How to Use Apple’s Measure App on Your iPhone

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One of my favorite features starting with iOS 12 is the handy Measure app. Apple's measurement app uses augmented reality (AR) to function as a tape measure and level all in one. You'll be able to use this app as long as you have an iPhone SE or iPhone 6S or later. In this tip we'll go over how to use the Measure app on the iPhone and iPad to take measurements; we'll cover how to use the level feature in another tip. Let's get started learning how to use Apple's new, free Measure app. 

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  1. Open the Measure app.
  2. Make sure Measure is highlighted at the bottom of your display.


     
  3. You'll see instructions on the screen to move your iPhone to Start; once you move your device, you'll see a white dot and a plus sign appear.
  4. Position the white dot over the place you'd like to start your measurement and tap the plus sign, then move your device to the point where you want to stop measuring and tap the plus again; you'll see a yellow dotted line as you move your iPhone or iPad.


     
  5. If you'd like to measure from the end point of your last measured line, tap the plus sign while the white point is over the previous endpoint, then move your phone again to create another measurement as before.
  6. To take a photo of your completed measurement, tap the shutter release button to the right of the plus sign.

Now you can take measurements on your iPhone!

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and 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.