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

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Apple introduced a new, useful measurement app back when it released iOS 12 that also includes a level (the Compass app no longer has a level feature). Third-party developers have long offered a level app, a tape measure app, or both, so it's great that owners of the iPhone 8 and later can now enjoy this feature for free. I've written about how to use the augmented reality (AR) tape measure portion of the Measure app in a previous tip, so now it's time to go over how to use the level feature; let's get started! 

Related: How to Use Your iPhone's Scientific Calculator

  1. Open the Measure app, (mine is in my Utilities folder).

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  2. Tap on Level at the bottom of your display.
  3. Now find the surface you'd like to check for level and place your iPhone on it; you can hold your phone in portrait or landscape mode. When the surface you're testing is level, you'll see 0° and a green screen

    tap level in the measure appa green screen and zero shows level
     
  4. If the surface you're checking isn't level, the screen will be black, and you'll see how many degrees plus or minus it's off from level.

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That's it! Enjoy your free level, courtesy of Apple.

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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.