Day One incorporates a full text search engine to help you find things you’ve written in your journal. These tips will help you make the most of the search features available in Day One.


To access the search function on an iOS (mobile) device in iOS 7 or later: in Timeline, Starred, or Year view, pull down slightly on the screen to reveal the search box.  Searching in the Starred or Years lists will limit your searches to only those entries.

To access the search function on a Mac: tap the magnifying glass that appears at the top right of the screen in Timeline and Calendar views.

Enter the words that you wish to search for. Searching will begin automatically.

Capitalization does not matter, and search terms can be in any order. You will get the same results for bourne jason as Jason Bourne. Punctuation is ignored. A search for Onward! is the same as Onward.

Phrase Searching

If you want to search for an entire phrase rather than individual words, you can surround a search query with double quotes (e.g. "Man is a giddy thing").

Prefix Matching

As you type a word, you will see all results that begin with the letters you have entered so far. Once you add a space, only exact matches for that word will appear. For example, as you type the word wait you will get results for both wait and waiter but after adding a space you will only get results for wait.

If you want just the results for wait you can use double quotes to do a phrase search (e.g."wait").

Prefix matching can be performed for multiple words by adding a * character to the end of a word (e.g. wait*).

Multiple words

When you search for more than one word the results will include only entries that contain BOTH of those terms. You can customize this behavior using our advanced query syntax (see below).


Diacritics are things like accents, umlauts and tildes (e.g. día, naïve, año). These markings are ignored when you search so that a search for día will return results for día and dia. Likewise, a search for dia will return results for both forms.

Advanced Queries

You can use these advanced operators in your searches. They MUST be capitalized, otherwise they will be treated as regular words.

  • AND – war AND peace – All entries that have both war and peace. This is the default operator in searches if no other is specified.
  • OR – war OR peace – All entries that have either war or peace
  • NOT – peace NOT war – All entries that have peace but not war
  • NEAR – peace NEAR war – All entries that have peace and war no more than 10 words apart.

If you have a complex search query you can use parentheses to specify the operator precedence (e.g. ("war and peace" OR "anna karenina") AND tolstoy)

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