1. iMore Question's Avatar
    When I try to use spotlight search on my iphone 6--so I can quickly find a song without having to scroll through a thousand--I get results like "song on itunes," "wikipedia," and "bing search"--nothing I'm interested in--instead of the song actually on my iphone! For reasons I have no understand of, it does occasionally find songs, but only certain ones. Any suggestions?
    05-26-2015 01:32 PM
  2. kch50428 said: Best Answer

    Settings...general...spotlight search... Is Music checked?
  3. kch50428's Avatar
    Settings...general...spotlight search... Is Music checked?
    05-26-2015 01:35 PM
  4. AngelicDragonPuppy's Avatar
    Yes, music is checked. So was everything else, so I went through and unselected a bunch of things I didn't use. However, I'm still having some... interesting issues; while the song now comes up, it only does so half the time, seemingly at random.

    The song was "White Flag" by the artist Dido.

    Search attempt 1: "d" shows many songs beginning with "d', adding "id" refines the search, spelling out "dido" entirely only leaves "search web / search wikipedia" as options with no song.

    Search attempt 2: Similar to above, but upon reaching "Dido" the songs now finally show.

    Search attempt 3: Tried searching "White flag" this time. No results upon the whole thing being typed out, except search web / wikipedia again.

    Search attempt 4: "White flag" finally reveals the song.

    It's just really random and bizarre and annoying. :/
    05-27-2015 11:38 AM
  5. Wesley Karmi's Avatar
    This happens to me as well. My theory is that I have too many songs for it to complete the search in the time given.

    It seems that there might be a time limit assigned to the Spotlight search feature. It feels as if it times out before completing a search, then give no result. I believe this because occasionally it will locate the song I want. This, however, occurs less frequently.

    I currently only have Music, and Apps checked with the hope that this will increase the efficiency, but it doesn't look as if that is the case.

    I have over 2000 songs on my iPhone 5s.

    My other theory is that the iOS has become less and less stable over time due to lower quality, buggy updates.
    06-03-2015 07:36 PM
  6. nikkisharif's Avatar
    Mine works every time and I have a ton of music on my 6+.
    06-03-2015 10:17 PM
  7. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I don't have any issues with Spotlight Search. I start typing in the title, and the song appears. Y'all do have music checked in settings, right?


    06-04-2015 05:28 AM
  8. Bigeric23's Avatar
    I don't have any issues with Spotlight Search. I start typing in the title, and the song appears. Y'all do have music checked in settings, right?


    I'm with Ledsteplin; I don't have any issues with Spotlight locating music, and I have a lot of music on my iPhone.
    06-04-2015 07:39 AM
  9. HankAZ's Avatar
    I would suggest moving "Music" up in your search settings.

    Settings > General > Spotlight Search

    Music is the third item in my list (Applications, Contacts, Music, Spotlight Suggestions ...) and I don't have any issues with searching for music on my phone. I would guess if Bing Web Results was above music, it would return web hits above music on your phone.
    06-04-2015 09:22 AM
  10. Christian Wynn's Avatar
    I have the same issue but I noticed search results are a lot better if you double tap caps lock and search everything with caps on
    06-13-2015 06:11 AM
  11. WigiTech's Avatar
    You need to select music in settings
    06-13-2015 07:51 AM
  12. figgles61's Avatar
    I have exact same issue. Changing the settings in spotlight search has made no difference, some sons just don't show. Very frustrating as I use it to find and play single accompaniment tracks at my choir and some songs just won't show. If you search in iTunes you can find the song but it will run into the next one which I don't want.
    03-31-2016 07:25 PM

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