Use Siri as a Calculator
Don’t want to unlock your iPhone and launch the Calculator app? Bummed that iPad doesn’t even have a default Calculator? No big deal, because Siri can function as a regular old calculator, and it has the obvious added bonus of being handsfree. To have Siri calculate equations for you, just feed Siri numbers and thanks to the Wolfram Alpha backend Siri will quickly spit out the answer, complete with a number line.
The simplest forms of Siri calculation can be used as follows:
- Number + number
- Number / number
- Number X number
- Number – number
Try it out by saying the equation aloud to Siri just as it reads. You’ll find the results vary a bit based on the equation given:
Addition and subtraction, Siri will return an easy to follow number line showing movements to the sum.
Multiplication of large numbers, Siri returns the answer in addition to a number line that shows any potential exponents.
Division, Siri provides the answer, reduces the fraction, gives the number as a decimal, and even shows a mixed fraction.
You can string a variety of numbers together and make fairly complex equations, which Siri typically gets right. You’ll notice on some particularly complicated equations that Siri won’t necessarily obey the proper order of operations, so you may want to avoid using Siri as a calculator for complex algebra and calculus homework.
We covered a similarly themed tip recently discussing how Siri can function as a tip calculator, but with how useful the general calculation functions are it’s well worth mentioning the wider potential uses here.
This tip comes to us from Jason R. who uses Siri to add up receipts for expense reports, thanks for the idea J!