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Searching for a story

Search is one of the best ways to find a story or browse a list of stories. There are many ways to search including searching by story title, username, tags, or keywords. Filters are also a great way to refine your results and remove the content you do not want to see.

Click on a platform to find out more.

On iOS

  1. Tap on the Search button in the bottom navigation bar
  2. Select the Search Field at the top of the page

You will now be able to type in a title, keyword, tag, or username.

  • Searching for a title
    • Type "title:" before the text to get exact title match results. (Please note: this will not work with a combination of tags)
      • Example: "title: My first Wattpad story"
  • Searching with a keyword(s)
    • Type in the name of the story or or associated words to get results related to the title, description, username, or tags.
      • Example: "Harry Styles fanfiction"
  • Searching with tags
    • Type in "#" next to the keyword(s)
      • Example: "#romance" or "#romance #fanfiction
    • Type in "-" next to the keywords(s) to omit tags from appearing in the results
      • Example: "#romance -fanfiction" or "Harry Styles #romance -Humor"
  • Using Filters
    • After you get results for your query tap on mceclip0.pngmceclip1.png Search Filters button below the Search Field.
      • You can refine your results by:
        • Length 
        • Last updated
        • Only show completed
        • Include mature (Please note that this option is not available for anyone under the age of 17)

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On Android

  1. Tap on the  Search button in the bottom navigation bar
  2. Select the Search Field at the top of the page

You will now be able to type in a title, keyword(s), tag(s), or username.

  • Searching for a title
    • Type "title:" before the text to get exact title match results. (Please note: this will not work with a combination of tags)
      • Example: "title: My first Wattpad story"
  • Searching with a keyword(s)
    • Type in the name of the story or associated words to get results related to the title, description, or username.
      • Example: "Harry Styles fanfiction"
  • Searching with tags
    • Type in "#" next to the keyword(s)
      • Example: "#romance" or "#romance #fanfiction
    • Type in "-" next to the keywords(s) to omit tags from appearing in the results
      • Example: "#romance -fanfiction" or "Harry Styles #romance -Humor"
  • Refining results with filters
    • Type in "#" next to the keyword(s)
      • Example: "#romance" or "#romance #fanfiction
    • Type in "-" next to the keywords(s) to omit tags from appearing in the results
      • Example: "#romance -fanfiction"
  • Using Filters
    • After you get results for your query tap on mceclip0.pngmceclip1.png Search Filters button inside the Search Field. 
      • You can refine your results by:
        • Last Updated
        • Content
          • Only show completed
          • Hide mature stories (Please note that this option is not available for anyone under the age of 17)
          • Include free stories
          • Include Paid Stories
        • Refine by tags
          • Select tags to include in your results

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Android devices also include quick filters that will appear the right of mceclip1.png Search Filters. You can scroll through for more by sliding the bar to the left.

 

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On Desktop Web

  1. Click on the Search field at the top of the page

You will now be able to type in a title, keyword(s), tag(s), or username.

  • Searching for a title
    • Type "title:" before the text to get exact title match results. (Please note: this will not work with a combination of tags)
      • Example: "title: My first Wattpad story"
  • Searching with a keyword(s)
    • Type in the name of the story or associated words to get results related to the title, description, or username.
      • Example: "Harry Styles fanfiction"
  • Searching with tags
    • Type in "#" next to the keyword(s)
      • Example: "#romance" or "#romance #fanfiction
    • Type in "-" next to the keywords(s) to omit tags from appearing in the results
      • Example: "#romance -fanfiction"
  • Refining results with filters
    • Type in "#" next to the keyword(s)
      • Example: "#romance" or "#romance #fanfiction
    • Type in "-" next to the keywords(s) to omit tags from appearing in the results
      • Example: "#romance -fanfiction" or "Harry Styles #romance -Humor"
  • Using Filters
    • After you get results for your query tap on triangle next to Filters below the Search Field.
      • You can refine your results by:
        • Length of story part
        • Last updated
        • Only show completed
        • Include mature (Please note that this option is not available for anyone under the age of 17)

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Troubleshooting

If you're having trouble locating the story please see our article Issues with finding a story in search.

 

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