Disable Spotlight in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by camelia, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. camelia macrumors regular

    camelia

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    #1
    How do I disable Spotlight in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4?
    :mad::mad::mad:

    Thanks
    Camelia
     
  2. Blowback macrumors newbie

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    I just updated also...why do you want to disable? Don't know how off hand but wondering if there is some issue with the update???
     
  3. camelia thread starter macrumors regular

    camelia

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    No issues with the latest update

    Cozzzzzzzzzzzzz I WANT TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

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  5. camelia thread starter macrumors regular

    camelia

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    ??????
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    These commands worked up through Low Sierra.
    Not sure if they still work in High Sierra.

    STOP Spotlight indexing:
    sudo mdutil -a -i off

    REMOVE the Spotlight index:
    sudo rm -rf /.Spotlight-V100/*
     
  7. I Need a Drink macrumors regular

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    Just out of curiosity. Is there some reason to disable Spotlight? Are there privacy concerns?
     
  8. camelia thread starter macrumors regular

    camelia

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    I will try later today in a new clean install and I will post the results here

    Reason number 1 is Privacy
    Reason number 2 if I don't want it and if I can disable an app I always do
    For example I always uncheck in all my apps "Check for new updates"
    If the macOS intaller allow us to choose what apps we want to install, I wont install some of them that came by default
    for example I never install Siri, I don't need it, I don't use it...
    Maybe for other users Siri is the perfect app in their computer but not for me

    That is why I want to know If I can disable Spotlight



    Camelia
     
  9. Phil in ocala Suspended

    Phil in ocala

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    You may have paid for the Mac...but Apple controls it.
     
  10. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    Including all your HDD's in the Spotlight Preference Privacy panel effectively disables it, bear in mind that once disabled the built in search feature for things like Finder and Mail will no longer work.
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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