How to Use Spotlight Search in iOS 7

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Even if you love the flattened, minimal look of iOS 7, you might find a few things confusing and working very differently. Many common iOS features have been slightly tweaked, requiring users to re-learn a new way of accessing them. The popular Spotlight Search function is one of them, but you can get right back to the search bar you need most with one simple swipe.

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1. Enter the home screen.

2. Swipe down from the center of the screen. Be careful not to swipe from the top, as that action will pull up the new Notification Center.

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3. Use the on-screen keyboard to search your iPhone. As with previous iterations, Spotlight Search browses your apps, notes, contacts and any other content saved on your phone. Searching the Web requires Safari or Siri. 

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MORE: iOS 7: Full Review

How to Customize Spotlight Search

Apple’s built-in search functionality can be tailored to your needs with a few basic taps of the screen.

1. Select Settings.

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2. Select General.

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3. Select Spotlight Search. This will allow you to enable or disable any searchable content, including videos, music, events and mail.

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Michael Andronico
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Mike Andronico has been reporting on the latest tech trends for Laptop since July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College, Mike's love for "Street Fighter," comic books, and cool gadgets has led to contributions at GameNGuide, Examiner, Joonbug, and 2D-X.
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  1. Jerry Coccoli Says:

    I just loaded IOS7 on my IPAD2 and IPHONE4S. I then tried to look for something on the Web.

    Prior to downloading, I always searched the Web fm Spotlight by entering “Search Web” or “Search Wikipedia.” I never had a problem.

    Aft the IOS7 download I COULDN’T access the Web. Spotlight was just searching the Pad or the IPhone. I called Apple AND THEY COULD NOT HELP ME. THE REP COULD NOT RESOLVE MY PROBLEM.

    It seems that the only way to access the Web is to hit “Safari” and then ask a question fm the Google Field. It just seems to me that this TAKES MUCH LONGER. It used to be so simple. Everything was done on one damn page.

    AM I RIGHT OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING? Also is the above way the correct way to access the Web on IOS7? I believe in leaving things SIMPLE and I think Apple has made things harder.

  2. Mike Thomas Says:

    Just add a link to googles website on your Home Screen. You’ll be searching with one tap, just as easy as before.

  3. Anne scott Says:

    Does this work on older ipad

  4. misbah Says:

    does anyone knows how to find videos on iphone 5

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