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Suppose you're in the middle of something important. Then, suddenly, your phone becomes unresponsive. It can be annoying and frustrating. That sometimes happens to many iPhone users.

An iPhone can't get out of the search screen and can't swipe up, tap, or find anything in the search bar. If you're lucky, the phone will only swipe down for notifications and settings. The only apps that open are those for which you have notifications.

You can't go to the Home Screen. And even after restarting the device, the situation doesn't change. If you're in a similar state, you must wonder why the iPhone is stuck on the search screen and how to fix it?

It's likely due to an issue with the operating system. Discover an easy fix for this behavior below.

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Recommended reading: Another common problem is that your iPhone is stuck on the loading screen. Click the link to learn how to resolve the issue.
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iPhone Stuck on Search Screen: The Easy Way to Fix

An iPhone stuck on search is not only annoying and frustrating. It's also inconvenient. It's a problem that needs a reliable and immediate solution. As mentioned, the problem is mostly software- or operating system-related.

Wondershare Dr.Fone - iOS System Repair is one of the best tools for fixing iPhone software issues. It can repair 150+ iOS issues, including the iPhone screen stuck on search.

Dr.Fone - iOS System Repair supports all iPhones, from the older to the latest models. The tool allows users to fix iPhone software issues in Standard and Advanced Modes. That helps to "maximize the system recovery efficiency and success rate."

Typically, you'll use the Standard Mode to fix your specific issue without any risk of data loss. If it fails, you can employ the Advanced Mode, which repairs more complex scenarios.

Fix the iPhone Stuck on Search Screen Using the Standard Mode

The following are the simple steps to fix the iPhone screen stuck on search using the Standard Mode on Dr.Fone:

  1. Install the Wondershare Dr.Fone on your computer. Next, open the software and go to the Toolbox section from the upper-left corner of the screen. Choose the System Repair option on the home screen.
    go to toolbox on dr.fone and choose system repair
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. Select iPhone from the windows that appear on the screen.
    confirm that you want to repair an iphone
  3. A new window with options to repair your iOS device will appear. Choose iOS Repair.
    choose the ios repair option in the next window
  4. Choose Standard Repair as your repair mode from the two options you're presented with.
    choose to repair the iphone stuck on search screen problem using the standard mode
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to put your iPhone into Recovery Mode. After that, tap Enter Recovery Mode. Or click Guide to learn how to put unresponsive devices into Recovery Mode.
    put your iphone into recovery mode
  6. Once in Recovery Mode, Dr.Fone will detect the appropriate iOS firmware to install. Click Download against the iOS firmware you want to install on your iPhone.
    click to download a firmware package to install and repair your iphone
  7. Begin downloading the iOS firmware. Once downloaded, it will be verified before being made available to update the phone.
    wait for the download and installation process to be concluded
  8. Click Repair Now to continue to repair the iPhone.
    click the repair now button to initiate the ios system recovery process
  9. Wait for the process to conclude. Keep the iDevice connected to the computer.
    wait for a few minutes while your iphone is being repaired
  10. Click Done once the process is completed. You can now disconnect and use your repaired iPhone.
    click done and then check if your iphone has been fixed
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Note: Dr.Fone is also great for resolving other system issue, such as the iPhone stuck in the Recovery Mode.

Fix iPhone Stuck on Search Screen Using the Advanced Mode

If the Standard Mode didn't fix the iPhone stuck on the search bar scenario, try the Advanced Repair. As mentioned, this mode checks the device in depth. It will deal with serious software issues that could be causing your iPhone to get stuck on the search.

Please remember that this mode will restore your device to factory settings. It will erase all your data. It's, therefore, essential to back up your iPhone before you proceed. See below for instructions on backing up your unresponsive iOS device on the computer.

  1. Connect the device to the computer once you back up your iPhone data. Open Dr.Fone, repeat steps 1-3 above, then choose the Advanced Repair option.
    choose to repair the iphone stuck on search screen using the advanced mode
  2. Follow the guide on the computer screen to put your iPhone in Recovery Mode. Click Enter Recovery Mode or Guide to learn how to put an unresponsive device to Recovery Mode.
    put your troubled ios device into a recovery mode
  3. Choose the iOS firmware you wish to download on your iPhone. Click Download next to the particular iOS firmware to begin the process.
    click to download a firmware package to repair the iphone stuck on searching issue
  4. Begin downloading your chosen iOS firmware. Dr.Fone will verify it before the installation starts.
    wait as your chosen firmware package is being downloaded
  5. When the firmware is ready to be installed, click Repair Now to continue.
    click to start repairing the iphone once the download process is completed
  6. You can view the repair as it concludes through a progress bar.
    wait for a few minutes for the repair to conclude
  7. A window will notify you that the process is completed. Click Done, then check if the iPhone is stuck in search mode. The situation has been fixed.
    click done and then check if your iphone problem is resolved

Other Ways to Fix an iPhone That Is Stuck on Search Screen

Besides the Wondershare Dr.Fone, other tricks exist to resolve your iOS problem. These include force restarting the device and disabling the search feature in settings. Check out the details here.

iPhone Stuck on Search Screen: Force Restart the Device

A force restart is the easiest solution to most software-related issues on the iPhone. So, try it, and it may resolve the issue without much effort. The good thing is that it's easy to force-restart an iPhone, regardless of the model.

If you have an iPhone 8 or newer, include the SE second and third generation:

  1. Press and swiftly release the top volume button.
  2. Press and swiftly release the bottom volume button.
  3. Hold the side (power) button (for about 20 seconds) until an Apple logo appears. Release the button.
    force-restart your iphone to fix a stuck on search screen issue

To force-restart an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus:

  1. Hold the power/side button and the volume down button for about 10 seconds. Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears.
  2. If the iPhone doesn't turn on, charge it for an hour, then retry. Ensure you're using a functional charger.

Follow these steps to force-restart an iPhone 6 or earlier, including the iPhone SE first generation:

  1. Hold the side/power button or top button and Home button for 10 seconds. Release the buttons when the Apple logo pops up.
  2. If the iPhone won't start, charge it for a while, then retry.
    hold the home and power buttons together to force-restart an iphone 6
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Note: You can contact Apple if your iPhone doesn't turn on at all.

Still Stuck on the Search Screen: Disable the Search Feature

You can also fix the iPhone stuck on the search issue by disabling the search function in settings. Follow these steps to disable the search on your iOS device:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Home Screen section.
  2. Turn off the Show on Home Screen switch under the Search header.
    tap account and then the log out button to log your secondary phone from whatsapp

The search feature will no longer appear on your home screen pages. But what if you can't touch anything on the screen to open the settings?

In that case, you can use Sire to open the settings. Say, "Hey Siri, open settings." Once in settings, scroll down to Home Screen. Where you see the Search category, turn it off. If it's already off, turn it on and then back on. Your iPhone should work just fine after that.

What if you need to search for something in the future and the search is disabled? You can swipe down and use the Spotlight search function.

swipe down from the top of the iphone screen to access the spotlight search function

[Bonus] Back Up & Restore Your iPhone to Any Computer in One Click

Wondershare MobileTrans - Backup & Restore is one of the best tools for backing up your iPhone data. As the name suggests, it's designed to back up and restore phone data.

With it, you can back up your iPhone to any computer - Windows or Mac. After that, you can restore the data whenever needed. Wondershare MobileTrans - Backup & Restore doesn't overwrite your data during the process. The software supports most data types, including videos, photos, contacts, and more. It's fast and effective.

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Follow these steps to backup your iPhone to a computer using the MobileTrans - Backup & Restore:

  1. Install Wondershare MobileTrans software on your PC. After that, connect your iOS device to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. Open the MobileTrans software and click Backup & Restore from the home screen. Choose the Backup option under Phone Backup & Restore.
    open mobiletrans software and choose backup under phone backup and restore
  3. Select the data types to back up or select all to include all your iPhone data. After that, click the Start button.
    log in to your whatsapp account to allow mutsapper to copy your data
  4. MobileTrans will begin backing up your data. Keep the phone connected to the computer until the process is concluded. It usually takes a moment.
    wait for a moment while the mobiletrans backs up your iphone

You’ve now backed up your data. Once the iPhone is fixed, restore the backup from the computer with the MobileTrans. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer containing the backup. Use a USB cable.
  2. Launch the MobileTrans software and switch to the Backup & Restore mode. Click Restore under Phone Backup & Restore.
    open the mobiletrans software and choose restore to begin
  3. Select the data types to restore to your iOS device. After that, click the Start button.
    select data to restore and then click the start button
  4. Keep your iPhone connected until MobileTrans completes restoring your data. The process will be completed shortly.
    wait for a few minutes and mobiletrans will finish restoring your data


Fixing the iPhone stuck in the search screen problem is easy after reading this article. You only need to install Wondershare Dr.Fone - iOS System Repair on your computer.

After that, choose which way you wish to repair your device. You can address the scenario using the Standard or Advanced mode. It depends on the complexity of the problem.

If you use the Advanced mode, back up your iPhone to prevent data loss. You've also seen how easy it is to use the MobileTrans - Backup & Restore.

You can also repair the iPhone stuck on searching by force-restarting the device. Or disable the search feature in settings. So, choose your best method and fix the problem like a pro!


  • How Do You Fix an iPhone 14 that's Stuck on Search Screen?
    Tell Siri to launch settings to fix an iPhone 14 stuck on the search screen. Scroll down to and tap Home Screen. Under this screen, turn the Search feature off. If it's already off, turn it on, then back to off. That should fix the problem on your iPhone.
  • Why Is Your iPhone Stuck on Searching?
    Your iPhone may be stuck on searching due to a network problem. The easiest way to fix this problem is to restart your device. That will reset any processes interfering with your phone's performance. Alternatively, you can remove the SIM card and reinsert it.
Navkiran Dhaliwal
Navkiran Dhaliwal Jun 07, 24
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