How to Search the Settings on Your iPhone or iPad

How to Search Settings

There are a lot of different iPhone and iPad settings, and with each new version of iOS, the list grows. Luckily, Apple realized the possibilities were starting to be overwhelming and added a search bar in the Settings app back when it released iOS 9. I’ve found this particularly useful when I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for, but I know what it pertains to. 

Related: How to Search iPad & iPhone Messages: iMessage, Facebook & WhatsApp

To do search the iPhone Settings app:

  • Open Settings. At the top of the Settings menu, above your Apple ID, there will be a search bar. If it's not there, swipe down on the screen to make it appear


  • Type in what you’re looking for. Let’s say you’re looking to change your Facebook Post sound setting. I typed in Facebook and received a few different options with the pathways telling me how to get there as well. I then chose one to see if it was what I was looking for. If the result isn’t what you're looking for, go back to the Settings home screen and it will automatically bring your Search options back up.

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Now you know how to use Search in the Settings app. Give it a try the next time you're trying to find something on your device! Next, learn how to search your entire iPhone using Spotlight Search.

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