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.

The new MacBook Air keyboard has dedicated keys for Spotlight, Dictation, DND and Emoji

Apple's just-refreshed MacBook Air with the new Apple M1 laptop chip that was announced yesterday features an updated media key layout in the function row, with the new shortcuts for Dictation, Spotlight and Do Not Disturb functions replacing the previous keys for adjusting brightness and invoking the Launchpad feature. Also, there's now a dedicated Emoji key.

Spotlightizer lets you personalize iOS’ Spotlight interface

I very seldom use my iPhone’s Spotlight interface for anything now that I can just use Siri to command almost anything I need. Nevertheless, the former still comes in handy when you want to find an app or perform basic math without using your voice.

Niche uses aside, Apple doesn’t provide any way of customizing the Spotlight user interface on a stock device, but jailbreakers can now take advantage of a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed Spotlightizer by iOS developer 1di4r to bypass this seemingly unnecessary restriction.

Spotpower lets you respring your iOS device and more from Spotlight

After jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad, you might respring the device from time to time, as it can help you save changes made to jailbreak extensions in addition to other things. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a dedicated shortcut for respringing or performing other boot options in a pinch?

Those in agreeance may want to check out a newly-released and free jailbreak tweak called Spotpower by iOS developer Castyte, as it makes many of these essential functions more accessible to the common jailbreaker. Moreover, it implements these features into a familiar interface that many will use daily: Apple’s own Spotlight search.