How to Prevent Apps from Showing Up in Search and Siri Suggestions in iOS 11

With iOS 11 or later, you can disable Siri Suggestions for individual apps on your iPhone and iPad to provide privacy to the related information.

Siri provides personalized suggestions for searches, news, photos and more as per your browsing history, messages, contacts as well as the information from third-party apps. The intelligent personal assistant syncs the information across your devices so that you can quickly access the relevant information. Besides, it also sends this information to Apple in order to make the search results more relevant. But if you are concerned about privacy, you have the option to completely turn off Siri Suggestions or prevent individual apps from showing up in Search and Siri Suggestions in iOS 11 or later on your iPhone and iPad.

One important thing worth mentioning is that all of your information is encrypted and fully secure. Besides, Apple lets you ideally customize privacy controls for Search and Siri Suggestions based on your need. More after the jump:

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How to Disable Siri Suggestions for Individual Apps in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

As mentioned above, you get the option stop individual apps from showing in the search results and suggestions. When you disable any app, its information will not show up in Search, Look Up, and Keyboard, etc.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Siri & Search.

Open Settings and tap on Siri & Search in iOS 11Step #2. Now, find the app, which you don’t wish to show in search and Siri suggestions. And then toggle off the switch.

Find the app and then turn off search and Siri suggestions in iOS 11That’s it! Now, all of your information from this app will have additional privacy.

How to Completely Turn Off Siri Suggestions on iPhone and iPad

Don’t want to use Siri Suggestions anymore? No problem. You can entirely disable it.

Step #1. Launch Settings → Siri & Search.

Open Settings and tap on Siri & Search in iOS 11Step #2. Now, you need to turn off the switches next to Suggestions in Search and Suggestions in Look Up.

Turn off the switches next to Suggestions in Search & Suggestions in Look Up in iOS 11Now, Siri will not provide personalized suggestions when you search for things. Besides, your data will not be sent to Apple either.

However, Siri will continue to show up apps installed on your devices in search and other areas as it just prevents the intelligent personal assistant from learning your preferences as well as sending data to Apple. If you don’t want certain apps from appearing in search results, turn them off for Siri Suggestions by following the steps mentioned above.

How to Stop Siri Suggestions From Sending Your Location to Apple

Siri Suggestions send the location of your device to Apple in order to offer more relevant search results. But if you don’t to use this feature anymore, turn it off.

Step #1. Open Settings app and select Privacy → Location Services.

Tap on Location Service in iOS 11Step #2. Now, tap on System Services.

Tap on System Services in iOS 11Step #3. Finally, toggle off Location-Based Suggestions.

Toggle off Location-Based Suggestions in iOS 11

How to Clear Siri Search Suggestions in iOS 11

You can now easily clean up Siri Search Suggestions on your iOS device. Head over to this quick guide to get it done.

Video: How to Prevent Apps from Showing Up in Search and Siri Suggestions in iOS 11

That’s it!

Your take:

I find Siri Suggestions very helpful as it lets you quickly find out the things that you need. But if you want to have more privacy to your data, you have the needed freedom to entirely disable it. Let me know what you think of this feature in the comments below.

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