Spotlight Search & Privacy

Spotlight Search is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.

Siri Analyzes How You Use Your Devices and Apps to Provide Personalized Suggestions and Better Search Results Using Local, On-Device Processing, and Syncs Across Your Devices with End-to-End Encryption Using iCloud

Siri uses local, on-device processing to learn how you use your devices and apps in order to personalize your experience. Using information stored on your device, such as your Safari browsing history, emails, messages, notifications, and contacts, as well as information contributed by other installed apps, Siri can provide suggestions in Spotlight, Look Up, Safari, apps, and more.

Siri uses iCloud to sync personalization across your Apple devices using end-to-end encryption.

To Make Suggestions and Search Results More Relevant, Some Information Is Sent to Apple and Not Associated with You

When you use Siri Suggestions or Look Up, or type in Search, Spotlight, Safari search, or #images search in Messages, any information sent to Apple does not identify you, and is associated with a 15-minute random, rotating device-generated identifier. Your device may send information such as location, topics of interest (for example, cooking or basketball), your search queries, suggestions you have selected, apps you use, and related device usage data to Apple. This information does not include search results that show files or content on your device. If you subscribe to music or video subscription services, the names of these services and the type of subscription may be sent to Apple. Your account name, number, and password will not be sent to Apple.

This information is used to process your request and provide more relevant suggestions and search results, and is not linked to your Apple ID, email address, or other data Apple may have from your use of other Apple services.

Aggregated information may be used to improve other Apple products and services. Common search queries may be shared with a web search engine to improve search results.

Search Engine Suggestions in Safari

Safari has a single field for searches and web addresses so you can browse the web from one convenient place. When Search Engine Suggestions are enabled, Safari will ask your selected search engine for suggestions based on what you’ve typed.

Preload Top Hit in Safari

With Preload Top Hit enabled, as soon as Safari determines a Top Hit based on your bookmarks and browsing history, Safari will begin loading the webpage in the background. If you disable this option, the page will load normally.

You Have Choice and Control

If you do not want Siri Suggestions to send your information to Apple, you can disable Siri Suggestions. Go to System Preferences > Spotlight > Search Results and deselect Siri Suggestions. You can disable Safari Suggestions in Safari by going to Safari > Preferences > Search and deselecting Include Safari Suggestions.

You can stop apps from contributing information to personalize Siri by going to System Preferences > Siri, then clicking Siri Suggestions & Privacy. Select an app from the list and deselect Learn from this App.

You can disable Location Services for Siri Suggestions by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy, then selecting Location Services. Click the lock to make changes and enter your password, click Details next to System Services, and deselect Location-Based Suggestions. If you turn off Location Services on your device, your location will not be sent to Apple. To deliver relevant search suggestions, Apple may use the IP address of your internet connection to approximate your location by matching it to a geographic region.

If you do not want Siri personalization to sync across your devices, you can disable Siri by going to System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud, and deselecting Siri in the list of Apps on this Mac using iCloud.

By using Siri Suggestions and Search, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information. At all times, information collected by Apple will be treated in accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at