How to Search on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Searching on your iPhone can be a quick and efficient way to find information or locate specific apps, contacts, or files. With the powerful search capabilities built into iOS, you can easily locate what you need without having to navigate through multiple screens or folders. In this article, we will guide you through the various methods of searching on your iPhone.

Using the Spotlight Search

The fastest way to search for anything on your iPhone is by using the Spotlight Search feature. To access Spotlight Search, simply swipe down from the middle of your Home screen. Alternatively, you can swipe right on your Home screen to access the Today View and search from there.

Spotlight Search allows you to search for anything on your device, including apps, contacts, emails, messages, music, and more. Simply enter your search query in the search bar at the top of the screen and wait for the results to appear.

Searching for Apps

If you’re looking for a specific app on your iPhone, you can use Spotlight Search to quickly find it. Just start typing the name of the app in the search bar and relevant results will appear instantly. Tap on the app icon in the results to open it directly.

Searching for Contacts

If you have a large contact list and need to find a specific contact quickly, Spotlight Search can help with that too. Enter either the name or phone number of the contact in the search bar and relevant contacts will be displayed. Tap on a contact’s name to view their details and initiate a call or message directly from there.

Searching within Apps

In addition to searching globally using Spotlight Search, many apps have their own built-in search functionality that allows you to search within that specific app’s content.

To search within an app:

  1. Open the app you want to search within.
  2. Look for the search bar or magnifying glass icon. It is usually located at the top or bottom of the screen.
  3. Type your search query in the search bar and wait for the results to appear.
  4. Tap on a result to view more details or take action if applicable.

You can use this method to search for specific emails, messages, notes, files, and more within their respective apps.

Searching Safari Web Browser

If you are using Safari as your web browser on your iPhone, you can also perform searches directly from the browser’s address bar. This feature is powered by your default search engine (usually Google) and allows you to quickly find information on the web.

To perform a web search using Safari:

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the address bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Type your search query in the address bar and tap “Go” on the keyboard or tap on one of the suggested results that appear below.
  4. Safari will display a list of relevant web pages based on your search query. Tap on a result to visit that page.

Quick Tip: Searching Within a Web Page

If you are looking for specific text within a web page, Safari also provides an option to easily find it without having to manually scan through the entire page:

  1. Open Safari and navigate to the desired webpage.
  2. Tap on the share icon at the bottom of the screen (the square with an arrow pointing upwards).
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Find on Page”.
  4. Enter your search term in the search bar that appears at the bottom.
  5. Safari will highlight all occurrences of your search term on the page. You can use the arrows to navigate through them.


Searching on your iPhone doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. With the help of Spotlight Search and app-specific search functionality, you can quickly find what you need without hassle. Whether it’s finding an app, contact, email, or information on the web, you now have the knowledge to efficiently search on your iPhone.

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