Is there a way to turn off the "proactive siri suggestions" page?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by motulist, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. motulist macrumors 601

    motulist

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    You know what I'm talking about, that "proactive suggestions" page when you swipe right from the home screen. How do I turn that off? It's entirely useless for me, and I keep wasting time by accidentally winding up on that screen and then having to go back.

    How do I disable that "proactive" page?
     
  2. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    Settings-General-Spotlight Search-Siri Suggestions?
     
  3. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    Nope, that turns off all the info on that page, but the page still sits there only its empty now.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    No way to disable/remove the page.
     
  5. Coupz macrumors regular

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    First, many people complained that the search left from home screen was removed. Now people complain that it's back...
     
  6. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    I know, right?! The only way people would be happy is if there were like some sort of magic button you could press that would magically make that page appear and disappear according to your mere preference. Geez, those users expect miracles.

    /sarcasm, obviously
     
  7. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

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    For me the search page is there but no suggestions - I had turned spotlight search off for all items because I don't use it. Not what you want but it did make it go away
     
  8. milaround macrumors member

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    With the ability to reach search by swiping down from any home screen page, the swipe-right search page is entirely redundant and obstructive. I return to my first page of icons by swiping right until it rubber-bands upon arrival. It's simple, straightforward, and effective.

    With suggestions disabled, it is now a useless blank page, with search features that can be more easily accessed by swiping down on any home screen page. I believe Apple's intention was to make its spotlight features more visible to the user, however for those of us who know to swipe down to access search, the swipe-right search page serves no viable purpose and is only an annoyance.

    You're right, there should be a toggle switch for it. There are legitimate reasons why the home button is not ideal for returning to that page:
    1. It takes longer.
      Physically moving your thumb to the home button, pressing it, waiting for the page animation to complete and settle to a readable state, takes longer than simply swiping right with the finger that is already positioned on the screen.

    2. It wears out the home button faster.
      Pressing the home button is a mechanical process, requiring the physical movement of precious metals coming in contact, completing a circuit, and sending a signal. This requires those metals to bend. All buttons you have ever used, such as the ones in your keyboard, mouse, and your phone, are rated with an expected key-press life. That means there is a specific number of times you can press a button before it is expected to fail. I have personally known at least three different people that have had their iPhone home buttons simply stop working, no longer responding to presses, because they had worn the contacts out by using up their key-press life. Think of it like text messages on your phone plan: You can send "x" amount of messages (button presses) except you do not get to refill. Wouldn't you want to make every button press purposeful to maximize the life of your $1,000+ iPhone, and avoid needless button presses and wear-&-tear when you can more easily and quickly swipe to where you want to go?
    As mentioned before, for those who are aware of swipe-down search, there is absolutely no advantage offered by the swipe-right search page, which is only an inconvenience. There absolutely should be an option to disable the page.
     
  9. milaround macrumors member

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    The swipe-right search was never removed; it was relocated to a much more efficient and accessible location: swiping down on any home screen page.

    People who complained that "the search was removed" were simply ignorant about the new changes that improved access to search, mistakingly thinking it was removed altogether.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    [MOD NOTE
    Lets get back on topic, the discussion veered off the bunny trail. Some posts were removed to get it back on topic.
     
  11. LordQ macrumors 68040

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    Get the 4S, we don't have that useless magical page :D
     
  12. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

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    Settings spotlight search - SIRI suggestions - turn off
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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  14. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    No, that doesn't do it. Read the posts in this thread.
     

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