How To Enable “Now Playing” Feature On Pixel 2

“Think out of the box”—is what Pixel 2 is all about! It is power packed with tons of useful features. The device is attractive and beautiful inside out. But out of all the features, “Now Playing” is the one which has managed to steal the show.

What Does The “Now Playing” Feature Do?

The “Now Playing” feature on Pixel 2 is a delight to users and especially for music lovers. It is a well designed utility, which actively detects nearby running tunes and lists them on an ambient display. Usually, we take help of a third party application to find out the name of the song we just heard on radio, at a party or any other place. Apps like Shazam and Soundhound excel in detecting the tunes and provide us the song info instantly. But, for this we need to open the app and also need Internet connectivity.

But what if you’re too busy or lazy to do this every time? For this, the “Now Playing” feature becomes a boon for users as it detects the tune automatically and lists them on your device’s screen effortlessly.

Let’s see how to use this feature on Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.

How To Enable Now Playing On Pixel 2

To enable Now Playing on Pixel 2, follow these quick steps:

  1. Grab your device and pull down the Notification panel.
  2. Tap on the Gear icon to access settings.
  3. Select “Sound” and then tap on “Advanced”.
    Sound advanced option
  4. Scroll down the list until you see “Now Playing’ option. Tap on it.
    Now playing option
  5. Here you will find couple of options like “Show on Lock Screen” or “Also Show notifications.
    Now playing show on lock screen
  6. If the service is not already enabled on your device, toggle this switch to proceed further.
  7. If you turn ON the notifications option, then you’ll receive a gentle notification in the tray.
    Turn on notifications

How To Turn ON Audible Notifications For Songs

If you don’t want to look at your phone screen time and again, you can opt in for this option. With Audible notifications enabled, as soon as a new song is identified you’ll receive a notification instantly.

To activate this option, head on to Now Playing settings and tap on “Also Show notifications”.
Also show notification

How To Use The Now Playing History App

If you want to see a list of all the songs that were identified via Now Playing feature you can download the “Now playing history” app from Google Play Store.
Now playing history

It displays a useful list with genuine information, where the song info is separated by timestamp, which is an incredibly pleasant touch. That way, in case you’re trying to remember a tune that you heard the previous evening, you can browse the list until you find what you’re looking for.

Pretty cool, right?

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