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How to connect Shazam to your Spotify account and listen to a playlist of songs that Shazam identifies for you

  • You can connect Shazam to your Spotify account to easily add your Shazam-discovered songs to a playlist.
  • Shazam can identify a song with only a few seconds of audio.
  • Shazam can’t identify every single song but it is reliable for anything remotely popular.
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Ever heard a song in public that was so good you scrambled to write the lyrics down? Sometimes, you just can’t scribble them down in time and never figure out what it was — it’s heartbreaking.

Shazam is a useful app that makes sure that won’t happen to you again. It can identify not only songs but advertisements, TV shows, and movies from a brief audio sample.

If you absolutely have to know what’s playing, whip out your smartphone, open Shazam and tap the icon on the screen. The app will “listen” and once the app recognizes the song, you can follow the lyrics in real time. Shazam is available for iOS and Android.

You can also connect Shazam to your Spotify account. That way, Spotify will quickly add a song to a Shazam playlist or you explore more songs by the same artist. Connecting the two apps only takes only a few steps.

How to connect Shazam to Spotify

Once you’ve connected your accounts, Shazam can start adding discovered songs to a Shazam playlist. You will need both apps downloaded onto your phone or device to make the connection.

1. Open your Shazam app. On iOS, swipe up the tab at the bottom of the screen and on Android, swipe left to the Library tab.

On iOS, swipe this tab up.
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2. Tap the gear icon in the upper left corner.

3. Under “Streaming,” you’ll see an option to connect to Spotify (iOS and Android). Tap “Connect.”

Tap the “Connect” button beside Spotify.
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4. Allow Shazam to open Spotify.

5. Tap “Agree.” You’ll be allowing Shazam to view your Spotify account data and activity, and create or edit playlists. You can remove this access at any time, but it’s good to review these terms for your own knowledge.

Tap “Agree” to continue.
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6. The app will ask you to automatically sync your discoveries to a “My Shazam Tracks” playlist.

7. Tap “OK” or “Got it.”

You can find the resulting Shazam-centric playlist, “My Shazam Tracks,” in the playlists section of the “Your Library” tab in the Spotify app. 

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  • How to use Spotify keyboard shortcuts on your Mac or PC to manage your playback and playlists

  • How to recover your deleted playlists on Spotify using the platform’s website

  • How to view your listening history on Spotify in 3 ways, and see a full record of the songs you’ve heard over time