Every day smartphones find ways to replace other physical items, such as music players and document scanners.
It is no different from the traditional tools used in everyday life, DIY projects, and contractor work. The app has made our toolbox lighter with great progress. So don’t worry if you lose your flashlight or roll of measuring tape. Here are some of the best free apps that turn your phone into a Toolbox
Distance Measurement App and Digital Tape
Using augmented reality to provide measurements of everyday objects is a handy way to create digital measuring tapes and this is exactly what Google’s Measure app does. This is one of Google’s lesser known great Android apps.
With this app you can measure distance, length and height using your camera. Trying to get an AR measurement app to work can be a hit-and-miss problem, but Measure is easy to use. Its tips and help section can guide you if you’re confused, making it an easy-to-use measurement app.
To get started, you need to scan the area with the app so it can detect horizontal or vertical planes. Then select the measurement mode you want to apply (distance or altitude) to the screen. You can adjust the line to the desired point and the application will estimate the size of the object. Note that this app requires a well-lit and uncluttered area.
Download: Measure (Free)
Smart RulerIt’s a simple tool it gets. The Smart Ruler acts as a digital ruler that you can use for small measurements. Place whatever object you want to measure on the screen of your Android device, then touch the corner to detect the width or length.
You’ll find a variety of ruler apps, but we like Smart Ruler because it’s easy to use. It also allows you to set the start and end points of an object when you touch the screen, adding an added element of convenience.
Download: Smart Ruler (Free)
Measurement Apps and Other Level Tools
This application measures the decibel value of ambient noise. To help guide you, Sound Meter also provides examples of equivalent noise levels for comparison. For example, a 30 decibel range is similar to whisper volume, while 72 decibels is closer to loud music.
There is no shortage of similar apps on the Play Store, but we found this one to have the best accuracy and sound level change detection.
Download: Sound Meter (Free)
Laser Level is a leveling app for Android that includes a very useful spirit/bubble level mode. This means you can measure angles and whether a surface is flat in a variety of ways using the app.
It even has a built-in clinometer for those who want to measure angles accurately.
Download: Laser Level (Free)
Utility Apps for Android
Metal Detector does exactly what the name suggests it uses your smartphone’s sensors to detect the presence of metal based on a magnetic field. This can help you find metal studs in walls or possibly pipes in the ground.
Of course, it’s not as effective as an actual metal detector or stud finder. But it’s free and can help you get a better gauge of the presence of metal for the occasional odd job.
Download: Metal Detector (Free)
Flashlight app by Ruddy Rooster is not the most popular app by number of downloads, but its simple interface and useful tools make it one of the best flashlight apps for Android. It features a simple flashlight that uses your camera’s LED flash, but also has Morse code and a strobe effect. Like other flashlight apps, it includes a screen light function and several other features.
This is our preferred flashlight app because of these features and the app’s limited permission requirements. If you already have the flashlight feature installed in your phone, we recommend using it because most flashlight apps are a privacy nightmare.
Download: Flashlight (Free)
CalcKit: All-in-One Calculator
While CalcKit is not a traditional tool like a hammer, it is a very useful calculator and conversion app for contractors and craftspeople. It includes a wide variety of conversion tools that make this app relevant to a wide variety of professions. Even people in the sciences can use it for simple calculations, as they go along.
This app covers everything from basic math equations (like the area of a triangle), to more complex electronic calculations. It also has a range of conversion tools, from shoe size to fuel efficiency volume metrics.
Download: CalcKit (Free)
All-in-One Toolbox App for Android
If you prefer apps that include a set of tools, rather than downloading individual apps for each tool, then the all-in-one toolbox app is the perfect choice. The app isn’t particularly specialized, but it has enough tools for most people to complete any task that requires it.
Smart Tools has a rather unusual assortment of tools, but they are a lot of use in the right situations. It also has some unique tools not often seen in other toolbox apps, including a Morse code converter, a text-to-speech tool, and even a dog whistle.
The app also has some fun tools that are more for curiosity than others, such as an age calculator and a cryptographic tool. But there are also lots of useful and handy utilities like flashlight, bubble level, and audio recorder.
Download: Smart Tools (Free, premium version available)
Toolbox by Maxcom
The Tool Box app by Maxcom is a collection of useful tools that are lightweight and simple. The app includes features such as a leveler, decibel meter, magnifying glass, barcode reader and protractor.
If you want a one-stop toolbox app that isn’t too crowded, Toolbox is a good choice. The tools are pretty basic, but this means the app takes up less storage space on your phone.
Download: Toolbox Free (Free) | Toolbox ($2)
Smart Kit 360
The Smart Kit has an attractive look that makes it feel modern and sleek. But it’s more than just a pretty face. It has one of the most diverse collections of various toolbox app tools available for Android.
This includes the replacement of traditional tools, such as levelers and compasses. But it also has some modern tools, such as a heart rate monitor (if your phone’s camera is compatible) and phone storage and management tools. Some unique tools that you don’t often see in similar apps are the lux meter and vibrometer.
Download: Smart Kit (Free)
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