Many users reported that Big Sur’s mail search doesn’t work. Users also reported that search results didn’t show up as expected. Users have complained that the search results don’t include older email addresses. Sometimes, Mail search returns unexpected results or no results for searching mails. Some users claim that this problem started after they updated their Mac to MacOS Big Sur. This article will explain what to do if the Mail app search function appears broken or stopped working after Big Sur update.
Mail Search is not working on Mac Big Sur Fix
Keep checking for new updates
If male search stops working, the first thing you should do is to make sure that macOS is up-to-date. Make sure your Mac has the most recent version of macOS. Head to System Preferences > Software update to check for updates. Follow the instructions on screen if an update is available.
Restart and quit.
Try these steps if your Mac is not responding to updates:
Quit the Mail app. You can either choose Quit from the app’s menu (Mail > Quit Mail), or press Command ()Q. Now press and hold Shift while pressing Shift to open the Mail app.
Open the app again and press the Shift key.
Now, restart your Mac using Apple menu > Restart
Open the Mail app, and search for your problem.
Your Mailbox can be built. You can rebuild each Mailbox if you have more than one. Here’s how to do it:
Start the Mail App.
Choose your Mailbox
Click on the Mailbox menu.
Click the Rebuild option at the bottom of your menu.
Wait until the process is complete. The progress bar will then appear.
Rebuilding your Spotlight indexing is the next step to fix mail search not working Big Sur. Here’s how it works:
Click on Spotlight, then go to System Preferences.
Uncheck the box to remove Mail & Messages in the spotlight search settings.
Next, restart your Mac.
Go to System Preferences > Spotlight, and recheck your Mail & Messages.
Terminal can be used to rebuild Spotlight if this is not an option. Here’s how it works:
Open Terminal app (Applications > Utility) and enter the following command. Press Enter to exit. This will stop the indexes from being flushed.
sudo mdutil-i off-E /
If asked, type in your passcode. To verify, type the following command:
sudo mdutil -s /
To reindex, type the following command:
sudo mdutil -i on /
To verify, type the following command again:
sudo mdutil -s /
We will now clear the Mail.app Indexes. These are the steps to follow:
Start your Library folder
Click Go > Go To Folder in Finder
Enter /Library in the box and click Go.
Click to open the Mail folder.
Open the V8 folder
Click to open the MailData folder.
Drag the Envelope Index files to the Trash. Then empty the trash.
Restart your Mac.
Use the search function to open Mail and verify your issue.
After trying all the steps above, mail search does not work on Big Sur. You can reset the SMC or restart your Mac in Safe Mode.