It’s 2019, right?

Right.

So that means we shouldn’t have to put up with computer tasks that take an stupid amount of time to accomplish. We should also have flying cars and on-demand ice cream at the push of a button, but those are topics for another blog post (and probably another site).

It seems I’ve got an ongoing series of blog posts about iOS and iPadOS productivity now. In this one, I’ll be sharing with you, dear reader, another way to make your life on an iPhone and iPad much easier.

I’m going to talk about using the built-in search feature on your iOS (and macOS) device. This feature was introduced way back in iOS 3 on June 17, 2009. It was a big year for iPhones. Not only could we search for things now, but we could also cut, copy, and paste things and text images to people.

Yeah, iOS was a bit rough at the start.

Put on your searching caps!

We store a whole lot of stuff on our phones. For many people, their device essentially acts as their main computer. They communicate with it. They use it to take so many pictures. They get work done with it.

Our devices are a reflection of our lives and they hold so much of it within its glass and metal confines.

With all that they store, how can you ever expect to find anything? It’s like trying to find a needle inside a haystack the size of a planet.

Cue the Spotlight functionality! Well, cue “Search,” but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Searching through our iOS devices is probably one of the easiest actions you can perform. Let’s break it down:

  1. From the Home screen on an iPhone or iPad, swipe downward.
  2. Type in anything you want to search for. The search function is pretty forgiving, so even if you don’t type in exact keywords you’re likely to find what you need.
  3. Tap on the item you’re looking for to open it.

Simple as that. See? I told you it wouldn’t be too complicated.


There’s a whole lot the Search ability can do for you, including performing basic and complex calculations, finding definitions to words, and searching through Google and the iTunes and App Stores.

Our devices become more complex with each passing year. Ingenious tools like the Search function makes those changes seem less daunting.

Remember, your device shouldn't fight against you. It should always be working for you. If you need something, tell it what to do.

Search for something cool, cats.

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