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Getting Song Lyrics to Display on Your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch While Playing

by Edwin Liu | October 30, 2013 9:04 AM
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Many new iPhone/iPad/iPod touch users don’t know how to get song lyrics to show on their devices’ screen. It is actually very simple: just tap the playing song’s album art, and then the song lyrics will display over the album art.

If you don’t see a certain song’s lyrics after clicking its album art, that is probably because there is no lyrics embeded into the song. Follow these simple steps to add lyrics to the song:

Important Note: The iOS 5.0.1 running in the iPad 2 does not support song lyrics displaying, so even though you insert the lyrics to the song, you still can’t see the lyrics on your iPad2’s screen. I suggest you gaining some iOS song lyrics prompting apps from iTunes App store to solve this problem.

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Find the problematic song in your music library, then right click it and click on the Get Info.
  3. Clicking the Lyrics tab you will see a text entry box where you will input the song lyrics.
  4. Search the internet for the song lyrics. If you don’t want to manually search for the song lyrics, here is a program named Wondershare TidyMyMusic for Mac enabling you to automatically find and add lyrics to all songs in your iTunes library at once.
  5. Copy & paste the song lyrics you found into the text box under the Lyrics tab, and click OK to save it.
  6. Re-synchronize your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch with iTunes.

Now, play the song again on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and tap the album art to see if the lyrics display. If it still doesn’t work, please try these operations:

  • Check the version of your iTunes to see if it is the newest. If not, upgrade it.
  • Delete the song from your iTunes music library, then re-import it and re-add lyrics to it.
  • Add song lyrics to the Comments text box under Info tab instead of the Lyrics text box.


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