Any spot iOS 9

Unless you happen to have a physical Bluetooth keyboard attached to your iPhone or iPad, you cannot invoke Spotlight on iOS 9 unless you happen to be on the Home screen. AnySpot for iOS 9 aims to change this.

AnySpot lets you assign an Activator gesture to Spotlight so that you can access the search interface from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, even if you happen to be within an app. If you want Spotlight search to work closer to how it works on the Mac, allowing you to access it from anywhere, then you should consider using AnySpot.

AnySpot for iOS 9

Once the tweak is installed, it’s just a matter of firing up the Settings app and launching AnySpot’s preferences. Inside the preferences you’ll find two sections: Activator Methods, and Advanced Options.

You’ll, of course, need to have Activator installed in order to use AnySpot, but oddly enough Activator wasn’t listed as a prerequisite during installation. FYI: it’ll probably require a manual installation on the user’s part if it’s not already installed.

After an Activator gesture is selected, you may wish to enable the Smoothness toggle within the Advanced section of the preferences. Extra frames of animation result from enabling smoothness, which will result in a smoother but slightly slower invocation method.

Using AnySpot results in an experience that’s pretty much exactly as expected. The Spotlight interface drops in over top of wherever you happen to be on iOS, even if it’s while using another app. See the GIF animation above for a brief demonstration of what I mean.

Having the ability to quickly access Spotlight is useful, especially now that Spotlight is a competent feature in iOS. I could certainly see myself using AnySpot on a regular basis, but sadly, its $2.99 asking price might be a barrier to entry for some.

What do you think about AnySpot? Would you consider using it?

  • Skoven

    Does anyone actually use spotlight? If you do, what do you use it for and why?
    I never use it on IOS…

    • JayDee917

      I use it all the time to find apps. I have hundreds of apps which are mostly buried in folders. I just swipe down, type the first letter of the app and the most used apps by that letter pop up. I find it extremely useful.

    • Searching for apps, music, documents, etc and quick calculations and converting between units such as currency.

    • al7oot

      I mainly use it to search for names, notes, units conversion

  • It looks like a nice tweak but I’m not going to pay $2.99 just to use the spotlight anywhere.

  • This is really frustrating. The dev reverses course & abandons Searchlight in favor of AnySpot? I’m not dropping another $3, especially for something that requires Activator.

  • Sohail Wahab

    If they make it like miniplayer widget, I’d pay 40$ for it. No activator required. Easy to access! And cool