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How to use unit conversion in the Apple Calculator app

2024 July 8
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Learn how to convert currencies, lengths, temperatures, time, weight, and a lot more straight from the Calculator app on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

You already had the option to perform conversions in Spotlight Search, directly inside apps such as Messages, Mail, and Notes, or by asking Siri.

iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia add yet another way and allow you to convert currency, temperature, and more right from the stock Calculator app.

So if you need to change Feet to Meters, USD to British Pounds, Ounce to kilogram, Acre to Hectare, KB to GB, Calorie to Joule, and more, the updated Calculator app has you covered.

Also see: How to get iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia

Supported conversion types

You can use Apple’s Calculator app to convert the following:

  • Angle
  • Area
  • Currency
  • Data
  • Energy
  • Force
  • Fuel
  • Length
  • Power
  • Pressure
  • Speed
  • Temperature
  • Time
  • Volume
  • Weight

Out of all the above options, only currency conversion is variable in nature. Apple’s Calculator app fetches the latest currency exchange rates from the Internet, courtesy of Yahoo Finance. It shows you when this was last updated, so you always know if the conversion is accurate or based on an older rate.

Use the Apple Calculator app as a unit converter

1) Open the Calculator app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

2) Tap the button in the lower left corner that has a calculator icon and turn on Convert.

Turn on Convert in iPhone Calculator app

3) The Calculator app will now change into a conversion calculator. Tap the current unit selector and pick a category, such as Angle, Currency, Temperature, etc.

4) After selecting the category, choose a unit. You can also use the search bar to find one quickly. For instance, if you selected Temperature, now select Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Kelvin. I’m selecting Celsius (°C).

Select a category and unit for conversion in Calculator app

5) Tap the second unit selector (°F) and pick another unit (like Kelvin) if needed.

6) Finally, enter the values, and you will see the conversion results in real-time.

Converting temperature in iPhone Calculator app

Remember that you can tap the two-arrow icon to move the selected value (shown in white) up or down.

Tap arrow button in iPhone Conversion Calculator to move active value up or down

You can also tap the current value in either unit to make it active for input (shown in white) and then enter a desired value.

Tap to select value in iPhone Calculator app

If you need to copy the converted results, tap the number to show the thin menu strip and select Copy.

Copy in iPhone Calculator app

Once you are done with your conversion, tap the calculator icon in the lower left corner and turn off the Convert button to return to your regular calculator.

Turn off Convert feature in iPhone Calculator

Check out next: How to solve math equations in any app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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