By Venkatramanan Krishnamani
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
iPhone Metal Detector
⎈ For this app to work, the nails in your wall should be magnetic and your device (iPad, iPhone or iPod) should have a built-in magnetometer.
NOTE: The presence of Compass App in your device confirms a built-in magnetometer.
Use your iPhone (3GS and higher models) to find nails in the studs of your drywall, or any sort of magnetic metal hidden from view. This app uses the iPhone magnetometer to find perturbations in the magnetic field caused by a metal.
For best results, point the right edge of the iPhone to scan an area.
⎈ Simple Elegant interface
⎈ Audio feedback for metal detection
⎈ Visual feedback for metal detection.
For best results...
⎈ Hold the right edge of the iPhone (while facing the screen) towards the wall.
⎈ If your device has a external case, please remove before using this app.
⎈ If the app starts beeping randomly--even when not near a metal object--try to calibrate magnetic interference by waving your iPhone in a "figure 8" pattern a few times.
What's New in Version 1.6
+ Added gauge for better visualization
I was skeptical, but it works! Keep in mind, it detects METAL, not wood, so if you have wood studs (like I do) you have to have some patience to find the nails or screws used in the studs.
Take your phone out of the case and slide it slowly along the wall. You'll need to go up and down and side to side until you see the needle move. Turn your sound on and it will ping when it finds a suspected stud. (You can wrap it in cling wrap to protect it from scratches as you run it along the wall.) I found the stud within 30 seconds, then went straight up and down from that spot finding other nails. A quick test with a screw confirmed I had indeed hit a stud! FYI when marking the wall, I just marked where the center of the iPhone was. Not sure if that's the most accurate but it seemed to work.
I'm using an iPhone 5s if it matters.
We were hanging a mounting bracket for our very large flat screen television. We didn't want to miss the studs and make countless holes in our wall. My husband asked if there was a stud finder app for my phone. Of course I joked that all the results would be how to find men. Sure enough, this app popped up and it WORKS!! Just follow the directions and it will bing when you come across the studs. 100% accurate.
Non Reviewer: Works exactly as promised
I don't usually write reviews but I had to this time because it worked perfectly when I was stuck in middle of a project. You may have to move around to find screws. Negative reviewers must have not understood the instructions because it worked the first time for me. Thank you!
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Mar 13, 2014
- Version: 1.6
- Size: 0.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Venkatramanan Krishnamani
- © Venkatramanan Krishnamani
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.