How to Use the Search Function on Your iPhone & iPad

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

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

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

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.

Top image credit: Jacob Lund / Shutterstock.com

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.
Tamlin Day's picture

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.