How to Search Messages on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Searching for specific messages on your iPhone can be a time-consuming task, especially if you have a lot of conversations and threads to sift through. Thankfully, the iPhone comes with a built-in search feature that allows you to quickly find the messages you’re looking for. In this article, we will show you how to search messages on your iPhone using different methods.

Using the Search Bar in the Messages App

The Messages app on your iPhone has a convenient search bar that makes it easy to find specific messages or conversations. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen.

  3. Type in a keyword or phrase related to the message you’re searching for.

  4. The Messages app will display a list of conversations and individual messages that match your search query.

  5. You can tap on any of the results to open the conversation and view the message in context.

Using Spotlight Search

In addition to searching within the Messages app itself, you can also use Spotlight Search on your iPhone to search for messages. Here’s how:

  1. Go to your iPhone’s home screen by pressing the Home button or swiping up from the bottom (on newer models).

  2. Swipe down from the middle of the screen to bring up Spotlight Search.

  3. Spotlight Search will display a list of results, including messages that match your search query.

Using Siri

If you prefer a hands-free approach, you can also use Siri to search for messages on your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Activate Siri by pressing and holding the Home button or saying “Hey Siri” (if enabled).

  2. Say something like “Search my messages for [keyword or phrase].” Make sure to replace [keyword or phrase] with the actual word or phrase you want to search for.

  3. Siri will display a list of conversations and individual messages that match your search query.


Searching for messages on your iPhone doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the built-in search capabilities of the Messages app, Spotlight Search, and Siri, you can quickly find specific messages or conversations with ease. Whether you’re looking for an important message from a colleague or trying to track down a specific piece of information, these methods will help you locate what you need in no time.

So next time you find yourself scrolling endlessly through your messages, remember these handy tips and save yourself some time and frustration!

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