Mobile Search by Algolia

Use mobile search to satisfy users on any device and increase conversion

People conduct nearly 60% of online searches on mobile devices such as mobile phones. Create mobile search and discovery sessions that your users love.

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Optimize mobile search experience on any device

Leading retailers and information providers use Algolia for mobile search


How to maximize search in a mobile app on an Apple iPhone, iPad, or Android phone

A mobile search solution with unique UX, typo tolerance, and query suggestions.

Eliminate mobile search challenges

Algolia lets you build and customize a personalized mobile search experience that can help elevate your brand and impact your conversion rate. You can:

  • Provide a great user experience. Overcome small-screen mobile-device real estates by showing users what's most important.
  • Account for typos. Reduce user frustration by correcting typing and text-entry mistakes and spelling errors as search queries are being entered.
  • Anticipate what your users want. Provide search-as-you-type results and offer helpful search query suggestions. 
Create location based mobile search experiences for your users.

Base content on mobile users' locations

On mobile devices, people are more likely to be searching for information related to their physical location. You can engage these people by including local search content that's relevant to where they are in the world (or at home). 

This could mean telling them which nearby brick-and-mortar stores carry an item, pointing them to something on social media, or letting them search for nearby restaurants.

Fine-tune user experience by understanding your users through mobile search analytics.

Get inside your mobile users' heads

Our analytics features will tell you what your mobile users are trying to find, which search results they select, and how they take action based on what they find from entering their search terms. 

You can use this insight to do things like fine-tune search relevance for users, improve your app layout, and decide which content to emphasize.

Easy mobile search integration for any app on Android and iOS.

Easily integrate in mobile apps

We offer front-end components for iOS, Android, and mobile web so that your developers can quickly build state-of-the-art mobile search-and-discovery experiences. Our components reflect the concepts, coding patterns, and UX/UI best practices of each framework. 

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Mobile search FAQ

  • According to Statista (2021) about 48% of U.S. web traffic is generated by people using mobile devices (e.g., an Apple iPhone or an Android phone). For the world as a whole, the percentage is higher—more than 50%.  

    An older report (2016), "Mobile Search: Topics and Themes" (Hitwise), concluded that almost 60% of all searches are done on mobile devices. This study also found that the most popular sector for a mobile search was the food and beverage category. This makes sense given that people often use their mobile phones while out in a town or a particular geographical area to do a local search for a restaurant near them.

  • According to Statista (2021), about 50% of the world's web traffic is generated by people using mobile devices, such as an Apple iPhone or an Android phone. This percentage has been consistent since early 2017. 

    Watching movies and videos (via mobile apps Netflix, Tencent, or Amazon Prime from the Apple app store), surfing social media sites, and emailing were found to be the most popular things for mobile users to do on their devices. 

  • In a book called Mobile Design Pattern Gallery (2014), author Theresa Neil focuses on the value of autocompletion in enhancing basic searching on a mobile phone. Autocomplete functionality suggests search queries as a user enters search terms on their mobile device; when the search they want appears, they can simply tap it. The final touch in terms of usefulness: providing a mobile search engine progress indicator, such as a ticking clock or the word "Searching...".

    Another popular mobile app pattern for maximizing small-screen real estate during a mobile search is faceted search, which lets the searcher narrow their results by applying filters, typically by selecting options provided in a "tray"-style overlay. Faceted search is often utilized by retailers in ecommerce (and the mobile equivalent, m-commerce) and by travel service providers, as well as in online search tools on media websites.

    One relatively new application for searching on mobile devices is voice search. According to eMarketer, in 2019, 40% of all U.S. Internet users were using voice search, which has  grown more popular, albeit slowly.

  • If you're creating an outstanding user experience for people needing to do online searches on a mobile phone or other mobile device, there are lots of best practices. Here are some things user experience (UX) experts recommend:

    Excellent usability. An intuitive, easy-to-use app design and layout. It's obvious what  buttons do and how to access a second page of search results. Intuitive search-narrowing methods (e.g., a toggle, slider, or check boxes) are used.

    An appropriately prominent search bar. Some mobile apps work best when people use a search bar, while in others, the open-ended nature of the content, such as on a news website, makes browsing the best way of finding content. The search bar placement, size, and amount of contrast can help establish how strongly searching is "recommended," according to Baymard Institute. If search is more of an optional pursuit, a company might substitute a search icon that can be clicked to open the search bar.

    Autocompletion. Autocomplete functionality suggests search queries as a user enters text on their mobile device; when the search they want appears, they can simply tap it. It's ideal for autocomplete suggestions to visually differentiate the mobile search engine's suggestions, for example, by bolding available search terms the user could add to the end of a query they've started entering.

    Consistency. The search bar should be located in the same spot on every page in the app, for instance.

    Easy refinement. The user should be able to fine-tune their search results if needed. Many websites facilitate this by including the search bar with the person's query entered above the search results in case the user needs to start over. 

    Easy-to-select filters. The user's filtering options should be clearly displayed or include a clickable filtering icon for drilling down to find the right information.

    No errors. People get impatient when they can't get an app to work correctly, so it's critical for the designer to review every aspect of the search experience before release.

    The latest technology. Voice search on mobile devices has taken off among some mobile users, so it makes sense to include spoken searching as an option.

    The fewest possible steps. Users should be able to quickly search for, find, and if applicable, buy, a desired item on a small mobile-device screen.

    A personalized experience. Companies can use AI tools that gather information from users to create a search experience tailored to their needs. For instance, based on what they've already searched for, you can offer shoppers recommendations for similar or complementary items, or refer them to local retailers' brick-and-mortar stores where they could immediately pick up the item. 

    By creating a rewarding search experience for people using a mobile device, companies and organizations can improve conversion and reduce their bounce rate. The happier that mobile users are with an app or site, the more likely they'll be to come back for more.