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This instructable will take you through the steps to create a simple way to mount your iPhone securely to your tripod for less $5 bucks. The best part about the clamp style mount, is that it will work with any kind of smart phones, and even works if you have a case on your phone.


What you Need:
Cheap plastic clamp ($1.00 walmart)
1/4 Coupling Nut ($1.50 Lowes or Home Depot)
1/4 bolt longer than your clamp is wide ($.30 Lowes or Home Depot)
Screwdriver
about 10 mins


Keep in mind the entire video above was shot with this setup. 
 
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Step 1: Remove Original Bolt from Clamp

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Take out the original bolt from the clamp. Take note of where the bolt travel through the spring, and be careful not to lose the spring once the bolt is removed. 

Step 2: Screw in new 1/4 bolt

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Screw in the new 1/4 bolt into the existing hole, be sure the bolt travels through the spring and then out the other side of the clamp. 

Step 3: Coupling

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One the bolt is all the way through screw the coupling nut on tightly, but make sure the clamp can still open and close freely. Now you just need to mount it onto your standard tripod threads.

Optional: Add foam to plastic gripers on clamp this will help hold the phone more securely and prevent scratches. 

Step 4: Optional: Add foam

Optional: Add foam to plastic gripers on clamp this will help hold the phone more securely and prevent scratches. 
wreid1 year ago
Freaking genius!!! I been looking for something like this for years!!!
layasera1 year ago
this is great! I will definitely try this later!
actorboy382 years ago
That's just ridiculous! (ridiculously good!!). I've seen alot of tutorials on Iphone/cellphone camera mounts, and this one has got to be the best and easiest one I've ever seen!! Great work!
grahambob683 years ago
simple and brilliant, simply brilliant.
JoeMurphy (author)  grahambob682 years ago
thanks!
ssmelt3 years ago
Hi Joe
i LOVE this idea!! whereabouts (in which dept) in Walmart did you find the clamp? i've spent AGES tonight wandering around my local one and found lots of clips but not this clamp. you will save me the cost of a video camera ;-) Thanks so much!
JoeMurphy (author)  ssmelt2 years ago
hardware dept of a walmart or at home depot of lowes in the clamps section. Sometimes you can find them on end caps.
monkey3332 years ago
Awesome. I think this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks
So I made one last night. Everything went pretty good except I overtightened the screw a bit and cracked the plastic slightly. It's mostly a cosmetic thing though. It's still really sturdy.

Thanks again.
JoeMurphy (author)  monkey3332 years ago
I never have a project go perfect. It's part of the fun, glad you liked the project and are out there making things happen!
natureboy683 years ago
Brilliant!
jsgraham3 years ago
My only fear is using this type of clamp is that it will exert too much pressure on the glass screen and break it. Have you had any issues with that?
JoeMurphy (author)  jsgraham3 years ago
Because the presure is spread across a large surface it don't think there is any risk. So far i've had no problems
RetroTechno3 years ago
Some of the best Instructables are the simplest. Good job!
JoeMurphy (author)  RetroTechno3 years ago
Thanks for the comment @retrotechno