How to mount your smartphone on a tripod (DIY)

Want to mount your smartphone (or even a tablet) to a tripod? Sharon shows you a simple, affordable solution you can create in minutes.


This five-minute DIY project is the simple solution to shooting time-lapse videos, getting steady shots, and even capturing group selfies. It's a simple way to securely mount your smartphone to a tripod, and it only costs about $15. Assuming you already own the tripod.

The solution is easy. I used an L-shaped bracket to prop up the phone and secure it to a standard tripod. The secret is in using a 1/4-inch nut, a trick used in the stringpod and the gliding camera strap.

You'll need:

  • A 1-inch L-shape corner bracket
  • Some kind of adhesive (epoxy or Command strips for a semipermanent solution)
  • A simple hardshell phone case
  • A 1/4-inch nut
  • Spraypaint to match the case (optional)


Step 1: (optional) Paint the L-shape bracket. Allow to dry according to product instructions.

Step 2: Apply the adhesive (in this case, a small, trimmed-down Command strip) to the inside of one side of the bracket. Attach to phone case.


Step 3: Position bracket over the screw of your tripod's quick release plate. Sandwiching the bracket, place nut over screw and secure.



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