Spotlight Search

How to stop an app’s data from showing in Spotlight Search on iPhone or iPad

Stop app content from showing in iPhone Search

iPhone Search, accessed by swiping down on the Home Screen or tapping the iOS 16 Home Screen Search button, even displays in-app content.

For example, if you type birthday, it will bring up your calendar birthday events, which is the data from inside the Calendar app. Similarly, entering a person's name will show their contact card, which is the content from your Contacts app. The same is true for other Apple and third-party apps.

While this is helpful in most cases, you may not want iOS Search to show information from some apps for privacy or personal reasons. In this tutorial, we will share how to prevent an app's content from appearing in iPhone or iPad Spotlight Search.

How to fix an app not showing in iPhone Spotlight Search

Show app in iOS Search

When you pull down the iPhone Home Screen or Lock Screen, you get to Search, also called Spotlight Search. Type an app’s first letters, and it will show up in the results, letting you open that app immediately.

However, if a particular app isn’t appearing in Search, that’s because you or someone with access to your iPhone excluded that app from search results. Here’s how to reverse that.

Find things faster with these Spotlight search tips for Mac

Spotlight Search Mac

When you need to find something on your Mac, you have the handy Spotlight search feature built right in. This convenient tool helps you locate documents, apps, and files as well as gives you suggestions if you so choose.

While Spotlight is super easy to use, you can do a lot more with it than you probably realize. You can narrow down your results quicker, get local information without much effort, and even do calculations.

For making the most of this cool tool, here are some Spotlight search tips for Mac.

SpotCC launches Control Center instead of Spotlight when swiping down on the Home screen

Swiping down while on the Home screen of your iPhone usually presents you with the Spotlight search interface, but if you don’t use the Spotlight search feature that often, then you might take a liking to a new free jailbreak tweak called SpotCC by iOS developer Kiran Patil.

There isn’t much to say here concerning what the tweak does, but just as the name implies, SpotCC makes it so that swiping down on the Home screen summons Control Center rather than Spotlight search.

How to quickly track a flight from anywhere on your iPhone

Flight Details on iPhone

Whether you’re preparing to jump on a plane or just waiting for a friend to fly in, you may think that you have to download a special app to track those flights. And, while a specific flight tracking app is certainly a great way to go, especially if you’re a frequent traveler, there is another way.

Here’s how to quickly track flights from anywhere with your iPhone and all you need is the flight number.

Five neat tricks Spotlight search can do for you on iPhone

Bearing in mind the numerous ways to invoke Spotlight search on your iPhone today, the feature has clearly become a centerpiece of iOS 10th iteration.

That is because for one, it's the fastest way to rifle through your device for any type of information, however it is also incrementally adopting Siri-level intelligence. You might know about using Spotlight for swift currency and measurement conversions by now, but the list does not end here. Largely undiscussed on the web, here are five more cool uses for Spotlight.

How to hide the Spotlight Search icon from the menu bar

If you never use the Spotlight feature on your Mac, or if you only use it from the Finder rather than from the menu bar, you may have wondered how to get rid of its icon. Whilst most of the menu bar icons can be hidden with user-accessible toggles from System Preferences, Spotlight's little magnifying glass is not so easily removed from the top right-hand corner of your screen.

After a lot of investigation I had only found methods which either disabled Spotlight entirely, removing your ability to search the file system, or else hid Spotlight temporarily, with it returning every time a change was made to the file system. However, I was eventually able to find a solution which has neither of these downsides.

In this guide, we'll show you how to get rid of the Spotlight icon, and regain an iron-fisted control over the content of your menu bar.

Apple TV universal search expands to Apple Music and nine other apps

Following last week's additions of AMC and The Hallmark Channel to the list of apps which work with tvOS's universal search, as many as ten additional apps have now gained support for this feature, including Apple Music. Apple's list of universal search providers was updated at pos time to reflect this. With universal search, 4th generation Apple TV owners can use their voice to search movies and TV shows across all supported apps.