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How to search for Twitter usernames and hashtags with Spotlight

While most of us have our favorite Twitter apps, if you don't have yours handy, or you're already using Apple's Spotlight search tool, you can now bring up links to popular people and trending tweets by typing in an @username or #hashtag.

Note: Spotlight isn't searching Twitter per se. It's including Twitter in the pool of information it digs through, but it will only show Twitter results if they're especially relevant. So, Spotlight won't show every username or every hashtag, just really popular ones around the time and place you're searching.

How to search a Twitter hashtag or user with Spotlight for iOS

  1. Pull down from your iPhone or iPad's Home screen to launch Spotlight.
  2. Type in a username or hashtag. For example, you can type in @imuggle or #AppleWatch.
  3. You should see search results under the Twitter section.

How to search for Twitter usernames and hashtags with Spotlight

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5 Comments
  • Hey! It doesn't work for me! I have iOS 8.3 . can somebody say how to enable this feature ? Please. Thanks!
  • Let me guess; this works ONLY for the U.S....?! Sent from the iMore App
  • Doesn't work for me neither. And I even mention a follower, not just a user I don't follow. Sent from the iMore App
  • Does this require the Twitter app to be installed? Sent from the iMore App
  • Not working for me. I use Twitterific. Thought that was the problem. Installed Twitter app. Still not working.