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How to find anything on an Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac

Apple has a feature that can make your searches a bit easier, and it’s called Spotlight Search. It is available on all iPhones, iPads, and Macs that have an iOS 8 update or later.

The purpose of Spotlight Search is to cut down the time wasted looking around for a specific app on your phone or a photo you might have sent to a friend weeks ago. Instead, you can type something into Spotlight Search, which will scan your entire device for anything related to the term you’ve typed.

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Spotlight Search can search for many things, including your music, contacts, email, weather, calendar, maps, news and more. It can even bring in outside results from the internet and App Store. Or suppose you want to do a quick math equation, currency conversion, measurement conversion, or temperature conversion. In that case, Spotlight Search will instantly give you the answer you’re looking for.

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Spotlight Search ultimately pulls more content for you, giving you all the options you need on one page rather than having to open multiple different apps to search for something. Let’s say, for example, you wanted to listen to Billy Joel’s song “Piano Man.” 

You can type in “Billy Joel ‘Piano Man'” into your Spotlight Search. It will give you a tab to go straight to the song on Apple Music and provide you with website links to his music videos and the Wikipedia page to the song’s history, so you can get way more out of your search.

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Note: instructions may vary depending on model

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You can change the search settings to limit which apps and results appear while you’re searching. Here’s how:

Let us know how you like this new Apple search feature. We’d love to hear from you.

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