Have you ever noticed that things disappear right when you need them the most? Like when you need to measure something but you can’t find the measuring tape or ruler? Sucks right?
If this happens…
There are measuring apps for Android to help you. They may not be quite as accurate as your good ol’ measuring tape but, they will give you an decent estimate of distance or the length of what you need measured.
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Here’s the catch:
These apps are not meant to replace your actual measuring tools. So, use these apps when you need a general idea of the distance or length of something and use actual tools for accurate measurements. You won’t be building a new house using Android. Not yet.
If you are into Android apps, then you should definitely check out our Apps page and try out some cool new Apps.
Now, we have established that these apps won’t be replacing measuring tools, that they (surprisingly) will only give you a decent estimate. Until manufacturers actually introduce a measuring laser or something along those lines in smartphones, they won’t be able to measure anything precisely.
9 Best Measuring Apps for Android
Before we do anything else, we would like to remind you that the following list of the 5 best-measuring apps for Android are not 100% accurate. So, we DO NOT recommend them to be used for professional purposes.
1. GPS Fields Area Measure
The GPS Fields Area Measure is one of the most incredible measuring apps for Android on our list. It uses existing technology in an effective way. As the name suggests, the app basically measures a distance or an area by using GPS data. All you need to do is run this app, select your starting and ending points, and click start measure.
In order to measure, tap at least 3 points on the map. The only downside of this app is its lack of reliability and lack of precision measurement. Furthermore, you can’t use this app to measure travel distance from a single point to another.
So, if you are a farmer, developer, architect, or someone who simply wants to measure a field, then this is the right app for the job. With global positioning services becoming more and more accurate, there will be a time when this app will accurately measure everything.
If you liked this app, you can purchase the PRO version. For more features, you can also try its subscription-based plan.
The Ruler app, as the name suggests, is basically an app that turns your Android smartphone into a nifty ruler. It is one of those apps that is simple but ridiculously good.
So overall, the app basically turns your smartphone into a smart ruler. You can set the units to either centimeter, millimeter, inch and more. It is also available in 4 different measuring modes: point, line, plane, and level. Additionally, you can easily convert any measurement with this app from one unit to another–which can be quite convenient.
You can download the app on the Google Play store or on the link below. Additionally, if you like this app, you can purchase the PRO version.
3. ImageMeter – photo measure
The ImageMeter app is quite similar to the first app on this list. The only difference is that it basically allows you to take measurements on an existing image instead of using the phone’s camera. Unlike other apps on this list, this is not a real-time measurement tool as it uses photos to do all of its measurements.
While it would be pretty cool to get accurate measurements just from a photo, it would be nearly impossible for a normal camera to capture any kind of usable data. This is exactly why you need some kind of reference point in order to derive the measurements.
For example, if you know the height of the ceiling and the length of the room, you can easily place a reference graph on an image and map out an accurate window using this app. The app automatically compensates for possible perspective distortions.
If you have an Amazon Fire device such as Fire Tablets, this app is also available on the Amazon AppStore.
4. Smart Measure
The Smart Measure app is a measuring app that mostly uses the main camera of your smartphone. The camera then lets the app gauge the distance of an object and the height of that object.
To use this app, all you need to do is press the distance button. The app will then try to guesstimate the distance between you and the target object. If you want the height of the target object, all you need to do is to point at the bottom, tap the height button, and tap once more at the top.
While this may seem a lot of fancy stuff, in reality, the app is as accurate as your own guess. We find this app quite neat but not accurate. As technology improves, it will no doubt become more useful but for now, I would recommend using a measuring tape.
5. EasyMeasure – Camera Distance Measurement App
EasyMeasure is a measuring app that can measure the object’s distance from the user in addition to measuring its dimensions. It works by just aiming your camera lens at the object under study.
The calculation is done with several factors in mind, such as the height of the camera and the tilt of your smartphone. That said, you must ensure that the phone camera is set on the correct height, angle, and tilt. For instance, if you hold the camera at your eye level, it automatically detects that the height is 4 inches less than your actual height.
Once you have decided which object to measure, you must adjust the box on the measuring app screen in order to fit the object. After that, the measurement details will flash on the display and you’re done!
Android Apps for Measuring Other Things
Other than distance measuring apps, some apps in the Google Play store can measure other things such as:
- Blood Pressure
- and more!
So without further ado, here are some of our favorite and highly recommended measuring apps for other purposes.
6. Qardio Heart Health (Blood Pressure Measuring App)
The increase of blood pressure-related deaths nowadays is very alarming. So if you’re one of those people that needs to constantly keep their blood pressure in check, then you’re in luck. The Qardio Heart Health app for Android can track your blood pressure and weight-related data.
This app basically lets you create a personal health journal. Simply enter your blood pressure or weight data manually. You can also transfer your data from other apps and devices such as MyFitnessPal, Google Fit, or Samsung Health which is pretty neat!
You can easily download this app on the Google Play store.
But before anything else, you need to keep in mind that you need to have the QardioArm to be able to use the blood pressure monitoring feature of this app. Otherwise, it won’t work.
QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor
The developers of this app boast that Qardio devices are clinically validated so you can trust the results. To use the app with the QardioArm, simply pair them up via Bluetooth and start using it! Easy as that!
So get yours now and have peace of mind. Track your blood pressure without the need to go to a clinic or hospital or rely on someone else to take it for you.
7. Step Counter – Pedometer Free & Calorie Counter (An App for Measuring Walking Distance/Displacement)
The Step Counter app is a pedometer app that basically uses the built-in sensor to count your steps. It doesn’t depend on GPS tracking, which makes the app a not-so-power-hungry app.
It also tracks your burned calories, walking distance and time, etc. All this information will be clearly displayed in graphs.
8. Thermometer++ (Temperature Measuring App)
The Thermometer++ app by Singulario Programos UAB is by far one of the most popular, easy to use, temperature measuring app for Android.
Overall, the app actually doesn’t work as a thermometer should. The app basically just tells you the current weather temperature at a certain location.
9. Sound Meter
The Sound Meter is a Sound level meter (or SPL) app that basically measures and shows the noise level in decibel values. It simply works by measuring the environmental noise and displays measured dB values in various forms. This is by far the most downloaded and installed noise meter app on the Google Play store.
You can easily download the app on the link below.
Bosch GLM 20 Compact Blaze 65′ Laser Distance Measure
If you’re looking for a way to measure a distance from one point to another, then Bosch GLM 20 Compact Blaze 65′ Laser Distance Measure is the most accurate and portable device for the job.
The Bosch GLM 20 features long-range distance measuring with extreme accuracy. It has a maximum distance measurement of up to 65-feet to within 1/8-inch. It can also measure in different units such as meters, feet/inches, or inches only. This device is by far the easiest and most accurate distance measuring tool on the market. The only downside of this tool is that it’s limited to only a distance of 65-feet.
Ultimately, most, if not all, distance measuring apps on the Google Play store highly depend on the telemetry and sensor units of your smartphone; thus, limiting its overall accuracy as it is greatly affected by the device.
So, overall these were still some of the best measuring apps for Android and though they aren’t super accurate, they will help you guesstimate measurements. And for similar apps for determining weight, check out our list of scale apps for Android as well.