Top 5 Apps for Turning Your iPad Into a DIY Photo Booth

Top 5 Photo Booth Apps

Posted on 23, August, 2019

Last Modified on 26, August, 2019

Photo booths are a must-have for any event - from weddings and bridal showers to award shows and conferences. However, traditional camera set-ups can cost thousands of dollars and rentals aren't always the most cost-effective solution. With the right iPad stand and application, you can turn any tablet into an affordable DIY photo booth. Deciding which photo booth app is best for your event depends on a few factors; including your budget, desired camera features, and the sharing needs of your guests. To help you decide, here is a round-up of the top 5 mobile apps for photo booths.


Simple Booth

Simple Booth Screenshot
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Simple Booth is one of those all-in-one event solutions that makes event photo sharing, as the name suggests... simple. Beyond taking amazing snapshots with fun props and effects, your guests can make collages and GIFs, and easily share their images with themselves or with friends and followers online. Photos are saved to a gallery with your event's hashtag, which partygoers can access after the event to post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with their own device. Additionally, you can watermark your logo on each image, making this perfect for branded or sponsored events.

      • Rating: 4.7/5
      • Live Filters: Yes
      • Photo Editing: Yes
      • Individual Sharing: Yes
      • Group Sharing: Yes
      • Availability: App Store Only
      • Price: $99.99

Mini Photobooth

Mini Photobooth Screenshot
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This app is popular for its affordability and features. Think of Mini Photobooth as a live version of Canva for event photos. The app allows you to design customized templates for single images, collages, and even GIFs using a variety of stickers, fonts and graphics. The camera also features a countdown for taking group photos from a tablet or smartphone, and lets you use an external camera shutter remote for instant snapshots. Like others on this list, Mini Photobooth gives guests the option to share their selfies on social media, or send photos to themselves via text or email. Another cool feature is "Event Mode" which allows the host to set a passcode for exiting the app, so users can't switch to a game or search the web while on your device.

      • Rating: 4.7/5
      • Live Filters: Yes
      • Photo Editing: Yes
      • Individual Sharing: Yes
      • Group Sharing: No
      • Availability: App Store Only
      • Price: FREE Version, $9.99 to remove watermark, $39.99/mo for Pro Mode Subscription

Pocketbooth

Pocketbooth App Screenshot
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If you're hosting a 1950's themed event (or just love vintage style), you might want to give Pocketbooth a try. This photo booth app creates vintage photo strips that mimic the style of a classic photo booth print — like the ones you see in shopping malls. After snapping selfies and group pics, guests can share their photos on Facebook, Twitter or email, or print to a wireless printer.

      • Rating: 4/5
      • Live Filters: Yes
      • Photo Editing: Yes
      • Individual Sharing: Yes
      • Group Sharing: No
      • Availability: App Store and Google Play
      • Price: $0.99

Photobooth mini

Photobooth Mini App Screenshot
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If you just need a basic in-app camera and sharing functions for your guests, Photobooth mini has you covered. Like traditional photo booths, Photobooth mini includes a countdown timer, takes 4 photos per shot, and produces a "drying" sound for extra effect. You can take real-time photos with your own backdrops and edit them afterward with fun text and effects. Guests can share their photos on social media from the app or enter their email address to receive their reel.

      • Rating: 4.5/5
      • Live Filters: No
      • Photo Editing: Yes
      • Individual Sharing: Yes
      • Group Sharing: No
      • Availability: Google Play Only
      • Price: FREE version, $5.99 for full features

The Guest

The Knot Wedding Photo App Screenshot
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The Guest isn't like the other photo booth apps on this list. In fact, it doesn't take photos at all. Developed by the popular wedding planning app The Knot, The Guest is a photo-sharing hub for large gatherings like weddings and conferences. A host can use their device's default camera and share images from the photo booth privately with all of their guests. In addition to the group selfie station, partygoers can add their own pics into the mix, including selfies and videos from the dance floor.

The way this social app works is pretty spectacular - all photos and videos taken at the event will automatically be shared to your event's gallery. They don't have to upload their files separately, so all media from the event appears in your gallery effortlessly and instantaneously. Guests can also remove their own content or turn off auto-sharing at any time.

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