Did you know measuring your altitude can be done very easily on your iPhone?
I know that iOS only have the Compass app and there is no such built-in feature for this task. But fortunately, there are still many apps waiting for you on the App Store. To help you save time and effort, I have compiled and will be showing you all the best altimeter apps for iPhone in this post. Keep reading to find the app that fits the bill!
Best Altimeter Apps for iPhone and iPad
With the release of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, one of the improvements in iPhone’s hardware is the new barometer pressure sensor. Altimeter apps now take advantage of this sensor to calculate elevations instead of GPS, giving users more accurate data and saving device’s battery.[alert-note]It’s also worth noting that these altimeter apps sometimes do not show altitude measurements with high accuracy. So if you’re hikers, climbers or simply out of curiosity, you can use these apps as consultations. But if you have to seriously deal with elevation changes, you should not rely on them.[/alert-note]
As the name speaks itself, not only does this app has an Altimeter for outdoor activities, but it also features a Barometer for weather and provide you with a barometric Trend and a widget in Notification Center.
The Barometer & Altimeter app use both GPS and the new barometer pressure sensor to calculate the current barometric pressure, keep track of changes, and predict weather based on recorded data.
The Altitude feature letting you keep track of your altitude changes also works based on the change of pressure. This feature does not use GPS so if you’re using an older device such as 5, 5s, and 5c, it will not be able to read barometric pressure and calculate elevation.
You can download this app for free from the App Store. Upgrading to Pro version will remove ads and unlock more features such as fishing barometer, data export in CSV format and two scales on the Barometer.
2. Pro Altimeter ($0.99)
Pro Altimeter works best with the iPhone 6 and higher, which have the built-in barometric pressure sensor. If you have an older device, this app still works by using GPS and it will also display accuracy for you.
The app’s interface is very simple but ensures the information is displayed fully. The main screen is divided into three sections which are Altimeter Reading, GPS Altitude, and Altimeter reference. First two sections show you barometric altitude and GPS altitude in both feet and meter with real-time accuracy.
The DISPLAY button allows you to switch between the highly-readable daytime mode and the reversed night mode. While the CALIBRATE let you choose one from four given methods for calibration including Use GPS altitude, Manually enter Altitude, Manually enter pressure, and Check nearby airports.
3. Travel Altimeter Lite (Free)
This is another free altimeter app for iPhone & iPad. The main screen uses a landscape photo as the background and provides you with altitude, latitude, and longitude. It also has a built-in flashlight but I think it’s not a necessary feature as you can quickly turn on the flashlight in Control Center.
You can also make In-app purchases to unlock more backgrounds or be able to choose your own photos. Imagine you’re on the top of a mountain and take a photo, you can use it as the background photo overlaid with altitude and share it with your friends. Pretty cool, right?
4. Altimeter+ ($0.99)
Having the same price tag as the Pro Altimeter app, but what makes Altimeter+ different is this app also supports Apple Watch, making it quite handy while traveling, hiking, and more.
Altimeter also provides an average calculation of GPS and ASTER altitude data as well as an integral map which shows peaks, a compass, and a distance grid.