How to hum searching for a song using Google
There is nothing quite as boring as having a song stuck in your head and not being able to identify it. Fortunately, if you can hum the song out loud, Google Search can help you figure out what melody is stuck in your head.
The Hum to Search feature is available in the Google mobile app and works with hum, hiss, or whatever you can do to mimic a tune. Results aren’t always accurate, but it’s a good place to start if an earworm is driving you crazy.
First, open the Google app on your iPhone, iPad or device Android and tap the “microphone” icon in the search bar. On Android devices, you can also tap the “Microphone” icon of the Google Search widget found on your home screen.
- When the listening screen appears, you will see a “Find Song” button. Tap on it.
- Start humming or whistling the song you are trying to identify. This tool can also identify actual music playing.
- If Google can find similar matches, the results will appear labeled with match percentages. Press “Play Results” if your song is not in the best results.
- If Google can’t identify the song, you’ll see a screen that says “Couldn’t find a match.” You can press “Try again” to give it another go.
In our tests, the functionality is hit or miss. Hum to Search does a good job with popular songs and distinct melodies. Songs that do not have easy-to-hum melodies are more difficult to identify.