How to Use the New, Improved Spotlight Search

How to Use the New, Improved Spotlight Search

In iOS 8, Spotlight was capable of searching within the data of your device; meaning, you were limited to searching information such as the location of an app, email, or song. Now, Spotlight is its own Search engine, News center, and Nearby locator, and includes Siri suggestions. We're going to take a quick tour of just what you can do with Spotlight in iOS 9.

To access Spotlight, swipe right from the first Home screen. At the top is the Search bar. Below that are Siri Suggestions, which include your frequent contacts and recently used apps. 


When you tap a contact, the options to call, message, FaceTime, or view that person's contact card appear.

Next are Nearby location suggestions (which vary according to the time of day) such as Lunch or Shopping. At night, you'll see a Nightlife option. When you tap the icon, Maps will open with your suggestions. 


Lastly, are the latest News stories of the day. 

However, the biggest Spotlight upgrade is the Search function. Apple wants there to be no need for you to open Google search on your phone; therefore, Spotlight search does it all. For instance, if I search for "Gyro" Spotlight organizes the possible results by app, web video, movies, Bing search, and more.


What do you think of the new Spotlight? Tell us in the comments. 


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