How do I find stuff on my iPad?

Use Spotlight to find things on your iPad

As you accumulate apps, emails, media etc on your iPad, it becomes more difficult to locate your "stuff". The fastest way to find what you're looking for is Spotlight, Apple's powerful search capabilities in iOS. 

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If you've ever tried to find a certain app out of hundreds on a device, or remember which file contained the most recent notes for your upcoming presentation, you know that the iPad is a big enough haystack to lose a needle in.

Spotlight is the search screen that you access by hitting the Home button when you are on the first screen of apps. It has a search field at the top. Start typing and it begins to populate the list with things on your iPad, like apps, contacts, and appointments.

Enter any search terms

Enter any search terms

Spotlight Search is the first screen on your iPad. Pressing the home button once will eventually take you to the Search screen, or you could swipe to the right until that screen appears.

The search term: googl will return anything with those letters.

What things can the iPad search for?

What things can the iPad search for?

Go to Settings, General, Spotlight Search. Tap the Right arrow to change the search criteria.

Setting Spotlight search criteria

Setting Spotlight search criteria

A checkmark indicates that the service / app will be included in the search results, so in this example, Reminders will not appear in any search results.
1. The three horizontal lines are 'grab handles' and will allow you to move each of the services / apps. So if I wanted Music to be the first result, I would move it to the top. Simply hold down the three horizontal lines and move up / down.

Turning off options will speed up your searches, and make the results easier to manage. For example, if you keep music on your iPad, but rarely search for songs in Spotlight, removing Music from Spotlight searches can keep lots of extraneous results out of your searches.

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According to the current settings, search results will appear in this order: Applications, Mail, Contacts, Events etc. The search query in this example is: chr.