Spotlight search returns no results on iOS (intermittently)

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I'm on 8.0.2 but it happened on 8.0.0 too.

empty spotlight results

Spotlight just won't show anything no matter what I type.

Best Answer

  • Send yourself an email from the iPhone to your iPhone email address

    Yes seriously. I know that sounds absurd, but sending your iOS device an email actually makes Spotlight search start working again. All you need to do is send yourself an email to whatever mail account is setup on the iOS device, and once the new email is detected by iOS Mail app (as indicated by a Notification or the new mail chime), suddenly Spotlight works again.