iOS 7 Has a Bubble Level Tool, Here’s How to Find it

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Did you know iOS 7 has a bubble level tool? Well it does. It’s hidden within the compass app, but you can access it fairly easily. Here’s how to find it.

Did you know iOS 7 has a bubble level? Well, it does. It’s hidden within the compass app, but you can access it fairly easily.

Find Bubble Level in iOS 7

1) Launch your Compass app in iOS. It will tell you to tilt the screen to roll the ball around the circle. This is to calibrate the compass. This takes about 15-20 seconds.


2) The compass app will launch:


3) However, you want to use the level. Just swipe Left. Now you have a level.


4) When your object or surface is perfectly level, the screen until the display’s zero and becomes green.


Who knew your new mobile OS can help you adjust and keep your things level. Whether an iPhone will be required in a carpenter’s toolbox remains to be seen though.



  1. ChicagoMom

    October 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I have an iPad2 and I do not have a compass app that came with my iOS7.

    Is this unique to your iPad or do I need to download an app?
    If a download is required, to which of the many that are available are you referring?

    Thank you in advance.

    • 8bitjay

      October 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      ChicagoMom: Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Unfortunately, the iPad doesn’t have a built-in compass app. :(

      I’m not sure why Apple did that. That said, you won’t find it on an iPod touch either. It’s included with the iPhone, though.

  2. Debbie Kerr

    October 2, 2013 at 8:07 am

    You don’t mention where to find the Compass app. Is it something that needs to be downloaded or is it already installed as part of the iOS 7 update?

    • 8bitjay

      October 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Debbie: Thanks for visiting. :)

      Sorry about that. It’s supposed to be installed as part of the update. (The compass has been part of the iPhone since the 3GS, if memory serves me correctly, but it often goes overlooked.)

      That said, it’s only on iPhone. (Sorry, iPad and iPod touch users.) That’s just something that Apple did for whatever reason. It may be a hardware limitation or an arbitrary choice made by the powers that be.

      Now, if you do have an iPhone, it should be installed already. Try to swipe down to open Spotlight and type in ‘Compass’ it should pop up. Though were you keep it on your individual device depends on how you have things set up. I keep mine in a folder called “Utilities” with my calculator and other apps I consider helpful tools.

  3. Jon B.

    October 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Even though the iPad compass doesn’t include the level, there are excellent free level apps in the App Store.

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