How to Take a Height Measurement with the Measure App on the iPad Pro & iPhone 12 Pro

The Measure app is available on recent iOS and iPadOS devices, but on the iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro, you can measure a person's height just by looking at them.

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Did you know that the Measure app (which acts as a digital tape measure and level) on your iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can automatically take a height measurement when it detects a person in the viewfinder? Let's go over how to measure someone's height with the iPhone and iPad Measure app, then take and save a photo with their height measurement. 

Related: How to Use the Level in the Measure App on Your iPhone

The height measuring app on the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPad Pro allows you to measure a person's height just by looking at them. This tip works for iPads with a LiDAR Scanner, which includes the iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) and the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation), iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you're not sure which iPad you own, we have an article that goes over all the iPad generations and models. Check out our free Tip of the Day for more great Measure app tutorials. 

  1. Open the Measure app on your iPad Pro or iPhone 12 Pro.

    measure app ipad pro
  2. Make sure you can see the person from head to toe on your screen.
  3. The Measure app automatically takes a person's height from the bottom of their feet to the top of their head, hat, or hair.

    height measurement in the measure app
  4. Tap the Shutter button to take a photo of your subject and their measurement.

    ipad shutter button in measure app
  5. To save the photo, tap the screenshot that appears in the lower-left corner of your display.
  6. Tap Done, then tap Save to Photos or Save to Files.

That's how to measure height with the Measure app on your iPhone and iPad. How will you use this tip? I think it would be fun to take photos of kids and grandkids with height measurements, to see how they've grown over time.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.