A text message is a great way to communicate with friends and family. Not only that it is quick, but it is also cheaper than the phone call. Additionally, you’d see many people preferring the text over the call as they find it a better medium to communicate. What this all means is that people get a lot of messages daily, and it compiles for quite a collection.

Now with such a huge number of texts, finding a specific text message or body within the text message becomes quite an uphill task. iPhone users have two types of messages, one is the regular texting that cost carrier charges while the other is iMessage which is free, but limited between iPhone users only. So, if you are looking for the method that can help you find a particular text message, you need to refer to the instructions below.

Tracking Old Messages:

It is quite simple to track down your old messages on the iPhone. You can do that by:

1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.

2. The main screen of the app shows all the chats you have had. On top of this screen, you will be able to see the search bar. Tap on it.
search in messages app

3. Now type in the keyword related to the text message. It could be the person’ name, string, or phone number. As you type, you will see a list of texts related to your keyword. Locate the exact text you want to revisit and tap on it.

4. Now you will be able to view the text on the screen.

Via Spotlight:

You can also locate text messages via the spotlight feature of iPhone. You can do it by:

1. Enable Spotlight by tapping and swiping the screen towards the left.

2. Now tap the search bar at the top of your screen.
search in FaceTime

3. Type in the keyword related to the text message. It could be the person’s name, number or even a word related to the text thread.

4. Scroll down the screen to the Message Section (Search in App).

5. Locate the text you want to view and tap on it.

6. Now, the text will open in the Message app.

How to Reach the Beginning Part of a Text Thread:

If you desire to reach the beginning of any conversation in the thread, you can do that by:

1. Open the Message App.

2. Open the Conversation which you want to check from the start.

3. Once opened, keep tapping on the top of your screen. By the top, it means that you will have to tap the top of the phone’ screen, not the Message app’ screen.

4. Upon tapping, you will reach the top (beginning) of the thread. It is similar to what you do in WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

Spotlight doesn’t Show Any Results:

These were the simple methods that can help you search text messages on the iPhone. However, IOS 12 had some problems regarding the spotlight search. The users were unable to see “In-App Search” results which also affected the Message App. Apple acknowledged the issue, and performed some tweaking with the iOS. The issue was solved for many users, but some still have this issue.

If you are one of the users who are trying to use spotlight for text message search and unable to do so, you may have to refer to a quick fix from the iPhone Settings. It has worked for many users, and you can try it by:

1. Open the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Next, tap on the option Accessibility.

4. Tap Switch Control.

5. Scroll down, locate the option Menu Items and tap on it.

6. Tap the option Device.

7. Now locate Spotlight Search and tap on it to disable it. Wait 15-20 seconds and tap it again to enable it back.

8. Now restart your phone and issue would be sorted.

If the issue is occurring in the iOS 10 or 11 then users can:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Tap Spotlight Search and shut down all its stitches.

4. Restart the device and see if the issue has been sorted.

Searching text messages on the iPhone was as easy as that. You also read how to troubleshoot spotlight if it doesn’t work for you. Remember, you will not be able to find the text messages that have been deleted from your iPhone. You would have to recover them first if you wish to view them. Recovering them would need you to download third-party apps, and they are likely to be the paid apps.