How to Use iPhone 8 as a Spirit Level (it’s not in Compass app anymore) 2024

✅ We last checked all the steps in this guide on iPhone 8 with 17.2.1 installed. The latest iOS version is 17.2.1.

There is something unique that you can do with your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. It is to measure the spirit level. There’s no need for a dedicated tool, or inclinometer, no need to download any apps. There’s built-in functionality to measure spirit level.

iphone 8 spirit level

In our tests, the tool is not 100% accurate, but in most cases, it will get the job done.

Steps to Access iPhone 8 Spirit Level

The location of the Spirit level actually changed in iOS 12. It’s no longer located in the Compass app. If you are on iOS 12 or later, go to the Measure app instead. By default, it’s located in the Utilities folder.

There you will be presented with 2 options. Measure and Level. Select Level, and there you have it.

The spirit level will show you how crooked the surface you placed the iPhone on is. The feature will also show you two white circles to highlight the angle at which the surface is crooked.

Hopefully, the surface is not crooked, and you will see a helpful 0 and the screen will light up green.

Additionally, you can temporarily reset the 0 position, if you tap on the screen when it’s not on a perfectly level surface. In that case, your screen will turn red. And you will see the degrees compared to that fixed position.

It’s important to remember this, as you will see confusing numbers even if you set the phone on a flat surface with this setting enabled.

To reset it to default, simply tap the screen one more time.

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