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Saturday, January 11, 2014

1437. Searching in iOS 7

I recently upgraded to iOS7, and I can’t figure out how to search for stuff. I used to be able to go to the Home page and swipe to the left, and then type in what I was looking for. This no longer works. How am I supposed to search for an app, or text, if I can’t do this?

Ken admitted to being an app junkie, and he has far too many apps on his iPhone and iPad—he too was surprised to find, when he first installed iOS7, that he was unable to search for apps. (And that meant, of course, that he simply couldn’t find many of his apps.) As with many other technical situations, the trick to knowing how to search in iOS7 is in knowing the trick (and that’s purposefully circular logic). The new search technique is certainly not “findable”—you just have to know how to do it. Actually, searching in iOS7 is actually simpler than in previous versions, because you don’t have to first navigate to the home page. Instead, you can invoke the search functionality from any page of apps—simply swipe down somewhere besides the very top of any page. (If you swipe down from the very top, you’ll invoke the Notification Center, not the search functionality). Once you find the search functionality, you can search for apps, or text, or calendar entries, or email, or whatever you like. You can control what you search for, and the order in which iOS7 presents the matching items to you, by modifying the search settings (go to Settings, General, Spotlight Search).

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