iPhone search function: Use Spotlight functions on your smartphone

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!

iPhone search function: This is how you activate the search text field

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:

  1. Swipe down on the home screen (e.g. from the middle) (on iPhone 8 or older you have to swipe up from the bottom)
  2. Tap into the "Search" text field above
  3. Enter your search term, an equation or a value to be converted
  4. Select "Show more" or "Search in app" for an advanced search 
  5. Tap on a search result (file, contact, website, etc.) to open it

Here is an animation from the official instructions from Apple, which you can find in the support document HT201285 finds:

Tip: Do not swipe down from the very top

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 center 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, WiFi and the battery are displayed), the control center opens. As you can see, beginners in particular need a bit of practice when it comes to using gestures on the Apple iPhone: D

As in Spotlight: Calculate and convert with the iPhone search function

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.

The usual Spotlight functions of the Apple Mac under iOS on the iPhone: You can also use the iPhone search function for calculating and converting. Have fun trying!

The usual Spotlight functions of the Apple Mac under iOS on the iPhone: You can also use the iPhone search function for calculating and converting. Have fun trying!

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2 comments

  1. D.Johanning says:

    Good day,

    iPhone 8 and older have to be deleted from below. I think it would be helpful to point out these differences.

    Thanks otherwise and best regards

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