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Spotlight Search not working after iOS 11, iOS 12 update on iPhone

Latest in iOS 12 has added Siri shortcut and more custom settings in Siri Search Suggestions. Customize all the things and fix Siri Search Suggestions issues in iOS 12 on iPhone and iPad’s Spotlight Search. I never experience spotlight search doesn’t work correctly for unable to search app name or contact name. But my grandfather getting issues before a month ago and didn’t fix at this time, but recently I updated Grandfather’s iPhone recently and got everything smooth and functional for the spotlight search. Spotlight search activating by slide finger down on screen but unable to search or type text in spotlight search box.

I gathered other useful tips on Spotlight search not working on iPhone, iPad. That I mentioned here in this article.

Related search term and fixes

  • Siri Suggestion in iOS 11 not working
  • Unable to search or type app name in iOS 11 spotlight search
  • Remove app from Siri suggestion and spotlight search in iOS 11
  • I need to type full name of app instead of just typing of apps starting characters

Steps for fix Spotlight search not working after iOS 11.3/ iOS 11.3.1 update, iOS 12 Update

We look into the settings of Spotlight Search that gives the option for different types of customization and privacy settings.

First Follow this link for iOS 12 Device → Siri Search Suggestions Not Working.

Check Search & Siri Suggestions Turned On

Go to the Settings > Siri & Search.

1 Spotlight Search in iOS 11 on iPhone

Scroll down to end and Tap on app name and enable Search & Siri Suggestions toggle. To get the app in your search result.

2 Enable App in Spotlight Search in iOS 11

To Remove it from spotlight > Enable Search & Siri Suggestions

3 Search & Suggestion on iPhone for spotlight search

That can effect on Search while we type the name of the app in spotlight search text box.

Once we enable it, it will take time to understand that Apple designed. I have a fantastic experience on this. Just a couple of day I am getting my app with a short name. Because your device easily understands most frequently used app that is you looking for in only a few words type in spotlight search box.

Check for update

Spotlight won’t work correctly and expected then check for New update re-fix all the issues on.

Go to the Settings app > General > Software Update.

Hard Reset or Force Restart

iPhone 6S and Earlier: Press Sleep/Wake + Home button until you see the apple logo on the screen.

iPhone 7/ 7 Plus: Press and Hold Sleep/Wake + Volume Down button.

iPhone 8/ 8 Plus and iPhone X:

  1. Press and Quickly Release Volume Up button,
  2. Press and Quickly Release Volume down Button,
  3. Press and Hold Side Button until you see the Apple logo on Screen.

More to know: Force Restart, hard reset & DFU Mode on iPhone

To start iPhone, again press Side button until startup apple logo on the screen.

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Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [email protected] [OR] [email protected]

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  1. IS THIS A COMMON ISSUE ON IPHONE 6 PLUS BECAUSE MY IPHONE 6 PLUS HAS ERRORS MALFUNCTIONING ON THE SEARCH BAR SPOTLIGHT..

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