Use iPhone Search to Find Apps, Get Reminders, News and More

Have you ever lost an app on your iPhone.  You’ve scanned all of your Home screens and just don’t see the app that you know is on your iPhone. 

The Search function on your iPhone gets results from your apps but also from the Internet, from  Maps and Contacts and more.

Access Search

To use Search swipe down from the center of the Home screen.  You can also think of it as pulling down from an icon on the Home screen.  



You can also access Search if you are running an app.  If you are in an app, swipe down from the top, then swipe from the left.

There are many practical and everyday uses for the iPhone Search.

Practical uses for search:

  • Find apps
  • Get snapshot of calendar and reminders
  • Get current temperature.
  • See news headline
  • Advanced 1 – Use Search to find a setting in the Settings app that you have forgotten.  For example to find how to control the timing on the lock screen type “lock screen” into the Search bar. 
  • Advanced 2 – Tap the microphone to dictate your search term



No setup is required for basic search.  However, you can control which apps provide search results. See Additional Information below for a link.  


Requires IOS: 9+ (In previous versions of IOS, Search was known as Spotlight)

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Search