iOS 9 Spotlight App Search: All Apps Enabled by Default, and This Doesn’t Make Sense

Spotlight app searchiOS 9 offers the ability for Spotlight to search content in apps other than Mail, Messages, etc. This is a neat feature, or will be, but it’s implemented in a strange way. Every single app on my iPhone shows up in the Spotlight Search list (Settings > General > Spotlight Search).

For this sort of feature, I’d expect apps would need to register that they can indeed be searched. But look at the apps at the top of the list: Activity, AirPort Utility, and, if I scroll down, Calculator, Clock, weather apps, Find iPhone, and every other app on my iPhone.

While I know that most of these apps won’t be polluting my search results, I question the addition of a feature that just tosses everything into a list, even if the apps can’t hook into Spotlight. It really looks like someone didn’t think this through.

6 thoughts on “iOS 9 Spotlight App Search: All Apps Enabled by Default, and This Doesn’t Make Sense

  1. See my article here, in which I say:

    iOS 9’s Spotlight Search, by default, enables every app in the Search Results list no matter whether it can provide search results or not. Why? Because the alternative is too painful: imagine having to visit Settings > General > Spotlight Search each time a developer upgraded an app for Spotlight compatibility just to let Spotlight know you wanted to see results from it.

  2. See my article here, in which I say:

    iOS 9’s Spotlight Search, by default, enables every app in the Search Results list no matter whether it can provide search results or not. Why? Because the alternative is too painful: imagine having to visit Settings > General > Spotlight Search each time a developer upgraded an app for Spotlight compatibility just to let Spotlight know you wanted to see results from it.

  3. Also, unless I’m dense and missing it, they seem to have removed the ability to order the search results by app.

    And is it just me? Results from Contacts are mostly missing — just the index catching up maybe?

  4. Also, unless I’m dense and missing it, they seem to have removed the ability to order the search results by app.

    And is it just me? Results from Contacts are mostly missing — just the index catching up maybe?

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