How to search for specific collections in the App Store

App Store search can be hit or miss depending on what you're looking for. If you know an app's name, you can of course search for that. But what if you don't? And instead you want an app that has a specific feature or characteristic? Try aiming for an app store collection instead. Here's how!

Searching collections in the App Store seemed to appear for me sometime after iOS 8.1. The feature it a little finicky at present but it does work for more broad and general searches. For example, you have to search for a specific category of app or a feature of iOS. If Apple has a collection already built, they should filter in. I'm sure the results will get better over time as Apple updates categories with new search terms.

For now, here's how you can try your luck:

How to search the App Store for a specific collection

  1. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the search icon in the bottom navigation.
  3. Type in a general search term that focuses more on a feature or category, such as "Apple Pay" or "Touch ID".
  4. If there are any collections that match your search, they'll filter in at the top above individual app results.

How to search for specific collections in the App Store

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7 Comments
  • My concern is exactly the opposite! I have about 275 apps on my phone and because of that I want to collect “like” apps (in my mind) into a specific desktop “folders”.
    The problem I am having currently is that the apps reside on so many different screens, that I have a real problem finding an existing “folder” for them.
    Not sure if is technically able, but it would be great if you could organize your apps on a large screen, like your Mac, and then transfer the results to your phone. Or maybe someone has seen an existing app that could accomplish that!
  • iTunes, In your device select the apps tab. Then the pages, folders and apps can be arranged just the way you want them.
  • Thanks for your response!
    Help me understand....... On my iPhone, what is the apps tab or are you telling to go to iTunes thru Safari? Thanks,
    Brasado
  • Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac. Then once your phone starts syncing with iTunes, go to Apps section and organise apps on your iPhone the way you want. Resync iPhone again. Sent from the iMore App
  • Thank you! Think I've got it.
  • OOPS! How do I sort app order on Mac iTunes Window?
  • Hi, I have found the Support page, thanks to you help. Just need the right search words! Thank you