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

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  • 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 of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.