How to Use the Search Function on Your iPhone & iPad

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You can use your iPhone or iPad’s Search function to find information online or to find something on your device, such as a missing app or a specific iPhone setting. To use Search, you can swipe down on the screen to use the keyboard. Here’s how to use the Search function, sometimes called the smart search bar, on your iPhone.

Related: How to Search the Settings on Your iPhone or iPad

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How to Search Your iPhone

  1. From your unlocked Home screen, swipe down on the middle of the screen until the Search field appears.
  2. You can also access the search bar from the Today View by swiping right on the Home screen until you see your list of widgets.


     
  3. At the top of the screen, tap the Search field and enter your search term.
  4. Your results will display automatically when you finish typing.

Now you know how to use your iPhone’s search function.

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Tamlin Day is a feature web writer at iPhone Life. He has a degree in Media and Communications from Maharishi University of Management and his work has been published in the Rio Review and Breathe Free Press.