"Ooooh! I love this song! Oh, it's called… Hey, Google, what's this song called again?"
Trying to identify a song that pops up in a crowded mall, a TV show scene, or drifting up the street from a block party can be hard for even the most discerning ears, but that's why we've got Google Assistant. Google Assistant's Sound Search feature is the latest evolution of a feature that's been popping in and out of Google Play and Android phones for years, but thankfully for us, this one doesn't require a tacky widget or a ridiculously long sample window.
In fact, all you really need is your Android phone, and a cool song.
How to use Google Assistant to identify songs
- Speak the command "OK Google, what's this song?" or "Hey Google, what song is playing?"
Google will listen through your phone's microphone and sample the song, creating a "fingerprint" of the song to match against its database.
If the database finds a match, Google Assistant will return the result. If it doesn't find a match, you may need to try identifying the song in a quieter environment, at a louder volume, or in the case of live/concert/remixed performances, the fingerprint may vary too much from the song fingerprint on file for a conclusive match.
When giving the command for Google Assistant to use Sound Search, you may need to be careful of your phrasing.
Platforms that Google Assistant Sound Search works on
Sound Search on Google Assistant is a
- Android phones and tablets
- iPhone and iPad
- Google Assistant integrated headphones