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My iPhone has the app Economist installed. I can find the app’s icon. A tap to that icon launches the app.

Yet when I swipe down on the Home Screen to display the search bar, and type in the word Economist, the app is not among the search results.

Other apps can be searched by name. Typing “sa” lists the Safari browser. Typing “co” displays the Contacts app.

Why does the search facility lose track of some apps? How can I fix that?

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  • I don't know why this is occurring. But perhaps deleting the app from your phone, and downloading it again from the App Store, will cause iOS to re-index the phone's app content. Dec 18, 2023 at 22:19
  • Isn’t that an answer instead of a comment @DavidRecallsMonica ?
    – bmike
    Dec 18, 2023 at 22:20
  • @bmike I suppose it could be, but it's only a guess on my part, so I was reluctant to offer it as an answer. Should I? Your answer is much more precise...I didn't even know there was a toggle for view-in-search. Dec 18, 2023 at 22:22

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Typically this is a preference for the app. Head to the settings app, Siri & Search.

Inspect an app that behaves well (you mentioned Safari)

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Then inspect the problematic app.

I would toggle everything off, then only toggle on Show App in Search and then test. Then re-enable everything you want for the Economist.


In some off cases, you might have an actual spotlight issue. Setting the device in airplane mode and then powering it down cleanly then restarting is what I’d try next. Open a support case if those two steps don’t work, making a full backup once you know the basics aren’t functioning.

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