How To Customize Spotlight Search Results in iOS

Spotlight in iOS is a great way to find anything on your device. You can customize the way spotlight searches results. Here’s how.

Customize iOS Spotlight Search Results

On you iDevice, go to Settings >> General then tap Spotlight Search.


Now tap and hold the lists button. Move the search categories in the order you want searched first. Moving a category to the top will make it priority and down from there.
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When you use Spotlight Search, as you type in your query, it will search the categories in the order you chose. In this example I put Applications to the top.

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This tip works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Spotlight iPod touchSpotlight Categories iPod

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  1. Gina Smith

    December 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

    As usual, great stuff Brian. I actually needed to know it, too! Synchronicity. gs

    I’m starting with Gina Smith. Check it out. AND loves that groovy tech mojo : )

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