Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 114 114 people found this article helpful How to Search Your iPad for Apps, Music, Movies, and More Don't waste your time scrolling through screens by Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated on April 15, 2020 Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email When your iPad starts to fill with apps, it can become challenging to find the app you want. But iOS has some workarounds you can use to save some scrolling. For example, launch an app even if you don't know where it's located using Spotlight Search. You can also ask the iOS digital assistant Siri to open it. These instructions apply to devices with iOS 9 or later. How to Use Spotlight Search to Open Apps Sometimes, searching for an app using iOS is faster than trying to remember which folder or screen you stashed it in. Spotlight Search can pull up any app installed on your iPad. If you haven't installed the program, it sends you to the App Store to download it. Here's how. Swipe down from anywhere on the Home screen. Don't swipe from the top edge of the screen, or you'll open the Notification Center or Control Center. Spotlight Search contains a search bar and a keyboard. It also shows the last five apps you opened. Type a search term. As you type, suggestions appear. To dictate a search, tap the Microphone icon in the search bar. Tap the icon of the app you want to open. How to Open Apps with Siri To open apps with the Apple digital assistant, hold the Home button until it activates, and then say "Open [name of app]." The iPad opens the app automatically. Siri can't open apps that you offloaded to save space. You'll need to reinstall those apps first. Search for More Than Apps with Spotlight Search The Spotlight Search feature does more than launch apps. It searches your iPad for content. You can search for a song name, an album, or a movie you stored. Your search results also include text messages you sent and received, Settings options, files, emails, and other apps. Spotlight Search also searches outside your iPad. If you type an app name that isn't on your iPad, it searches the App Store for that app and presents a link for you to download it. If you search for pizza, for example, it checks the Maps app for nearby pizza places. You can also do web searches without opening the Safari browser. You can also activate a version of Spotlight Search by swiping from left to right on the Home screen. This version has the same search field at the top of the screen and includes widgets that you can customize to see your calendar quickly, check the weather, monitor screen time, and more.