Do you know that you can use your iPhone as a level tool? Well, it’s about time to veer away from physical level tools and unload some burden off your shoulders. Apple has been hiding the level tool from us and it’s an open secret that only a few people know. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to use your iPhone as a level tool.
iOS 12 and later – Using the Measure app
The level tool in iOS 12 has been moved to the new Measure app. That also means you cannot find this tool in the Compass app anymore.
To open the level tool, simply open the Measure app on your phone.
Tap on Level to switch to the level tool.
It’ll show the degree at which the surface your phone is on is crooked.
Stop when the number of degrees reaches 0. Notice the screen also turns green, indicating that you’ve reached level nirvana.
iOS 11 and earlier – Using the Compass app
You can use the Compass app as a level tool on pretty much all directions. North, south, east, west. Horizontal, vertical, diagonal.
Step 1: Open the stock Compass app. The first screen displays the compass for figuring out your direction, and also a simple level tool but it only works when your phone is facing the downwards or upwards.
Step 2: Swipe to the left on the screen.
Step 3: Adjust until the black and white circles achieve 0-degree perfect alignment.
If you want to measure a flat, horizontal surface (e.g. table, picture frame, painting, etc.), the entire screen should turn green if the level reaches 0. If you want to measure a flat, vertical surface (e.g. wall, mirror, etc.), the half of the screen should turn green and the other white if the level reaches 0. By default, the Compass app as a level tool will show you a black canvas with black and white circles. Tap on the screen once to change the color to red with red and white circles.
How to Use iPhone as Level Tool via Camera App
Your iPhone’s stock Camera app is more powerful than you think it is. Since iOS 11 was released, it has added a new trick up its sleeve — a level tool. This new camera trick allows you to use the grids for something else, apart from its function to help you balance the composition of your photos. However, note that using the iPhone camera as a level tool will only work if the camera is facing the downwards or upwards.
Here’s how you can use the Camera level on iPhone or iPad:
Step 1: Go to the device’s Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap Camera.
Step 3: Switch the Grid toggle on.
Step 4: Proceed to the Camera app.
Step 5: Point the camera straight down above your subject or straight up below your face if you’re using the front camera.
Step 6: Align the floating yellow crosshair with the fixed white crosshair in the middle of the screen. Accurate alignment of the two will turn into one yellow crosshair.
Step 7: Tap the shutter button to capture the scene.
Note that you can only use the iPhone camera as a level tool in modes like Photo, Portrait, Square, or Time Lapse. It’s not functional in modes like Slow-Mo, Video, and Pano.
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