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App Store search not working for you? Here's a fix!

Search in the App Store isn't working for some people right now. Whether it's a server-side glitch or something to do with the new search ad system that's just started rolling out, we're getting a bunch of reports from people who simply can't get search results to show. Well, worry not! We have a fix that just might help!

How to fix App Store search not working

To get App Store search working again, you can try flipping on Apple's Limit Ad Tracking feature. For whatever reason, that's proven effective for those experiencing the problem right now.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy.

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Advertising.
  2. Toggle the Limit Ad Tracking switch on.

One that's done, App Store search should start working again. If not, force quit the App Store app, re-launch it, and try again.

Any questions?

If this helped you, or if you found another tip that helped, let me know!

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

3 Comments
  • Thank you! I thought I was the only one! I was too lazy to call Apple. Sent from the iMore App
  • Ditto. :-D I turned it (back) off after, and Search still works... For now.
  • Oh and confirmed...this works Sent from the iMore App