Apple iPhone Measure Elevation
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Your elevation is usually measured as your height above sea level. This is useful information, especially if you enjoy climbing mountains. You can find your current elevation by looking at your iPhone, and you already have the app to do it.

All iPhones from the iPhone 6 onwards include a barometer that calculates a device’s current elevation. The iPhone uses that data for multiple things, not least to help it know when you take a flight of stairs—gotta close those activity rings.

The Difference Between Altitude and Elevation

People often interchange the two words, but they do have separate definitions. Altitude is the height of an object or place “above a given planetary reference plane, especially above sea level on earth” as explained by dictionary.com.

Elevation relates to a position that is “above sea level or ground level” according to the same source.

Measuring Your Elevation

Finding your elevation is easy, and you don’t have to download anything new to do it. The Compass app is installed on all iPhones, which is all you need to get started.

First, open the “Compass” app. Next, locate the listed elevation, which appears at the bottom of the screen.

Open the Compass app

Elevation data is pretty basic information but super useful at times. If you need more information about your current position, you can download more detailed apps like My Altitude. That one is free with in-app purchases to unlock additional data.

Another Use for the Compass App

In addition to displaying your coordinates and elevation, the Compass app has one more trick up its sleeve: You can use it as a level. It’s surprisingly accurate thanks to the array of sensors built into the iPhone and handy for when a new shelf absolutely must be perfectly level.

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