Use Spotlight as a Calculator on the iPhone

You needn’t dig around for the iPhone’s Calculator app to perform basic arithmetic because you can run numbers in Spotlight Search, just as in OS X. Type a calculation into the search bar, using * for multiply and / for divide.

Just type a mathematical expression into Spotlight, and it will return the answer. It’s best for doing quick arithmetic, using the +, -, *, and / symbols. And for slightly more complex equations, you can use parentheses to set the order of operations. Other functions I found: type “sqrt(256)” to find the square root of a number. Or type “pi” and Spotlight returns the number pi to 10 decimal places.

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