1. wpcontinue's Avatar
    Is there an option in WP8.1 to search your phone for contacts, songs emails, documents, files, photos everything?
    01-08-2015 04:07 AM
  2. Pete's Avatar
    No there isn't. You can search for contacts and your messaging history using Cortana.

    You'll need to enter individual apps for other items and use any search mechanism they offer for anything else.
    01-08-2015 04:19 AM
  3. dKp1977's Avatar
    Ehm.. Not sure if it works for all kinds of stuff, but when you search for something using either Bing search or Cortana, there's a Pivot called "phone". Just keep swiping over and you'll find it. It definitely finds my music, pictures and even videos. I see little reason, why it shouldn't also find documents.
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    01-08-2015 04:22 AM
  4. arunlobo's Avatar
    Simply press the search button and enter query. Swipe over to the phone tab and press enter. It will search for contacts, music, email and sms.
    01-08-2015 04:23 AM
  5. Theayalalalalon's Avatar
    Also you can use the Official File Manager App from Microsoft

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    01-08-2015 04:31 AM
  6. Pete's Avatar
    Ehm.. Not sure if it works for all kinds of stuff, but when you search for something using either Bing search or Cortana, there's a Pivot called "phone". Just keep swiping over and you'll find it. It definitely finds my music, pictures and even videos. I see little reason, why it shouldn't also find documents.
    Yes, you're right there, thanks for the correction.The search won't find documents, however.
    01-08-2015 04:34 AM
  7. gpobernardo's Avatar
    Is there an option in WP8.1 to search your phone for contacts, songs emails, documents, files, photos everything?
    There is no search option for all file formats or phone content (or "everything") at this point. For contacts, emails, calendar events, songs and messaging contents, you can use the default search icon at the bottom left of the phone*. For all other file formats (photos, videos, documents and any other file with a file name), you can use the Microsoft Files app.

    *- As indicated by other members above, just swipe over to "Phone" in the search results.
    01-08-2015 04:34 AM
  8. wpcontinue's Avatar
    Well the iPhone does have such option like the Finder in the Mac OS X. I think in Windows 10 MS should consider adding one..
    01-08-2015 07:30 AM
  9. Timbre70's Avatar
    Yes, as someone already mentioned, use Bing search 🔍 and swipe through the tabs.
    01-08-2015 07:36 AM
  10. wpcontinue's Avatar
    Again so Microsoft..
    01-09-2015 01:52 AM
  11. dKp1977's Avatar
    Again so Microsoft..
    It's working fine. oO I've just been playing around with it again:

    1) Music: searched for a specific song -> found. Searched for a specific artist: found. Searched for a specific album: found
    2) documents: searched for a document (exact name though) with and without file extension: found
    3) apps, contacts, emails -> found without the slightest issues.

    The only thing I wasn't able to find was photos though. Well, that's where any good file manager kicks in. I don't see what Microsoft would need to add to an already great working, existing feature, tbh.
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    01-09-2015 02:53 AM
  12. Xanderone's Avatar
    It's working fine. oO I've just been playing around with it again:

    1) Music: searched for a specific song -> found. Searched for a specific artist: found. Searched for a specific album: found
    2) documents: searched for a document (exact name though) with and without file extension: found
    3) apps, contacts, emails -> found without the slightest issues.

    The only thing I wasn't able to find was photos though. Well, that's where any good file manager kicks in. I don't see what Microsoft would need to add to an already great working, existing feature, tbh.

    The reason you may not be able to search for specific pictures, especially those taken with your camera, is cos the device names the picture files in an unconventional way like "WP_xxxxx*extension. So unless you know the exact name your device has given the picture and have it typed in, you may not be able to search for it.
    01-10-2015 12:45 AM
  13. dKp1977's Avatar
    The reason you may not be able to search for specific pictures, especially those taken with your camera, is cos the device names the picture files in an unconventional way like "WP_xxxxx*extension. So unless you know the exact name your device has given the picture and have it typed in, you may not be able to search for it.

    Yupp, that's what I'm thinking too. The names aren't even very unconventional. It's WP as a prefix followed by date (and time, not sure now) and a counter.
    01-10-2015 12:50 AM
  14. Xanderone's Avatar
    Yupp, that's what I'm thinking too. The names aren't even very unconventional. It's WP as a prefix followed by date (and time, not sure now) and a counter.

    Exactly.
    01-10-2015 12:55 AM

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