When I installed my outdoor weather gauges I needed to point the wind gauge north and aim to keep the rain gauge level. I used my iPhone for both tasks.
Launch the Compass app and the main screen will show directions, elevation above sea level, GPS co-ordinates and a geographical location.
Note: I have trouble getting the Compass to show me correct information. If you’re lost in the forest don’t just launch the app and expect to see which way is which. I generally hold the phone securely and wave it around a few times in a figure of 8 to help it recalibrate. Then hold it steady and give it time to sort itself out.
What you might not notice is that at the bottom of the Compass screen is a small white dot, indicating you’re on one of several (two) pages. Swipe right to left to call up the second page which is a Level.
In my first screenshot I held the phone on an angle. The intersecting circles show that my phone was at an angle of -10°.
Move the phone around and the circles will merge as the phone is closer to level.
Keep trying, and eventually the circles will merge completely and the screen will go green to show the device is completely level.
Next time you’re hanging a picture, levelling a work surface or installing a rain gauge your iPhone could be handier than you thought.
Extra notes: how do you find the Compass app on your iPhone?
- Scroll through all your apps till you spot it.
- Swipe left from any screen showing apps (not inside a folder) until you reach the Search page and search for
- Make sure Siri is active on your phone and say
Hey Siri, launch Compass.