Utility tools help us with small tasks at home or away. While it’s handy to carry tools to your workplace, there are ways you can achieve these without requiring any physical tools. This is true even with a commodity like the spirit level tool, which is used to measure the level of a surface.
While its most common use is in construction, it can also be used for photography and even carpentry. Thanks to accelerometers on your phones, these tasks can now be performed even on your cellphone by downloading a simple app from the Play Store.
We’re going to show you seven of the best level utility tool apps for Android in this list, in the hopes to provide you with the best app to check the tilt or level of a flat surface. This tool can cleverly help you adjust any flat surface that is otherwise tilted.
Coming up first on our countdown, we have the aptly named Smart Level. This tool is able to measure the angle or slope of an object accurately. You can use this bone on a variety of surfaces, like putting the back of your device against a desk, or put its short or long side on a frame.
This app will be able to tell you things like the surface level (bubble), spirit level, zero calibration, tilt units — degree, percent, radian, roof pitch — and so much more.
Next up, we’re taking a look at Laser Level. This one comes with a couple of different measuring tools, such as laser pointer, regular 3-mode spirit level, bubble level (libella), and clinometer (inclinometer) for measuring vertical angles and determining the exact horizontal plane. This is probably one of the most accurate utility levels that you’ll find today.
There’s a lot of other cool features that it comes with — the ability to calibrate the level of your device, adjust the precision of measurement, read data in different units, lock the orientation, and even take photos while measuring. That way, you can easily send measurement details to anyone in your phone.
This is a simple looking app that does exactly as advertised. It mimics the real level meter and even comes with the same kind of readings on the display. There’s a small bulls eye located within the green indicator, telling you exactly where the center is. It’s a nifty little tool that can no doubt help you when you’re taking pictures, or hanging a portrait on the wall to make sure it’s straight.
Bubble Level can help when you want to keep any component straight (vertical or horizontal), making it a pretty useful tool to have in certain situations. Although your phone should be calibrated when you get it, it’s would help to recalibrate it to avoid any issues. Customer reviews for the app are generally favorable, suggesting that it’s pretty popular with the masses.
This is a 2-in-1 offering as it comes with a compass as well as a level meter feature by default. The compass can be of great help when you’re out in the wild or trekking (or both), or if you simply need to know which direction the sun is going to rise. The app also lets you save the location of your car so you can accurately spot it in the midst of several other vehicles. This is particularly useful in massive parking lots with identical landmarks.
As for the level meter, it can work both vertically and horizontally, making it suitable for construction or home use. The developer points out that the sensor might act a little differently depending on your device, so be sure to stay away from magnetic fields and other electronics devices while trying to use the level meter on this app.
This is a pretty decent app that can help you ascertain the level on any surface. There are no flashy features here, so what you see is what you get. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing as you get the best level tool out there with this app. Pocket Bubble Level uses a combination of your phone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to ascertain the proper level on each plane.
All the indicators are easy to understand and laid out pretty well, so you won’t have a tough time understanding it even if you’re new to level tools. You simply place the phone on a surface (flat or otherwise), and you will get a good idea of how much you need to tilt it off its axes.
This is not just a level meter as it also comes with a set of other tools to help in difficult situations. Smart Tools is a single solution to most of your tool needs as it contains most of them. There are features like sound level meter, vibrometer, a metal detector and convert units. Of course, it can also check the level of a surface using the “Ruler” tool. It’s a comprehensive solution for pretty much anything you need to get checked at your home, although it is highly recommended to seek help from technicians if you’re looking to get a professional opinion.
The app only works on devices that have a magnetic sensor which leaves out a bunch of low-end feature phones. The app will need a smartphone or tablet running at least Android 4.0.3 to work. The best part? Well, the app is free to download and has no ads or in-app purchases.
This is a slightly unconventional level tool, but still very handy in every situation. It comes with a laser indicator for precision, leaving out the conventional water bubble interface that many other apps offer. The app works on augmented reality, which means you can use the camera of your phone to check the level of surroundings around you.
You can zoom in and out as you please and pan in the direction you want to measure, and that’s pretty much it. This is perhaps one of the easiest to use level meters out there and it’s no surprise that this app is also used by interior designers. However, the app is no longer updated by the developer, which is a bit of a letdown. The features still work as mentioned though. Pocket Laser Level works with devices running Android 2.3 and up. Be sure to check it out on the Play Store.
As you can see, there are a number of excellent level tools for Android. These might not all be exactly as accurate as the physical tool, but you will get pretty close, simply because the accelerometer sensors in your phone are pretty accurate. So if you need something in a pinch and don’t have access to an actual level, any one of these will do pretty well.
Do you have a favorite leveling app that you use? Let us know in the comments section below.