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.

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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)

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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.

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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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Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.

 

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