How to disable Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone and iPad

By , Jan 5, 2016

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Siri on iOS 9 enables a more intelligent Spotlight Search with proactive suggestions that make your device more helpful even before you ask.

These Siri-powered suggestions automatically appear in Spotlight upon swiping down on any Home screen, offering suggestions for apps that you launch at specific times of the day, people you tend to contact at specific times and more. You’ll also see suggested news and nearby places such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores and more.

However, some people find this additional content distracting and useless. If you would like to use Spotlight Search without Siri Suggestions, this quick post will teach you how to disable the feature with just a few taps.

As a quick refresher, Siri Suggestions are available in Spotlight Search on the iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, fourth-generation iPad and later, second-generation iPad mini and later and sixth-generation iPod touch.

How to disable Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search

Step 1: Launch Settings on your iOS device.

Step 2: Go to the General → Spotlight Search section.

Step 3: Flip the switch next to Siri Suggestions at the top of the screen to the OFF position.

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That’s it, suggestions for relevant people, apps and other items will no longer appear in Spotlight Search so you will get a clean search experience, as seen below.

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This toggle will turn off Siri Suggestions both when accessing Spotlight Search by dragging down from the middle of any Home screen and by dragging right from the Home screen to show Spotlight.

Related tutorials

You might also be interested in the following tutorials that cover Spotlight:

Spotlight Search in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan takes advantage of Apple’s web crawler service, called Applebot, which indexes the web for related content.

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  • Tom

    It has never worked for me. And please stop with those annoying adverts at the end of every page. Please.