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On the Apple Mac you can call up the Spotlight search bar with cmd + space bar. But how does it work on the iPhone? How do you find the iPhone search function and what functions does it fulfill? I answer these questions in this guide. First of all, a note: Using the search text field under iOS on the iPhone (as well as under iPadOS on the iPad) you can not only search for files, contacts and websites. It is also possible to quickly convert units and sizes. Have fun trying!
Note: This post was created in July 2021 and was updated on August 29, 2022 to provide information about the Spotlight update in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 added.
The Spotlight search will be expanded and simplified with iOS 16 on the iPhone (as well as with iPadOS 16 on the iPad). New options and settings for searching on iPhone and the web will be available in September 2022. In addition, individual system functions can be selected faster. Here is an overview of the new features on the iPhone 14 and on older compatible Apple smartphones can be used:
The Spotlight counterpart on iOS can be found on the home screen of your iPhone. This closes or minimizes all open apps or moves the lock screen out of the way. When you are ready, simply use the following step-by-step guide:
Here is an animation from the official instructions from Apple, which you can find in the support document HT201285 finds:
There are various functions on the iOS home screen that you can activate by swiping gestures on the iPhone screen. The search function is just one of them. If you want to activate it, then I recommend that you really start from the middle of the display. Because if you start at the top of the screen (at the notch), then you pull the lock screen with the notifications down. If you swipe from the top right (where reception, WLAN and the battery are displayed), this will open control center. As you can see, beginners in particular need a bit of practice when it comes to using gestures on the Apple iPhone :D
Lately I showed you how to do it quickly, easily and without Google or an app Solve various conversion and calculation tasks on the Apple Mac can. In addition to mathematical equations that you can enter and that are solved in real time, temperatures, distances or other values can also be entered. The system then automatically converts this - for example ° F to ° C, dollars to euros or miles to kilometers. The same works on the iPhone. Simply enter the appropriate values in the "Search" field and you will get a conversion / result displayed.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.