How to Use Tipicalc
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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:
Keep Screen On
if you wish the display to remain on while the calculator is in use
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|