Organize Your Spotlight Search Results

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Spotlight Search has always been a great way to find apps on your iPad, especially if you've downloaded page after page of apps. But starting with the iOS 8 update, Apple has added several new categories to the search results, including popular websites and apps you haven't even downloaded from the App Store. This makes Spotlight Search a bit more crowded and more likely not to display what you are searching to find.

But Apple has also given us a way to organize spotlight search, allowing us to reorder the search results based on our own preference.

  • First, we will need to go into the iPad's settings. This is the app that looks like gears turning. (Find out how...)
  • In the iPad settings, choose General from the left-side menu. This will bring up the general settings.
  • In the general settings, choose Spotlight Search. This option is near the top, just under the Siri settings.
  • The Spotlight Search settings allow you to both turn on/off specific categories and reorder where a category displays in the list. If you mainly use spotlight search for finding apps, you should move apps to the top of the list. If you are more interested in finding music or movies on your iPad, you can move those to the top of the list.
  • To move a category, hold the tip of your finger down on the three horizontal lines to the right of the category list. While holding your finger down, slide the category up or down the list, releasing your finger when it is in the right place.
  • To disable a category completely, tap the checkmark to the left of the category name. Only categories with a check mark next to their name will show in the list.