How to Remove Web Results from iPhone Search

You can use a feature on your iPhone called Spotlight Search that allows you to search for items on your device. Whether you are looking for a contact, an app, or something that you wrote in a note, this can be a very useful way to find what you are looking for.

But Spotlight Search might also be showing you results from a Bing Web search, which can be confusing and present you with irrelevant information. If you decide that you do not need to include these Web search results when you are using the Spotlight Search feature, then you can follow the steps below to remove them.


Remove Web Results from Spotlight Search on the iPhone 6 Plus

The steps in this article will show you how to remove the Web results when you make a Spotlight Search on your iPhone 6 Plus in iOS 8. These same steps will also work in iOS 7, and on other devices running those operating systems. You can customize Spotlight Search in earlier versions of iOS as well, but the steps may be slightly different.

Note that Spotlight Search is the tool that you use when you swipe down from the top of your Home screen and display a search bar. Other searches, such as those executed in individual apps, will not be affected by customizing Spotlight Search in this way.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

select the general option



Step 3: Select the Spotlight Search option.

select spotlight search



Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the list and touch the Bing Web Results option. You will know that it has been removed when there is not a check mark to the left of it, as in the image below.

select bing web results



Would you like to be able to search information about your contacts with Spotlight Search? This article will show you how to add them to the list of apps that will be included in your results.

You can learn more about using Spotlight Search on your iPhone by visiting Apple’s support website. newsletter

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