How to search a specific subreddit

How to search a specific subreddit

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What to know

  • Reddit: go to subreddit, click search boxtype query > Enter.
  • Old Reddit: go to subreddit, click search boxClick limit my search to r/*type query > Enter.
  • Using the app: open the subreddit you want to search, click search boxtype your query and press Enter.

This article explains how to search a specific subreddit, including how to search the site, how to search the old Reddit, and how to search the iOS and Android apps.



How Reddit search works

Reddit has a search box available on almost every page of the site. The location of the search box depends on whether you use the old Reddit, the standard Reddit website, also known as the new Reddit, or the app. The behavior of the search box also varies from site to site. If you want to use it to search for a specific subreddit, you must first go to that subreddit or use advanced search.


If you click the search box on the Reddit home page and type in the term advanced search subreddit:(subreddit name) Before querying, the search will only return results from this subreddit.


How to search a specific subreddit using the Reddit site

The Reddit website, sometimes called the new Reddit, makes it easy to search a specific subreddit. You can use the aforementioned method to search the subreddit using advanced search terms, or you can go to the subreddit you want to search and perform the search there.


  1. Open Reddit and go to the subreddit you want to search.

    You can click subreddit from Reddit's home page or type in the URL directly, but make sure you actually go to the subreddit and are not still on the home page.

  2. Click Search box at the top of the screen.


  3. Type in your query and press Enter.


  4. All results will come from the subreddit.




How to search a specific subreddit using the old reddit

The The original Reddit site is still available and many people still use it. The old Reddit works faster, and many subreddits have features that are missing from the newer version of the site. If you are still using the old Reddit, you can search a specific subreddit by going to that subreddit and performing a search from the subreddit, but you need to make one small adjustment to make it work.


Here's how to search for a specific subreddit on the old Reddit site:


  1. Open Reddit and go to the subreddit you want to search.

    Make sure you are on the subreddit you want to search and not on the Reddit home page or anywhere else.

  2. Click Search box in the upper right corner.


  3. When the options appear, click the checkbox next to limit my search r/ffxiv.

    If, after clicking the search box, a large window full of old search terms appears, click the button X in the upper-right corner of this field to make it disappear and reveal the search options.

  4. Click again in the search box, type your query, and then press Enter.


  5. The search results will contain only the selected subreddit.


How to search for a specific subreddit in iOS and Android

The Reddit mobile app works and looks very similar to the new Reddit website, and the search function is similar. Searching for a specific subreddit works exactly the same in the iOS and Android apps.


Here's how to search for a specific subreddit in the iOS or Android app:


  1. Using the Reddit app, go to the subreddit you want to search.

    You need to be on the specific subreddit you want to search, not anywhere else on Reddit.

  2. Tap the search box at the top of the screen.


  3. Type in your query and tap Search (iOS) or magnifying glass icon (Android).


  4. Search results will be limited to this subreddit.


Frequently asked questions

  • How do I clear my search history on Reddit?

    You can access your search history by selecting the search box and viewing recent search terms. Select X next to any of them to clear them.

  • Why doesn't the Reddit search work?

    If your internet is working, but you can't find things on Reddit, it's probably a bug at the end of the page. To fix it, all you can do is wait.


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