1. eileenalouise's Avatar
    I've been having this problem for roughly a month... and the above spotlight search instructions also didn't work for me.

    Has anyone found a solution to this yet? Or spoken to an Apple tech? I have too many texts on my phone to apathetically lose the ability to search for contacts in my Messages. This is frustrating.
    07-16-2013 07:40 PM
  2. rrdcdiaz's Avatar
    The exact same thing is happening to me, but it is all contacts, not just one. I tried what you did but no luck. It is so odd, the name will show up in a search string if it is in the text message content, but not when it it 'from' the person I am searching for. It is quite maddening.
    07-21-2013 09:57 PM
  3. crowdeda's Avatar
    same here.. had this prob w Iphone 4s.. switched to Iph5 6 months agoi and prob dissapeared, but now having same prob w iph5.. it will only search the text on the mssgs but not the senders nor receipients.. I see there is a lot of people on the same boat.. if anyone solves this pls let us know :-)
    07-31-2013 07:27 AM
  4. AWiley's Avatar
    Any solutions yet??? This is why I upgraded from a 4S to a 5. I haven't had the problem until now....
    08-05-2013 08:12 PM
  5. Peligro911's Avatar
    Any solutions yet??? This is why I upgraded from a 4S to a 5. I haven't had the problem until now....
    Maybe it's just not meant to search thread names but content only

    Sent from my iPhone 5 from a galaxy far far away (in the USA ) using Tapatalk !
    08-06-2013 03:09 AM
  6. yruby's Avatar
    I tried your method but i still cant search for the name.
    09-12-2013 01:23 PM
  7. rymac328's Avatar
    I've been having this issue for months and hoped that upgrading to iOS 7 would fix it. I just upgraded about an hour ago and it still wasn't fixed. I found this thread and tried the spotlight search fix and that didn't work either. I checked a few minutes ago and typing in the names of contacts was actually working, but not for everyone in my contact list. Now it appears to be working for everyone. It seems like something I did forced it to re-index and fix the issue, I just don't know if it was iOS 7, disabling and re-enabling messages in spotlight search, or a combination of both.
    09-18-2013 02:38 PM
  8. Mitesh Agarwal's Avatar
    i am facing the same problem....cannot search messages using soptlight search or search option in messages....Please HELP!!!!
    09-21-2013 05:34 AM
  9. Jackie1's Avatar
    So, what's the fix? Iphone 5 on 6.1.2. I'm also jailbroken. Wonder if jailbreak has a fix for this????
    03-26-2014 10:10 AM
  10. Edi_G's Avatar
    Solution: new message / to: write the contact that you want to search and voila: all history with that contact is there. Normal search will search only the content of the messages, my opinion is that Apple wants like this, is not an iOS8 problem.
    10-02-2014 07:59 AM
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