Where Did the Level Tool for My iPhone Go in iOS 12?

If you've updated your iPhone or iPad's operating system to iOS 12, you may be wondering what happened to the level tool. Don't worry, the level hasn't disappeared, it's just been incorporated into the new Measure app. Third-party developers have long offered a level app, a tape measure app, or both, but owners of the iPhone 8 and iPad 5th generation, iPad Pro, or later devices can enjoy the old level feature along with the new tape measure feature for free. If you've been wondering where to find your smartphone or tablet's level (or spirit level as our British friends call it) read on. 

Related: How to Use Your iPhone's Scientific Calculator

Master your iPhone in one minute a day:

Sign up to iPhone Life's Tip of the Day Newsletter and we'll send you a tip each day to save time and get the most out of your iPhone or iPad.

How to Find the Level Tool on Your iPhone or iPad

Apple's latest operating system, iOS 12, introduced the augmented-reality Measure app. All you need to do to find the level is open the Measure app!

level app is now in iphone's measure app

How to Use the Level on Your iPhone or iPad

Once you've opened the Measure app, all you need to do is:

  • Tap on Level at the bottom of your screen.
  • Hold your device on the surface you'd like to check for level; you can use this app in Portrait or Landscape mode.

iphone level tool in ios 12

  • When your device, and therefore the surface you're testing, is level you'll see a green screen and 0º.
  • 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.

bubble level on iphonelevels can be checked on the apple measure app

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.
Leanne Hays's picture

Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.