How to Turn Off Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone/iPad

Last Updated: April 18, 2017

Siri became a part of the iOS device with iOS 5 back in 2011. With every passing year, the personal assistant is improving and is becoming capable of achieving more. Apps and keywords suggestions from Siri while performing Spotlight search is one of the handy Siri features which was included in iOS 9. However, these Siri suggestions might be irritating rather than proving useful for you. To help you with this situation in this tutorial we will share how to turn off Siri suggestions in Spotlight search on iPhone/iPad.

Turn off Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone/iPad

Siri suggests apps on the top just below the spotlight search bar.  The apps suggested are based on your usage and you will see the four most used apps on your iOS device here. To see the top 8 most used apps tap on Show More at the top right corner.

Below the suggested apps, all the keywords based on your search and history will appear.

Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone/iPad

If you are looking to only remove these keywords while keeping the Siri suggestions enabled then you can follow delete Spotlight search history on iPhone.

The apps and keywords suggestions are quite handy to quickly open an app or perform a search for the most used keyword. But in case you are thrown off by the Siri apps and keywords Suggestions then turn them off using the steps below.

Turn Off Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone/iPad

1. Open Settings app and select General.

2. Under General, tap on Spotlight Search.

Remove apps from Siri Suggestions

3. In Spotlight Search settings, toggle Siri Suggestions to OFF.

Turn Off Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iOS device

These few taps will remove apps from Siri suggestions along with the keywords search history. Perform Spotlight search and you will no longer see the apps and the keywords.

You can always turn on Siri Suggestions any time if desired. In order to do so go to the same settings and switching Siri suggestions to ON.

If you want to stop searching in certain apps while performing spotlight search then it is possible to remove specific apps from Spotlight search results on iPhone.

We hope that you were able to turn off Siri suggestions and hence remove apps and keywords from Siri suggestions on iPhone/iPad using this tutorial.

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