How to find song by humming to Google app

October 16, 2020

Wondering, how do you find a song if you forgot the name? Well, Google’s there to help you out! The search giant has rolled out a new feature – Google Hum to search that can identify songs for you. So, if you are a loud and proud kid of Justin Bieber’s generation, you don’t need to remember the lyrics to listen to your favorite song. Simply, hum, whistle, or sing a melody to Google and let it do the job for you. Here’s how to find song by humming.

Google Hum to Search

How to enable the Google app to find song by humming?

An annoying song has stuck in your head and you can’t recall its lyrics?? It’s a common frustration that plagues our mind but Google’s there to troubleshoot it! A new capability has been added to Google Assistant setting that lets you find song by humming, here’s how to go about it!

  1. Open Google app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap the mic icon.
  3. Hit the Search a song button
  4. Start humming for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Wait to allow Google to pick the most likely options based on the tune.
  6. Select the best that matches your tune
  7. Explore other information

The hum to search feature is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android to help you identify songs by humming.

How to use Google hum to search?

To find song by humming tune on your Smartphone, open the Google app. If you don’t have the app installed, download it from the Google App Store for Android or App Store for iOS.

Find Song By Humming
Find Song By Humming

Tap the mic icon and hit the Search a song button to go to Google hum to search ios screen.

Listening Active
Listening Active

Start humming the tune of the song for 10-15 seconds.

Songs Match Results
Songs Match Results

Wait for a few seconds and allow Google to identify the potential song matches.  It will list 3-4 song options based on your pitch. Choose the one that matches your tune.

Play Google Hum To Search Song
Play Google Hum To Search Song

Play the song right away or explore information related to the artist, view any accompanying music videos. That's all you need to know about how to search song by humming.


Can I find a song by humming?

Yes! Google app or Google Assistant app does not require you to either know the lyrics or the artist’s name. Simply hum, whistle, or sing a melody to Google. It will do the job for you.

Can Google identify songs correctly?

Yes! Developments in Google's sound search capability have enabled it to build machine learning models that can match the hum, whistle, or singing tune of a person to the desired song. Google believes, every song’s melody is like its fingerprint. So, just like every fingerprint, every song has its own unique identity. The machine learning models can find the match for 'hum' to the right fingerprint. By comparing this fingerprint to thousands of songs from around the world, it can identify potential matches in real-time.

Hope that makes sense!



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