How to Search for a Song by Humming on YouTube Music India

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There are often times when a certain line of a song or a certain music section of a track gets stuck in your head but you can’t remember which song it exactly is, what are its lyrics, and from which album it is? These times used to be frustrating as a simple Google search wasn’t able to find the exact song for you but now no more. YouTube Music has solved this pertinent problem for music lovers as the platform allows you to search for a song by simply humming, playing, or singing a part of the song. This feature comes in handy when one doesn’t remember the lyrics of the song but it is stuck somewhere in their head. Dive in to know how this feature works.

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YouTube Music allows search by humming

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A report by 9to5Google claims that the new tool in YouTube Music will respond to not only humming but also a melody being played on an instrument to search for it. YouTube has been testing this feature since March 2024 and now it has been rolled out to users. The new tool is similar to Google Search’s tool available since 2020 on iOS as well as Android devices. Google lets music lovers say “What’s this song?” or tap on the “Search the song” button to start humming for 10-15 seconds to search for that particular track. It then shows all the matching searches it is able to find.

Let us now talk about how YouTube Music’s new tool works.

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How to Search for a Song by Humming or Playing it

  • Go to the YouTube Music Application on your device.
  • Tap on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner to enable search mode.
  • You will see a waveform icon next to the microphone. Tap on it.
  • YouTube Music will now ask you to hum, play, or sing a part of the song so that it can look for it. Start humming or playing it for a few seconds.
  • The closest match based on the tune will appear on the screen. It will show cover art, song name, artist, album year, and download/offline status.
  • Choose between the ‘Play’ and ‘Save’ options to initiate action on the result or tap the three dots to get the overflow menu for the song.
  • To leave the screen, tap on the X icon in the top left corner. If you want to start a new search, tap on the waveform icon at the bottom.

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YouTube Music has rolled out this new feature to its version 7.02 so if you haven’t received it yet, make sure your app is updated. For now, the new tool is available for Android users only. There is still no word about when it will roll out for iOS users. We hope to get an announcement about it soon.

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Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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