How to Find and Use the Level on iPhone

If you have ever needed to see if a surface was flat or if a picture was hung properly, then you likely used a level to find that information.

But you might not always have a level handy, so you may have wondered if that was something that you could accomplish with your iPhone.

Fortunately, there is a level utility on the iPhone, although it’s found in an app that you may not use very much and which might not be easy to locate.

You can find and use the level tool on your iPhone by opening the Measure app, selecting the Level tab at the bottom of the screen, then putting the side of the iPhone on a surface to see if it’s level.

How to Use the iPhone’s Level Tool

  1. Open the Measure app.
  2. Select the Level tab.
  3. Place the side or bottom edge of the phone on the surface to measure.

Our guide continues below with additional information about using the level on iPhone, including pictures of these steps.

There are certain apps on our iPhones that we use almost everyday.

Things like Messages, Mail, Phone, and Safari are apps that I open multiple times each day so that I can communicate with others and find new information.

But there are some other apps that don’t get used as much, even though they have some very useful features.

One of these apps is called “Measure,” and you can use it to determine the size of an object. But it also has another “Level” utility that can let you determine whether or not an object or surface is level.

Our guide below will show you where to find and how to use your iPhone’s level if you find yourself in a situation where it might be helpful.

Related: If you are having trouble organizing your iPhone apps, then our guide on creating app folders can show you one useful method.

How to Use Your iPhone as a Level

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 16 operating system. These same steps will work on iPhone 7 or higher, and iOS 12 or higher.

If you have an iPhone 6 or lower, or if you are using iOS 11 or lower, then you will need to open the Compass app instead, then swipe to the left if you don’t see a Level tab.

Step 1: Find the Measure app and open it.

This app will typically be in a Utilities or Extras folder, but you can also tab the Search button on your Home screen and type “measure” into the search bar to find it.

open the Measure app

Step 2: Select the Level tab at the bottom of the screen.

select the Level tab

Step 3: Place the bottom or side edge of the phone on a surface to see if it’s level.

The number indicated on the screen will let you know how many degrees the surface is away from being flat.

If you see a “0” and the screen is green, then the surface is level.

how to use the level on iPhone

Now that you know where to find and use the level on iPhone, you will be able to access this feature anytime the situation calls for it.

Note that there is also a feature in this app that you can use to match the slope of two surfaces.

You can place the bottom or side edge of the device on the first surface and tap the screen to save the slope of that first surface.

The iPhone will then remember that slope, allowing you to place the iPhone on the second edge to match it.

Once you are done matching the slope you can tap the screen again to forget the saved slope.

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