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What Are The Best Stud Finder Apps? Here's How To Find Them
Stud Finder
This iOS app measures a magnetic field to find the metal screws that attach the sheets of drywall, plasterboard, or stucco to the 2-by-4 wood studs behind them.
You can reduce false positives by removing the phone cover and adjusting the app’s sensitivity. It’s free to download, but you gain extra features if you make in-app purchases.
It’s rated 4.4 stars out of 5 on the App Store, with customers saying it works well with clear instructions, but that the free version isn't as effective without in-app purchases.
Stud Finder For Walls
This Android app creates a visual representation of the 2-by-4 wall framing on your smartphone to help find studs and electrical wires behind the drywall.
It includes a digital tape measure so you can use the app to measure. It’s been downloaded over 10,000 times and has an average rating of 3.9 by over 650 Google Play customers.
Reviewers claimed that the app is easy to use and able to find different items beyond wall studs, such as wires, but that it struggled to find the screws in the 2-by-4s.
Wall Detector
This iOS app uses your smartphone's magnetometer to find magnetic fields along the wall, then produces graphics to help you determine if it’s found metal in the wall.
You can adjust the sensitivity of the app to reduce the number of false positives it generates. The app is free, but you can make in-app purchases to access additional features.
With over 900 customer reviews, it has 4.1 stars on the App Store. One claimed it’s as accurate as a standalone device, but some disliked the app’s urging to get the paid version.