How to turn off photos in Spotlight search results on iPhone


By default, your iPhone will show photo suggestions with thumbnails in Spotlight search results on iOS 15 or later. This can be handy, but it can also potentially clutter up search results. Here’s how to turn off or hide photo thumbnails.

The problem

On the home screen, if you swipe down with one finger to search and type a query, you’ll see potential matches pulled from your iPhone’s photo library displayed as thumbnails in the results.

Your iPhone uses its AI photo recognition algorithms to match the words you type with the photos in your library. It’s an awesome feature, but it’s not for everyone. Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off.

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How to fix it

First, open settings by tapping on the gear icon.

In Settings, scroll down and select “Photos”.

In Photos, tap “Siri & Search”.

In Siri & Search, tap the switch next to “Show content in search” to turn it off.

After that, exit the settings. The next time you perform a Spotlight search, you will no longer see photo thumbnails in the search results. Good research !