Have you ever woken up with a catchy tune in your head, but the lyrics remain elusive? You’re not alone. It’s a common scenario, and many turn to apps like Shazam to hum the tune and hope for a match. For 82% of music enthusiasts in India, YouTube is the preferred platform for this musical quest. Now, YouTube is making the process even smoother by introducing a unique feature that allows you to hum, sing, or whistle a tune to search for a song directly within the app.
This feature, reminiscent of the hum-to-search functionality found in the Google app and Google Assistant, is currently available to select Android users. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use it:
Step 1: Open the YouTube app on your Android device.
Step 2: Tap on the Search icon located in the top right corner.
Step 3: Next to the search bar, you’ll notice a microphone icon. Tap on it.
Note: To enable the hum-to-search feature, you’ll need to grant microphone access to YouTube. If you’re concerned about privacy, you have the option to allow microphone access while using the app or disable it after using the feature.
Step 4: Once you tap on the microphone icon, you can hum, sing, or whistle the tune of the song.
Step 5: YouTube will display the results it has guessed. If it identifies the song correctly, which it often does, you can tap on it. If not, simply tap on the microphone icon once more and try humming the tune again.
It’s important to note that this feature may not be available to all YouTube users in India at this time. It appears to be rolling out gradually, primarily to users on the beta version of the Android app. As of now, there’s no official word on when iOS users can expect to access this feature.