I have an iPhone 8 Plus phone and I installed iOS 13. Ever since I am always updating to the latest version of iOS 13. Regardless, the spotlight search does not work on my phone.

This is my main way of locating apps on the phone, so this issue is particularly painful. Here is what I do:

  • Swipe down on the home screen.
  • Start typing the name of the app, for example, "App Store"
  • Nothing happens, the result list does not update while typing. The Siri Suggestions part of the screen just remains the same.
  • Hit the Search button on the keyboard
  • Again, nothing happens. The Siri Suggestions list is not updated.

I tried restarting the phone on several occasions but did not help. I am also installing the latest update. As of now, the version I have is 13.1.13.

I tried this with other phones with iOS 13, but they did not have this problem.

Any ideas, what I can try to fix this?

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If your search is showing empty search results, try these as best and first solution:

  1. Tap Settings > General > Language & Region > iPad Language or iPhone Language
  2. Select a language (e.g.; Canada English) and tap Done. Then confirm your change by tapping Continue.
  3. Now change back to your original language.

If you think that Search is still not finding items, meaning it is not working correctly, try these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Siri & Search
  2. Turn off (deactivate) everything (search results) by being on each App
  3. Now turn off your device by pressing and holding the on/off button until you see the slider. Then slide the red slider.
  4. Turn your device on.
  5. Now go to Settings > Siri & Search and now turn everything on.**
  • I tried both methods. unfortunately, none of them helped. I am guessing that maybe a device reset and restoring from backup would help me.
    – gyurisc
    Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 12:23
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    A device reset can also help. But generally, the first step helped few of my colleagues who face similar issues.
    – Udhy
    Commented Oct 16, 2019 at 12:28
  • I updated to the latest iOS version which is 13.1.3 but it still not works. I will try once again the language change and report back. I also add some details to my original question like the new version number and the name of the panel that shows the app results are called Siri Suggestions
    – gyurisc
    Commented Oct 17, 2019 at 7:31
  • I still have no solution here, so I go ahead and do the hard-reset as this is becoming super annoying :(
    – gyurisc
    Commented Oct 23, 2019 at 6:52
  • 1
    I have the exact same issue. None of the solutions helped... and I'm sick of resetting my device every two month when a new bug pops up.
    – Tlokuus
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 10:34

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