A quick rundown of using search on your iOS device, the iPhone or iPad. Now that Apple has incorporated Natural Language with iOS9, it means you can search using natural language or conversation language rather than a stagnant style of search. You can say, “show me photos I took last week” for example. You can even search apps, so if you are searching for “butter”, it may bring up web searches, but it will bring up results from recipe apps you may have, fitness apps where you enter in that as an item, web searches or store apps you may have to make a purchase. It is very comprehensive!

Access the PDF version here. Ways to use Search

search screen

The search screen visible when you drag right on your screen.

1. Swipe down on your screen.
This will display the search bar area and app suggestions. You can just type in your search term or select the microphone icon to enter in a search term by voice.

(Note if you swipe too high on your screen it will bring down your notification bar and not search.)

2. Quick Search
Drag to the right on your device screen. This will display the search screen. You can type into the search field, or tap the microphone to do a voice search. This screen also has suggestions for apps or contacts as well as displaying news stories.

3. Use Siri
Hold the home button down for a few seconds. Once Siri is activated, you can search by voice. This is a great quick and easy way to search!

Additional Information

Change search settings

Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search.

Here you can turn Siri Suggestions on or off. You can also choose which apps to include for your searches.

For example, if you don’t want to see search results from your Messages app, you can deselect Messages, then when you search, no results from messages will ever be shown.

Nearby Locations

Also, if you don’t want Siri or Spotlight to suggest nearby locations, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Here you tap System Services and you can turn off Safari & Spotlight Suggestions.


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