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What is the App Spotlight on Android & How to Use it?

The Android operating system is manufactured by Google and is used by many different Android smartphone manufacturer companies. All the manufacturers of Android devices provide a home screen launcher that provides many features, such as Spotlight.

This blog will explain the details of the Spotlight app and the proper steps for how to enable and utilize this feature on Android devices. 

What is App Spotlight on Android and How to Use it?

Spotlight is the search utility on all Android devices that helps us to find the downloaded application on the app drawer of the device. This feature is very helpful to find the app quickly because there are plenty of applications available on our smartphones. In some Android devices, this feature is enabled by default, and in some devices, we have to manually enable this feature. Spotlight first comes to iPhone devices and after some time google also added this to Android devices. There are multiple applications available on the Play Store that work the same as Spotlight. 

How to Use Spotlight on Android Devices?

To utilize Spotlight feature on Android devices, we will follow the below-stated methods:

  • Use Built-in feature
  • Use Third-Party Applications

First, we have to swipe up on the home to get started with this feature. In case, if swipe up is not working, try swapping down. If still, Spotlight app can be seen, enable it manually by using the following simple steps:

Enable (Built-in) Spotlight Feature on Android Devices:

Note: These steps might be different depending on the software of the device.

Step 1: Open the device “Settings”.

Step 2: Tap on the “Home screen” or similar option:

Step 3: Select the “App drawer” option:

These steps will enable the Spotlight feature on the Android device.

To Use this Feature:

Step 1: Swipe up from down to up with your finger on the home screen:

Step 2: Tap on the search option and then write the name of the app that we want to find/open:

Step 3: The app will display on the screen that will be entered in the search bar:

Note: We have shown how to enable the spotlight feature for Xiamoi devices, therefore, steps can vary if your device has another operating system/software.

Still not sure if the phone has a Spotlight feature or not? Let’s jump to the next section to learn how to get other third-party Spotlight applications.

Third-Party Spotlight Alternative Application

In some devices, if this feature is not available, then there are many applications that work the same as Spotlight. “Sesame” is an application on the Google Play Store that works the same as Spotlight. Click here to install this application on an Android device. It provides many customizations in the app, such as the search bar working like the Google search engine. To enable this feature, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Open the app on the device and then click on the three vertical dots.

Step 2: Select the “Settings” option and then hit the “Search settings option:

Step 3: Tap on the “search engine” option. It will provide a list of many search engines:

Step 4: From that list, select “Google” and then tap on the “save” option:

These steps will enable the Google search engine on Android devices.

We have covered all the details about the Spotlight app and the steps for how to use it on an Android device.


Spotlight is a search utility on the Android device that assists the user to find apps from the app drawer. “Spotlight” is a very simple and helpful feature for finding the apps immediately. We can enable this feature from the home screen settings. There are many Spotlight alternatives in the Google play store. Sesame is a great application that works the same as Spotlight. In this blog, we have provided all the details of Spotlight and the appropriate steps to enable or utilize this feature on Android devices.

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