The title pretty much says it all, but I'll explain this quick tip in a bit more detail. All too often I want to jump into the Market on my phone and search for an app I already have in mind. However, before the search box even appears, I am forced to wait for the featured app screen to finish loading, which on slow connections can take ages.

So, rather than wait for it, just jump straight into action by pressing the hardware Search button. No more waiting, and precious time is saved. Little by little, this habit can turn minutes into days of saved time, folks (if you search the Market as often as I do)!

Do this and get to the Market search in 0 seconds:

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Do this and be at the mercy of your data provider:

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P.S. It goes without saying that pressing Menu and then Search would accomplish the same thing, albeit requiring one more click.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Kane

    Thanks, it's not really a tip for advanced users, but I bet plenty of newbies don't think about something like this.

    • jim

      Actually, even the advanced users may not know this tiny little tip. If you're an advanced user, you don't have to know EVERY SINGLE TIP/SHORTCUT EVER CREATED. Sounds kinda pompus the way you're saying it, imo.

      -advanced user

    • Jon Garrett

      Im new to Android (coming from iOS) and one thing that Ive noticed and really really hate about the Android Market is that its soooo damn hard to find the app Im looking for.

      Its ridiculous actually., I type in Google and I get all kinds of useless shit. even when I look for apps that I know are in the Market, I get results for all kinds of other apps.

      It gives me the impression that there are very few quality apps in the Market as opposed to when I look for apps in iTunes which turns up junk too but at least I always find the app Im looking for because its listed first, then the junk at the bottom.

      Even typing lower case vs upper case returns different results.

      I hope Google fixes this soon.

  • Shmoopty

    The same applies to hitting Menu, "My Apps".

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      For most carriers in the U.S. it's actually the only way to get to your apps.

  • Jaymoon

    Sweet! I never use my Search button.

    I went ahead and unchecked all searchable items except for Apps.

    Not bad... now I have a purpose for this button.

  • Vince

    OH NO!!! I have to wait 2-3 seconds on my "4G" phone for the Market to load. >_>

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You don't have 4G everywhere you go, do you? I go through plenty of poor reception areas where my "4G" EVO switches to 1x and takes ages to download anything.

  • rami98

    Thanks for the tip but i have 4g lte droid charge so i need this about as much as a i need my appendix

  • mikeymop

    I do this in the browser too when I wont want to wait for google to load and I need a quick search.

    The key is really powerfully integrated with the text message app too.

  • http://androidpolice.com Fegro

    This is common since

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Since when?! What a cliffhanger.

      • http://dmonzel.com Dan Monzelowsky

        You might be my hero, Artem. Thank you.

    • jim

      you made that one too easy Fegro

  • Álmos

    How is this a tip? This is the function of that button in every app :D

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Not in every app - it has to be implemented by the developer. And yeah, I know it's common sense for power users, but you'd be surprised how many people wait for the UI with the search button to load before searching.

  • Cyril

    i do this on my dhd all the time, however I found a strange peculiarity: ever since I started doing so, the search from within the market stopped working. As in I press search and nothing happens; so I actually have to hit home and then search again.
    It's not a big deal and the ease of searching from the home screen outweighs it, but it's still a weird glitch.

  • jim

    Nice little tip. Even us advanced users overlook simple things like this. I know it works in some apps, but I honestly have to say I've never tried it in the Market. Typically I use the web Market nowadays, but I'm all about saving time, especially since I hate waiting for the 'App of the day' screen to load.

  • Unhappybirthday

    Darn you useless "Genius" button!

  • MeHappy

    Even faster: if you have a physical keyboard on your phone, just start typing; no need to hit the search button at all.

    • http://www.skippyweb.nl Skippy

      non-physical keyboard androids can also sort of do this.
      Just keep pressing menu to make the keyboard popup and type away.

      kind of useless. because now you need to hold a button instead of pressing. tought it was worth mentioning.

  • Chris

    What phone are you using? I really like the battery icon you have!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's not the phone - it's the ROM. CyanogenMod 7.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    FYI, the "instant" bit is borked in the new Market, you now need to wait till it starts loading for Search to work.