How to Measure Altitude on Your iPhone

My Altitude app showing altitudeKhamosh Pathak

If you are traveling, you might be curious about the altitude of where you are. The altitude can tell you a lot about the weather and living conditions. Here’s how to measure altitude on your iPhone.

Before we start, a word about the difference between altitude and altitude. Although people use them interchangeably, they have slightly different meanings.

according to, altitude is defined as the height of an object or place “above a given planetary reference plane, in particular above sea level on land”. Likewise, the website defines elevation like the height to which something is raised or raised, above sea level or ground level. The main difference here is that the altitude is always calculated from sea level.

If you only want to measure the height of a place where you are, you can simply use the Compass application on your iPhone. It has a built-in elevation function.

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To measure altitude, use the My altitude app. The app uses both the device’s built-in barometer sensors and NOAA location data to give you precise numbers.

Once you’ve opened the app, give it access to location services, so it can determine your exact location. You will now see the altitude at the top of the screen. You can tap it to switch between metric and imperial units.

Display of the altitude in meters from the location

If you have a newer iPhone (iPhone 6 and above), the application will use the device’s sensor to determine your altitude (this is more precise). But you can also see the data from the NOAA database.

Tap the “Data Files” tab in the lower right corner.

Tap the Data Files tab

Since this is the first time you have used this feature, the application will ask you to download the data file for the region. Press the “Yes” button.

Press the Yes button in the pop-up window

You will see a map divided into a grid. Find your current region and tap it to download NOAA data.

Select the region

You will see another confirmation window to download the data file. Here, press the “Yes” button again.

Press yes to confirm

In a few seconds, the data file will be loaded into the application. Again, tap the “Data Files” tab at the bottom of the app’s home screen.

All sections will remain the same, but the data will now switch to the NOAA database.

The altitude indicated from the data file

You can press the “Device sensor” button again to go back.

This is just one of the many hidden features of iOS. Take a look at our list of hidden iPhone features to learn more.

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