How to Use Your IOS Device's Spotlight Search

by Amanda Max

This can be a useful tool for all kinds of searches, including email, apps, notes, podcasts, music, web, Wikipedia, and more!


  • iPhone, iPod, iPad
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    If you don't currently use iOS' Spotlight Search, you may want to check it out. Some people actively use it and some aren't fans at all. I use it daily. Let me know what you think.

    Step 2

    You can access Spotlight by swiping your finger to the right from the home screen or pressing the home button from the home screen.

    Step 3

    From here, type a keyword. It will automatically start searching your iPhone. As you see, it searches different areas. Touch the result you would like to access.

    Step 4

    Have multiple pages of apps or hundreds of songs? Use Spotlight to quickly access apps, music, podcasts, contacts, etc.

    Step 5

    Instead of opening Safari, use Spotlight to start a web search. Type what you would like to search for and click SEARCH WEB. Safari will open using your default search engine.

    Step 6

    Step 7

    You can also do a quick Wikipedia search right from Spotlight. It will search Wikipedia and open in Safari.

    Step 8

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    Step 10

    You can change what Spotlight searches for as well. You can access these options from SETTINGS>GENERAL>SPOTLIGHT SEARCH

    Step 11

    Step 12

    You can also reorder the list to determine the way you want the search and results to come back.

    Step 13

    Please note: I've experienced instances where Spotlight has been unresponsive (Typing keywords did nothing, leaving a blank results field). Fix this by restarting your iOS device.

    Step 14

    What do you use your Spotlight search for?