Mount smartphone on tripod: The 3 Best Tripods for iPhones and Other Smartphones of 2023

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If you’ve ever compared who has the longest arms to take a group selfie or struggled to keep your smartphone stable while shooting video, a tripod and mount made specifically for phones might make your life easier. We recommend using the Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit and the Square Jellyfish Metal Spring Tripod Mount together as the best smartphone tripod and mount, after testing dozens of options along the trails of the Pacific Northwest, in the urban forests of Minnesota, and on the streets of Seattle and New York City.

Our pick

Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit

This is light enough to take anywhere but strong enough for the heaviest smartphone and even some cameras.

If you use your smartphone for low-light photography, time-lapses, selfies, or slow-motion video—or if you just like putting your phone in places that you can’t easily reach by hand—the GorillaPod and Square Jellyfish combo holds any smartphone steady at any angle, yet this pair is still small enough to toss into your shoulder bag.

Joby’s GorillaPod 1K Kit is stronger and more flexible than anything else out there for the price. The ball-head mount moves smoothly and the long, articulated legs wrap around most anything, such as a tree branch or street signpost. At 10.24 inches from mount to foot, it’s about 4 inches longer than most of the no-name, cheaper options; this gives it more reach for selfies and helps it wrap around thicker branches and posts. Additionally, its 2.2-pound weight limit is enough to support most compact cameras and even some mirrorless setups.

Unlike other models we looked at, the Square Jellyfish mount can hold a large smartphone stable in portrait or landscape orientation even without a stand. As small as a set of keys, the Square Jellyfish mount easily holds an iPhone 11 Pro Max and is stable enough to stand on its own in both vertical and horizontal orientations, even without a tripod. Just make sure you get the metal mount version—there are user reports of the threads, which let you attach the mount to any standard tripod screw, wearing out over time on the cheaper plastic one. We chose to pair the Square Jellyfish with the GorillaPod 1K Kit because it is more secure than the mount that Joby pairs with its other kits.

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Also great

Yoozon Selfie Stick

A telescoping selfie stick with a tripod and Bluetooth trigger built into its handle.

Buying Options

$17* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $15.

If you need both a selfie stick and a tripod, the Yoozon Selfie Stick is an affordable two-in-one that quickly transforms from a telescoping arm extender to a tabletop tripod. It can’t grip a tree branch or street sign like the GorillaPod 1K, but it does come with a stick-of-gum-sized Bluetooth trigger—pair it with your phone and press its button to grab shots from afar.

Everything we recommend

Our pick

Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit

This is light enough to take anywhere but strong enough for the heaviest smartphone and even some cameras.

Also great

Yoozon Selfie Stick

A telescoping selfie stick with a tripod and Bluetooth trigger built into its handle.

Buying Options

$17* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $15.

The research

  • Why you should trust us
  • Who should use a smartphone mount and tripod
  • How we picked and tested
  • Our pick for best smartphone tripod: Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit
  • The best smartphone tripod mount: Square Jellyfish Metal Spring Tripod Mount
  • A great tripod/selfie-stick combo: Yoozon Selfie Stick
  • Other good tripods and mounts
  • The competition

Why you should trust us

Updates writer Arriana Vasquez has been pursuing photography as both a professional and hobbyist for over 10 years. Before joining Wirecutter, she worked as a camera specialist at several camera stores in New York City. She has also contributed to Wirecutter’s guides to instant cameras, full-sized tripods, and portable document scanners.

Erin Lodi is a photojournalist, writer, and professional photographer with a wide range of experience researching, testing, and writing about photography trends, techniques, and tools, including her role as mobile-imaging editor at DPReview, the most popular camera site on the web.

Editor Signe Brewster is a photography enthusiast who wrote Wirecutter’s guides to photography drones and gimbals before moving on to edit some of our guides to computers. When she isn’t capturing videos from the sky, she likes to photograph Minnesota’s Victorian architecture.

Who should use a smartphone mount and tripod

Anyone who likes to use the timer function in their phone’s camera app, stabilize their video, or shoot videos hands-free can benefit from a smartphone mount.

Most tripods are made for cameras, with no way to securely attach a smartphone. A smartphone mount, which usually takes the form of a clamp that grabs onto the sides of a phone, is an adapter that changes that.

The pool of people who will benefit from a smartphone-specific tripod is smaller. A regular tripod, which we cover in our guides to tripods, will work for a phone in most situations. However, the tripods we cover in this guide are uniquely built to function as selfie sticks or grab onto structures like signposts or trees. They’re also smaller than traditional tripods, which means you can casually throw one into a backpack instead of lugging around a gadget the size of a baseball bat. But they aren’t nearly as long as traditional tripods, which means you must attach them to another tall object to grab an eye-height shot; you’re out of luck in an open field. As a result, you should treat a smartphone tripod as a portable alternative, but understand that a traditional tripod is useful in more scenarios.

How we picked and tested

Photo: Arriana Vasquez

We spent 30 hours researching more than 80 smartphone-stabilization systems before testing 22 sets of legs and 18 tripod mounts to determine what you really need to keep your smartphone snaps and videos steady. We filmed waterfalls while hiking in the Pacific Northwest and snapped images of the Space Needle in Seattle in an initial round of testing. In a second round of testing in 2019, we went on a photo walk in the woods of St. Paul, Minnesota, and filmed hands-free videos indoors. In 2022, we brought them to New York City street festivals and concerts to test stability and ease of use.

As with standard-size tripods, we considered legs and mounts separately (in this case, looking at phone mounts rather than the ball heads intended for full-size cameras). We tested legs to confirm that they were sturdy enough to support the weight of the smartphone and mount, and we tested the grippiness of their feet on a variety of surfaces.

Photo: Erin Lodi

We examined mounts to make sure they could securely hold smartphones as large as a cased iPhone 11 Pro Max, and as small as a Samsung Galaxy S7 without a case. We tested how easily we could make positional adjustments, giving extra credit to smartphone mounts that were able to serve on their own as makeshift stands. We also considered several all-in-one units, those with legs and an integrated mount. Ultimately, we realized we wanted a mount that could slip into a pocket easily, securely mount a smartphone to most tripod legs, and work alone to keep the phone upright in landscape or portrait position.

Portability was a primary consideration for both, because the best accessories for your most portable camera should also slip into a pocket or small bag.

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Our pick for best smartphone tripod: Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit

Photo: Arriana Vasquez

Our pick

Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit

This is light enough to take anywhere but strong enough for the heaviest smartphone and even some cameras.

If you find yourself taking tons of time-lapses, videos, and low-light photos, we recommend investing in the Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit flexible tripod legs paired with a mount, like our Square Jellyfish pick, for your smartphone. You can find many copycat versions of these legs online (Joby itself offers variants, including mini and magnetic models), but after comparing them with the real thing, we think the Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit will hold up better over time and be more practical in a wider variety of conditions, because it’s sturdier and designed with more useful features.

The GorillaPod 1K’s signature flexible, jointed legs can bend into just about any position, and once you place them, they stay put. In our tests, cheaper models slipped a bit when nudged lightly. You can even wrap the Joby’s legs around a pole or branch so that you can get in the shot by using a timer or a remote. And because they’re so long (about 8 inches), they can grip a wider variety of poles and branches compared with smaller tripods with legs less than 5 inches long.

Most important, the sturdy GorillaPod 1K’s 2.2-pound weight capacity has no problem keeping larger smartphones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max steady—something a number of other tested stands, such as the wobbly MonoShot, couldn’t do. It’s even strong enough to hold up a compact or mirrorless camera.

The Joby legs and the Square Jellyfish mount collapse to the size of a small water bottle and weigh about as much as a navel orange.

Beyond nailing the basics, the GorillaPod 1K Kit also features a removable ball-head mount. The rotating ball head lets you make small, incremental camera-position changes without moving the legs, a feature that came in handy when we switched between portrait and landscape orientation. Rubbery material on the oversize feet provided a better grip on slippery surfaces compared with the smaller feet found on the cheaper legs we tested.

The GorillaPod 1K’s ball head made it easier than the competition to adjust a smartphone’s position. Video: Arriana Vasquez

Paired, the Joby legs and the Square Jellyfish mount collapse to the size of a small water bottle and weigh about as much as a navel orange. The resulting combo is easy to tote along in your bag or a larger coat pocket.

As a bonus, the Joby model is strong enough to serve as an especially small tripod for a large point-and-shoot, superzoom, or small mirrorless camera, whereas cheaper competitors struggle to deal with even a large tablet.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Joby’s multi-jointed GorillaPod 1K legs are a little unwieldy at times, making you feel as if you’re playing with a toy rather than using a tripod—but then again, you can’t wrap your normal tripod around a tree branch. The GorillaPod 1K is also bigger than some of Joby’s other leg systems, but we think the extra stability is worth the trade-off.

Like all of the multi-jointed tripod legs we tested, the GorillaPod 1K has its limits. Heavy jostling or hits cause it to slide down slick surfaces such as poles; don’t attach it to the handles of your four-wheeler and expect it to stay secure.

The best smartphone tripod mount: Square Jellyfish Metal Spring Tripod Mount

Photo: Arriana Vasquez

Our pick

Whether you want a great mount to pair with our top smartphone tripod pick or you already have a tripod you’d like to use with your smartphone, we recommend the Square Jellyfish Metal Spring Tripod Mount. Roughly the size and weight of a set of keys, this spring-loaded, universal-screw mount is small enough to slip into a pocket but sturdy enough to hold your phone tightly. It was the most secure of the mounts we tested, including those from Joby.

A Samsung Galaxy S21 or iPhone 11 Pro Max will be fine, but you will run into problems with anything that has a screen size of 6.5 inches or larger.

The Square Jellyfish mount grasps your phone tightly on the sides and can be placed on the ground if you want a horizontal shot lower than your tripod legs will allow. Photo: Erin Lodi

When attached to a tripod, the mount lets you easily rotate your phone 360 degrees; alternatively, for those spur-of-the-moment times when you need to take a photo or video hands-free, use the mount on its own to keep your smartphone standing upright in either portrait or landscape position. It even works if you’re using a weighty smartphone lens attachment. We’ve seen a few other products that serve a similar function, but of the models we tested, the Square Jellyfish mount holds phones the most securely, is the easiest to attach, and allows for a quick flip from landscape to portrait orientation. Other models we looked at, like the DaVoice Cell Phone Tripod Adapter, can support a phone only propped up at an angle when used without legs—not perpendicular to whatever surface you have them on—making them hard to use on their own.

The Square Jellyfish mount screws onto most tripods and grips phones with a spring-loaded clamp. Video: Arriana Vasquez

The Square Jellyfish mount holds phones from 2. 25 to 3.625 inches wide, a range that covers the majority of currently available phones but doesn’t account for some notably large tablets. A Samsung Galaxy S21 or iPhone 11 Pro Max will be fine, but you will run into problems with anything that has a screen size of 6.5 inches or larger.

It’s small enough to slip into a pocket but sturdy enough to hold your phone tightly.

Although Amazon reviews are for the most part very positive, a small number of owners have run into quality problems—primarily stripped threads from overtightening—but these seem to have cropped up with the basic black-plastic version. We recommend you get the silver-colored metal version of the mount.

A great tripod/selfie-stick combo: Yoozon Selfie Stick

Photo: Arriana Vasquez

Also great

Yoozon Selfie Stick

A telescoping selfie stick with a tripod and Bluetooth trigger built into its handle.

Buying Options

$17* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $15.

The Yoozon Selfie Stick impressed us with its ability to quickly transform from a 2-foot-tall tripod to a selfie stick, with the bonus of a Bluetooth trigger button that slides out of the handle to become a remote. If you’re more likely to take selfies or tabletop pictures than attach a tripod to a tree branch, a selfie stick could be a better option than the GorillaPod 1K.

In its collapsed form, the Yoozon Selfie Stick is about the size of a banana—small enough to be at home in a purse or sticking out of a back pocket. Grabbing and pulling on its top extends it to just over 2 feet, which makes it possible to fit a group of people into a selfie picture. Three legs pop out from its handle if you choose to place the tripod on a table for an eye-level shot.

The Yoozon Selfie Stick folds up small enough to be thrown into a backpack or purse. Photo: Arriana Vasquez

The selfie stick extends to about 2 feet. Photo: Arriana Vasquez

The Yoozon Selfie Stick folds up small enough to be thrown into a backpack or purse. Photo: Arriana Vasquez

The selfie stick’s mount felt the third-most secure of any of the mounts we tested; only the Square Jellyfish mount and Vastar Smartphone Mount held smartphones tighter. It held a large iPhone XS Max without issue. We also like that you can take photos by pressing the Bluetooth button on its handle. If you’d like to take photos from up to 33 feet away, you can slide the button out to make it a remote.

It’s worth noting that the selfie stick, like almost all selfie sticks, does wobble slightly in the wind. If you’re planning on using it for video stabilization, you’ll have better luck on days without high wind.

Other good tripods and mounts

If you want a slightly more portable version of the Joby GorillaPod 1K Kit: Consider the Joby Podzilla. It’s nearly identical to our pick in height and weight, but thanks to skinny flexible aluminum legs (instead of the bulkier ball joints on our pick), the Podzilla can bend in half more easily, making it easier to stash in a small bag (along with a small mount). The ball head is less versatile than our pick, though—there’s only one cutout for vertical positioning and the legs are firmly attached, as opposed to our pick, which offers two ways to achieve vertical positions and lets you spin the camera 365 degrees independently of the legs. We also found that, while the ball head is very, very secure when locked, the push-button locking mechanism needed considerable single-hand strength to press in order to release the ball head.

For simpler mounting of a MagSafe-compatible smartphone: The Moment Tripod Mount for MagSafe has a lightning-fast setup time, is extremely portable, and provides a secure hold. The Moment mount is essentially a strong magnet wrapped in a textured circle attached to a slender stick, with a tripod screw hole at the bottom. It can’t stand on its own, but when paired with our pick for tripod legs it held any phone we put on it firmly in place. Moment offers the mount with or without a cold shoe mount. To test this mount, we used an iPhone 13 without a case and an iPhone 11 Pro Max with a Magsafe-compatible case and in both instances, the Moment mount gripped the MagSafe ring securely. While you save a few seconds mounting and unmounting the phone (since you don’t have to mess with the tension arms of our pick), it’s typically three times the price of the Square Jellyfish, and works only with iPhone 12, 13, and 14 phones directly. We did test it with a third-party case on the 11 Pro Max and it worked just fine, but we can’t speak to other off-brand cases.

That said, we plan to do further testing to see if the Moment mount could be helpful for people who experience dexterity issues, or those with limited use of their hands. We’ll update this recommendation depending on the results of those tests.

The competition

Mounts

The Pocket Tripod is more of a phone stand than a tripod. With a few quick, origami-like folds, it can go from the size and shape of a credit card to a phone support, with the phone sitting inside two small, c-shaped cutouts. We really liked this phone stand for its extreme portability, but we’re concerned about the somewhat high number of negative Amazon reviews. We plan to continue testing it to see how well it holds up over time.

The Benro MeVIDEO Sidekick Pocket is a sturdy mount that’s adaptable to a variety of needs. There are ¼″-20 and ⅜″-16 threaded mounting holes throughout, plus a built-in cold shoe mount so you can mount an extra light and/or a mic; the base plate is Arca-Style and RC2-compatible for quick-release tripod heads; and it folds down to be nearly as small as our pick. However, we can’t recommend it because the arms that hold the phone allowed for more slip along the length of the device than all the mounts we tested (in 2022), and the tension screw that holds the phone requires extreme tightening or the mount can still move around with minimal pressure.

A former runner-up pick, the Joby GripTight One Mount, comes standard on many Joby smartphone tripods. The simple spring-release design folds to the size of a large car key and is fast to use. But we found it didn’t hold phones as securely as the Square Jellyfish mount; we had to be careful about installing the phone or risk it twisting out and falling.

The Vastar One mount tied the Square Jellyfish mount for stability and security. It’s also cheaper, so it’s a great option if you’re trying to spend as little as possible. However, it’s much larger and clunkier, and it takes longer to attach it to a phone.

We found that the RetiCam mount offered the functionality we wanted but was much bulkier than the Square Jellyfish model we picked.

The newest version of the Glif is far better than the first, but we still can’t justify this nifty mount’s price.

Tripods

The Apexel Gorillas Tripod is a nifty alternative to the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig, but the features that set it apart also keep it from being a possible pick. It’s designed so that each leg can unscrew from the phone base. While the bendable legs are stiff enough that they don’t unbend on their own, they also sometimes unscrew from the base as you position them. Also, the joints where the legs connect to the base have limited range and there’s no way to adjust the tension, so you can’t open it far enough to lay it flat or lock the legs in place.

The Joby HandyPod Mobile pairs a short tripod with a Joby GripTight One Mount. Its legs fold together to form a smooth handle that’s more comfortable to use as a selfie stick than the jointed legs of a GorillaPod, but its lack of flexible legs also means it can’t grip tree branches or sign poles. We decided to dismiss it because the Square Jellyfish mount is more secure than the GripTight One Mount. We dismissed the Manfrotto Pixi Mini for similar reasons.

Joby makes many tripods with bendy legs, but their mounts aren’t as secure or easy to use as the Square Jellyfish mount. As a result, we think it’s a better idea to buy the GorillaPod 1K and pair it with the Square Jellyfish mount. The Joby GripTight GorillaPod Pro 2 is large and strong like the GorillaPod 1K and has the added feature of a cold shoe adapter for accessories like mics or lights, but it lacks a ball mount. The Joby GripTight One Magnetic Impulse, the Joby GripTight Action Kit, and Joby’s GorillaPod 325 have shorter legs, which means they aren’t as strong and can’t grip as many objects.

The ChargerCity MegaGrab2 Selfie Kit, which used to be our budget pick, provides plenty of support, collapses easily into a small carrying bag, and costs less than half the price of the Joby legs and Square Jellyfish mount combined. But it’s less supportive and not as well built. It also squeaks horribly during adjustment.

The MonoShot (the brand-name model we tested, though many nearly identical versions are available on Amazon) extends to nearly 6 feet but sways in the slightest wind at that height—just what you don’t want for your time-lapse.

Kenu’s Stance smartphone tripods are the only kind we’ve seen that use either your iPhone’s Lightning port or the Micro-USB or USB-C port of your Android or Windows phone as a mount. Though interestingly designed, the Stance models are less stable and work in fewer positions than our main picks.

The UBeesize tripod and mount combo is an Amazon best seller and even cheaper than our budget pick, but it’s far flimsier.

This article was edited by Phil Ryan and Erica Ogg.

Meet your guides

Arriana Vasquez

Arriana Vasquez is an updates writer for powering, home office, cameras, and hobbies at Wirecutter. Her hobbies include reading and photography. Her photos have won several awards in various online competitions, and she is the producer and co-host of Old Books Podcast.

Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts is a freelance writer reporting on cameras and camera accessories at Wirecutter. She started her career as a photojournalist working in newspapers—shooting film—and was the mobile-imaging editor at DPReview. She is also a professional photographer who has made her living photographing everything from rock stars to humpback whales.

Signe Brewster

Signe Brewster is an editor on Wirecutter’s PC team. She also writes about virtual reality. She previously reported on emerging technology and science for publications like Wirecutter, MIT Technology Review, Wired, Science, and Symmetry Magazine. She spends her free time quilting and pursuing an MFA in creative writing.

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3 Cheap & Easy DIY Smartphone Tripod Mounts Made & Tested

Smartphone cameras have easily replaced traditional point-and-shoot cameras. Unless you are an avid photographer, you likely don’t miss any of the added features of a proper camera. It’s too bad your old tripod isn’t compatible with your smartphone. Or is it?

Following a quick trip to the hardware store, we came up with three DIY tripod mounts that are cheap, very easy to build, and most importantly, quite sturdy.

1. The Super Simple DIY Smartphone Tripod Mount

Maybe one day smartphones will come with a compatible female thread adapter. But in the meantime, it looks like you’re stuck with purchasing an adapter like the Glif by Studio Neat. That is, unless you dare to build an adapter yourself.

You can start with the most simple DIY smartphone tripod model you can possibly build. These are your basic components:

  • Two large binder clips
  • Three rubber bands
  • A tripod

Attach the binder clips on opposite sides of the tripod base and see whether your smartphone fits in.

In case your phone is smaller and doesn’t fit, even with the handles upright, you can also clip one binder clip onto the other.

Next, fix a rubber band to the handles of the binder clips to hold your phone in place. We used two rubber bands on each end to hold a third one that stretches across the tripod base. Make sure the central rubber band is crossed over at least once.

Finally, mount your smartphone and fix it with the rubber band. The result should look something like this:

Experience: We didn’t have to purchase any supplies, it was extremely easy to build, and the result was a very stable and versatile smartphone tripod mount. The only catch is that the camera lens isn’t centered over the tripod’s center, i.e. the pivot point. This can be a problem when taking videos. As you move or rotate the smartphone, the position of the camera lens will be slightly off-axis.

Verdict: Super easy. However, the camera isn’t centered over the tripod’s pivot point—and some people might find that irritating.

2. The One-Minute DIY Smartphone Tripod Mount

This is another super quick and easy DIY smartphone mount. Here is what you need:

  • One binder clip that’s large enough to hold your phone
  • 1/4-inch hex nut or whatever nut fits your tripod screw thread
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape
  • Tripod

Take the binder clip and bend one of the handles at a 90-degree angle.

Tape the binder clip with duct tape to soften the edges and to secure the bent handle to the clip. After that, you can screw the clip to the tripod by pushing the binder handle through the screw.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, try fitting your smartphone between the binder clip to see how it sits.

Experience: It’s easy to build, but it poses a few practical concerns. The clip is easily strong enough to hold the phone in an upright and tilted position. However, the clip either covers part of the screen or at least the home button. With this setup, however, you can bring the camera lens very close to the pivot point of the tripod.

Verdict: Easy to build and can be positioned very close to the pivot point. However, the clip covers access to the Home button and partially overlaps the screen.

Here is a video demonstration of a similar build:

3. The Semi-Professional DIY Smartphone Tripod Mount

Finally, the most time-intensive, expensive, and hardest project of all three, one that made our visit to the hardware store worthwhile. Despite being somewhat more challenging, this tripod mount is still very much on the fast, cheap, and easy side of DIY projects. Let’s break down what you need:

  • A steel angle with holes big enough to fit your tripod’s screw thread
  • A wing nut that fits your tripod’s screw thread
  • One cheap or spare phone case
  • Velcro or Duct tape
  • A tripod

We originally set out to glue a hex nut to the outside of the steel angle. However, we ended up simplifying this project because my superglue wasn’t strong enough. Every time we tried to mount the angle on my tripod, the nut came off.

So, instead of gluing the nut to the angle, place one of the steel angle’s holes over your tripod’s screw thread and fix it with a wing nut. Since we started out with a different idea, we only had a hex nut for this project. This was a little harder to screw on.

Next, you have two options. Either tape a spare phone case to the steel angle or use Velcro for a more flexible option. We went with Velcro so we could re-position the phone if we needed to later.

Related Link: How to Turn Your Smartphone into a Street Photography Camera

Before attaching the phone to the steel angle, we made sure to align the camera lens with the pivot point on one axis at the very least. We marked the center of the lens on the case and aligned the mark with a matching hole in the steel angle.

This is what the mounted phone looks like:

Experience: As mentioned above, the superglue approach didn’t work and we had trouble finding the correct screw. Our advice is to bring your tripod with you to the hardware store to avoid multiple trips. Other than those initial issues, the project was straightforward and provided the most satisfying result of all three.

Verdict: If planned well, this is easy to build and provides the most professional result. With some tweaking, you can even center the camera lens exactly over the pivot point.

Tips for the Hardware Store Visit

If you decide to build one of the two models that depend on screwing something onto your tripod, be sure to bring the tripod or the screw thread with you to the hardware store.

Cameras and tripods typically have an inch-based Whitworth screw thread, rather than a metric ISO screw thread. This is great for readers in North America as you will easily find a matching 1/4 inch hex nut (or wing nut). In a European hardware store, however, you will be hard-pressed to find a matching nut for an inch-based screw thread.

Fortunately, our DIY smartphone tripod had an ISO screw thread (left) in a non-critical position which we could use to replace the original Whitworth one (right). At the hardware store, we got two matching M4 hex nuts (4mm inner diameter).

Alternatively, you could get any other screw and nut combination that fits through the base of your tripod. Note that unless you want to experiment with superglue, it must also fit through a hole in the steel angle.

Inexpensive DIY Smartphone Tripod

With a little time and effort, an awesome DIY smartphone tripod mount can be yours in no time. For the home user, there is definitely no need to purchase a commercial product, especially if you have a few spare nuts and screws lying around your house.

Don’t fancy building yourself? Here are the best tripod alternatives for taking photos.

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Mount for mounting a mobile phone on a tripod, monopod, etc.

The phone clips into the cradle and stays securely in place.

Has two threaded holes for more flexibility when mounting on a tripod or monopod.
Standard thread 1/4″
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March 2023 ᐈ 🔥 (+56 photos) How to make a DIY tripod for your phone

Contents

  1. DIY tripod tools
  2. Phone tripods in five minutes – simple and functional
  3. From cans, disposable glasses and etc.
  4. Clothespin tripod
  5. Phone mount on jar, bottle, etc.
  6. Table lamp stand for telephone at home
  7. How to make a tripod for a phone for vertical shooting
  8. A tripod for a phone made of wire
  9. A selfie stick or a monopod from improvised means
  10. Attaching a smartphone to a tripod for a camera
  11. A tripod for a phone made of cardboard
  12. 901 36 From plinth for plastic windows

  13. Materials and tools
  14. Step-by-step instructions
  15. Adjustable cardboard tripod
  16. Materials and tools
  17. Step-by-step instructions
  18. Simple cardboard tripod
  19. 7 ways to make a DIY phone stand
  20. DIY stable tripod tripod from a razor
  21. Ski pole tripod
  22. DIY camera tripod requirements
  23. Working height self tripod
  24. Stability, reliability
  25. Thread – important to know!
  26. How to make an interesting wooden tripod
  27. Materials and tools
  28. Step by step instructions
  29. Paper Clip Gadget
  30. Tips & Tricks
  31. Tennis Ball Tripod Option
  32. Afterword

DIY Tripod Building Tools

Tripod Building Tools

For 5-minute stands, instruments are not you will need, except perhaps scissors, and even then not always.

But for “serious” tripods, which have three legs that change height, more serious tools are required.

Here is the main list:

  • drill;
  • hacksaw;
  • pliers, wire cutters;
  • screwdrivers (drivers).
  • In addition, scissors, glue and other tools and materials that the Master always has in stock.

Phone tripods in five minutes – simple and functional

How to make your own phone tripod from improvised means – tips for those who do not have time. These designs are more like smartphone holders than a tripod. It takes a long time to make a full-fledged tripod with your own hands and not everyone can do it. Examples below in the text.

From jars, disposable cups, etc.

The easiest way to quickly make a tripod holder for your phone is to cut a disposable cup, a jar of yogurt (sour cream, etc.). The photo below clearly shows how such a device works – you need to make slots and insert the phone into them.

If you make the cuts obliquely, the phone will be slightly tilted.

To place it on a higher point, it is enough to put it on something else – on a stack of books, on a jar, on a shelf, etc.

  • Pros – easy, not expensive, fast.
  • Cons – not suitable for vertical shooting (from above), a stand is required for a higher position.

Clothespin tripod

Another easy way to make your own phone tripod in five minutes is to use clothespins. Connect them as shown in the picture and put your device into the resulting system.

  • Pros are obvious – available, almost free, fast.
  • The disadvantages of are the same as for jars – there is no way to remove it from the top – the phone simply will not hold.

Phone holder for cans, bottles, etc.

You can attach your phone to a water bottle using rubber bands, as shown in the photo below. Be sure to fill the bottle with water, otherwise the whole structure will not stand.

Table lamp tripod for telephone at home

If you have a table lamp with variable arms, flexible base, this is a great option for a tripod.

Just attach the phone holder directly to it and your tripod is ready!

  • Pros – you can change the height, slope, etc.
  • Minus is a more complex design that cannot be done in a couple of minutes.

How to make your own tripod for your phone for vertical shooting

A more serious option and it takes more than five minutes to work hard. The created design has been serving me for a long time, requiring neither replacement nor repair. Vertical shooting can be done even on the kitchen table, even on the floor, etc.

You will need a couple of long rulers (wide wooden slats, skirting boards are also suitable, even ceiling ones – the main thing is that they do not bend), a couple of short ones and a regular cardboard box lid, for example, a shoe box.

The size should not be small so that the phone can be placed freely in any position above the hole.

The length of the rails varies from 50 to 100 cm.

  • Make a cross-shaped hole in the lid, 3-5 cm wide. The main thing is that the phone can be turned over this hole in different directions.
  • Next, fasten the ruler boards together into a frame. The distance between them should be several centimeters less than the width of the box. The longer the ruler, the better – you will have more freedom of action. For fastening, you can even use ordinary adhesive tape, electrical tape, teip tape. Or more seriously – fasten with screws.
  • For filming, fix the frame with something heavy on a high horizontal surface near (above) the shooting location, and simply put the phone in the box above the hole. The box moves freely – this makes it possible to find the best option for shooting.

For filming cooking, this is a great option – just fix it on a hanging cabinet shelf above your desk.

  • Pros – available, unassembled design does not take up much space.
  • Cons – the height is not adjustable, you need to look for a stand for mounting.

Wire phone tripod

Rigid wire allows you to make a fairly comfortable tripod for your phone. If desired, you can even change the angle for shooting. To some extent, it resembles an “octopus”. This design can be screwed to the legs of a chair, table, tree, etc.

Homemade selfie stick or monopod

The wire will help solve the problem of not having a selfie stick for filming yourself!

A mop, a ski pole, a branch, together with a wire, will eventually solve the problem of moving the camera away from itself at an acceptable distance.

Since there is no remote control in this version, put the camera on a timer and take a few shots. By the way, I do this even on a regular tripod, I don’t like remotes.

Mounting a smartphone on a tripod for a camera

Holder for a phone made of stationery clips – the photo speaks for itself. The advantage is that you can use all the functions of a tripod – tilt, rotate the camera, change the height.

  • Before attaching the first clothespin, be sure to unscrew the camera fastening screw so that it does not stick out. Otherwise, the clamp will not hold.
  • Install the second clamp as shown in the photo. And then use rubber bands to attach the phone.

Cardboard phone holder

There are factory-made cardboard phone holders.

Why not use the idea itself and cut and glue with your own hands an analogue of what is shown in the photo below?

Plinth for plastic windows

When the glass in the house is changed to a more modern one, some waste is sure to remain. In this case, we will use them. To begin with, we will prepare all the inventory, so as not to be distracted from work later.

Materials and tools

For work you will need:

  • plinth from plastic windows;
  • hacksaw;
  • knife;
  • drill;
  • metal tube.

Please note that aged plastic will not work, as it may crack during use.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Take the rest of the plastic and cut off half the size of your smartphone from it.
  2. Let’s prepare fasteners, on which we will drill two holes and insert a screw and a locking ball into them.
  3. Measure the diameter of each fixing element. Then we will attach the prepared plastic and mark where these parts will be.
  4. We make holes on a piece of plinth with the appropriate diameter of the feint and the ball.
  5. Now we screw the adapter and fix the base of the future tripod to it.
  6. We process the edges of the plastic with electrical tape, adhesive tape or silicone glue so that they do not scratch the phone.
  7. Next, we fasten a long telescopic tube (you can use a regular one), put the smartphone into the slot, and then start shooting.

GOOD TO KNOW!
If you have any doubts about the security of the holding device, you can fix the phone with an elastic band. Use thin and elastic, as for a slingshot.

Adjustable cardboard tripod

It may seem to someone that any cardboard is not able to securely hold the phone while shooting. However, if you do everything according to the instructions, you can get a solid tripod for long shooting.

Bare aluminum wire should not be used to construct coasters. It is better to choose one that has a protective shell.

Materials and tools

To make a cardboard tripod you will need:

  • any carton;
  • scissors;
  • ruler;
  • ballpoint pen;
  • gun glue.
Step-by-step instructions
  • We will immediately prepare the desktop so that we do not waste time searching for inventory during the work process. Next, let’s start making a tripod.
  • Cut the cardboard box into several pieces (you will need three pieces measuring 10×6 cm).
  • Now take one part and draw lines on it at a distance of 20 mm from each other. We make four strips and cut off the excess
  • Now we press each drawn line with a ruler and bend the figure outward. Then we glue the resulting edges together with a gun.
  • Now we do the same from the second cardboard, only we draw lines at a distance of 16 mm.
  • Press and bend them again, form a figure with a glue gun.
  • Next, insert the smaller part into the larger one.
  • We measure the required distance at which the phone should be installed during shooting and pierce two holes in the cardboard. We insert a latch into them (can be made of paper).
  • Now on the edge of the upper fragment of our tripod we make cuts that will hold the smartphone. Their depth must be at least 1 cm. To do this, glue the rest of the box to the prepared tripod with a gun.

As a result of the above steps, you get a sturdy homemade tripod with a stand that can be used on the table when taking a selfie or shooting a video.

Simple Cardboard Tripod

There are quite a few factory made cardboard tripods in various shapes, from complex to ingeniously simple. From any cardboard box, you can cut out a similar template yourself, fold it (glue) and use it.

This will be the simplest holder, horizontal or vertical depending on the design.

  • Pros: availability of material
  • Cons: the inability to change the shooting angle

7 ways to make a stand for the phone with your own hands

9001 4 1. Grab the egg carton – a few strokes of the knife and you’re ready to stand – just cut off the edges and separate several cells. For a modern phone, 2 is enough, so from one box you can make a couple of holders at once.

2. If you have old things left in your house, then look among them for the simplest audio cassette in a box. Release the plastic case and turn it over – a great way to keep the gadget hands-free, ready. There is only one caveat – if the width of the smartphone is more than 10 centimeters, then it will not fit in such a “holder”.

3. If you have paper accessories, you may find binders – simple paper clips. You will need all 2 pieces: we bend the bracket on one of them in the opposite direction and fasten them together. Ready!

4. When there is a small child in the house or you yourself have recently passed this age, you can easily find a Lego-type constructor. From these wonderful details, you can assemble not only simple toys, but also a complex structure to hold a smartphone. You will need literally 4 different elements: a base, two “long parts” and one “short”. It’s just as easy to decorate as you wish!

5. There is such a wonderful thing as a “mini tripod”. It is well known to many photography enthusiasts, and if you find it in your home, great. It has flexible legs and in just a couple of seconds from the camera holder, you can turn it into a demonstration device.

6. Find a bow with sticky arrows in the toy deposits. It only takes 1 to create a phone stand – just cut it to 10 centimeters, stick it on the back cover and enjoy the video.

7. None of the above, but there is an unnecessary box from under the phone or wallet? Great – take the bottom or cover and a knife. Make 2 identical cutouts on both sides, at a slight angle – install the phone.

Stable razor tripod tripod

Three plastic razors serve as tripod legs.

  • By attaching them to the triangular base with glue or screws, you get an almost finished tripod.
  • Before attaching the razors to the base, you need to drill a hole in it, insert a bolt of the appropriate diameter for attaching a camera or phone holder – and the tripod is ready for use.
  • The problem may arise with the base – you will either have to cut it out of wood, or look for a triangular object of acceptable size.
  • For reliability, it is better to strengthen the bolt with glue (torque, epoxy) and use a rubber gasket so that the camera is attached more tightly and does not spin during shooting.

Small spool but expensive, isn’t it? Why not replace the Chinese “octopuses” on the table?

Ski pole tripod

You will need, in addition to the poles, a tube larger than the poles, two round or square bases: one for attaching the legs and the main tube, the second (smaller) for mounting the camera.

Tripod assembly scheme is as follows:

  • Ski poles are used as tripod legs. They are cut to a length of about 70-90 cm. With the help of bolts they are attached to the base, in which there is a hole for the main pipe (it can also be fixed, but then it will be impossible to change the height of the tripod).
  • For fasteners, you can use metal corners that are sold in hardware stores, or you can cut similar ones from aluminum cans. Or cut the top of the stick so that “petals” are formed for bolting. The choice of fasteners depends on the budget and skills of the Master.
  • If the legs are screwed “tight”, then they must be screwed at equal angles. For those who have a “golden” head, an articulated version is acceptable so that the legs can fold freely.

The base, which attaches to the main tube at the top, has a camera bolt.

That, in fact, is the whole essence of the design.

Other ski poles can be used instead. The main thing is that they are rigid enough so as not to bend or break. And also light, so that the tripod does not become a barbell for athletes.

Requirements for a homemade camera tripod

Working height of a homemade tripod

  • It is good if it is adjustable in a wide range. But for a homemade tripod, it is difficult to make sure that the minimum height is 20-30 cm, and the maximum is 1.5 meters.
  • Reasonable limits from 50-80 cm to 1.5 meters. This is enough for shooting objects on the table, for example, and for shooting “in full growth” without distorting the picture.

Stability, reliability

  • – The tripod must be able to support the weight of the camera and not fall over at the slightest vibration of the floor or wind.

Thread – important to know!

  • For homemade tripods, this characteristic is important, since you will have to select bolts for fastening.
  • So, there are two main standards for mounting threads. These are 1/4” and 1/8”. Check the threads of your machines and use the correct size bolts.

How to make an interesting wooden tripod

Everyone who uses a camera on a smartphone understands that the quality of the picture directly depends on the stillness of the device.

The more comfortable and secure the phone is on the tripod, the better the picture will be.

Materials and tools

  • blocks of wood;
  • smartphone holder;
  • fixing element for table lamp;
  • glue gun;
  • thin PVC tube.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. First of all, we will prepare all the available stones for processing. To do this, we grind them from all sides to remove irregularities.
  2. Next, take a large bar and glue small ones to it along the edges.
  3. The wide plane will form the basis of our tripod.
  4. Now glue the PVC tube to the prepared bar.
  5. We drill two symmetrical holes with a diameter corresponding to the fastener.
  6. We insert the fixing element, form a small rectangular bar with the same hole, which is subsequently attached to the reacting mechanism.
  7. On top of the resulting bar, glue another one, a little larger. It will serve as a platform.
  8. Now we attach a plastic holder for the phone in a horizontal position to the resulting structure.
  9. After the above steps, you can use a homemade tripod as purchased. Such a device can be used at home to shoot full-length video.

Paper Clip Gadget

When you have lots of file and paper holders in your home, they can be used to great advantage for your phone. It is from these devices that we will create a simple tripod.

  • For the portable stand, prepare one large binder and another smaller one.
  • Open the large fastener, put the handles of the small one into it and slam the structure shut.
  • Lift the bottom holder up, then simply place your smartphone on the stand.
  • Ideally, it would be better to smooth out the edges of the mini tripod to avoid possible scratches on the body of the phone.

Easy to carry in your bag, organizer or even in your pocket. Such a gadget will be especially useful for those who work in the office and always keep a cell phone at hand.

Tips and tricks

How to make your own tripod for your phone is an endless topic, there are many solutions, use your ingenuity, golden pens and you will succeed. Pay more attention to the shooting itself.

  • Be sure to check the security of the attachment to avoid falling and breaking the phone.
  • Get phone holders – simple and convenient. It’s not expensive and makes the job easier.
  • Shoot a lot, from different angles, so that during editing there is no capture in the video and photo material.

Tennis Ball Tripod Option

Another low cost option is a mini tennis ball tabletop tripod. To do this, you need a knife, glue, a bolt and a nut. The ball is cut in such a way that most of it is stable on the table, to seal the surface we glue the place under the camera with a second layer from the remaining piece. A hole is made in the center and a bolt is glued. then you can paint the structure or leave it as it is.

You can put a seal under the chamber, and if you take a longer bolt, you can slightly increase the stand up.

For this tripod we needed:

  • Tennis ball;
  • Knife;
  • Bolt diameter for camera mount;
  • Nut and bolt seal;
  • Glue and an hour of time.

This option is not suitable for a serious event, but it is quite suitable for home use with a small camera, it certainly will not hold heavy optics.

Afterword

Each photographer decides whether to make a lens with his own hands or spend a certain amount on equipment. But there are several important points:

  • If homemade equipment were better than professional equipment, it would have ceased to be produced by now;
  • Experienced photographers with expensive optics will not rely on a “home-made” tripod and will purchase a suitable weight and material for the safety of equipment;
  • For daily shooting you need a good tripod, from improvised means – for 1 time;
  • You will still have to spend a certain amount on materials, and also time to make a tripod;
  • Homemade tripods are inconvenient for frequent movements, they are not compact and it is problematic to carry them with you.

Based on these points, it follows that it is better to purchase professional specialized equipment for work. Save on the safety of the camera and optics is not worth it. But for home or very infrequent use, you can assemble a tripod with your own hands.

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