How to Delete Digits in the iPhone Calculator App

 How to Delete Digits in the Calculator App

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This iPhone tip makes a huge difference if you use the Calculator app often. Have you ever had this frustrating Calculator experience? You go to the Calculator app on your iPhone and start entering a long number, but you mistype a digit or two. Up until now, you may have thought that you had to hit C for clear and start all over. Am I the only person who wonders why Apple didn't just include a backspace button? However, while there isn't a backspace button visible, there is a hidden iPhone trick that will do the same thing. Here’s how to delete digits in the iPhone Calculator app.

Related: How to Use Your iPhone's Scientific Calculator

  • Open the Calculator app (you can swipe up on your Home screen and open Control Center, or down if you have an iPhone X, for quick access.)
  • Or you can tap on the Calculator icon wherever it's located on your iPhone. 
  • Type in a number.
  • To delete individual digits, swipe over the numbers (left or right, it doesn't matter which direction.) Each swipe will remove another digit until you reach zero. (In which case, you probably should have skipped all that swiping and just hit clear.)

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.