iPhone comes with few default Apple apps like Mail, Camera, Photos, etc. However, many users miss to use one simple default app – that is Calculator. iPhone Calculator app offers all advanced features that you can do with physical scientific calculators. If you are not familiar, here are 5 pro tips for using Calculator app in iPhone.
Related: Calculator app keyboard shortcuts in Windows PC.
iPhone Calculator App
If you have too many apps on your phone, simply swipe down on the home screen. You will see a search box appears on the top section of the screen, type “calculator”. This will show the Calculator app and tap on it to open quickly.
If this is your frequently used app, then simply drag and drop in the bottom dock section. You can avoid searching the app every time and launch it from the dock as the apps in the dock are visible across home screens.
Pro Tips for Using Calculator App in iPhone
The calculator app will look basic when you open it. You may get frustrated when you want to delete wrongly entered numbers. However, understanding how to use the app properly will help to get the maximum out of app.
1. Scientific Mode
Calculator by default do the basic arithmetic calculations in correct order. For example, when you type 6 + 2 * 3 and press = it will show the correct result as 12. It calculates the multiplication first and then addition like 6 + (2*3) = 12 instead of (6+2) * 3 = 24. However, this intelligence is not sufficient to do scientific calculations like 10X or square root. Simply rotate your iPhone to change the Calculator app to landscape mode. Now the same app will show a scientific calculator with plenty of default functions.
2. Clear Display
As mentioned, one of the annoying things with mobile calculator is deleting the numbers when you have wrong input in-between the calculations. Similar to physical calculator, iPhone Calculator app offers two ways to delete a number.
- AC – All Clear or cancel all is the option to erase all your inputs including the result of any previous calculation.
- C – clear or cancel will erase only the last input, hence you can use this in-between calculation to delete your mistake while keeping the result till previous step. You will see the AC button changes to C when you start typing.
3. Swipe to Delete Last Digit
Though C and AC are useful, you can’t use them to delete any particular digit in a number. For example, you want to enter 12345678 but wrongly entered 12345679. It will be annoying to press C and type starting from the beginning. This is the most annoying problem with many mobile calculator apps and fortunately iPhone has a simple swipe solution for you. You can simply swipe left or right on the number to delete the last digit.
4. Ask Siri
This is a cool feature that you can ask Siri to get a result for your mathematical calculations. Here are some examples, that you can ask after “Hey Siri”:
- What is 7.5% of 985?
- What is 9 times 115?
You will get 73.875 and 1,035 respectively for the above questions. Remember, Siri will use the Calculator app only for basic calculations. If you ask, “What is the cube root of 27?” it will show you the web results instead of Calculator app result.
5. Copy and Paste Result
The last tip is to copy the result of your calculation. You may probably want to paste the resulted number in your Messages or Mail app for sending to someone. Simply tap on the number in Calculator app to see a pop-up with multiple options. The options in the pop-up will change depending upon the action you are trying to do.
Here are the possible actions you can do:
- Copy – copy the entire number to clipboard, you can paste it anywhere.
- Paste – paste the copied number from clipboard, use this to insert the copied number any time later.
- Speak – tap on this option and then select the language to read the number aloud. You can use this to read the entire number in different language. The languages in the pop-up appear from your preferred language settings from “Settings > General > Language & Region” section. You can also pause the reading in-between and continue when you want.
- Spell – this will read each digit of the number louder in English. For example, 35 will be spelled as three five while speaking will read it as thirty five in the selected language
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