Remember that Elton John song? It goes something like “hold me closer, Tony Danza…?” With iOS 10, you no longer need to wonder what those lyrics in your favorite songs actually are.
As part of Apple’s revamp of the Music app in iOS 10, the lyrics for millions of songs are now available directly within the app. Here are the two ways to see them.
iOS 10 Song Lyrics with a Swipe
For the first method, begin playing a song in the iOS 10 Music app and open the Now Playing screen. Apple redesigned the Now Playing screen to make things easier to control. Just like the shuffle button, however, the lyrics option is hidden. To see it, swipe up on the Now Playing screen to reveal a button labeled “Lyrics.”
Tap Show and the lyrics will appear below. You can scroll through them as the song plays, or scroll back up to the top to use the playback controls. Note that your “Show/Hide” preference will be remembered between songs, so the next time you play a song, just swipe up on the Now Playing screen to reveal its lyrics without needing to tap “Show.”
iOS 10 Song Lyrics with a Tap
For the second method, again start with the Now Playing screen. Instead of swiping up, tap the three dots at the bottom-right.
The menu that appears lets you do things like add the song to your Apple Music library, start a radio station based on the song, or rate/love it. In iOS 10, you’ll also find the new Lyrics button. Tap on it to reveal the song’s lyrics full screen over a translucent background. Tap Done at the top-right to close the lyrics and return to the Now Playing screen.
Sing Me a Song
With both methods, you can tap and hold to select the lyric text. This lets you use look up a certain word, copy your favorite lyrics, or share lyrics directly with your contacts or on social media.
Just Hum Along
Unfortunately, not even Apple can do everything. While the company boasts 40 million tracks on its Apple Music service, lyrics aren’t available for all of them.
Therefore, if you’re listening to a song and you don’t see “Lyrics” in either of the locations shown above, that means lyrics aren’t currently available for that track. However, if you manually sync your music from iTunes to your iOS device, you can add custom lyrics for a song in iTunes which will show up on your device in place of the cloud-provided lyrics from Apple’s servers.
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