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Question: Does it infuriate anyone else that you can't search for an installed App unless you give Siri full access to your personal data in the App?

Prior to iOS11, you could type the first few letters of an app into the spotlight search to find an app insatlled on your phone. I have 8 pages of apps, so the search is crucial. Now spotlight search has been replaced with "Siri Suggestions" and you have to agree to allow Siri access to all of your data in the app (bookmarks, browsing history, purchase history, usage data, and your location when you use the app) in order for the app itself to appear in the search results. This is super invasive and just wrong.


Help me out if I'm missing something here- would love to be wrong about this

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Dec 13, 2017 11:52 AM in response to gregoryc03 In response to gregoryc03

I have Siri suggestions in search and suggestions in lookup disabled. I still get Apps as top hits when I search.


For example, typing "week" my top hit is the Week Cal App on my dock, typeing "exc" top hit is Excel in my MS Office folder, etc, etc.

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Dec 13, 2017 12:04 PM in response to gregoryc03 In response to gregoryc03

Alright I think I figured this out. I just updated to iOS 11.2.1 and it looks like in Settings > Siri & Search you can now disable both of the Siri Suggestion options and then in each of the apps listed (still in Settings > Siri & Search), turn on "Show App" so that the app itself appears in search results without having to give Siri access to my data in the apps. Would be nice to be able to enable all at once but oh well. Thanks God.


Unlike some users, prior to this change, I was unable to search for Apps unless I typed in the full app name.

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Question: Does it infuriate anyone else that you can't search for an installed App unless you give Siri full access to your personal data in the App?