iOS 12: If You Can’t Search in Settings, Try This

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Some people reported being unable to search in Settings after upgrading to iOS 12. But a Redditor found a fix for it.Screenshot of Spotlight search in Settings on iOS.

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Search in Settings

u/kstrike155 came up with a clever solution to the issue.

  1. If you can’t search in Settings, switch the device language from English to English (UK).
  2. Close the Setting app, then go back in and switch it back to English. After that you should be able to search again.

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i tried the above suggestion of changing the language but it did not work. Search in settings and in spotlight are still blank. Any more suggestions?

Bronius Motekaitis

Yay! Worked for me too – – At first I thought it hadn’t, but as I took the time to round back and respond (I guess that was enough time for indexing to kick in or complete?), there it was 😀 Thanks for the simple and easy tip to get Search working in iOS Settings again.

Daniel Oliveira

Worked for me as well, thanks a lot!


Worked for me, thanks!

Paul Fernandes

Worked for me as well! Much appreciated.

Grant Draper

Perfect! Worked for me!