It’s so irritating when a song gets stuck in your head, but you cannot remember its name or lyrics at all. Considering that Alexa can pretty much listen to all your commands and respond intelligently, you must be wondering if Alexa can find a song by humming.
Unfortunately, Alexa cannot find a song if you hum the tune to it. Amazon has designed Alexa like this deliberately so that third-party developers cannot listen to everything.
Fortunately, there are alternatives you can use to find a song on Alexa. Read on to find out!
Ways to find any song on Alexa
Do not worry if you cannot remember a song. You can ask Alexa to find it for you in the following ways;
Find a song with a few lyrics
If you remember some of the lyrics of the song you want to listen to, you can just tell them to Alexa, and it will play the song by matching the lyrics. You can say: “Alexa, play the song that goes [lyrics part]”.
Make sure that you give correct lyrics to Alexa. Otherwise, it might play the wrong song.
Find the name of the song when Echo is playing something
If your Echo device is playing a piece of music, you can ask Alexa, “Alexa, what song is this?”, And Alexa will tell you the name of that song.
Find a song you listened to a few days ago
If you cannot remember a song you listened to a few days back, you can ask Alexa, “Alexa play that song I was listening to yesterday”, or “Alexa, play songs I have not heard in a while”. If you remember the artist’s name, you can also tell Alexa that.
Set up Alexa to play your favorite song
You can set up Alexa music services to ensure that Alexa plays the songs you like. Here is how you can set Alexa music services;
- Click the Menu icon in the top left corner after launching the Alexa app.
- Go to Settings, then choose Music & Podcasts.
- Choose the music service you want to connect to by tapping on it.
- Enter the music service account details after tapping Enable to use.
- Click Done.
Set up Alexa to play an entire album
To set up Alexa to play an entire album for you, just say the command “Alexa, play the album [name of the album] by [name of the artist]”.
Note: You must add the music provider/app name to the end of your command if the album you want Alexa to play is from a particular music provider, such as Spotify.
Final thoughts on whether Alexa can find a song by humming
Even though Alexa cannot find a song by humming, you can still ask Alexa to play the songs you like. You can sing the lyrics of the songs you want Alexa to play, and it will play that song for you. You can even set up Alexa to play your favorite songs or an album you like by following the steps mentioned above.