Android Search Android Search

Search easily is the most powerful part of Google and Android. If you don't use the Search button on your phone on a regular basis, you're missing out. And did you know you can change what the search button searches?

Hit it once, and you're taken to the search menu. From there you're see results as you type. Pretty night. Tap on the big G that's there by default, and you can narrow your search. In our example here, you can search everything, web, apps or contacts.

Press the little settings button (the one that looks like a gear), and you can add and remove apps that will be search. Your list will look different from ours depending on what apps you have installed and what phone you're on.

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turbofan says:

Great tip! I always thought the Google g was thwre for decoration, and i hahad always been irritated that the search function wouldnt bring up contacts. Fixed!!

bhameyedoc says:

Thanks, I didn't know you could change this!
One difference (as you stated in your article): on my DInc running 2.2, the settings button doesn't appear as it does in the above picture. I have to press the menu button to change the settings.

umbertob says:

Pretty night?

galfert says:

I think Phil meant to say "Pretty Tight"

rap1 says:

Cool! I didn't know that. Added a few things to search. I rarely use that button. I usually forget about it but I didn't know it could be so powerful.

cenkaetaya says:

i find there are many small things like this in Android that could be made much easier to do.

even things like "staring" an item in google maps.

you got to click on the location and notice that tiny star at the top that you can barely see.

its soo annoying.

as a techy i dont mind too bad, but i feel for many regular people, they will never know any of it.

doncerda says:

Pretty nice guys, except for us fascinate owners who have BING! ='/

Jagerlowe says:

Great Tip! But hey, what kind of keyboard is that? it looks snazzy!

It's called Swift Key.

Xanadu73 says:

It's still doesn't hold a flame to the way webOS does it, but, this will certainly make it much easier to switch. Thanks for the Head's Up!


what is that sleek looking keyboard? looks really good

That would be Swift Key