In store maps/ordering items we all display filters which would allow the user to filter the results (may be it stores or airlines/items) based on his needs. The problem here is user may set a filter and may come back again to our app to do the search and they may forget that the filter has been applied and might be confused why limited results are displayed.
To over come that:
- We see lot of apps putting a tick mark or a sign to indicate filter has been applied on the filter button, but how many people see that?
- We can throw an alert but in a case but it works in case only where there are no stores found, if there are say 10 stores and filter reduces to 5, we may not be able to show all the 10 stores to the user in this case.
- clear the filter after a particular session, not sure whether it is a great idea.
Please let us know your thoughts on how to effectively handle filter so that user is aware the filter is applied and that is the reason. It should be soft and at the same time it should bring users attention. Whether clearing the filter would be a great thought after every session.