the battery drops to 20% and the user will be notified.


If left on, Auto Shazam will automatically turn off after approximately 6 hours.

How much data does Auto Shazam use?

Shazam states that recorded audio uses a low bit rate. And the amount of data depends on how many Shazams are captured and how much music is perceived around you during the Auto Shazam session.

For safety, it is wiser to use Auto Shazam when connected to Wi-Fi.

How do i deactivate Auto Shazam?

If you are done with Auto Shazam, it will automatically turn off after six hours, as indicated above by Shazam. However, you can also disable Auto Shazam manually.

Tap the red bar or open the Shazam app, then tap the big Shazam button in the center. You will see that Auto Shazam is disabled because the app will go back to where you can enable it again and the red bar on the screen will have disappeared.

Disable Automatic Shazam in the app
Touch to disable Auto Shazam in the app

Will you be using Auto Shazam?

Now that you know more about Auto Shazam on iPhone? Let us know if you do, we’d love to hear from you!

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