Some things in life, like a tape measure or a level, just seem unneeded. Until, of course, you need a couch for your living room or a picture to hang. The Measure app is available for iPhones and iPad.
Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of it, as well as what features you might find handy.
How to Measure using an iPhone or an iPad
The Measure app is compatible with the iPhone SE 1st generation or later, iPhone 6s or later, 5th generation or later iPads, iPad Pros, and 7th generation iPod touch.
Take a single measurement of an item.
- If you don’t already have the Measure app, get it from the App Store. Because it is produced by Apple, it should be the first result when you search “Measure.”
- After downloading, launch the app.
- You’ll see a box and instructions to move your phone.
- Shift your phone around until the AR technology finds its bearings. When this occurs, you will see a circle with a dot in the center.
- Move your phone till the dot appears on top of the location from which you wish to measure.
- Locate the plus + symbol towards the bottom of the screen and tap it.
- Gently shake your phone until the dot comes over the finish point of your measurement. A dotted line will appear to assist you to keep your measurement on track.
- When you’ve reached your destination, touch the plus + icon once again. Your measurement will appear, indicating the distance between the two sites you specified.
- You can tamper with the measurement if you didn’t get the start and finish points perfectly aligned. Place your finger on the endpoint you wish to reposition, and then move your finger to relocate the dot.
- Tap the circle in the bottom-right corner of the screen to save a picture of your measurement. This will save a picture on your phone.
Measure an object’s many dimensions.
When measuring a sofa or other three-dimensional item, you may need to know more than one dimension. After your initial measurement, the Measure app allows you to continue.
- While the initial measurement is still visible on your screen (see above), place the dot at one of the locations in your first line.
- Press the plus (+) button.
- Rotate your phone such that the dot forms a line with the endpoint of your second measurement. When you arrive there, tap the plus + sign.
- You should now see both measurements on your screen. You are free to include as many measures as you like. By pressing the back arrow, you may also delete your most recent measurement. Clear the measurements by pressing the Clear button.
- Tap the white dot in the lower-right corner of the screen to take more images after you’ve added more dimensions.
Calculate the area of a rectangle
- With the Measure app open, place your phone in front of the object and move your phone until the plus + icon shows at the bottom.
- A dotted line will be drawn around the item.
- Tap the plus (+) icon to see the rectangle’s measurements right away.
- You may also photograph this measurement.
One issue with this feature is that getting the program to provide the right measurements may take a few tries. The angle at which your phone is held may affect the reading and cause the measurements to change. Double-check your measurements at all times.
The object’s levels should be measured.
The app’s level tool may assist you with tasks such as straightening picture frames and ensuring that surfaces are flat.
To level an upright object on the wall, such as a picture frame:
- Tap Level in the bottom-right corner of the Measure app.
- Place the iPhone’s edge against the top edge of the frame or other item.
- The number in the center represents the object’s slope in degrees.
- With your phone on top, adjust the item until the number reaches zero. Half of the screen will become green.
To level a flat surface, such as a table, do the following:
- Go to the bottom right corner of the app and tap Level.
- Lay your iPhone flat on the table or tabletop.
- The number in the center represents the object’s slope in degrees. To assist you in finding the slope in all directions, the two white circles surrounding the measure will move closer together or further apart.
- When you’ve achieved perfect flatness, the screen will turn green and 0° will appear in the circle’s center.
How to use the LiDAR Scanner to measure on newer iPhones and iPads
LiDAR capabilities can only be accessed with particular equipment. iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation), iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are among the devices.
Take a measurement of a person’s height.
- Launch the Measure application.
- Frame the person whose height you want to measure on your iPhone screen, ensuring sure you can see them from the bottom to the top of their head. The app will measure them automatically and display a white line above their heads.
- Tap the circle in the lower-right corner to snap a photo of the individual as well as their height measurement if required.
The ruler view is exactly what it says on the tin: It displays incremental measurements along the length of an item, similar to what you’d observe with a ruler. Again, it’s only available if your smartphone has LiDAR.
To use it, simply bring your device closer to the thing you want to measure, and the ruler overlay will display.
When you measure something with LiDAR equipment, you’ll also see vertical and horizontal guidance. This is accomplished by identifying the edges of things, allowing you to better comprehend what you’re looking at.
To use the guidelines, simply hit the addition (+) icon on the guide and begin measuring.
The measurement history is important if you’re measuring many things. By pressing the list button in the top-left corner of the screen, you may find them. You’ll also be able to examine any prior screenshots you captured while performing the measurements.
You may then copy the dimensions and store them somewhere else, such as your Notes app.