Snapchat users can identify a song playing in their environment, add it to their library, view lyrics, and share it with friends — all facilitated by a built-in version of Shazam. The feature has been a part of the app for years, but has actually gotten more difficult to use in recent updates. Since Snapchat now offers the ability to use the camera to scan a user’s surroundings and show relevant content, there is more for the app to find than just music. The application can view the world outside the camera and show relevant items, lenses, and music. For this reason, Snapchat might not discover a song on the first try, but it’s easy to ensure that the app has the best chance to identify songs every time.
The company that owns and operates the Snapchat platform, Snap Inc., is aiming to be a more well-rounded company outside of the social media service. Snapchat is extremely popular among teens and young adults as a way to quickly send images and videos, but its popularity tends to tail off outside that age demographic. To make the company more appealing to other audiences, it is attempting to be a camera company as opposed to a social media company. It has added a ‘Director Mode’ to help users take better videos, experimented with camera-equipped sunglasses, and created a recording drone. Outside of these camera-based features, there are other benefits to using Snapchat — like identifying songs using Shazam right in the app.
Shazam is the most popular service for identifying music that’s playing in a person’s surroundings, with over 20 million Shazams each day. The standalone app has been downloaded over a billion times, which is a symbol of its dominance in the music discovery space. It was acquired by Apple in 2018 and has been assimilated into its portfolio of services, though it remains as a standalone application on multiple platforms. Besides the individual application, Shazam is included within a variety of third-party applications and software, like Snapchat.
To find out the name of a song using Snapchat, simply open the application and hold a finger down on the camera’s viewfinder to scan the surrounding environment. Snapchat will scan the visual and auditory components of the environment, and may detect the song on the first try. If the app is successful, the name of the song and the recording artist will appear at the top of a new panel. Tapping on the song’s name will open Shazam’s web client, providing the song’s lyrics and the option to add the song to an Apple Music library. Here, it is also possible to share the name of the song to friends on the Snapchat app. It might also be beneficial to send the song to the user’s personal account, effectively saving the song name to come back to later.
If the Snapchat app doesn’t detect a song on the first try, it might instead show related filters and lenses based on the user’s surroundings. To ensure that the app identifies the song correctly, leaving the ‘Scan Results‘ tab open may discover the track automatically. If not, tapping ‘Discover a song‘ at the bottom of the tab will specifically listen for audio, setting up the app for the best chance of success. Since Shazam is built in to a slew of Apple’s software and services, the functionality within Snapchat is best suited for Android users. Without downloading Shazam for Android, Snapchat users can use the music discovery service within the popular social media app.