When you first use your iPhone or another iOS device, the search bar is one of the most useful features. You can use it to search for contacts, apps, and pretty much anything else. However, once you’ve learned where everything is located, you may not need it as often. This is why many users choose to disable the search button on their devices. Disabling the search button will hide it from view without needing to reset your whole device or delete any apps. It’s a great way to declutter your phone but still have access when needed. If you want to know how to disable the search bar in iOS 16, read on...
How To Disable The Search Button On iOS 16
The first thing you’ll want to do is open the Settings app. You can do this by tapping the gear icon found on one of the home screens. Once in Settings, tap General and then tap Keyboard. Next, scroll down and tap the Search Field switch to turn it off. It may take a few seconds to process. When it’s finished, the search field will disappear from the keyboard.
Once you’ve disabled the search button, you’ll still be able to use Siri and dictation to search for things. It’s just the button on the keyboard that’s been disabled. If you want to re-enable the search button at a later date, head back to General > Keyboard > Search Field and tap the switch so it turns blue. You’ll need to restart your device for the change to take effect.
So, if you want that Search button gone and your precious home screen indicator back, here’s what you need to do:
- Open Settings
- Scroll to and tap Home Screen
- Find the Search section
- Tap the toggle next to ‘Show on Home Screen.’
How To Enable The Search Button Again
If you want to re-enable the search button, there’s a quick and easy way to do it. Open Settings and tap General. Then scroll down and tap Keyboard. Next, tap the switch next to Search Field. This will enable the search button and you can use it as normal. If you change your mind again, you can easily disable the search button by following the same steps.
How To Temporarily Hide The Search Bar In iOS 16
If you only need to temporarily hide the search bar, you can do so without making any changes. To do this, simply hold down the search button until a message appears saying “Hide “. Let go and the search bar will disappear from view. To bring it back, simply tap the search button again.
Method 2: Turn Off Show Spotlight While Typing
If you’d prefer to completely disable the search bar, there’s a way you can do this. First, open Settings and tap General. Then scroll down and tap Keyboard and select Full Screen Keyboard. Scroll down and toggle off “Show Spotlight While Typing”. The search bar will then be completely disabled. You can turn it back on again by following the same steps, but this time, turn the toggle back on for Show Spotlight While Typing.
Method 3: Use Spotlight Shortcuts
Another way to completely disable the search bar is to use the Spotlight shortcuts. To do this, open Settings and tap General. Then, scroll down and select Keyboard. Select Shortcuts and select the shortcut titled “Type Search”. This will disable the search bar and allow you to use shortcuts instead. Although the shortcuts don’t work for everything, they do work for the majority of things you’d use the search bar for. You can select different shortcuts by tapping the “+” symbol.
How To Permanently Delete The Search Button In iOS 16
If you want to completely remove the search button from your device, you’ll need to do a factory reset. This will erase everything on your device and reinstall a fresh version of the operating system. To do this, open Settings and tap General. Scroll down and select Reset and select Erase All Content and Settings. Your device will then reset. When it comes back on, it will be like it was new out of the box. You’ll have to set up your device again and begin using it as if you just bought it. You can still use Siri and dictation to perform searches but the keyboard search button will no longer be there.
The search button is one of the most useful features of smartphones. It allows you to search for anything you want and find it almost instantly. It’s also one of the most used buttons on the iPhone and other iOS devices. However, as you learn where everything is located, you may not need it as often. This is why a lot of users choose to disable the search button on their devices.
You can do this by disabling the search field in Settings, turning off the Show Spotlight While Typing feature, or using the Spotlight shortcuts. Whatever method you use, you can be sure the search bar will be hidden from view.