How to Make a Playlist From Your Pixel’s “Now Playing” History

play logo with playlist icon

Google Pixel phones have a feature called ‘Now Playing’ which automatically identifies the music playing around you. You can add these tagged songs to a playlist to continue listening to them after leaving a public space that is playing music. We will show you how.

Not only does the feature recognize songs in the background, but it also keeps a history of identified songs saved in the handset settings. These songs can be exported to a YouTube Music playlist for later listening.

Currently, YouTube Music is the only music service supported for this feature. The option won’t even appear if YouTube Music isn’t installed on your Pixel. More music providers may be added in the future.

First, swipe down twice from the top of your Google Pixel screen, then tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

open device settings

In the search bar, enter “Now Playing” and then tap “Now Playing History”.

search current playing history

Tap the music icons or long press a song to select it. Choose all the songs you want to add to the playlist.

select songs to add

Next, tap the export icon at the top right.

select the export icon

A menu will appear from the bottom of the screen; select “Add to playlist”.

tap Add to playlist

The YouTube Music “Add to Playlist” menu appears. Select one of your existing playlists or create a new one.

choose one of your playlists

The songs will now be added to the playlist. You can visit the “Now Playing History” page at any time and add recent songs to your playlist. It’s a great way to save the songs you hear when you’re on the go.

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