Siri and Spotlight Search are way more useful in iOS 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 locations in Siri and Spotlight Search on your iPhone or iPad.
How to disable suggested places in Siri and Spotlight Search
- Open Settings on your iOS device.
- Go to Privacy & Security > Location Services.
- Scroll down and tap System Services at the very bottom.
- Flip the switch next to Location-Based 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.
If these suggestions are annoying to you, see how to disable Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone and iPad.
Extra info: Spotlight Search takes advantage of Apple’s web crawler service, called Applebot, which indexes the web for related content.