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With all the components ready, this DIY photo booth literally takes 5 minutes to set up. So what do we need?

• Android tablet or phone
• Standard camera tripod
• Tripod adapter for your Android device
• Party PhotoBooth app

Let's get started!

Step 1: Install Party PhotoBooth

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On your Android device, install the Party PhotoBooth app from Google Play. Launch the app to configure how you want your photo booth to appear.

Step 2: Configure instant upload (optional)

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By default, photo strips produced by Party PhotoBooth are saved to your Android device and can be found in the picture gallery. You may optionally connect your Facebook and Dropbox accounts to have the photo strips uploaded as they are created, and guests can be notified of where to find their photos.

If a network connection is available when the photos are taken, the photo strips will be posted immediately. Otherwise, they are scheduled to be posted once a network connection becomes available on your device.

Step 3: Enter Kiosk mode

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Set a passcode and enter Kiosk mode, which keeps the photo booth UI in the foreground, so your guests will not accidentally exit the app.

To exit the app, press & hold the top right corner and enter the passcode you set. If you forget the passcode, power off the device and reboot.

The software setup is done. Let's get to the hardware!

Step 4: Select a tripod adapter

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A sturdy tripod mount is especially important for us since capturing of the photos is triggered by a touch on the screen. I have read through a lot of reviews about the many adapters on the market, then finally decided on the family of mounts made by iStabilizer. I purchased the Mount XL for my Sony Xperia ZL, and the tabMount for my 7-inch and 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Both are very well built and performed wonderfully with our setup.

For smaller phones, iStabilizer also makes the Mount. The choice of tripod adapter is up to you, you just need to make sure whatever adapter you choose does not cover the camera of your device ;)
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tdhg1 year ago
It sounds like u can't print them at the party. Is that so? Sorry I not real computer savy.
Finding Pie (author)  tdhg1 year ago
Yes you can!

Basically, you will have to bring to the party a computer and a printer, along with the items listed in this instructable of course. Then both your printer and your phone need to be connected to the internet, while at the party.

I promise to post another instructable on how to set that up within 2 weeks!
Any follow-up on the computer-printer setup? Any recommended printers? Did you get Google Cloud Print working seamlessly?

Also -- any great iOS (iPhone) recommended alternatives to Party PhotoBooth?

Thanks in advance!

Check out:

SimpleBooth is great for iOS devices.

Finding Pie (author)  stayclassychicago1 year ago
Sorry, have been busy, still haven't had a chance to write up the Instructable for setting up print via Dropbox. For now you can follow "THE UNOFFICIAL PRINT FEATURE" section in the Google Play description. I got it working on a Mac and one of the users told me they got it working on Windows. Please message me if you have any trouble setting up.

GCP is being worked on, but no ETA so far. Also exploring alternative print solutions.

I know that there are iOS photo booth apps, and at least one is for events/weddings, but I have never tried any of them, so can't make a recommendation.

Hi Finding Pie, Just wondering if anyone knows how to print at the party?? Thanks!

nsabine6 months ago

Can the app make audible cues? It seems like it should beep or something as it counts down, and then a shutter sound when it's taking pictures.

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Hmm... why are you running a Windows virus scan? There is no file to be downloaded on Windows. The only item that needs to be downloaded is the Android app, which you would get from the Google Play store from your Android device.
fstedie1 year ago
Yeah, this is not a "real" photo booth until you can print them out on site.
Finding Pie (author)  fstedie1 year ago
Wow, printing seems to be the in-demand feature here. I have received numerous emails (+ the above comment) to add Google Cloud Print support.

I promise to look into it soon based on the high demand. However, printing on-site, instantly, is currently possible with the Dropbox solution. I will post an instructable for that setup in 2 weeks!

Really appreciate the suggestions and feedback by the way :)
yonut981 year ago
it might get pricy but you can buy one of those mini-printers to have the pictures printed immediately like in the real photobooths
Finding Pie (author)  yonut981 year ago
It is possible to have the photos automatically printed as the photo strips are created. I am making another Instructable on how to set that up. Basically what you need is a computer + a printer + internet connection + a Dropbox account.

Hopefully someone setting this up already owns the expensive pieces (Android tablet/phone, computer + printer if printing is needed) and the rest of the components (tripod, adapter, Party PhotoBooth app) cost less than USD50 in total.
Cloudprint -
Hello robotwearswingtips, GCP was actually the first thing I looked at 12 months ago, before the Dropbox idea came up. At the time, there was little information on how to integrate GCP natively into an Android app, and when I finally got my phone to print, it would work only sometimes. I think it was failing to wake my computer/printer from sleep during those times... I decided to drop the idea until GCP becomes more developed.

It's been a year now and Google finally put up an official app on Play, I will definitely start looking into GCP again. Thanks for reminding about it!
Hi All -
Finding Pie please note - your file failed virus scan when I tried to download.
Can you clean-up your file....?
Hey, thanks for letting me know. May I ask which virus scan you are using and whether it has a message that tells you why it failed the scan? Appreciate it!