Search Button Not Available On Home Screen In iOS 16? (Fix!)

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Search not showing on Home screen

Search button not available at the bottom of the Home Screen in iOS 16? This is a new shortcut that allows users to easily tap for Spotlight instead of swiping. It can miss because of a wrong setting or a temporary glitch.

How To Fix Search Button Not Showing On Home Screen

Go through the following troubleshooting steps to bring back the Search label:

1. Home Screen Settings

Search on Home Screen should be enabled by default. However, you should check if you accidentally modified this setting:
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  • In Settings scroll for Home Screen.
  • Turn On Show on Home Screen.

2. Restart iPhone

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If the above setting is enabled but Search is still not available at the bottom of your Home Screen, reboot your device.

A fresh start should flush any iOS 16 glitch that could prevent the Spotlight shortcut from displaying.

Tip: I recommend you to perform the force restart trick to quickly reboot your iPhone!

Fact: If you’re using more Home Screen pages, Search appears with a delay and replaces the pagination dots!

Workaround For Search Not Available On Home Screen

If the above tips won’t help, your only option, until Apple issues a fix in an upcoming software update, is to continue to swipe-down for Spotlight!

Have you managed to fix Search not showing at the bottom of the Home Screen? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section to share your feedback.

Related: Spotlight search missing on Lock Screen? Here is how to enable it!