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How to find iPhone apps faster

July 18, 2012  

If you use  an iPhone and have a lot of different apps installed, it can sometimes take some time to find a specific app on the phone. The more applications one has, the easier it is to forget where an individual app is located.

There is an easy way to fix this problem. Like the Mac, the iPhone has a built-in search feature called Spotlight. By using the Spotlight search feature, it is not necessary to swipe back and forth in order to find an app.

Here is how to use it:

  • Open Spotlight by going to the far left Home screen. You can get there by either swiping right enough times when you’re on one of the Home screens, or by pressing the Home button one or two times from one of the Home screens.
  • Type the name of the app in the search field.
  • The app’s name and icon will show up underneath the search box (it will probably show up even before the entire app name has been written in the search field).
  • Open the app by selecting it in the list.

Spotlight search can also be used to find other stuff on the phone, such as contacts, e-mails and calendar items. In the Settings app, it is possible to decide which things that should be included in the Spotlight search.

The iPad and the iPod Touch also include the Spotlight search feature.