If you’d prefer to watch a video about this, here it is! Otherwise, read the article below.
Connecting your iPhone and your iPad together
As of Wifibooth 4.5.0, you can use your iPhone’s camera on your iPad. Your iPhone has a much better camera than your iPad – better to use this than your iPad’s camera! You can mount your iPhone on your tripod with its rear-facing camera facing your guests, and have the iPad on a table nearby showing the guests the live-view video feed — this will help them know where to stand, in order to be in the photo.
First, either connect both devices to the same wifi network, or have the iPad connect to your iPhone’s personal hotspot (this will also mean the iPad has internet access, which is necessary for live emails / uploads). Your iPad & iPhone will also find each other if wifi is on and is not connected to any network (on both devices).
On your iPad, in Wifibooth, open the camera popup (near the top-left of the app), and select “Remote iPhone”
On your iPhone, open BluePrint and touch “Share camera”
Your iPad will find the iPhone and attempt to connect. Your iPhone will ask you for permission for the iPad to connect: grant it with “Always Allow”
On your iPhone, BluePrint offers you the following features:
Green Screen effect (replaces the background with a different background). Note that this is only supported on dual-camera devices at least as new as the iPhone 8 Plus, ie. iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max. To activate this feature, hit the “Select…” button to choose a new background image. Note: the green-screen effect will only be applied when a person’s face is detected in the frame, and the lighting is good
Video resolution: choose the resolution of the live-view feed being sent to your other device. This has no effect on the photos taken. If you experience issues with the live-view / video feed looking blocky or breaking up, then lower the resolution to 480.
Flash: choose whether the iPhone flash will fire when a photo is taken
Exposure controls: you can lock or unlock the exposure (so that the camera doesn’t change its brightness), and also apply an exposure compensation to make it brighter or darker
Save photos to camera roll: by default, all photos taken will be saved to the camera roll on your iPhone. If you don’t want this, set it to “No”.
To conserve your iPhone’s battery, BluePrint will detect when it hasn’t taken a photo in a while, and reduce the frame-rate of the live-video it is sending. As soon as another photo is asked to be taken, or you interact with Wifibooth’s camera controls on the other end, the frame-rate will be reset to its normal rate.
Wifibooth has lots of settings to control how photos, collages and GIFs are uploaded to social media. First, let’s discuss how the settings work.
Social Media Settings
Wifibooth supports automatic uploads of both collages and individual photos to Facebook and Dropbox. Automatic here means that the user does not have to choose that this happens. Here’s when the uploads occur:
Collages – uploaded when an action is taken upon a collage (from the collage screen). An action is any user-selected action on the collage, such as email, SMS/text, print, etc. Collages are also uploaded if there are no actions are available (for example, because none have been configured) and the user hits the Done button. Finally, if AutoPilot is enabled, then collages are uploaded.
Individual photos (aka All photos), includes GIFs – these are uploaded when the photo is received. In other words, when the photo is visible in Wifibooth, then it is already uploaded (or queued for uploading)
Wifibooth supports automatic uploads of only collages to Twitter, and the same rules apply as above.
How to Configure Wifibooth as a Social Media Booth
If you don’t want to print — you just want single photos uploaded to Facebook/Dropbox/Twitter — then use this combination of settings:
If you are not printing, then in the Printer popover make sure the top switch is turned off
In Event Settings, go to the page(s) of the social media settings that you want to enable. First, make sure you are signed in. Then, make sure upload collages is turned on. No need to turn on uploading for All photos, leave that off for now!
In Event Settings, go to the Taking Photos page. Change the number of photos to take to 1. Also, turn on AutoPilot to Full, and in the popup, select Yes to avoid user interaction.
Now when you take photo(s), the collage will just be a single photo, and will be automatically uploaded.
If you want to have collages of more than 1 photo, then change the number of photos to take accordingly, and also turn on uploading of All photos for the social media service(s) you’re using. This will also mean that GIFs get uploaded.
As always, think hard about whether it is safe to upload photos automatically to social media: this makes the photos public immediately. The last thing you want is a drunk guest’s very inappropriate photo or a photo of people jumping where someone forgets to hold their skirt down going public on your Facebook page! If you think this is a risk, then only enable uploading of collages, and turn off AutoPilot. This means that only collages that your guests create will be uploaded.
When the wifi of your iPad is connected directly to your camera, then by default your iPad cannot connect to a printer or use the internet. This is a common issue because only Canon and Panasonic cameras support connecting their wifi to a router (infrastructure mode). BluePrint is a FREE app specifically developed to solve this problem, and Wifibooth integrates with it directly.
When Wifibooth is connected to BluePrint, BluePrint can share its internet connectivity to Wifibooth. This means your emails, Dropbox uploads etc can happen even while your iPad is connected directly to your camera’s wifi.
A second iOS device with Bluetooth and wi-fi, running iOS 9.0 or newer. That’s basically any iPhone or iPod Touch that you have lying around
If you want to connect a printer, it must support AirPrint (ie. Canon Selphy CP910 or newer) or be a DNP printer shared via a DNP WPS product; it must also be connected to the same wifi network as your second iOS device.
During your event, the iPad and the second iOS device can be reasonably close together (the range of Bluetooth varies, but I wouldn’t expect much beyond about 5 meters or so)
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, on both your iPad and your second iOS device. You don’t need to connect to anything, or do anything other than make sure Bluetooth is on.
Install BluePrint on your second iOS device. Do not install BluePrint on the same device where Wifibooth is installed. That is not supported. Here’s the app-store link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id1127641254
Connect the wifi of your second iOS device to the same wifi your printer is on. If your second iOS device is an iPhone, then it is best to use your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature and get the printer connected to that. You can tell if the printer is connected to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot by the blue bar at the top of the iPhone which should say “1 Device Connected”.
Start BluePrint on your second iOS device, and touch the “Share a printer” button. Select your printer from the list. If you can’t see your printer, make sure the printer is on the same wifi network as your second iOS device.
Open Wifibooth on your iPad, and within a few moments the status area should pop open near the top-right, prompting you to connect (just like the video above shows). If this doesn’t happen, make sure Bluetooth is turned on for both devices, and make sure the devices are reasonably close to each other.
A note about Speed
Note that when BluePrint is connected to Wifibooth, Wifibooth will always use the internet connection it has through BluePrint first. If you’re uploading a lot (ie. Dropbox uploads turned on, Twitter uploads on, Email on, etc) and printing a lot at the same time, you might find that the prints take a while to get sent. Wifibooth does prioritize the prints ahead of any other uploads, but does not interrupt the transmission of an upload if one is in progress when a print occurs. BluePrint carefully caches photos that it receives, so if someone prints a photo a second time, it is not retransmitted across the Bluetooth link.
If you find it slow, try these tips:
Make sure your photos are being downsized to print resolution (Event Settings – taking photos)
Make sure the paper size and DPI settings (Event Settings – Layout & Collages) exactly match what your printer needs
Try reducing Dropbox or Facebook uploads to only uploading collages, instead of all photos
If you have the budget, upgrade the oldest of the two iOS devices you’re using to newer hardware: the newer Bluetooth version, the faster the speed. For example, the iPhone 8 supports Bluetooth 5.
How Wifibooth and BluePrint handle queueing
What happens if there’s a bunch of stuff being sent by Wifibooth to BluePrint, and at the same time someone prints another photo? Wifibooth and BluePrint handle this by queueing items. In order to make Wifibooth reliable, this queue is tough: it can handle the Bluetooth connection being lost and then reconnected, or one side disappearing – for example your iPhone runs out of battery, you plug it in, and start up BluePrint again. This queue will automatically resume once a connection is (re)established. Please note that the contents of this queue cannot be viewed — it is not the same as what you see on the Event Picker screen.
Wifibooth is built to get your guests’ creations printed out as quickly and easily as possible!
This video covers printing in depth, please watch it first.
Getting Connected: Is your iPad on the same network as your printer?
If your iPad is connected directly to your camera’s wifi (ie. your camera is making the wifi hotspot that you connect to), then your printer and your iPad are NOT on the same wifi network, because your camera will only let the iPad connect. This means you won’t be able to add the printer directly in Wifibooth – nothing will show up in the list of printers.
So what can you do?
First, if you’re lucky enough to have a camera that supports connecting to other wifi networks, like Canon and Panasonic cameras, then you can use “infrastructure mode” wifi to tell your camera to connect to a wifi router instead. That’ll mean that you end up with your iPad, camera, and printer all on the same wifi network. Learn more about connecting your Canon camera to a router here.
If you don’t have a camera that can connect to other wifi networks, don’t sweat it! That’s why BluePrint was created. BluePrint is a free app that lets you use a second iOS device, usually your iPhone (even an old one will work!), to share your printer and internet via bluetooth. Learn more about BluePrint here.
There are two places in Wifibooth where there are settings that affect printing: on the printer page itself, and in the event settings.
After you connect a printer, you can see the printer settings on the printer page. Here you can set the following:
Whether the guest can print from the gallery screen. If your guests are printing too many photos, try turning this off.
The text the user sees after printing. For example, you can tell your guests to write something under the photo or print an extra copy for the bride
Insets. These are very small adjustments to the printed image, in case you have a printer that “zooms” (overscans) everything that it prints. Canon Selphy printers are infamous for doing this. If you’re finding that your logo gets cut at the bottom or top of the print, try using the following inset settings for your Canon Selphy printer: Left 32, Right 37, Top 52, Bottom 55. Thanks to Wifibooth Community user Cranfan for these
The other page of settings that matters for printing is the Layout & Collages settings page, which is found in event settings. Here you can set the following:
The orientation for collages. This defaults to automatic, which means Wifibooth will guess the best orientation based on the photos selected for printing. Important: if your printer cuts the paper itself, choose “2 Strips”. If your printer is a roll printer, meaning the paper comes in a roll instead of in sheets, then select “1 Strip Roll Printer”.
Size. This has two important impacts: the aspect ratio of the collages, and the resolution of photos that Wifibooth creates. The default is 4×6″. If your printer is loaded with 5×7″ paper, things are not going to look good! Set this to the right size for the paper in your printer. Together with the DPI setting, this setting controls the resolution (pixels) of photos when they are printed: at the default of 4×6 at 300 DPI, the resolution of created photos is (4 x 300) by (6 x 300) pixels = 1800x1200 pixels for a photo in landscape orientation.
Borders. These allow you to customize the look of your prints – adjust them to your taste. Note that the last “photo borders” setting adds an extra border to the outer edge of each photo, whereas the other border settings simply increase the spacing to let the background show through.
Background. You can choose a background color, or a photo. For the photo, you can choose how it appears if it isn’t exactly the same aspect ratio as your paper size. Choose “scaled (keeping aspect ratio)” if the background photo has objects like people in it. Choose “not scaled” if you’re picking a repeating pattern etc. Note: don’t pick a huge background photo! It should be close to your printing resolution (see above). If you pick a background photo that’s too big, ie. 4000 x 3000 pixels, Wifibooth might run really slowly or even crash on older iPads.
Does your camera have wifi? Great! If it’s on the list below, it is supported with Wifibooth. If it’s not on the list, let us know in the Community forums that you want support added.
Wifibooth is free to try, and all features work before purchase: please make sure Wifibooth works well with your camera before purchasing. Note that some cameras that are not on this list (like certain Nikon Coolpix cameras) will connect, but do not function correctly (ie. cannot take photos); unfortunately these cameras are not yet supported — please check back later.
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D S (with W-E1)
Canon EOS 5DS R (with W-E1)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III (with WFT-E7)
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 7D Mark II (with W-E1)
Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 77D
Canon EOS 800D, T7i
Canon EOS 760D, T6s
Canon EOS 750D, T6i
Canon EOS 1300D, T6
Canon EOS 2000D, T7
Canon EOS 4000D, T10
Canon EOS SL2, 200D
Canon EOS M50
Canon EOS M6
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M3
Canon EOS M100
Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M2
Fujifilm X-E2 (requires firmware version 3.00 or later)
Did you know that iOS has a feature built into it that you can use to stop guests from leaving Wifibooth?
It’s called Guided Access, and it solves a whole bunch of problems including guests accidentally swiping open Notification Center (from the top), or Control Center (from the bottom). It disables the home button but makes it still easy for you to get out of the app if you need to, by triple-pressing the home button and entering a password.
How to turn it on
Open the Settings App, touch General, then touch Accessibility
Scroll to the very bottom of the Accessibility list, to find Guided Access near the bottom
Turn on Guided Access. You’ll be prompted to make a passcode
Activate Guided Access by pressing the home button three times in a row. Now guests can’t hit the home button or use notification center! To turn off Guided Access, touch the home button three times in a row again.
Connect to your Camera's Built-in WiFi, no watermarks
Connect to Eye-Fi (supported models) SD card, no watermarks
Take photos with iPad or iPhone camera, no watermarks
Animated GIFs are made automatically for your guests (requires iOS 11 or newer)
Adjust Camera settings like photo mirroring, and Collage settings like background color or photo
All photos saved to Camera Roll
Remote-control your iPad with iPhones, iPods, and Apple Watch to trigger your camera directly
Event Management: multiple events with different settings, photo albums, etc
Direct Printing via AirPrint, BluePrint, FTP, and to supported DNP products
Dropbox and Facebook integration: auto-upload collages or all photos
Send photos via text (SMS or MMS) with Twilio
Add photos from Twitter via #yourEvent
Tweet collages to #yourEvent
Branding: add your logo to photos, to your guests' iPhone/iPod app, to emails, to the homescreen of the app
Create beautiful wordmarks without leaving the app
Email: collect email addresses, live-send email to your guests with either a Dropbox link, or the photo directly attached
FTP Server: upload photos directly into the app
Offline support: emails, texts, Facebook, and Dropbox uploads will queue while your iPad is offline, automatically send once online
Use the internet connection of your phone while your wifi is connected directly to your camera (requires a second iOS device running BluePrint)
ALL upcoming features (anything developed in the future)
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Please note that there may be differences between the iPad and iPhone versions of the app. Make sure you try out the features you want to use, before making a purchase.
Please don’t make a purchase until you know the app works for you.
Before you purchase the app there are no limitations beyond watermarks, the nag screen, and photo downsizing. So if the app is not connecting to your camera, or some other functionality is not how you expect, then please post on the community forums to get answers to your questions before purchasing.
Wait, all the packages changed in 3.2.0, and I’ve already purchased something! Is my purchase still valid?
Yes, of course! Any purchases you’ve made will be honored as long as the app exists, just like you’d expect. If you purchased something and you feel that it behaves differently in a newer version of the app, then please get in touch with us by posting on the community forums.
What’s a Yearly Subscription? Why would I want that?
The PRO Events Package is sold as an auto-renewing yearly subscription through Apple. Apple will automatically attempt to renew the package 24 hours before the end of the period (so, one day less than a year after you buy it). You can cancel your subscription at any time – simply use the Manage Subscriptions link on the settings page of WiFi Booth, or use iTunes to cancel your subscription.
Subscriptions allow independent developers like me to earn a wage that translates into us having enough time to keep improving this app. This app is built by Tim, not a company. Tim has 2 kids and mouths to feed, and this app is not small enough to be just a hobby! Thank you so much for your support, it literally means the world to me.
Help, I purchased something but it doesn’t work like I expect!
I had to wipe my iPad, and now my purchase is gone!
Hit the Restore Purchase button on the app settings page.
The app will check to see if you bought any packages, by connecting to Apple and examining your in-app purchases. You may be prompted to sign-in with your Apple ID. Make sure you use the same Apple ID that you used to purchase the package! If you purchased a package and it doesn’t restore properly, check the Apple ID you are signed in with: go to the Settings App -> iTunes & App Store and check the signed-in Apple ID there.
This article is applicable to Wifibooth version 3.1.0 and newer. To update, please open the App Store app and go to the updates tab
Want to get your name, logo, and brand visible to your guests using your photobooth? Wifibooth has got you covered. Wifibooth supports logos in PNG and JPG formatted. PNG is recommended.
Branding your Event
Logo in Collages
By creating a logo that is added to collages, guests will see your logo on the iPad, in prints, in photos saved to Dropbox, tweets, and so on.
First, prepare your logo: it should be a PNG, transparent if you are not printing with a white background, cropped to its actual dimensions, and with a resolution that you are using to print with (ie. 4×6″ at 300dpi is 4*300 = 1200 pixels by 6*300 = 1800 pixels, so as close to 1200×1800 pixels as the logo’s aspect ratio allows. Don’t make it too big or your iPad will have to work really hard every time someone touches the screen to change a collage.
Next, get the logo on your iPad, and save it to your Camera Roll. You can do this by emailing the logo to yourself on the iPad, or by using AirDrop, or Dropbox etc.
Finally, configure Wifibooth to use your logo: in the Event Details pane, scroll down to Add Logo to Collages touch the placeholder image, and select your logo. Now you need to configure the other options available to you:
In Collage – logo will be added as if it were one of the selected photos:
Top / Bottom – logo will be added in an area above or below the collage. The size of this area is configurable by the slider marked Logo size.
As Overlay / Watermark – see section below titled “Overlay (Watermark) on Collages”
Please note that while Landscape paper orientation is selected, the only available logo option is In Collage. If you cannot select other logo options, then change the paper orientation first.
Overlay (Watermark) on Collages
You can also choose to show an image drawn on top of the collage, ie. like a watermark. To do this, in the Event Details screen, touch the placeholder image under Overlay on Collages. You’ll first be prompted to pick the image you want to show (from the iPad Camera Roll). Next, you need to configure its position:
Maximized – if you want to show the image as big as it can be (ie. the full dimensions of the collage), then near the top-right, hit the Maximized button. You’ll then need to choose if you want the image to be stretched (ie. an image of a “frame”), or keep its aspect ration (ie. a logo).
In position – you can pinch to zoom and drag to move the image to where you want it to be drawn on the collage. Note that the relative position of the image to the 4 corners, and midpoints of the sides is used to calculate how the image should be drawn as an overlay: for example, if the image is closest to the bottom-left corner, then the relative percent of the image’s distance from the bottom-left corner is used.
If you configure Wifibooth to send emails to your guests, then you can add a custom logo to these emails. To do this, you first need to upload your logo to your webhost, and get the link to it (ie. http://mysite.com/mylogo.png). Put this link in the Event Settings -> Email -> “Custom logo image URL” field. You can send a test email from the Email event settings page to check if it is working.
This article will help you understand how to configure Wifibooth to send email to your guests, and the choices for email content. Wifibooth is designed to help you get your guests’ photos on your guests’ devices as quickly as possible!
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You choose the behaviour for email in the email page of the event settings, shown here:
Here’s an explanation of what these mean:
Off – guests cannot enter their email addresses
Only Save – guests enter their email addresses, but no email is sent. The app collects the email addresses, and after the event is over you manually send email to these addresses.
Dropbox Link – as soon as a guest enters their email address, Wifibooth will upload the chosen collage to Dropbox, and email the guest with a link to the collage and to the album where the collage is stored. This option requires you to first set up your SMTP settings (see below) and Dropbox on the Dropbox settings page. Email addresses are also stored as they are with Only Save (see above)
As Attachment – as soon as a guest enters their email address, Wifibooth will send an email to the guest with the chosen photo attached. This option requires you to first set up your SMTP settings (see below). Email addresses are also stored as they are with Only Save (see above)
There’s also an option (near the bottom) to force guests to enter their email address in order to perform other actions, like printing. If you turn this on, the order of the actions is reversed: normally, printing happens first so that the time the printer spends printing out the photo is offset by the time the user spends entering their email address; when users are forced to enter their email address, then they are prompted before other actions like printing occur.
Getting Email Addresses that have been entered into Wifibooth
To retrieve the email addresses, first make sure you have the right event open. Then go to Event Settings -> Email, and touch the button marked “Open – 19 addresses“. You are then presented with several choices – opening all email addresses (including duplicates), opening all unique email addresses (ie. excluding duplicates), or opening individual email addresses:
When you open multiple email addresses, you are prompted to choose the character that separates each email address.
You should choose based on the email client you use, ie. how it separates multiple addresses. The options are (in order) to separate by: newline (enter), space, comma, or semicolon.
If you want to clear the email addresses of an event, touch the clear button right below the open button.
Configuring Wifibooth to Send Email
Wifibooth connects to your email account to send email as you, so that the guests receive email from you (the event organizer). In other words, it needs access to your email account. You can use any email account, ie. you can set up email@example.com for this purpose. Or you could create a new GMail account just for your Wifibooth events.
Wifibooth has two ways of setting up an email account:
For email accounts hosted on Google such as GMail, G-Suite, and other Google-hosted email accounts, do not enter a password; rather, Wifibooth will help you authenticate to Google directly.
For all other email accounts (any email account not hosted by Google), you need to provide an SMTP username and password to access the account
To configure email, follow these steps:
On the Email page of the event settings, configure your email settings:
EMail SMTP server: The SMTP server is the server that Wifibooth will connect to, to send email. The default is correct for Google-hosted accounts (GMail, G-Suite, etc): smtp.gmail.com. If you are not using a Google-hosted account, ask your email service provider for the SMTP server hostname.
EMail SMTP port: The port to connect to the SMTP server on. This is tied with the connection type setting – if you change the connection type setting, then you probably need to change this too. The default of 465 should be correct for most email accounts (including Google-hosted accounts), because it is the default port for TLS/SSL connections.
EMail SMTP username: Enter your username. For Google-hosted accounts: if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, then your username is only myname. If you’re not using a Google-hosted account, note that your username is not necessarily the same as the first part of your email address; contact your email service provider if you’re unsure.
EMail SMTP password: If you are using a GMail or Google-hosted email account, you should leave this blank because you’ll be prompted to authenticate with Google when you close the event settings; otherwise, enter your SMTP password (the password you use to send email). If you’re not sure, please contact your email service provider.
If you want to customize the logo that is shown in the email sent to guests, then upload your logo to your webserver, and enter the web-address (e.g. http://link/to/myimage.jpg) to the logo in the field “Custom Logo Image URL”. Keep in mind that this URL must be to a photo, and must be publicly accessible. The photo should be at most 375×100 pixels in size. You can safely leave this field blank.
If you want to customize the background image shown in the email, then upload your background image to your webserver, and enter the web-address in the field “Background photo”. The default value is http://wifibooth.com/assets/emailbg375px.jpg, and the background photo must be 375×536 pixels. Don’t forget to upload @2x and @3x versions also.
If you want to customize any of the text such as the email subject, body, or the prompts shown to the user, then change these settings now. Use of emoji is supported.
At the top of the page, reselect the desired email option (Dropbox Link or As Attachment), and touch the button “Test Email“.
You’ll be asked if your email account is hosted on Google (ie. GMail, or other Google-hosted email account setups). If it is, say Yes, and authenticate with Google when asked. By doing so you are giving Wifibooth access to your Google email account, so that it can send email. Wifibooth does not read your email, it only sends.
In the Wifibooth app, you’ll be prompted to enter an email address for testing; enter one where you can receive email. It’s ok to use the same one you are sending from. If your settings are correct, you’ll briefly see a checkmark, and then receive a test email at the given address. If not, you’ll get a pop-up.
Need to reauthenticate with Google?
If you logged in with a Google account there’s no obvious “sign-out” button, but there are two things you can do to sign-out:
To stop Wifibooth from using your Google email account, log in to Google, go to My Account, Connected Apps & Sites, Manage Apps, and remove Wifibooth.
If you don’t have internet connectivity at your event, don’t sweat it! Wifibooth’s got you covered. Uploading photos to Dropbox (collages and individual photos), sending Dropbox-link emails, and sending emails with photos attached now functions while your iPad is offline (version 3.3 or newer required). You can also create new Dropbox-enabled events while offline. Here are the important considerations:
The first time you ever enable Dropbox for any event, you must sign into Dropbox and this requires an internet connection. You only need to do this once.
The first time you set up a GMail or Google-hosted email account, you must have internet access. You only need to do this once.
If you don’t have much space free on your iPad, you can get into trouble. As guests save collages, photos, or send emails, these are being saved to disk (including the photos themselves) inside the Wifibooth app. Wifibooth shows you how much space is free when the app is first started, in the bottom-right corner.
To get the offline stuff to send, all you have to do is make sure your iPad has an internet connection, open Wifibooth (it does not matter whether the app was already running or not), and make sure you’re on the main screen (ie. some event is selected — it does not matter which). Wifibooth will automatically detect internet connectivity, and start sending all stored offline content from all events. Don’t close Wifibooth until it is done: you can check the progress on the start screen where you choose the event. Or, in the top-right corner touch the wifi icon for more details.
If emails get stuck and don’t send, try sending a test email from Event Settings -> Email, as this can refresh your credentials and get things moving again.
This article is applicable to WiFi Booth versions 3.0.0 and newer
Do you have a flash (or remote trigger) connected to the hotshoe of your Canon camera, and all of a sudden it isn’t firing? That’s due to a peculiarity in the way Canon has built their Live View. You have 2 options with WiFi Booth, depending on which Canon camera you have.
Canon Cameras: REBEL series
If you have a REBEL series Canon camera including the 750D and 760D (aka T6i, T6s), and you need to shoot with a flash, then you must disable Live View in Wifibooth (event settings -> Taking Photos).
Canon Cameras: mid-to-high end
If you have a Canon 60D, 7D, or other mid/high-end Canon, then you can use Canon Live View with WiFi Booth and flash as well — all you have to do is disable a setting on your camera called “Silent LV shoot.”. Here’s a photo of the setting you need to change. If you cannot find it, please consult your Canon manual to learn how to disable silent live-view shooting (there is mode1, mode2, and disable; you want “disable”).
When Wifibooth is running on an iPhone or iPod, it is automatically looking for iPads running Wifibooth that are nearby. All you need to do is make sure that bluetooth and wifi are turned on (see below).
Use your iPhone/iPod to control the iPad
Sorry, there’s no Android version available yet. iOS 9.0 or newer is required.
Using your iPhone/iPod/Apple Watch, you can trigger the iPad, get the photos, and even fill in your email address and print too!
Connecting your iPhone / iPod / Watch to the iPad
When you first start Wifibooth on your iPhone/iPad/Watch, it will immediately start trying to connect to Wifibooth on an iPad. It uses bluetooth to connect, so bluetooth must be turned on. You will see a warning if bluetooth is not turned on, in which case turn it on by swiping up from below the screen, and touching the Bluetooth button:
You don’t need to connect bluetooth or wi-fi to anything, or enter any information — connection is automatic. If you cannot connect, try moving closer to the iPad as the range of Bluetooth can be limited by radio interference.
Press the Button to take a Photo!
Once connected, press the big red button in the middle of the screen to instruct the iPad to take a photo.
Downloading your Photos
You can only download photos that were taken when you triggered the camera with your iPhone/iPod/Watch:
After you trigger a photo, it is sent to your iPhone/iPod/Watch immediately afterwards
On your iPhone/iPod, Photos are saved to the Camera Roll. To get to them, open the Apple Photos app and look for an album called Wifibooth.
If you are using the Apple Watch, please note that Photos are only saved on your iPhone (not on the Watch). If you experience problems with the Watch, please make sure your first use the iPhone to take & save one photo before trying the Watch again.
With Wifibooth guests can add your event’s hashtagged photos into their collages, directly from Twitter. Wifibooth can also automatically tweet collages. These two options are independently configured in Event Settings.
How it Works
Your iOS device will need internet connectivity (3G, wifi, whatever). Once configured, the app will connect and stay connected to Twitter. It will automatically reconnect as quickly as possible, should your internet connection drop for a moment.
Twitter is configured in the Event Settings
Twitter is configured in the Event Settings screen. Touch the gear icon at the top-right, and select the Twitter settings screen. Touch the button “Sign In” to sign into Twitter (you only need to do this once). Please remember when writing your tweet text that it must stick within Twitter’s limits (currently 140 characters or so).
If you enter a hashtag, guests will be able to add photos from this hashtag (as well as being able to search for specific users’ photos, ie. their own photos). You don’t need to include the # when typing the hashtag.
If you want to tweet photos to the Wifibooth, make sure you use a different Twitter account when you tweet — not the one Wifibooth is logged in with.
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Prior to wifibooth version 3.3, FTP printing was used to print to DNP WPS printers. This is no longer the case. Please update the app to the newest version, then go to the Settings app, Wifibooth, and turn off FTP printing.
Do you own a DNP WPS product like the WPS-1 or the WPS PRO, with a supported DNP printer connected to it like the DS40, DS80, RX1, or DNP DS620 (or any other printer the WPS unit supports)? Then you can configure Wifibooth to print to your DNP printer! The reason the WPS unit is required is because DNP printers do not have wifi, they only have a USB cable connection.
Configuring the DNP WPS is out of the scope of this article, but the good news is that it should work with just the default settings of the DNP WPS. To configure Wifibooth to print to DNP WPS, follow these steps:
Make sure the DNP WPS is powered on, ready, with a supported printer connected & powered on, and your network connection(s) are connected so that the iPad can communicate to the DNP WPS
Open Wifibooth and go to the settings screen (cog icon at top-right of main screen), and touch the Printers button. If you get a popup warning that FTP printing is on, turn this off in the Settings App before continuing
Wifibooth will attempt to automatically locate your DNP WPS on the network. If it cannot, you will be prompted to enter the IP address of the WPS unit. You can enter an IP address or a hostname (if you configured your WPS unit to have a hostname). Note that if Wifibooth reports that your WPS unit doesn’t have any printers connected or is not ready, but the printer appears to be connected, then this means that you need to reboot your WPS unit.
A list of print queues provided by the WPS unit will popup. Select the queue that corresponds to the print configuration you want.
The paper size in the event settings screen will have been automatically changed to match the required size of the print queue you selected. However, if you chose a strip-cut queue (such as 2x2x6), then you must now go to the event settings screen, and select “2 Strips” printing
Check out this video, then read the instructions below.
Optimal iPad Settings
Make sure your iPad is fully charged, and plugged in. When the battery is low, iOS can throttle the wifi, which causes disconnections, lags, poor live view performance, and all kinds of other issues. Even if the iPad is plugged in, a low battery can still cause all of these issues. Turn on wifi, and bluetooth also! Make sure low power mode is turned off (if your device supports it — most iPads do not), and check that you have lots of free storage space (>500MB).
When was the last time your iPad was turned all the way off? If you can’t remember, do it now: hold down the power button, swipe -> off, then turn it back on again. This is especially helpful if you experience connectivity issues (to the camera, or from remotes).
Is your iPad in a case? Take it out and see if it performs better! Cases have a negative impact on wifi. How much negative impact depends on the case, so experiment without it and see if you get better performance.
Optimal Camera Settings
Use a fast memory card, not your old crummy one! Wifibooth hammers your camera with requests as fast as it can handle, to prevent your event guests waiting for the camera. A slower memory card can cause your camera to get confused and drop requests, resulting in missed photos in the app.
Start with a formatted memory card for best results! Wifibooth will connect to your camera faster if there are just a few photos on the card (ie. format it, then take one photo).
Panasonic & Olympus camera users: you must take at least one photo after formatting the card, or, make sure there’s at least one photo already on the camera.
If you experience the camera continually connecting & disconnecting: try formatting the card, taking one photo manually (using the camera not the app), then connect to Wifibooth
Use manual focus if possible, especially on the Canon 1300D aka T6. Autofocus failures can lead to long delays (stuck on the pink circle / donut screen) and can make people think the app has crashed. If your camera has unreliable autofocus performance (Canon 1300D, low-end DSLRs like the Nikon D3000 series, certain mirrorless cameras), then autofocus should be avoided. You need to turn off autofocus in two places: on the camera (ie. set the lens or camera to MF), and in Wifibooth (in the event settings -> taking photos, turn off autofocus). The Canon 1300D will often fail to take any photo when there is just a hint of focus ambiguity, so for this camera autofocus should be turned off.
If you are using autofocus, choose a focus point on the camera where there is high contrast, such as where people’s faces will be, or where a bright area meets a dark area. If you’re testing wifibooth on your desk, make sure you point the camera at a real subject that’s a proper distance from the camera.
Super huge photos will crash your iPad, so use JPG ‘Small’ or ‘Medium’. Make sure your camera is set to store JPGs at a size as close to your printing resolution as possible, which is by default 1800 x 1200 pixels (6″ paper size width x 300DPI = 1800 pixels width). It is safe to set your camera to store both RAW+JPG – RAW files will not be downloaded. With RAW+JPG you still have the originals, and Wifibooth is able to process the JPGs quickly.
Getting your camera ready for wifi
If you have already connected your mobile phone or iPad to your camera using your camera’s official app, then you already know this procedure. The difference is that you might need to instruct your camera to allow a new app to connect (ie. forget the last connection to the official app). If you have never connected your camera to an app before, then please consult the documentation that came with your camera to learn how to do this. Your camera should be waiting for a connection.
If you have a Fuji camera and you experience problems connecting, then turn the camera OFF, turn it back on again, open wireless mode on the camera, and once the camera is waiting for a connection hit the ‘MENU/OK’ button to forget the last pairing. You might need to do this even if Wifibooth was the last app that connected.
If you have a Canon or Panasonic camera, then you have the choice of having the camera connect to a wifi hotspot or router (“infrastructure mode”), or, you can connect the wifi of your iPhone or iPad to the camera (“camera mode”). Please note that infrastructure mode is highly recommended. Canon users, please read more here. To get to infrastructure mode on a Panasonic, while the camera is showing the wifi animation and is expecting a connection, at the bottom you should see “DISP. Change method”. Hit the Disp. button, then choose “via network”.
If you have a Sony camera, then you almost certainly need to update the firmware and the smart remote app in order for wifibooth to be able to connect. Please note that updating the firmware and the smart remote app are two separate steps. Sony users, please read more here
Connecting Wifibooth to your camera
First, connect the wifi of your iOS device to either the camera directly (all camera models except Canon), or to the same router/hotspot that your camera is connected to (Canon cameras in infrastructure mode)
Next, open Wifibooth and touch the camera icon at the top-left of the start screen:
In the camera popup, double-check that the wifi is connected to where you expect it to be. Then, touch the “Camera with Wifi” option:
Wifibooth will look for cameras continuously while the “Camera with Wifi” option is selected. Please note that you might need to complete the pairing on the camera, ie. your camera may ask you if Wifibooth should be allowed to connect.
Nikon camera users: currently it takes longer (1-2 minutes) than expected for the initial connection to some Nikon cameras, notably the Nikon D750. This is a known issue we’re working on. After the initial connection, things work smoothly.
If you see an error message from Wifibooth, such as the session being rejected by the camera, just wait a minute — Wifibooth will automatically try again. If you experience issues, switch the camera back to the device camera, then back to “Camera with Wifi” again.
Once connected, you can use the small camera button in the camera popup to take a test photo. Test photos are not saved.
If your camera gets disconnected, ie. because you have to swap the battery, Wifibooth should automatically reconnect.
This article describes how to connect your camera with an Eye-Fi card to the WiFi Booth app on your iPad.
Which Eye-Fi card do you have?
Recommended: Eye-Fi Cards that support Infrastructure Mode
These Eye-Fi cards can connect to wireless access points, like your wifi router at home. If you have one of these, touch the image below to continue.
Not recommended: Eye-Fi Cards that do not support Infrastructure Mode
These Eye-Fi cards cannot connect to wireless access points like your router at home. Instead, all devices must connect to the Eye-Fi card. This means no Twitter functionality (because iPad won’t have internet access), and issues with the connection dropping. If you have one of these, touch the image below to continue.
This article describes how to get your Eye-Fi Upload Key, which is generated by the official Eye-Fi software. The upload key is what allows a device to communicate with an Eye-Fi card when both devices are on the same wifi network. The “Eye-Fi Key” is the same thing as the upload key.
Getting the Eye-Fi upload key is a little tricky! There are gotchas — please follow the steps carefully. If you get stuck visit the Community for help!
Which Eye-Fi Card do you have?
Please click/touch the card that is closest to what you have.