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Here’s everything you need to know about iPhone search


Pay attention to how many times a day you take your iPhone out of your pocket in order to find something in it: it doesn’t matter if it’s about searching on the smartphone itself or on the Internet. It is important to note that this is implemented as conveniently as possible (you can open the search directly from the lock screen), and if necessary, the same Spotlight can be turned off. Today we will talk about how to properly set up a search on iPhone and Safari and how to use it.

How to enable Spotlight on iPhone

In iOS 15 , a Spotlight search has been added right to the lock screen. On the one hand, it’s very convenient. On the other hand, not really: whatever one may say, with one touch you can unlock the iPhone screen, as a result of which the smartphone itself starts looking for some data on a randomly entered request and even applications in the App Store, but you need a fingerprint in Touch ID to download them or unlock with Face ID. If you don’t need this feature, you can safely disable it.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Touch ID (or Face ID) and passcode.
  • Enter your passcode.
  • Turn off the slider next to Today View and Search.

After that, Spotlight search will be enabled only after successful authorization via Touch ID, and in other cases, swiping down on the lock screen will not work.

What are Siri Suggestions

Apple uses artificial intelligence to determine which apps you’re about to open or to understand what you want to do, such as open Settings, turn on Bluetooth, or set an alarm. This is called Siri Suggestions. Removing them is very simple: just hold the shortcut, then click “Close”. They can also be turned off permanently.

  • Open Settings.
  • Select Siri & Search.
  • Turn off the slider next to Show in Spotlight.

Now swipe down the screen and there will be no suggestions from Siri . You can also exclude apps from Spotlight search results to be on the safe side.

  • From Siri & Search, scroll through the list and select an app. For example, Notes.
  • Disable “Application when searching” and “Content when searching” to prevent Notes or contained text documents from appearing in searches.

So you can exclude any application or all at once in order to once again not show the contents of the iPhone.

How to set up Safari on iPhone

Apple’s browser has many useful settings that make sense to enable in order to use it comfortably. First, you need to enable search engine suggestions – this is the prediction of a search query when you enter it in the Safari search bar. So, when you enter a query, you will have options that are likely to fit.

  • Go to Settings, and select Safari.
  • In the list of settings, activate the “Search engine suggestions” item.
  • A little lower, turn on “Preload Top Result” so that Safari can suggest you the names of the sites you visit most often.

How to speed up Safari

iPhone search settings are not only about optimizing everything for your needs, but also from time to time clearing the Safari cache. This is useful not only so that no one knows what you were looking for, but also for the speed of the browser itself: in theory, clearing the cache only slows down the system, you have to download everything again, but you will probably notice changes for the better.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Safari.
  • Scroll down the page, click “Clear history and data” and then reselect.

Browsing data will be erased – this will speed up Safari. This procedure is best done a couple of times a month.

Browsing pages offline

Safari has an excellent mechanism for saving pages offline. For example, articles that you found, but did not have time to read. It’s enough to add all this to your Reading List: even after you close Safari on your iPhone, you can read them without the Internet, say, while flying on an airplane. But for this, you need to enable the appropriate setting.

  • Go to Settings, and select Safari.
  • At the very bottom of the list, activate “Offline Autosave”.

By the way, since we started about the Spotlight search, its mechanism is even provided in Safari: if you keep dozens of tabs open, just swipe the screen down to open the search bar: you can enter the name of the site in it, after which it will immediately be displayed.

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