Compusfor iOS



A lightweight, ad-heavy compass app

Few things come in as handy as a compass—and rarely can you find one when you need to. Compus is a simple compass app to find your bearings on the go.

Always find your way

A clean compass in your pocket, though overly simplistic.

While every iPhone comes equipped with a standard Compass app, its accuracy is far from ideal. Compus is an alternative iOS compass app. It uses your phone’s magnetometer to determine its real-time orientation relative to the Earth’s magnetic field.

The app is extremely simplistic, to the point of being rather bare-bones. With no options to speak of or settings to adjust, Compus is as basic as a compass gets. You can see your current coordinates and your cardinal orientation.

You can also determine the angle that your current orientation forms with the true North. The angle is expressed in standard degrees. No other angular units are offered. Compus is free to download, supported by ads that interrupt the compass every few minutes.

Adding insult to injury, many of them have no visible 'exit' button. These leave you no option but to exit the app or click on the ad.

Where can you run this program?

Compus should run seamlessly on any iOS 7 device (or newer versions) equipped with a magnetometer. It’s also compatible with Retina displays on iPhone 4.

Is there a better alternative?

Yes. If you need a more feature-rich compass app, you have Altimeter GPS Pro, which also measures altitude and other variables. For a simple compass for navigation, Commander Compass has super useful map overlays.

Our take

Compus isn’t the worst compass app you can find, but It’s more limited than most compass apps on the market. It’s barely an improvement over the built-in iPhone compass app. While handy in a pinch, the user experience surrounding the ads is very frustrating.

Should you download it?

No. Compus lacks any options or special features, while having ads that disrupt normal use. The built-in compass is serviceable enough as it is.


  • Clean interface
  • Intuitive & simple
  • Free to use


  • No user settings or unit options to customize
  • No map overlays or altitude meters
  • Very frequent ads interrupt regular use
  • Some ads have no 'exit' button

Compusfor iOS


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