iOS 16 Spotlight: New Search Button (and Here’s How to Remove It)

The Spotlight search function has received a new button in iOS 16. iPhoned tells you where to find the new Spotlight button and how to remove it.

iOS 16 Spotlight

Normally you open the Spotlight function on an iPhone with Face ID by swiping down on the center of the home screen. You will then immediately see the keyboard with the text box. This will remain the same in iOS 16, but you get another way to open the search function.

When you look at the home screen, you will see a row of dots on iOS 15 and earlier. By swiping over it, you can quickly scroll through the different pages of apps on your iPhone (and iPad). In iOS 16, the Spotlight button will be here soon and you will use this to open the search box. However, you can still scroll through the app pages with the same button by swiping over it.

iOS 16 Hide Spotlight
Left iOS 16 without Spotlight button, right iOS 16 with Spotlight button

iOS 16: Remove Spotlight Button

Do you find this new button annoying? And would you rather remove Spotlight here? Which can! You can hide the Spotlight button in the settings. You do that in the following way.

Hide Spotlight Button in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app;

  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘Home screen’;

  3. Turn off the button at ‘Show on home screen’ under the heading ‘search’.

iOS 16 Hide Spotlight

Want to know more about iOS 16?

Apple already announced iOS 16 during WWDC 2022. You should be able to start with the iOS 16 update sometime in September (and hopefully you’ll already have your brand new iPhone 14 Pro).

The update comes with several new features. For example, you get a new lockscreen, Apple puts a special ‘Isolation mode’ in your iPhone and you can more easily share photos with a shared iCloud photo album. Want to know what else is new? Check out our extensive iOS 16 overview.

iOS 16 release

Can’t wait for the iOS 16 release and want to know exactly when the update is coming? Then take a look at the article below. We try to predict exactly when you can install iOS 16!

Read more: iOS 16 release date, when will the major iPhone update come out?

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