Use Spotlight Search on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Search helps you quickly find anything on your device and on the web. Search also offers suggestions and updates results as you type.

Swipe to search

iPhone screen showing how to swipe to search
  1. Swipe down from the middle of the Home screen.

  2. Tap the Search field, then enter what you're looking for. As you type, Search updates results in real time.

  3. To see more results, tap Show More or search directly in an app by tapping Search in App.

  4. Tap a search result to open it.

In iOS 16 and later, you can also tap the Search field at the bottom of your Home Screen to start a search.

Create notes, make phone calls, and do more from Search results

In iOS 17 or later, you can sometimes take actions directly within your search results:

  • Search for an app like Notes, and your results include the option to create a new note.

  • Search for a setting like Airplane Mode, and you can toggle the setting on or off.

  • Search for a phone number or contact, and you can call it, send a message, or start a FaceTime call.

You can also search for specific things by name — like "emails from [Name]" or "photos of [Name] at [location]" — and find items from apps like Mail or Photos in your search results.

Change search settings

You can change the search settings to limit which apps and results appear while you're searching. Here's how:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Siri & Search.

  2. Scroll down and select an app.

  3. Then select Show App in Search, Show Content in Search, Show on Home Screen, Suggest App, or Suggest Notifications.

To turn off Siri Suggestions for all apps, go to Settings > Siri & Search, and turn off the settings you want.

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