How to Search Contacts or Apps on your Android Mobile

Google SearchAs the Android operating system is powered by Google which is the best search engine, Google makes use of ‘Search’ a core user feature on Android. Android users can easily search any data available whether the content is located on their devices or on the web.

Most of the Android phones include a Quick Search Box (QSB) a powerful framework designed for search. Quick Search box suggest content like apps, contacts, music, web and messages. The Quick Search Box is available right from the home screen for most of the devices and it can be used by tapping on Quick Search Box. The working with Quick Search Box is simple and it provides suggestions as you type. The QSB, rather than providing individual search for each dedicated functions, it provides one single search box.

To get started with the quick search on your Android mobile phone, you need to make sure that you have the small Quick Search Box widget on your home screen or you have this widget installed in your mobile phone at a place where it’s convenient to quickly access it. That’s placing it in home screen could save your time.

It makes it possible to search quickly and more efficiently by following four ways –

Search Contacts

This facility under Quick Search Box allows you to search the specific contact directly as you type the character. The search here is very quick and as soon as I type ‘ch’ (let say suppose searching for Chetan) it shows me the results which hare filtered out as you go on typing the next characters. It’s clearly observed that it’s quite faster than the normal way of going to Contacts, searching for the users and then hit call option.

Quick App Search

Using the same option, by click on the Google icon on the Quick Search Box and selecting Market, you would be able to search for news apps as fast as possible than doing it the usually way all do.

Web Search

In the very same way as the above two you can search for web results as you type and the SERPS ranking would get changed accordingly.

Search by Voice

Do you see microphone button next to the search box? It’s a microphone button when called upon will search your contacts or web by going through your voice query. So here I have tried to search out for ‘Android’ and it does gives me results the very same way by searching the keyword Android in Google Search. What more interesting I find are you can speak out with ‘call Nick mobile’ and it will automatically call the contact that you have spoken.

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Here is small video which shows how you can make your searches –


Just in case, if you don’t’ have Quick Search Box on your Android mobile phone then you need to visit and get the direct download link on your mobile.



  1. pr di

    December 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

    will prefer search feature with all kind of string ( not just beginning of name/surname) including phone number

    • Amit Bhawani

      December 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      You can try that out with the settings and it might work too.

  2. Harmeet

    September 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Draw back : Even the contact search needs to have net connection on mobile. Other mobiles have more convenient voice dialing feature though those may not have the voice search features.

    • Mahmud Koya

      September 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      No,Harmeet. Google QSB doesn’t need a net coonection to search contacts and applications. Of cours, web search required net connection.

      • Yogesh Patel

        September 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm

        In Google QSB, if you are searching for anything on web then you need net connection or else its not required.

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