As this is article comes up a lot in search results, I wanted to add my experiences.
I prefer coding to plugins whenever it makes sense. Without a plugin, I was not able to search both the post title and the ACF fields for a custom post type. Making changes to functions.php and/or creating a custom WP_Query, I just couldn’t get there.
Using ACF: Better Search, I found it includes ACF fields on the search result page (search.php) but doesn’t work for custom post types (archive-my_post_type.php) or custom WP_Query.
I installed Relevanssi and it offers a simple way to include post types and custom fields. I ran the index and it works perfectly for me.
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