Whether you’re heading for some adventures soon, or just like knowing things like your current elevation, follow along for how to measure altitude with iPhone.

iPhones have an impressive amount of sensors inside, but there’s not a default app that comes with iOS that gives users altitude measurements. I’ve tried a variety of apps and the one I like the best for checking elevation is My Altitude. It’s a free app with what I think is the best interface compared to the competition.

How to measure altitude with iPhone

  1. Download an app like My Altitude
  2. Open the app to see your current altitude
  3. Customize your settings for metric or imperial units

measure altitude with iPhone

In addition to checking altitude and more in the app, My Altitude features a handy Today View widget.

You can also download NOAA data files for elevation data from around the world. This is useful if you know you’ll be in locations without cellular coverage. My Altitude does include ads with free version, a $0.99 in-app purchase removes them.

Another highly rated free option with $0.99 in-app purchase to remove ads is Current Altitude. Although this app doesn’t seem as robust as My Altitude.

For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Michael Potuck

Michael is an editor for 9to5Mac. Since joining in 2016 he has written more than 3,000 articles including breaking news, reviews, and detailed comparisons and tutorials.