Calculator App Missing from Control Center in iOS 11? Here’s How to Get It Back

If your calculator app has disappeared from your iPhone (and the Control Center on your iPhone), don’t panic. Beginning with iOS 10, Apple gave us the option to remove Apple stock apps from our Home screens. When the feature first became available, I started deleting every Apple stock app that I don’t use. In that process, I deleted my Calculator app, not realizing it would disappear from my Control Center. A week later, when I needed to use a calculator, I swiped up to open the Control Center and the calculator had disappeared! I panicked, “how could Apple remove the calculator?” After I emailed, Apple informed me that if I deleted the Calculator app, it would also disappear from my 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 the calculator on your iPhone has disappeared from the Control Center in iOS 11 on your iPhone, here’s how to get it back.

Related: How to Use Your iPhone's Scientific Calculator

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

When my calculator went missing from my Control Center, I instantly assumed Apple was trying to do something "courageous" along the lines of removing the headphone jack. Luckily not. However, if you went a little overboard deleting all the Apple stock apps like I did, you might have deleted the Calculator app, which will also cause it to  disappear. from the Control Center as well. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the Calculator app from your iPhone and still have it appear in your Control Center.

It’s also good to mention that some users are wondering why the calculator is missing from their iPads. 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 the iPhone. But you can open the App Store on your iPad and search for a free calculator app to download; it just won’t be the same one as the Apple Calculator app on your iPhone.

iphone calculator

How to Get Back the Calculator App Missing from Control Center

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

  • Open the App Store.
  • Tap the Search icon on the lower right.

calculator on iphone disappearedfree iphone calculator app

  • Type calculator in the Search field, then tap Search.
  • The calculator you want should say Calculator, with Utilities underneath in smaller text.

find iphone calculatorpull up iphone calculator

  • Tap the Cloud icon to reinstall the Calculator app.
  • Swipe up to from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open the Control Center, or down from the upper right corner if you have the iPhone X.

find calculator iphonecalculator missing from control center

can't find iphone calculator

  • The calculator will 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 the Home screen instead of the 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 another 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 from the middle.
  • A Search field will appear with recently opened apps.

iphone calculator appwhere is calculator on iphone x

  • Search for the app you’re looking for; in this case, the calculator app.

where is calculator on iphone 8

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 the Control Center disappearing on the iPhone. I promise it’s still there—the iPhone Control Center is not gone. What’s likely happened is that somehow your Settings were changed (possibly after an update like iOS 11) making it so that you can’t access Control Center from within your apps. You should, however, still be able to access the Control Center from your Home screen on your iPhone. If you can’t access the Control Center even on Home screen, contact Apple Support—it’s likely a bug of some kind. However, you can easily allow the Control Center to open from within apps by changing a setting on your iPhone. To do this:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Control Center.

missing control center iphonewhere is my control center iphone

  • Toggle on Within Apps to allow the Control Center to be opened from within the apps you’re using.

find control center iphone

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


Top Image Credit: Jeramey Lende / Shutterstock
Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.

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 lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.