How to Use Emojis as Search Term on iPhone/iPad Spotlight Search

You can now use emoji as search terms in Spotlight feature on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Here is how you can get started with it.

Chatting with friends had never been so funny before thanks to a gazillion of emojis that not only allow us to express our feelings more vividly but also spice up the mood of our conversation big time. If you ever thought that emojis are all about messaging and nothing else, think again!

Now, emojis have been primed to change the way you search on your iPhone and iPad. To be more precise, you can use emoji as search terms in the iOS Spotlight feature; which is accessible by swiping down on the home screen of iPhone.

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How to Search iPhone Spotlight Using Emoji

Note: Emoji search works only in the country where Spotlight Suggestions are supported. Apple has listed the countries where Spotlight Suggestions work.

How to Use Emoji as Search Term in Spotlight Search on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. First off, swipe down on the home screen of your iOS device to bring up Spotlight Search.

Swipe Down iPhone Screen and Show Spotlight Search

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Step #2. Next up, you need to hold on the globe key and choose the emoji from the popup menu.

Choose Emoji Keyboard on iPhone

(Just in case, Emoji keyboard is not present, you may require to add it. Settings → General → Keyboards →  Keyboards → Add New Keyboard→ Emoji.)

Step #3. You have to type a single emoji character into the Spotlight Search. If a match is found, you will see the results.

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Search iPhone Spotlight Using Emoji

As for instance, if you type money emoji, a list of nearby banks will appear in the results. Likewise, type the train emoji to get the transit stops nearby.

Some of the most interesting emojis you can use as a search term in the Spotlight Light feature are Apple, Train, Beers, Family and more.

What do you think of this nice emoji search on your iPhone? How handy is it? Do let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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