Siri and Spotlight Search are way more useful in iOS 9 with suggestions that update results as you type. In addition to relevant apps and people, proactive suggestions also include nearby places such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores and other points of interest.
Should you find place suggestions unappealing and potentially impacting your privacy, you can turn them off with just a few taps.
In this post, you will learn how to disable suggested location in Siri and Spotlight Search on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later.
How to disable suggested places in Siri and Spotlight Search
Step 1: Open Settings on your iOS device.
Step 2: Go to the Privacy → Location Services section.
Step 3: Now scroll down and tap System Services at the very bottom.
Step 4: Flip the switch next to Safari & Spotlight Suggestions to the OFF position.
In addition to nearby places, Siri’s proactive suggestions include relevant apps that you launch at specific times of the day, people you tend to contact at specific times, news and other items. Siri Suggestions are supported on the iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, fourth-generation iPad and later, second-generation iPad mini and later and sixth-generation iPod touch.
To disable all Siri Suggestions in Spotlight, see this tutorial.
You might be interested in these Spotlight-focused tutorials:
- How to disable all Siri Suggestions in Spotlight on iPhone
- How to prevent Spotlight from searching certain apps on iPhone
- How to convert units and currencies & get exchange rates with Spotlight
- How to search within third-party iPhone apps with Spotlight
- How to solve math problems in 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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