How to locate app icons from Spotlight search

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Spotlight search is cool and all, but I’ve always found it a little frustrating that you can only launch applications from Spotlight and not open the location where the apps reside. I’m happy to report that this “oversight” has been solved with a new jailbreak tweak called Icon Finder.

Icon Finder is a brand new and free jailbreak tweak that allows you to use a simple tap and hold gesture on your Spotlight search results. The tap and hold gesture will quickly reveal the exact location of the app in question, which could be a folder, or another page on the Home screen.

Have a look at our full video walkthrough of Icon Finder inside to see how it works.

Once you install Icon Finder, there are no options or settings to be configured. All you need to do is swipe down on your Home screen page to invoke the Spotlight search, and start searching for an app on your device. Once you find the app that you’re looking for, perform a tap and hold gesture instead of a normal tap. Doing this will open the exact page or folder where the app is located instead of just launching the app.

Icon Finder is akin to the “Show in Finder” command you see in the right-click menus on the Mac, and it works just as one would expect. I understand why Apple doesn’t include such functionality out of the box, but for power users it’s a nice feature to have.

Would you consider using Icon Finder? Do you think it would make using Spotlight search more useful? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think.