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Best iPhone tripods in 2021

best iPhone tripods
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The best iPhone tripods serve a dual purpose: as well as helping you take great pictures, they can also make it easier to use your phone as a webcam for Zoom calls. 

Of course photography is still their primary use, and with one of the best iPhone tripods you can easily take long-exposure photos of rivers and waterfalls with dreamy effects, or snap night landscapes that reveal new details. They're also ideal for getting a wide-angle group shot that you're actually in, rather than lurking behind the phone.

With so many people still working from home regularly as a result of the Covid pandemic, the best iPhone tripods are also a great accessory to use for video calls. They'll give your smartphone a stable platform whether you're in a boring meeting or chatting to friends, leaving you free to type, eat or gesticulate wildly, depending on what type of call it is.

Many of the iPhone tripods below work with multiple iPhone models, right up to the largest Pro Max versions. And because the recently announced iPhone 13 range is almost unchanged, size-wise, from the iPhone 12, they'll also work with your new iPhone if you decide to upgrade.

Trouble is, there are lots of iPhone tripods out there, and choosing between them isn't easy. To help you out, we've done the hard work and narrowed them down to this list of the best iPhone tripods. Happy shooting.

What are the best iPhone tripods?

Our pick of the best iPhone tripods — the tripod that will benefit the most iPhone owners in the most situations — is the Joby GripTight One GP Stand. This small stand has firm but flexible legs which let you use it as a traditional tripod, but which can also wrap around objects such as tree branches, posts, and railings. Plus, the Joby GripTight has optional magnets in its feet, so you can secure it firmly to metal objects.

If you need something even taller, we recommend the Ravelli APTL3 53-inch Lightweight Aluminum Tripod. This can extend up to 53 inches but weighs just under two pounds, and larger models are available if you want to go higher still. It also comes with a pan/tilt head, a carry bag, and a universal smartphone mount, so you'll still be covered if you switch to an Android phone.

Our list of the best iPhone tripods has plenty of other options, so there's sure to be something here to suit your needs.

The best iPhone tripods you can buy today

best iPhone tripods: Joby GripTight One Mount

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1. Joby GripTight One GP Stand & Mount

Simple, small, bendy-legged tripod and mount won't weigh you down

Specifications
Weight: 8 ounces
Max height: 6.5 inches
Other features: Optional magnetic feet
Reasons to buy
+Small, compact tripod and stand fold up together+Flexible legs can wrap around branches, poles, etc.+Optional magnetic feet stick to metal
Reasons to avoid
-Can't lift your phone more than 6.5 inches

To paraphrase the old saying about cameras, the best tripod is the one that you have with you. Our top pick can go with you anywhere. The Joby GripTight One GP Stand & Mount weighs very little and folds down to fit into the same small bag or pocket where you keep your phone. The GripTight can hold even large phones like the iPhone XS tightly, while the flexible legs are equally at home sitting on a flat surface or wrapping around a tree branch. That makes this stand more flexible for taking interesting shots at home and abroad without weighing you down.

When extended, the tripod can hold your phone just over 6 inches high, and the legs are rigid enough that you can hold onto them and use the tripod as a hand-held camera mount. Its flexibility and features make this tripod well worth the reasonable price. 

best iPhone tripods: Ravelli minitripod

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2. Ravelli APTL3 53-inch tripod

This standard tripod offers great stability

Specifications
Weight: 2 pounds
Max height: 53 inches
Other features: Pan/tilt head, quick-release head
Reasons to buy
+Much taller than other minitripods+Pan and tilt arm for smooth panning
Reasons to avoid
-Heavier, larger than handheld tripods-More cumbersome to carry around

The standard extending-leg tripod is a go-to gadget for photographers for a reason: it's damn useful. So, don't rule out a small, compact standard tripod as an accessory for your iPhone. This Ravelli model is fairly cheap, folds down into a compact package and includes the mount that holds your iPhone in place.

Unlike most of the other best iPhone tripods, the Ravelli Mini also includes a pan arm, which lets you smoothly pan and tilt the phone on the rotating ball head. That's a feature you will see on bigger, more professional tripods for a reason: it looks much better when you can pan around on a tripod and get smooth, steady video rather than turn your whole body and get jerky, bouncy footage while holding the phone in your hand. 

This tripod can also hold your phone much higher than its miniature cousins can, up to 53 inches off the ground. Again, that makes for more natural-looking videos. Of course, the price you pay for this flexibility is the size. This tripod folds down to be 18 inches long. It does come with a handy carrying case, though, and weighs less than 2 pounds. So, it might be a good pick for a trip on which taking better quality videos is a priority. 

best iPhone tripods: Joby GripTight Pro TelePod

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3. Joby GripTight Pro TelePod

Lightweight, customizable tripod and mount includes Bluetooth remote

Specifications
Weight: 14 ounces
Max height: 13.39 inches
Other features: Bluetooth remote
Reasons to buy
+Bluetooth remote makes for easy selfies+Can extend to just under 14 inches high+Includes mount for light or external mic
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Bulkier than shorter tripods

If you want a tripod and mount that can take your iPhone to new places, look into the $75 Joby GripTight Pro Telepod, our step-up pick. This is a more conventional, rigid-legged minitripod with features that more-serious photographers will appreciate. It can extend to hold the phone up to just under 14 inches high, so you get more control over how you frame your shot.

The GripTight Pro TelePod folds down into a compact package that is just over 7 inches tall, though, and can double as a hand-held camera mount. Extend the column of the tripod while it is folded up, and it holds the phone farther away, for more-flattering video. Combine this with the Bluetooth remote on one of the legs, and you've got a fully actualized selfie stick. 

In addition to holding the phone itself, the TelePod has a small shoe mount, which is great for night shots when combined with a miniature light like a Lume Cube. Alternatively, this can hold a directional microphone for better audio.  

best iPhone tripods: Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

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4. Manfrotto Pixi Mini tripod with universal phone clamp

Small tripod holds phone with soft grip that won't scratch

Specifications
Weight: 8 ounces
Max height: 9.72 inches
Other features: Soft rubber grip
Reasons to buy
+Sleek black finish+Stainless-steel construction+Wide base for stability
Reasons to avoid
-Holds phone only in landscape mode

Manfrotto is known for its expensive professional tripods, but the Pixi brings many of the features from those tripods to your smartphone. It has the same stainless-steel construction and matte-black finish as its higher-end cousins, while a soft rubber grip in the clamp holds your phone in place without scratching it. 

The low, wide orientation of the Pixi keeps the phone from tipping over and you can tilt the phone forward and back — though bear in mind that the phone can be held only in landscape mode. We also like the fact that the Pixi Mini Tripod folds down into a relatively small package — and when the three legs are folded together, they can also be used as a hand grip for those travelogue shots. 

Best iPhone tripods — Joby GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging kit

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5. Joby GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging kit

The best iPhone tripod for vloggers

Specifications
Weight: 540g
Max height: 13 inches
Other features: 1000 Lumen LED light, Wavo Mobile mic
Reasons to buy
+All-in-one solution+Versatile
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

What's better than a tripod for your iPhone? How about a tripod with LED light and mic! That's what you get with the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging kit, a versatile bundle that looks tailor-made for YouTubers. It's quite pricey, at around $200, but you get a decent amount for that. 

The tripod itself is a typically flexible GorillaPod, with limbs that you can wrap around railings and the like to shoot in unusual situations, or just stand upright on a table. The light is a 1000-lumen LED that, according to Joby,  will "produce flawless skin tones." Plus, it's controllable by Bluetooth for ease-of-use. The Wavo Mobile microphone, meanwhile, is compact and well built. The package comes with a clamp for your iPhone, but that can be removed if you want to attach a camera instead, and there's even a Lightning cable and audio leads in the box. 

best iPhone tripods: Xenvo SquidGrip tripod

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6. Xenvo SquidGrip tripod

Smooth but bendy legs offer flexible mounting options

Specifications
Weight: 1 pound
Max height: 6 inches
Other features: Flexible, neoplastic-coated legs
Reasons to buy
+Attractive plastic design wears better than foam+More robust
Reasons to avoid
-Easel-style phone mount requires careful tightening

The Xenvo SquidGrip looks like an ordinary miniature tripod until you grab one of the legs and bend it. Covered with smooth plastic, the thin legs look like those of any of hundreds of minitripods, but they're made of a flexible plastic that can be bent and reshaped with ease. The phone mount also includes a ball head that you can use to rotate and tilt the phone to find just the right angle. You do have to be careful to make sure that the phone mount is tight enough to hold onto the phone, though. 

The combination costs around $29.99, and you get a lot for the money; the neo-plastic coating of the legs and the metal phone mount are far more robust than what you find on many cheaper models. 

best iPhone tripods: Moment S2 Shoulderpod

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7. Shoulderpod S2

Interesting alternative to tripod offers comfortable grip and style

Specifications
Weight: 4 ounces
Max height: 6.7 inches
Other features: Removable grip
Reasons to buy
+Large handle for easy grip+Works in portrait or landscape orientation as a mount
Reasons to avoid
-Tripod sold separately-Expensive

The Shoulderpod S2 takes a rather different approach than most tripods and mounts. For one thing, it isn't really a tripod: Moment describes the S2 as a handle grip. With its one leg, you can use it in much the same way that you would use a minitripod, though, holding it in your hand, sitting it on a flat surface or attaching it to a tripod for more-flexible mounting.

The wooden handle makes for a more comfortable and steady grip on the phone, and the included strap means your phone won't go flying off if you run headfirst into a tree. The counterweight of this grip makes it sit evenly on a flat surface, so you can plonk it down and narrate your latest adventure in either landscape or portrait orientation. 

If you unscrew the wooden handle, you'll find a standard tripod socket that can screw onto most any tripod, including flexible ones such as the Joby GorillaPod. This accessory is a bit expensive, but those who prefer hand-held shots to static ones may like the different approach to holding the phone. 

best iPhone tripods: Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip mount & Jelly Long Legs

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8. Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip mount & Jelly Long Legs

Compact, portable tripod offers portrait and landscape shooting

Specifications
Weight: 3.2 ounces
Max height: 3 inches
Other features: Rotating phone mount
Reasons to buy
+Simple, clean design+Holds phone in landscape or portrait mode+Folds into small, compact package
Reasons to avoid
-Can't lift the phone more than 3 inches

The name may sound a bit silly, but this combination of tripod and mount is all business. The Jelly Grip is a small, compact mount that uses springs to hold your phone tightly and that can be rotated to either portrait or landscape mode. The Jelly Long Legs is, well, a tripod with long legs. Despite the wibbly, wobbly name, the legs are solid metal, with wide spacing that makes for a solid, stable mount, even with a heavy phone placed on rough surfaces.

Some tripods may tip over with a large, heavy phone on them, but the wide, low legs of the Jelly Long Legs keep it from falling and getting your expensive phone scratched. This combination is well priced and provides a simple, stable base for selfies or Instagram videos.

best iPhone tripods: Bluehorn 40-inch selfie-stick tripod

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9. Bluehorn 40-inch selfie-stick tripod

Fold-out selfie stick and tripod offer well-priced practicality

Specifications
Weight: 7 ounces
Max height: 40 inches
Other features: Bluetooth remote
Reasons to buy
+Selfie arm has long reach+Folds down into small, portable package
Reasons to avoid
-Unstable when extended as tripod

As the name suggests, this iPhone tripod is a combination of selfie stick and tripod. When you unfold the legs, you get a pretty standard miniature tripod with three wide legs that keep the phone well balanced. When you extend the column of the tripod and fold the legs back, you get the selfie-stick mode.

The phone grip at the top of the column has a ball head that you can use to tilt and rotate the phone, so you can point the camera in pretty much any direction, then use the clamp to hold it in place. It is possible to use it as a taller tripod by folding the legs out with the column extended, but be careful; it's top-heavy and rather prone to tipping over. With 40 inches of extension, that's a long way for your iPhone to fall. Also included is a small Bluetooth remote that attaches to one of the legs. This allows you to take photos or stop and start video recording without touching the phone itself. 

How to choose the best iPhone tripods for you

When shopping for one of the best iPhone tripods — really, any smartphone tripod — think about how you're going to use it. If you're looking for something that'll let you take nice vacation photos, you'll want a small, compact tripod that you can stash easily in a bag, and that won't take up much space.

If you're one of those people, and insist on inserting yourself into every shot, then we suggest an iPhone tripod that can also convert and extend into a selfie stick. Just be cool about it, alright?

If you want to take photos from unusual angles, or from uneven surfaces, then it's probably best to get an iPhone tripod with flexible legs. These will allow you to wrap it around a tree, or rest it on a rock, or hang it upside down from somewhere. You'll only be limited by your imagination.

One thing to also consider is that if you have a bulkier case on your iPhone, then some of the grips that come with even the best iPhone tripods may not hold your phone as securely as you like. In this situation, you may have to remove the case on your phone.

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Richard Baguley has been working as a technology writer and journalist since 1993. As well as contributing to Tom's Guide, he writes for Cnet, T3, Wired and many other publications.