What are the best stud finder apps for iPhone?

Having trouble finding studs, screws, and nails from walls? The community has compiled a list of stud finder apps to help you fix this problem. These apps use an EMF meter to help you find small metallic pieces. Check it out.

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    #1Free Metal Detector

    Free Metal Detector

    Free Metal Detector is an app for iPhone developed by Mobeezio, Inc. This app detects ferrous and magnetic metals. You could use it for searching lost items, finding studs from walls and detecting electromagnetic fields.



    Kevin Mitchell
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "As a builder myself, I need to make my projects as perfect as possible. This app is very helpful for finding those wall studs. My clients are very happy with the outcome of my building since I've furnished them professionally."
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    #2Metal Detector

    Metal Detector

    This app allows you to turn your device into a metal detector. It utilizes your device's magnetometer or compass for searching magnets and metals. The app can also detect electromagnetic fields, as well as find studs and wiring on walls. 



    Aditya Nair
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "You'll never know what's you'll find on walls, bags or ground. It's more good to detect what is it. Currently, I've been using this stud detector app for finding usable magnets or metals. I am using my iphone!"
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    #3Electromagnetic Detector EMF

    Electromagnetic Detector EMF

    Electromagnetic Detector EMF is an app for identifying electromagnetic fields or EMF. Since iPhones and iPads have compasses, they are compatible with this app. The app has utilities like EMF warning, EMF Meter, metal detector and ghost detector.



    Free- With in-app purchases

    Shreya Chauhan
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "I believe in alternative medicine and I know that modern devices emit negative enrgies. With the Electromagnetic Detector EMF, I am able to avoid things that emit dagnerous levels of EMF."


Stud finder apps make use of modern smartphones’ magnetometer sensor to pinpoint the exact location of wall studs. A magnetometer detects the nails, screws, and joists that act as fasteners for studs. Besides functioning as an alternative magnetic metal detector, the sensor is also used for compass apps in phones. It works by measuring magnetic fields and can determine the device’s orientation in relation to the magnetic north. It is also used with the accelerometer and the GPS unit to determine the device’s position. It is through the magnetometer that digital maps are auto-rotated based on orientation. Meanwhile, the accelerometer determines movement and the GPS determines position.

Since navigation became an essential feature for smartphones, magnetometers have also become a mandatory component. As with most of the trends in technology, magnetometers for phones have become smaller and cheaper, but more powerful and efficient. The price of a magnetometer has gone down from $1.50 per device to below $0.50, as production volumes have increased. In 2008, only 8.7 million phone units were manufactured with magnetometer sensors. The numbers were estimated to be 540 million in 2013. In 2017, 1.54 billion units were sold worldwide, with most of them containing magnetometer sensors.

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    #4Metal Detector

    Metal Detector

    Metal Detector by Alexandr Balyberdin is a free app for iOS devices in which you are able to detect any magnetic metal nearby. You can shake it to calibrate and it features a great usability.




    Douglas Hudson
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "Well, now I know that switching to iPhone has some benefits. I consider this app as one of the best stud finder apps available for iOS devices because the calibration is accurate enough to find the stud I am looking for (my work station is a total mess so thanks to this!)"
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    #5Metal Detector/EMF Meter

    Metal Detector/EMF Meter

    The Metal Detector / EMF Meter is an app for detecting electromagnetic field or EMF. This app utilizes the internal compass hardware of an iPhone or iPad. When detecting metals or EMF,  a raw data is shown and it can be recorded and sent to an email.



    Free- With in-app purchases

    Ling Wu
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "I'm a paranormal investigator and trust me, you'll need a reliable EMF detector. The dead leave imprints and they are traceable with an EMF detector. Since ghost-hunting needs to be light, I recommend iPhone for searching ghosts. I personally use Metal Detector / EMF Meter."
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    #6Stud Detector

    Stud Detector
    This app will allow you to find metal framing studs, nails or screws in walls: using the magnetic sensor of your phone, yo will be able to find if there's something in the wood, and display a light in case the app find something metallic. 



    Free- With in-app purchases

    Ronald Garrett
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "This stud detector app is super cool! I used this just for fun and it is amazing how accurate it is! Found coins located nearby my study table you can't imagine!!!"
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    #7Smart Metal Detector

    Smart Metal Detector

    Smart Metal Detector is an app for detecting nearby metals. It utilizes your mobile device's built-in magnetic sensor. Ferric metals and magnets are searchable with this app, ideal for stud finding, treasure hunting or even ghost hunting.



    Free- With in-app purchases

    Brenda Martin
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "I don't believe in ghosts and this app is not a toy. You use an EMF detector for measuring electromagnetic field levels and searching ferric metals ONLY. Phony paranormal investigators use this app for scarng people."
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    #8Stud Find

    Stud Find

    Using this phone and your app you will be able to find nails, studs and wires within your walls. Just place your iPhone on the surface and this app will make sure to find any metallic item inside the walls. 



    Free- With in-app purchases

    Virginia Davis
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "this app is very useful. its a metal detector app.Using this phone and your app you will be able to find nails, studs and wires within your walls. Just place your iPhone on the surface and this app will make sure to find any metallic item inside the walls. "


Best What are the best stud finder apps for iPhone
1Free Metal DetectorApps 1 Paid
2Metal DetectorApps 0 Paid
3Electromagnetic Detector EMFApps -1 Free
4Metal DetectorApps -1 Free
5Metal Detector/EMF MeterApps -1 Free
6Stud DetectorApps -1 Free
7Smart Metal DetectorApps -1 Free
8Stud FindApps -4 Free

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