How to hide the Home Screen Search button on iPhone

iOS search Home Screen

Searching on the iPhone can be quick and easy with a downward swipe on the Home Screen. Spotlight on iOS indexes almost everything on your device. With a single search, results from apps, Notes, Maps, Safari, Photos, Messages, and more are returned. With iOS 16, Apple has added a Search button directly on the Home Screen.

This Search field appears above the Home Screen dock, replacing the dots that indicate how many Home Screens are configured on the iPhone. For some, this change may feel like overkill. After all, the downward swipe over the Home Screen is simple enough.

Use Spotlight search from anywhere in iOS 9

AnySpot Spotlight

Spotlight on Apple mobile devices received a major upgrade with the launch of iOS 9. As usual, users can swipe down on the home screen to invoke Spotlight. With iOS 9 installed, a more detailed search screen can be displayed be swiping left to right. Spotlight provides everything from Siri app suggestions to news and specific search results by category, such as nearby food and shopping. Wouldn't it be great to have access to Spotlight from anywhere in iOS 9?

Get iOS 8 Features Now: Spotlight Search

Smart Search brings iOS 8 inspired enahncements to Spotlight search on jailbroken iOS 7 devices. A range of different sources can be searched, with results leading directly to any relevant, installed apps. This greatly improves the speed and versatility of the stock iOS Spotlight.

iOS 7 jailbreak Smart Search

Once installed, a list of Plugins will be enabled under Settings -> Smart Search. These will correspond to available buttons within the Spotlight itself. Swipe down on the home screen to see these buttons, which will direct Smart Search to send the search term to the right place.

How can I search my iPhone?

iPhone OS 3.0 and later includes Spotlight search to find any content anywhere on your device. There are three ways to access the main spotlight screen:

1. Click the home button when you are looking at the home screen.
2. Swipe to the right with one finger when on the home screen. Spotlight search is the screen to the left of the home screen.
3. If you are not looking at the home screen, first exit any application you might be running. Click the home button once to return to the home screen. Then click the home button a second time to bring up Spotlight.

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