When Google announced the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, one of the handset’s flagship features was its ability to recognize background music automatically called Now Playing. Unfortunately, this feature is disabled by default. Here’s how to turn it on…

How to enable the Now Playing feature:

  1. Unlock your Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL and go to the Settings menu
  2. Scroll down and tap on Sound
  3. Select Advanced at the bottom of the page and scroll through the different options
  4. Tap on Now Playing
  5. Toggle Show on lock screen
  6. Additionally, you can turn on Also show notifications to have the music recognition feature show in the notification shade

Learn more about the Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL:


Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author