Hum to Search – How to Find a Song on Google

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Unleash your inner Rihanna – Hum to search the song like a boss!  

It’s 3 a.m. and the song you heard yesterday is stuck in your head like a sore! If you are like me, you cannot shrug it off until you have sorted it. Chances are, if you have caught a word or two in the song, you will be able to find it with some ninja search skills on Google.

But what if you don’t remember a single word but just tune ??!!!

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But if you have caught the tune of some words from the chorus, you will be able to figure it out with an amazing new feature.

The point of discussing all the apprehension was to bring better news. Did you know you can hum to search the song in just a few clicks and with obnoxious singing skills? Yup, there is more!

Keep reading to find out how to hum to search for a song.     

Hum to search is a beautiful new feature by Google. It is not so new, as it was released around October 2020. It is available on all formats iOS and Android. The model works in several languages, so you are sorted for foreign songs as well. Since I learned about this new feature, I have used it in various capacities and worst conditions, yet always got the name!

But if you have other questions besides songs, you can use Chatgpt to your benefit, and ask several questions in an hour!

You can use the Hum the Tune to search feature on Google if you follow these steps:

  • Open the Google app on your phone
  • Click on the microphone icon. You can find it on the right side of the search bar.
  • Either Google will give you a prompt “What’s this song” or you can say “Hey Google, What is this song?”
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  • As you ask the feature will start listening; this is the time to hum the tune or sing the melody.
  • It will take roughly 15 seconds of your performance for Google to decode the song.
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  • Soon you will see search results for the song. As I tested, I got 9 out 10 times what I was looking for and I was amazed.

If you are having problems getting accurate results, here is how you can hum to search for more accuracy:

  • Hum the tune as accurately as possible
  • You need to utilize those 10-15 seconds when Google is listening to the tune
  • Best to hum the chorus or verse of the song
  • Humming helps, hum your heart out
  • Google will not be able to figure out the song if you are humming in low pitch or if there is a lot of background noise.

I was sitting in the café and they played their usual playlist. There is a particular song, which I never could figure out because of rap, and fast music, but then there were some segments where music was elaborate and louder than the song. I clicked on “What’s this song” and raised my phone (as I was in a concert) to reach closer to the speakers.

The walk of shame was hardly for 10 seconds and bam! Google figured it out for me. Apart from some weird stares, I got a nod from the bloke with headphones sitting in the far corner. He gets it!  

How Does the Google Hum to Search Feature Work?

The hum the tune to search feature is a work of the class. It uses machine learning to figure out the song with a piece of melody you hum. As you hum the song or tune, Google’s model that works with machine learning converts the humming and singing into a number sequence.

The sequence tries to identify other details such as the type of melody, singer’s voice, instrument, etc. Google then uses the number sequence against the database of songs, which are matched from the sequence. Soon, there will be a match or four.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Google Hum to search on my iPhone?

Yes, you can use the hum the tune to search feature on your iPhone and Android phones.

How to download Hum to search on my phone?

It is a pre-downloaded feature, and you can use it by simply accessing the Google app on your phone.

How to hum a song to search?

On your phone, touch the home button, and say “Hey Google,” “What’s this song?”

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Heidi Lane
Heidi Lane is the lead writer at Dwell HQ. She cannot help herself and continues enrolling in new courses. Being curious and unsatiated comes with its set of adavantages. Her recent obsession is SEO. Besides providing SEO services to businesses, writing, and her day job as an editor for online editorials, she loves to read in spare time. A nomad by heart, enjoying the digital nomad life in various countries. 12 destinations explored, more to go. A foodie at heart, now very hurt with recent life changes that comes with gluten allergy.