Calculator App Missing from Control Center iOS 10? Here’s How to Get it Back

If your calculator app has disappeared from iPhone (and Control Center on iPhone), don’t panic. iOS 10 gave us the option to remove stock apps from our Home screens. While the Apple stock apps you remove aren’t deleted completely, they are out of sight and out of mind. When I downloaded iOS 10, I started deleting every Apple stock app that I don’t use. In that process, deleted my calculator app, not realizing it would disappear from Control Center. A week later, when I need to use the calculator app, I swiped up to open Control Center and the calculator had disappeared! I panicked, “how could Apple remove the calculator?” After a very angry email, Apple calmly informed me that if I deleted the Calculator app, it would also disappear from Control Center—thus causing me to look like a buffoon. Oh well, at least I figured out how to get the calculator app back on my iPhone. Has a similar instance happened to you? If your calculator on iPhone has disappeared from Control Center in iOS 10 on iPhone, here’s how to get it back.

Related: How to Use Your iPhone's Scientific Calculator

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When my calculator went missing from Control Center, I instantly assumed Apple was trying to do something “courageous". Luckily not. However, if you went a little overboard deleting all the Apple stock apps like I did, you might of deleted the calculator app, which is why it disappeared from Control Center as well. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the calculator app (even though it’s still technically there when you do) and still have it appear in Control Center. Ce la’vie.

It’s also good to mention that some users are wondering why the calculator is missing from iPad. Unfortunately, the iPad calculator app can’t disappear because it doesn’t exist. Apple doesn’t ship iPads with a built-in calculator app like it does for iPhone. But you can open the App Store on iPad and search for a free calculator app to download; it just won’t be the same one as the Apple Calculator on your iPhone.

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Calculator App Missing from Control Center in iOS 10 on iPhone? To Get It Back…

All you need to do is reinstall the app for it to reappear in Control Center. To do this:

  • Open the App Store.
  • Search for Calculator.
  • Find the Apple Calculator app; it’s likely at the top.
  • Tap the cloud icon to reinstall the calculator app.

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  • Swipe up to open Control Center—it should be back in its proper place.

Now that your beloved calculator is back, you can hide it in a folder on your Home screen if you’d like to keep it out of sight and out of mind. If you ever need to locate it from Home screen instead of Control Center, use the next tip to easily locate the calculator app.

How to Quickly Locate Apps like Calculator on iPhone

Sometimes, our apps haven’t disappeared. They’re merely hiding. It’s easy to lose track of your apps and before you know it, the one you need is buried deep in an iPhone folder. Whether you’re looking for the disappearing calculator app or any other app, you can use spotlight search to quickly locate apps without having to scroll through your home screens or look through folders. To do this:

  • From any Home screen on iPhone, swipe down.
  • A search bar will appear with recently opened apps.
  • Search for the app you’re looking for; in this case, the calculator app.

If the app you’re searching for is on your iPhone, it will appear when you search for it by name.

iPhone Control Center Gone?

Some iPhone users have been recently confused about Control Center disappearing on iPhone. I promise it’s still there—iPhone Control Center is not gone. What’s likely happened is that somehow your Settings were changed (possibly after an update like iOS 10) making it so that you can’t access Control Center from Lock screen or Within Apps. You should, however, still be able to access Control Center from your Home screen on iPhone. If you can’t access Control Center even on Home screen, contact Apple Support—it’s likely a bug of some kind. However, you can easily allow Control Center to open from Lock screen or within apps in settings on iPhone. To do this:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Control Center.
  • Toggle on Lock Screen to allow Control Center to be opened from your locked iPhone.
  • Toggle on Within Apps to allow Control Center to be opened from within the apps you’re using.

With both of these turned on, you should be able to open Control Center at any time and from any place on your iPhone.


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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.