How to fix spotlight in iOS 8

I've been a fan of Apple for years but lately I've started to see core issues in iOS 8 such as Spotlight that has me questioning both their resource and QA process - I will keep this one for another time.

My main gripe in iOS 8 is that spotlight (for me at least) seems very buggy and often even when I search for the complete app name nothing is shown.  Another annoyance is I search and only Music is shown, no apps.


If like me you are experiencing the above or similar there is a fix.

  1. Hit the home button
  2. Hold down the home button and sleep/wake until the screen goes black and an Apple logo is displayed
  3. Let them go

Once it's restarted and you are back spotlight will be working again.

I've raised this as a bug on the Apple Developer Portal.