Quick Search

Quick Search is the fastest way to search the web. Just open the app, start typing and press “Go” to search. Download it here

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It also includes shortcuts to search 4 other apps:

  • 1Password (An excellent password manager)
  • Spotify (Streaming music)
  • App Store
  • Google Maps

Just type your query and then press on the icon of the app you want to search. It’s simple and very useful.

If you are ever unsure of how the app works press the cog iccon beside the search bar.

Why Is Quick Search Useful?

You may be thinking, "I can just go to Safari to search Google. Why would I use this app?" Simple, it's faster and more convienent. Here is what it takes to perform a Google Search via Safari:

Here is what it's like searching Google via Quick Search. (My search took 6 Seconds) 

Here is what it's like searching Google via Quick Search. (My search took 6 Seconds) 

 
Here is what it's like searching Google via Safari's address bar. There are so many extra taps. (My search took 12 seconds)

Here is what it's like searching Google via Safari's address bar. There are so many extra taps. (My search took 12 seconds)

 

Why You Should Use ‘Quick Search’

1. Speed & Convienance

Quick Search is the fastest way to search the web. When you launch the app you just type your query and press “Go.” If you wanted to do the same thing via Safari, you’d need to create a new tab, tap the address bar, type and then press “Go.” It is both faster and more convenient. I will admit that Safari is almost as fast if you don’t open a new tab but Quick Search is more convenient with its ability to search sites directly.

2. Search Popular Sites Directly

What do you do if you want to search Wikipedia? Currently you have to launch Safari, possibly create a new tab, tap the address bar, type the website in, find the search box, tap it, type your query and press “Go.” (Or first search Google with a query like this, “Wikipedia cats.” Which will take you to Google and then you tap a result to get to your search results in Wikipedia.)

With Quick Search all you have to do is type the name of the site you want to search before your query like this:

“Wikipedia cats”

This will take you to the Wikipedia page about cats in Safari. Much more convenient. Read on to see all the sites you can search directly and just send me a request for specific sites you’d like added.

3. Safari Supports Ad Blockers

Quick Search sends you to Safari to view your results. This has a number of advantages:

  • Your search results are part of your Safari history. (So if you found a really great web page but forgot to save it, you’re not looking in multiple web browser histories for the site.)
  • You don’t need to sign into sites again.
  • If you have an ad blocker, it will block ads.

If Quick Search used a custom web browser, like the Google Search app, none of those points would be true. You’d have ads, need to sign into websites again, and your search history would be split across apps.

(If you’re not using an ad blocker, you’re missing out. Here is Lifehackers recommendation.)

4. It Searches Your Apps

Currently, Quick Search can search the 1Password, Spotify, the App Store and Google Maps apps. You type your query and then tap the icon of the app you want to search. Why is this useful? Well screen real estate on the Home Screen is precious on an iOS device. So if you know where Quick Search is, I’d recommend the Dock, you can easily search these apps. For example, I rarely need Google Maps so it’s on the 3rd page of my Home Screen in a folder. I always search Spotlight for it Whenever I need it because I don’t remember exactly where it is. With Quick Search it is easily accessible without being on the first page of my Home Screen. Plus for apps that hide the search bar behind multiple taps, Spotify, it offers a faster way to search the app.

5. Save A Search Prefix

When developing this app I searched Google many times to solve various problems. Every time I did, I had to write “Xcode Swift” before my query. (Xcode is the app I used to create it and Swift is the language it’s written in.) With Quick Search you can save prefixes like that by surrounding it with ||. Like this: “|Xcode Swift| the rest of my query”

The next time you launch the app the search bar will already contain |Xcode Swift| and be ready for your search. This will be useful for gamers, researchers, programmers and anyone who makes multiple queries with the same word(s). Examples:

“|Diablo 3| item name”

“|WW2| planes”

6. It Works With Slide Over and Split View On Your iPad

Slide Over and Split View are handy features available with iOS 9 on the iPad. (Your iPad may not support Split View.) This is useful if you need to quickly search for multiple things or want to be able to quickly search from any app. (Just slide in from the right, choose Quick Search and then it’s always just a swipe away.)


How Best To Use Quick Search

If you search Google as frequently as me, put it on your dock. That way it is always nearby.

If you want quickly get back to Quick Search after you search for something, tap the top left corner of the app. It will say “Back to Quick Search”


Diving Deeper

Search Websites Directly

You can search sites directly by starting your search with the name of the site you want to search.

Note: This opens your searches in the site, via Safari. It doesn't currently search apps, even if they are installed on your iOS device.

If you just want to go to the site with no search, just type the site name with no query after.

Search Google Images Directly

To search Google Images directly, start a search with:

  • “image”
  • “Image”
  • “img”
  • “Img”
  • “images of”
  • "Images of"

Example:

This will search Google Images for “cats.”

Search Youtube

To search Youtube directly, start your search with:

  • “youtube”
  • “Youtube”
  • “YouTube”
  • “yt”
  • “YT”

This will open your query on Youtube’s site in Safari. There is two reasons for this:

  1. If you have an ad blocker, it should block ads.
  2. There is currently no way to search the Youtube iOS app.

Search Wikipedia

To search Wikipedia directly, start your search with:

  • “wikipedia”
  • “Wikipedia

Search Vimeo

To search Vimeo directly, start your search with:

  • “vimeo”
  • “Vimeo”

IMDb

To search IMDb directly, start your search with:

  • "imdb"
  • "IMDB"
  • "IMDb"

Search Stack Overflow

To search Stack Overflow directly, start your search with:

  • “stackoverflow”
  • “Stackoverflow”
  • “stack overflow”
  • “Stack overflow”

Search The Wirecutter

To search The Wirecutter directly, start your search with:

  • “wirecutter”
  • “Wirecutter”

Search Wolfram Alpha

To search Wolfram Alpha directly, start your search with:

  • “wolfram”
  • “Wolfram”
  • “wolfram alpha”
  • “Wolfram alpha”

Search 500px

To search 500px directly, start your search with:

  • “500px”

Search Soundcloud

To search Soundcloud directly, start your search with:

  • “soundcloud”
  • “Soundcloud”

Search Kobo

To search Kobo books directly, start your search with:

  • “Kobo”
  • “kobo”

Search Ultimate Guitar

To search Ultimate Guitar directly, start your search with:

  • “ug”
  • “UG”
  • “ultimateguitar”
  • “UltimateGuitar”
  • “ultimate guitar”
  • “Ultimate Guitar”

Advanced Features

Save Prefixes For Future Searches

Save a prefix for later searches by surrounding words with the | symbol. Like this:

|Diablo 3|

Then add the unique text after:

|Diablo 3| Best demon hunter builds

When you search it will save the text between the | symbols for the next time you search for something.

Why Is That Useful? If you are searching for a lot of things related to a game, a program, a sports team, etc, it saves you from having to type the same thing over and over.


Who Designed The Wallpaper?

Kenton Doupe, you can find more about him here.


What’s Coming Next

Version 1 is really useful but it’s not the end, here is what’s coming in future updates:

  • Ability to change the background image
  • Customize the alternate search buttons with more options
  • More powerful advanced features
  • Alternate default search options (DuckDuckGo, Bing)

Monetization

Quick Search will be free when it launches but versions 2 and 3 will both come with in-app purchase to unlock the features. They will be completely optional and the app described above will remain free. You will just be able to buy the new features a la carte.

Problems or Feature Requests?

You can email me here or Tweet me here.

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