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How to Use Tipicalc

The Calculator Panel

The Calculator Panel

Screen Layout

The top half of the calculator page shows the bill, tip and split details.

The bottom half contains the calculator keys.

This is the basic calculator for dealing with simple bills.

To enter an amount

Tap it to select it and starting typing.

The selected amount will change from white to yellow.

The calculator will format the value and add the decimal point for you as you type.

To round the selected amount

Tap the Round button.

To change what happens when the Round button is tapped use the Settings->Calculations menu.

To round down the selected amount

Tap the Down Arrow button.

Long tap this button to continue to reduce the amount.

To round up the selected amount

Tap the Up Arrow button.

Long tap this button to continue to increase the amount.

To move to another amount

Tap it or tap the Back or Next button until the amount is selected.

These two buttons can also be used to move to the previous or next page.

To see a summary of the bill at any time

The Summary Screen

The Summary Screen

Tap the List button in the bottom right corner.  On the Summary screen, tap on an amount to change it.

To move to another page

Drag the colored border on either side of the page.

Or click on the Drawer button at the top left and select a page from the menu.

There are five more pages that allow you to include service charges, tax and coupons.

Calculating The Tip

Add a tip by typing the tip percentage or the tip amount.  If you enter the percentage, the calculator will display the amount.  If you enter the amount, it will display the percentage.

For example, if the bill amount is $100.00 and you enter 15% as the tip percentage, the tip amount will be $15.00.

If you wish, you can base the tip on the pre-tax bill amount.

If there is a service charge already included in the bill, you can add an extra tip.

Splitting The Bill

Once you have calculated the total amount to pay, you may split the bill between as many people as you like (up to 1000 people).  Enter the number of people and the split amount will be calculated automatically.

If someone is paying for more than themselves, scroll right to the Group Split page.  This will show the amount to pay for 1 person, 2 people, 3 people, and so on.

If someone wishes to pay more (or less) than the calculated split amount, use the Custom Split page.

When There is a Service Charge

The Service Charge Panel

The Service Charge Panel

If there is a service charge included in the bill, there is no need to record this as a tip.  However, you may wish to add an extra tip.   For example, you might want to top up a service charge of 10% to an overall tip of 15%.

On the Service Charge page, enter the service charge and the desired total tip.  The top-up tip amount will be calculated automatically.

In the above example, assuming the bill amount (including a 10% service charge) is $110, the bill before service charge is added is then $100.  A total tip of 15% would bring this up to $115.  The additional tip then is 4.55% (of $110).

Tipping on the Pre-Tax Amount

The Tax Panel

The Tax Panel

If you wish to calculate the tip using the pre-tax bill amount rather than the post-tax amount, go to Settings and switch on the Pre-Tax option and record the default tax rate.

Then, when calculating tips, you can use the default tax rate, enter a different rate or enter the tax amount.  In this case, the tax will be deducted from the bill amount before the tip is calculated.

Using a Coupon

The Coupon Panel

The Coupon Panel

If you have a coupon or voucher, enter the details on the Coupon page.  Enter the coupon value either as a discount percentage or as a money amount.  This will then be subtracted from the bill amount.

Please note that the tip is calculated on the full bill amount, before the coupon is applied.

Splitting Between Groups

The Group Split Panel

The Group Split Panel

If your party is made up of groups, such as couples or families, it might be useful to see how much of the bill each group needs to pay.  The Group Split page calculates the amount to pay for groups of different sizes.

Changing Splits

The Custom Split Panel

The Custom Split Panel

If some members of your party wish to pay different amounts, you can use the Custom Split page to enter different amounts for up to five people.  The page will calculate the remaining amount that each of the others will now need to pay.

For example, if there are four people in your party and the total amount to pay is $100, each of the four will pay $25.  If, however, one of the party wishes to pay $40, the remaining $60 will be split equally between the other three ($20 each).

Setting Defaults and Customising the Calculator

In Settings, you can customise the way the calculator works and record a number of defaults.  To open Settings, tap the ‘wheel’ icon.

The following options and defaults can be set:

General Settings


Keep Screen On

if you wish the display to remain on while the calculator is in use

Button Feedback

Allows you to switch on vibration and vary vibration intensity

Store Last Bill

If you wish to see the previous bill calculation when you start the app

Calculations Settings


The Calculations Settings Screen

The Calculations Settings Screen

Default Number of People

When you start a new bill, this will be the initial setting for the number of people to share the bill.  It can be changed on the tip page

Default Tip Percentage

When you start a new bill, this will be the initial setting for the tip percentage.  It can be changed on the tip page


Initially the calculator will use the device currency.  Here, you can select another currency.

Number Format

This allows you to customise the format used to display money values.  You can select the decimal separator and the digit group separator.

You can also indicate whether you wish the currency symbol to appear before or after the amount.


The Round button in the calculator keypad is used to round values to whole numbers.

This setting is used to indicate how numbers are to be rounded.  To illustrate:

Round Up  – 4.1 and 4.5 will both round to 5

Round Down – 4.1 and 4.5 will both round to 4

Automatic – 4.1 will round to 4 and 4.5 will round to 5


If you wish to calculate the tip using the pre-tax bill amount rather than the post-tax amount, switch on the Pre-Tax option and record the default tax rate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there no decimal point button on the keyboard?

In order to make it quick and easy to enter the bill details, we’ve minimised the amount of typing you need to do.  So, to enter the tip percentage, for example, just type the digits.  The calculator will know where to put the decimal point.  To enter 12.5%, type 1250 (the last 2 digits are automatically placed after the point).

With money values, the number of digits placed after the point depends on your selected currency.  If the currency is the US dollar and you type 1256, this will show as $12.56.  If the currency is the Japanese Yen, this will show as ¥1256.


Tipicalc is a brand new app and we eagerly await the first questions from users.  If you have a question or comment, please email us at support@creationmobile.com.

Tipping Around the World

This is a rough guide to tipping in restaurants in many countries.  However, please check locally.

In many countries, particularly in Europe, service charges are mandatory or at least customary.

Tipping Rates in Restaurants in Each Country

Albania – 10%
Argentina – 10%
Armenia – 10%
Australia – Up to 10% but not required or expected
Austria – 5% above the service charge
Azerbaijan – 10%
Bahamas – 10%
Bahrain – 10%
Belgium – Round the payment up
Bolivia – 5% above the service charge
Bosnia – 10% to 20%
Brazil – 10% to 15%
Brunei – Not required
Bulgaria – 10%
Canada – 15% to 20%
Cayman Islands – 15% if no service charge
Chile – 10% over service charge
China – 3% in major cities only
Colombia – 10%
Costa Rica – Not required
Croatia – 3% to 5%
Cuba – $1 for very good service
Czech Republic – 5% to 10%
Denmark – Not required
Dominican Republic – 10% over service charge
Ecuador – 10% if no service charge
Egypt – 5% to 10% over service charge
England – 10% if no service charge
Fiji – Not required
Finland – Round the payment up
France – Round the payment up
Germany – 5% to 10%
Greece – 5% to 10% over service charge
Guatemala – 10% over service charge
Holland – 5% to 10%
Hong Kong – 10% over service charge
Hungary – 10% if no service charge
Iceland – 10% if no service charge
India – 1% to 5% if no service charge
Indonesia – 10%
Ireland – 10% to 15% if no service charge
Israel – 10% to 15% if no service charge
Italy – 10% over service charge
Japan – Do not tip as it is regarded as an insult
Jordan – 5% to 35% if no service charge
Kenya – 5% if no service charge
Luxembourg – 5% to 10%
Macao – 10% over service charge
Madagascar – 10%
Malaysia – Not required
Mexico – 10% to 15%
Morocco – Loose change or round up
New Zealand – Up to 10% but not required or expected
Nicaragua – 10% for good service
Norway – 10% if no service charge
Oman – Not required
Paraguay – 10% if no service charge
Peru – 10% for good service
Philippines – 10%
Poland – 10%
Portugal – 10% to 15% if no service charge
Romania – 10%
Russia – 10% to 15%
Samoa – Not required
Saudi Arabia – 10% to 15%
Scotland – 10% to 15% if no service charge
Singapore – Not required
Slovakia – 10%
South Africa – 10% to 15% if no service charge
South Korea – Not required
Spain – 5% to 10% over service charge
Sweden – 10% if no service charge
Switzerland – Round the payment up
Taiwan – Not required
Tanzania – 10%
Thailand – Round the payment up
Turkey – 5% to 15%
Ukraine – 10%
UAE – Not required
USA – 15% to 20%
Venezuela – 10%
Vietnam – Not required
Wales – 10% if no service charge