Find out what music is playing near you

To learn more about the music you hear around you, you can have your Pixel phone automatically identify a song.

  • Depending on where you want to get notifications, you can see them if your phone is locked or when you're using your phone.
  • To learn more about a song, if your phone is locked, tap the notification twice. If you're using your phone, expand notifications at the top, then tap the song notification.
  • Pixel (2016) can’t identify songs.
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Get song info

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound And then Now Playing.
  3. Turn on Show songs on lock screen.
  4. Plug in your phone and connect to Wi-Fi.
  5. Wait for a few minutes. Your phone will download the song database so it can recognize songs.
  6. When your phone is done, you'll automatically get song info, like the title and artist.

Find songs you heard recently

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound And then Now Playing.
  3. If you haven't yet, turn on Show songs on lock screen.
  4. Tap Now Playing History.
  5. If you've listened to songs, you'll get a list of songs that played around you.
  6. Optional: To find more options, like share the song or listen in a music app, tap the song.

Change where notifications appear

If you don't want to get song notifications at the top of your screen, you can turn them off.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound And then Now Playing.
  3. Tap Notifications.
  4. Turn off Show notifications. You'll still get song info on your lock screen.

How Now Playing works

On all Pixel phones

When music plays nearby, your phone compares a few seconds of music to its on-device library to try to recognize the song. This processing happens on your phone and is private to you.

To recognize songs better, Now Playing collects some info, like the percentage of times Now Playing correctly recognizes music. Now Playing only collects this info if you have shared usage and diagnostics with Google. Learn how to update your usage & diagnostic settings.

On Pixel 4 with federated analytics

The counts of songs recognized across Pixel 4 phones are aggregated using a privacy-preserving technology called federated analytics. This will be used to improve Now Playing's song database so it will recognize what’s playing more often. Google can never see what songs you listen to, just the most popular songs in different regions. Learn more about federated technology.
If you have shared usage and diagnostics with Google, counts of recognized songs are shared with Google. Learn how to update your usage & diagnostic settings.
Was this helpful?
How can we improve it?