Search in your apps

You can use the Google app to search for content in other apps on your phone, like messages, contacts, and music. For example, to find a friend’s phone number or a recent email sent to you, search for your friend’s name.

Pick which apps show results

You can see results from apps, like like Gmail and YouTube, on your device. Some apps are not available. To pick which apps show results:

  1. On your Android phone, open the Google app Google Search.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings and then General and then Personal results.
  3. You’ll see all apps you can search.
    • Remove: To remove an app from search results, tap it.
    • Add: To include an app in search results, tap it again.

Search in your apps

You can search for things like emails, text messages, or YouTube videos.

  1. On your Android phone, open your Google app Google Search.
  2. In the search box, type what you’re looking for. As you type, app content could show in search suggestions.
  3. Tap a suggestion or finish entering your terms.
  4. Tap Search Search. If you finish the search, you’ll see app results on the search results page.
  5. To see app results only: Under the search box, scroll to the right. Then tap Personal.

How your app info stays private

When you search in apps on your phone, you can see:

  • Personal results, like messages
  • Public results, like YouTube videos

Only you can see your personal results.

Searching your personal results happens entirely on your phone, so you can search even when you're not connected to WiFi or cellular data.

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