smart search

Spotlight can be used to search for content (music, app, mail etc.) on your iPhone, iPad or iPod and it can be accessed by swiping down the Home screen. Personally, I’ve never found Spotlight search useful and I rarely use it except when I’m tempted to. However, iOS 8 takes the feature to a whole new level by allowing users to search for an iTunes song, App Store app, website, Wikipedia entry and much more directly from Spotlight.

Inspired by iOS 8 Spotlight search, Smart Search is a new jailbreak tweak that improves the functionality of Spotlight search on jailbroken iOS 7 devices by expanding its search capability. It gives users the ability to search for a keyword from the App Store, iTunes Store, Google, Wikipedia, YouTube and more. We decided to give Smart Search a try and it worked flawlessly as advertised.

Smart Search safari

Once you install the tweak, swipe down the Home screen to open Spotlight. You’ll notice a revamped Spotlight search with a number of new app icons above the search field. Tap on an app icon and enter your keyword or phrase to search it from that particular app. For instance, if you tap on the App Store icon and type in a keyword, it will display a list of results derived from the App Store. Likewise, you can search from the following sources:

  • App Store
  • iTunes Store
  • Google
  • Spotify
  • TMDb
  • Wikipedia
  • YouTube

When you tap on a search result, the corresponding app will launch if you already have it, otherwise it will launch Safari. For example, if you tap on a search result from Spotify, it will open the Spotify app if you already have it, or else, it will launch Safari. Smart Search also includes an iPhone icon that allows you to search for content on your device.

Smart Search plugins

Once you’ve installed the tweak, you’ll find a new preferences panel in the Settings app for Smart Search. There, you can choose which search sources or plugin you want to enable as well as rearrange the icons in Spotlight by making use of the drag handles.

Smart Search is an impressive Spotlight extension and displays the search results accurately and quickly. If you’re keen to enjoy iOS 8’s Spotlight search or a similar concept on your jailbroken iOS 7 device, you might want to give Smart Search a try. The developer also notes that more search sources will be available in the future.

The tweak is available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $2.49 and is compatible with iOS 7 devices.

  • Christian Mejía

    I use spotlight search all the time to quickly look something up on google without having to open up safari first.

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  • Can’t install this one; it crashes at startup

    • David Murray

      Hey, developer here. If you have SpotDefine installed, please remove it for the time being; it is known to cause issues. We know the cause of the crash and a fix will be released in the next update (today or tomorrow). Thanks!

      • Cool 😉


        Tried my 3rd time installing it again now, it just freezes my boot with apple logo and all i have to do is use cydia safe mode to uninstall it:(, guess its wise to wait for update then:)

  • White Michael Jackson

    I get an “error loading the preference bundle” I will try re-installing. iphone 4s 7.1.2

  • Varun Soi

    Nice and useful tweak!

  • Jordan D’Souza

    Can you tell me what those status bar tweaks are? The weather icon in the middle and the number in the message bubble on the right?

    • Bob jones

      The weather tweak is statusbarweather7. The message bubble is through bitesms. Bitesms of course is not just for the bubble icon but is a quick reply feature.

      • Yep. And the battery is alkaline.

      • Jordan D’Souza

        Thank you both 🙂

  • Damian

    Next thing, add cydia search

  • Foellarbear

    Under the available locations to search: I think you mean IMDb not TMDb.

    • MickEMaus

      Actually no, it IS tmdb. Although why they chose to include tmdb rather than imdb is completely beyond me. Other than that though I really love this tweak. I just wish there was the ability to add custom search sources… Preferably easily but even at least an API or something

  • Dan

    Imo 2.49 is too much for what it does. I paid more for tweaks like Auxo and Lockinfo, but to me they are much more useful.

  • they should colorize the search icons like Apple is now doing in its beta releases