How to Clear Spotlight Search History in iPhone (iOS 10)

Last Updated: November 14, 2016

iPhone’s have had Spotlight search for quite some time now, and it is very handy. You can simply swipe left from your home screen or swipe down to access the Spotlight search, and search for anything you like. That’s all well and good, but if you use the Spotlight search on your iPhone, or iPad a lot, you probably have a lot of stuff in the search history that shows up underneath it. If Apple got one thing right with Spotlight search history on iPhone, it was the fact that it shows only the last three searches you made. However, there is no option to clear that history. So, if you want to clear the Spotlight search history on your iPhone, or iPad, here is how you can do it in iOS 10:

Clear Spotlight Search History on iOS 10

While it may not look like it’s possible to clear the Spotlight search history on an iPhone, there actually is a way to do it. It’s not exactly a given “option”, but more of a quick workaround that you can use to get rid of the search history on your iPhone:

1. Go to “Settings -> General -> Spotlight Search“.

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2. Here, simply toggle the switch next to “Siri Suggestions” to “Off”, and the turn it back on.

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This will clear the search history for your iPhone’s Spotlight search, and bring your Spotlight search screen back to its clean(ish) look.

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Remember when we navigated to the “Spotlight Search” page in “Settings”? This is the screen where you can manage everything related to the Spotlight search screen on your iPhone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any options to clear the search history for Spotlight search, which looks like a sad oversight by Apple. However, this screen does let you customize a lot of things about the Spotlight search on your iPhone, so play around with the settings here, if you ever need to tweak the results that Spotlight search shows you on your iPhone.

SEE ALSO: How to Sideload Apps on iPhone in iOS 10 (Without Jailbreak)

Delete Spotlight Search History on your iPhone

While there is no actual option to clear the Spotlight search history on an iPhone, you can use this workaround whenever you want to get rid of the search history that Spotlight displays. It’s easy, and fast, and it doesn’t really mess up anything on your iPhone. So, do you use Spotlight often? If so, how did you manage the search history that it displayed on your iPhone? If you know of some other way to delete Spotlight search history on an iPhone, or iPad, do let us know about it in the comments section below.

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