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Quickly find an app on your iPhone or iPad



  Apple iPhone Spotlight Search
Justin Duino

Apple's App Store has combined approximately two million apps for iPhone and iPad. If you like us, you probably have dozens of apps on your iOS or iPadOS device, but you didn't have the chance to organize them all. You can easily lose sight of the location of an app icon on the home screen.

Fortunately, the iPhone and iPad make it easy to find and launch the app you're looking for. Here's how to do it.

Searching apps with Spotlight Search

Use one finger to tap and swipe down the center of the home screen.

 Tap and swipe down on the home screen to start Spotlight Search

Starts Spotlight Search. A keyboard and search bar appear on the screen.

Spotlight can be very powerful – see our full Spotlight search guide for iPhone and iPad.

 An image of the Spotlight search screen

Type a keyboard and a search bar and type a few letters of the name of the app you are looking for. In this case we use Minecraft as an example.

Spotlight will propose a "Top-hit" and various other options. Once you see the desired app icon, tap it to launch the app.

 Typing an app name in Spotlight Search

Search and launch apps with voice commands with Siri

If you prefer to use voice commands, it's easy to launch any app without the icon having to find. Just ask Siri.

On older iPhones and iPads, press and hold the Home button under the screen. On newer devices without a Home button, press and hold the power button until the Siri screen appears.

Or, if you have enabled "Hey Siri", you can simply say "Hey Siri" to start Siri.

 Starting Siri

Once Siri has been activated, say "Launch" and the name of the app you want to start.

In this case we use Minecraft as an example, so you would say to Siri: "Launch Minecraft."

 Using Siri voice commands to start an app

After that, the app starts and you work!


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