February 12, 2019
Recently, Spotlight had been acting up.
For example: When I search for Spotify (an app I use every day), it wouldn’t show up. Instead I’d get Spotlight - or if I typed out the entire query, I’d get emails where I mentioned Spotify. The app was not present.
I rely on Spotlight to open my apps (because who has time to actually open the App launcher and I don’t have an assistant like Alfred).
The nice folks over at MacIssues documented a few other instances of when you might need to rebuild the index for Spotlight. Their list includes a few different ways in which Search can break down:
Which brings us to the quick (and easy) way to have Spotlight reindex. All in - takes < 1 minute.
+button and select your
Macintosh HD(This can be selected via the path on the left or with the shortcut
Cmd + Shift + c
Macintosh HDfrom the list using the
Spotlight should now begin reindexing (which takes a few minutes) and working properly.
Note: Services like CleanMyMac, which I have and find generally useful, are suspected as a cause of issues with Spotlight according to some folks.
Additional resources: SpotlightPrivacyList | MacIssues Spotify doesn’t show up in Spotlight - Apple Community
Written by Stephen Weiss who lives in Chicago with his wife, Kate, and dog, Finn. Follow him on Twitter!