Spotlight Search Not Working on iOS 8: How to Fix This

Spotlight Search on iOS 8 lets you search everything from iPhone, iPad , App Store, iTunes to world and a lot more quite efficiently from home screen itself. However, of late Spotlight Search is found to be not working properly on iOS 8 by many users.

Many users report that Spotlight doesn’t show any search result when you try to search for something on it. If you’re facing this, here’s how you can fix this bug easily.

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Spotlight Search Not Working On iOS 8

Let’s first try the simplest solution to the problem! In all likelihood, it can sort it out easily. If it doesn’t, then we can go for other option.

How to Fix Spotlight Search Not Working On iOS 8

Step #1. Launch Settings

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Step #2. Tap on General

Step #3. Tap on Spotlight Search

Spotlight Search Setting in iOS 8
Step #4. Now activate all the available search results by simply tapping on each one of them

(By default, all are activated. What you should do is tap first to deactivate and then tap again to activate it; If you don’t want any particular Search Result, you can leave it unchecked.)

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Step #5. Now return to the Home screen

Step #6. Swipe down from the middle of the Home screen

That’s all. Now hopefully, Spotlight Search will work for you.

In case the bug is still not fixed, you can try out another trick. Though there is no guarantee whether it leads to a complete solution, it might help solve the problem.

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Step #1. Launch Settings

Step #2. Tap on General

Step #3. Tap on Language & Region

Step #4. On the iPhone, tap on iPhone Language. On the iPad, tap on Other Languages…

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Select iPhone Language for Spotlight Search

Step #5. Select your preferred language

Step #6. Tap on Done

Step #7. Tap on Change to the <selected language>

That’s all! This might help you. The reason why this solution may work is because Spotlight Search works with certain languages as specified by Apple on its official website. If you have found any other solutions to the problem, let us know.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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