It happens to me all the time: I’ll be looking for a song in my iPhone’s music library and I end up fruitlessly poking around the menu for a Search button—when all the while, the search box is hiding almost in plain sight.

In many of the iPhone’s and iPad’s core applications—from Mail and Contacts to Notes, Messages, and yes, Music—there’s a search box sitting quietly behind the title bar at the top of the screen.

Spotlight search on an iPhone

The iPhone’s “Spotlight” search box will simultaneously scour your mail, messages, music, calendars, and more.

To reveal it, all you have to do is pull down on the screen with your finger.

Mind you, you won’t always find a search box by pulling down on the screen. The Calendar app does, for example, have its own Search button (in the shape of a magnifying glass), while the Photos app doesn’t have a search box at all.

Then again, there’s always another iOS 7 search feature you can try: the universal “Spotlight” search box, which you can access by pulling down on your iPhone or iPad home screen.

Spotlight search will scour your contacts, apps, music, videos, notes, mail, calendars and more all at the same time, or you can use it to search the web or Wikipedia for your search term.

It’s an efficient yet easy-to-forget way to quickly jump to, say, a specific song or contact on your iPhone or iPad without having to pull up an app first.

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