By default, your iPhone will display photo suggestions with thumbnails in Spotlight Search results on iOS 15 or higher. It can be handy, but it also can potentially clutter up the search results. Here’s how to disable or hide the photo thumbnails.

The Problem

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

An example of photo thumbnails showing in Spotlight Search results on iPhone.

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

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How to Fix It

First, open Settings by tapping the gear icon.

In Settings, scroll down and select “Photos.”

In Settings, tap "Photos."

In Photos, tap “Siri & Search.”

Tap "Siri & Search."

In Siri & Search, tap the switch beside “Show Content in Search” to turn it off.

Flip the switch beside "Show Content in Search" to off.

After that, exit Settings. The next time you do a Spotlight Search, you will no longer see photo thumbnails in the search results. Happy searching!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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