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How to use synced texts in Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV



Apple's major new OS releases always come with a whole bunch of updates to the built-in apps. In iOS 13 and tvOS 13, the new selection feature for Apple Music is the ability to view lyrics synced to the music being played.

Just getting ready for your next Karaoke night, or hosting one with Apple TV. This is how it works.

Synced lyrics on iPhone or iPad

You don't have to do much to see synced texts on iPhone or iPad, you just have to run iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.

In Apple Music, tap it now playing line at the bottom of the screen to show info about the song you're playing.

Then just press the lower left text button.

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Open the Now Playing screen and press the Text button. That's it!

If the song has lyrics that are synced to the music, you will see them in a large font, and the lyrics will automatically be highlighted and highlighted as the music plays. You can swipe up and down to scroll through the lyrics, and playback automatically jumps to that point in the song.

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Songs without synced lyrics (left) vs. songs with synced lyrics (right).

Not all songs have lyrics that will sync to playback. In that case, you will see the old style of text sheets, with much less font, and scrolling the lyrics will not change music playback.

Apple TV

To get synced lyrics on Apple TV, you need to run tvOS 13.

When you start playing a song in Apple Music, if the song has synced lyrics available (not all songs do) , you should see them next to the album art.

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Synced texts should be displayed by default on Apple TV.

Scrolling up or down through the lyrics will automatically jump to that point in the song in the music playback.

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If you do not see texts, press Menu and make sure the text text is enabled.

If you only see album art but no lyrics, make sure the lyrics are enabled. Just press the menu button on the Apple TV remote to view the song playlist. You will find the caption in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on it, then return to the Now Playing screen and you will see texts appear.

What about Mac?

While iTunes has been mercifully broken apart in macOS Catalina, with the music part replaced by a new Apple Music app, it doesn't have quite the same features as the iOS version. Unfortunately, it includes synchronized playback of texts.


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