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Simply search for “bubble level” in the Google app on your phone and you’ll have a little mini-level you can use to measure if something is even. iPhone users have had this tool built into their phones for a while (it’s hidden in the Compass app), but on Android it’s always required a separate app download until now. Of course, most of these tool apps require way too many permissions How App Permissions Work & Why You Should Care [Android] How App Permissions Work & Why You Should Care [Android] Android forces apps to declare the permissions they require when they install them. You can protect your privacy, security, and cell phone bill by paying attention to permissions when installing apps – although many users... Read More , making them a bad idea to use.

Obviously this can’t replace real level, as your phone’s internal sensors can’t duplicate the real thing. Plus, your device might have the camera or some other piece jutting out on the back, preventing it from being fully level. Regardless, when you’re in a pinch and want to check something to be sure it’s level, this gives you a pretty good idea.

And if nothing else, it’s something fun to play with for a few minutes. Go ahead, try it out and see how level the items around you are! Or, put your phone in your hand and try to balance it to exactly 0 degrees.

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Do you have use for a level on your phone? Let us know if this excites you (and what you measured) with a comment!

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  1. Sam Barro
    March 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    So how does this level work? Is it all software? Does it rely on some kind of hardware device inside the phone?

    • Ben Stegner
      March 12, 2016 at 12:54 am

      There are lots of sensors inside your phone that make it work, like the accelerometer and gyroscope. This little widget probably just uses those sensors and makes the data human readable in the form of a level.

      These sensors are the same way that your phone knows to auto-rotate, for instance.

  2. Christian Cawley
    March 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

    :( "Device not supported" on my 2013 Nexus 5...

    • Ben Stegner
      March 10, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      That's really weird. It works fine on my Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5 shouldn't have any issues with it either...

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