How to clear Spotlight search history in iOS 11

Spotlight search has been available out there for years, allowing users to quickly launch apps, search the web, and do lots more on their iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple’s search engine is powered by the company’s virtual helper, Siri, thus offering suggestions and update results.

Apple’s search engine saves almost everything you search on your iPhone and iPad. While this practice helps you quickly find everything on your device, one major drawback is that this may put a huge pressure on your storage.

Luckily, Apple allows its users to clear Spotlight search history to make way for other suggestions and free up some space. However, the process may be a little bit confusing. Don’t worry because we are here to help.

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to clear Spotlight search history on your iPhone. Before we begin, make sure you are now running iOS 11.

How to clear Spotlight search history in iOS 11

Step one: First off, you need to open up Spotlight search on your device. To do this, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen

Step two: Once you are done, tap and hold Clear to the right of Siri Search Suggestions and then hit OK from the pop-up menu.

How to access and use Spotlight search on Mac

Spotlight Search is not just for iPhone and iPad. Apple’s powerful search engine also hits macOS, offering a convenient way to launch apps, search the web and more on your Mac.

Step one: Hit the Spotlight button from the menu bar (it looks like a magnifying glass)

Step two: Once you are done, type in your search query. If you don’t find what you are looking for, adjust its search results.

How to customize Spotlight search results on your Mac

Step one: Head to the Apple Menu and then hit System Preferences

Step two: Hit Spotlight and then check the box(es) next to categories from the list.

Also read: How to enable and use Dark Mode on your iPhone X

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