How to do a Control-F search on iPhone [9 Ways Explained]
Control-F (Windows) or Command-F (macOS) is an essential keyboard shortcut that we all use to quickly locate specific words or phrases in a web page or document. But have you ever wondered if you can use the Control-F search shortcut on iPhone and iPad? Well the answer is yes. There are several ways to perform a Ctrl-F (or Ctrl + F) search on your iPhone. So if you’re looking to unravel this productivity-focused hack, let me show you how it works.
How to use Control-F on iPhone and iPad (2021)
First of all, there is no Ctrl + F / Cmd + F keyboard shortcut on iPhone. So how do you search for certain words / phrases in a document or web page? It’s pretty straightforward. You should take advantage of the built-in search tools to search for text.
While some apps come with a dedicated search bar to let you instantly find specific words, others opt for a Control-F-like feature that makes it easier to find certain texts. On top of everything, there’s also Spotlight Search for you to perform a quick system-wide search on your iPhone or iPad. As long as you know how to use these options, finding certain words (or doing Control-F) on your iPhone shouldn’t be easy.
How to search for specific words in Safari webpage on iPhone
1. Open Safari on your iPhone and head to the webpage where you want to search for a word or phrase.
2. Now enter the word that you want to find in the search bar. Then scroll down to find the option “On this page” and press the Find [search keyword you entered] option.
3. At the bottom of the screen, you should see the number of times that particular word appears on the web page. Now you can use the up and down arrows at the bottom of the screen to find each instance of the word. Once you have completed your Control-F search, press the Ended button at the bottom of your iPhone screen.
How to search for specific words in Chrome webpage on iPhone
1. Start Google chrome on your iPhone or iPad and go to the webpage where you want to search for a specific word.
2. Then press the three dot icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Scroll down and select the Search in page option in the context menu.
4. Then, type the word or phrase in the search bar and press the up and down arrows to find each occurrence of the word. Faucet Ended at the top right when you have finished your search.
How to use the share button for Control-F search in Safari / Chrome
Another reliable way to find certain words in Safari or Google Chrome browser is to use the familiar share button. Follow the steps below on how to hit the share button presents you with a familiar option.
1. Open Safari or Chrome on your iPhone and go to a web page where you perform the Control-F operation.
2. Now tap on the Share icon. After that scroll down and select the “Find on page” option in Safari or the “Find on page” option in Chrome.
3. Then enter the search keyword and use the up / down arrow to check each instance of the highlighted word on the web page. After you find the word or phrase you were looking for, tap Done to finish.
How to find specific words in the Notes app on iPhone and iPad
1. Launch the Notes application (which now supports tags) and open the note where you want to search for a word or phrase.
2. Now press the menu button (the small circle with three dots) in the upper right corner and choose the Search in the note option.
3. Then use the up / down arrow to find each instance of a specific word in the note. And as usual, press Ended once you have completed your research.
How to Search Control-F in Files App on iPhone and iPad
Finding a specific word in the Files app on iOS devices is pretty straightforward. It includes a dedicated search bar at the top. So, enter the text you want to search -> press the search button on the keyboard, and you’re good to go. The Files app will display all files, including images, documents, or folders, with the search keyword in its name.
How to use Control-F in the Apple Messages app on iPhone
Apple’s native Messages app also has a search bar at the top so you can find messages with a certain keyword in all of your conversations. To find any word / phrase in the iMessage app, press the search bar (you can also swipe up from the top of the screen to access the search bar), enter the text you want to search for and press search button on the keyboard.
How to use Control-F in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad
With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple brought the Photos app into Spotlight. As a result, you can now search for images using Spotlight on your iPhone or iPad by specifying scenes, people, places, pets, plants, etc.
Do this, swipe down from the middle of the screen (when you are on the Home screen) to display Spotlight. Then, enter text or the type of image you are looking for in the search bar at the top. Now Spotlight search will show relevant results based on your query.
How to control-F in the Google Docs app on iPhone and iPad
1. Launch the Google Docs app on your device and open document you want to perform a text search.
2. Press the search icon (magnifying glass) in the upper right corner of the screen. After that, enter the word you want to search. Google Docs will now highlight each instance of the word and also display the total number of times the word appears in the document. You can use the back / forward arrow buttons to quickly navigate through the document to find a relevant occurrence.
How to Control-F in PowerPoint on iPhone and iPad
1. Launch the Microsoft PowerPoint application on your device and open a presentation. Tap the search icon (magnifying glass) in the upper right corner.
2. Now type a word or phrase you are looking for in the search bar at the top and press the Search button on the keyboard. For advanced search options, tap the gear icon to the left of the search box and select the preferred option as Match case or whole words.
Do Control-F search on iPhone to find text
Here is! So here are the different ways you can use to perform a Control / Command-F search on your iPhone. With the inclusion of a dedicated search bar and handy search tools, apps on your iPhone make it easy to find every occurrence of a word or phrase on a web page or document. Also, Spotlight search just got a lot smarter so you can locate almost anything on your iOS or iPadOS 15 devices. Having said that, are you still having trouble using Control-F on iPhone? If so, let us know in the comments below and we’ll help you out.