Best iPad Photo Booth App Review (2020)

Best iPad Photo Booth Apps
Are you looking for the best software to run a photo booth with on your new iPad? Read below as we compare 5 of the most popular photo booth apps!

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What is the Best iPad Photo Booth App?

iPad based photo booths have taken the photo booth industry by storm in recent years.  With the increase in quality of the front facing camera, to the portability and ease of use, to the powerful features and social sharing capabilities, it makes sense why so many photo booth companies are adding iPad based photo booth solutions to their rental fleets.

But which iPad app is best?

There are many different apps out there on the market, with new ones being added and developed.  Choosing the right iPad photo booth software doesn’t have to be difficult.

In fact, we strongly recommend trying out multiple iPad apps and softwares to find what works best for YOUR business and workflow.

Today, we are going to review and break down some of the most popular photo booth apps for iOS, here they are in ALPHABETICAL order:

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iPad Photo Booth

Looking for an iPad Photo Booth Stand?

If you are looking for a lightweight, portable, and affordable iPad photo booth stand, then look no further.

The Booth Masters Pic Station Mini is our most popular photo booth.

It is the perfect addition to any photography, DJ, or event rental company.

With interchangeable faceplates, you can use your choice of:

  • iPad Pro 9.7″
  • iPad Pro 10.5″
  • iPad Pro 11″
  • iPad Pro 12.9″

The professional high quality LED ring light creates beautiful selfies and pictures.

Use it with your favorite iPad photo booth app!

Keep reading this article to see our recommendations on which iPad app for photo booth that you should use.

Photo Booth Apps for iPad

The following is an alphabetical list of professional photo booth apps available on the iPad, with a list of features and capabilities.

Curator

A robust iPad photo booth app with many features

Curator is one of the more popular iPad photo booth applications available on the market today.  It has a robust set of features which are a must-have for any photo boother looking to provide a full-service experience to their clients.

Let’s take a look at what they offer

Curator iPad Photo Booth App

Curator iPad Photo Booth Features

Darkroom Booth for iPad

A Feature Rich iPad photo booth app from the makers of Darkroom

Darkroom Booth for iPad is a feature rich professional photo booth software that provides a lot of options.

Let’s take a look at what they offer

Darkroom iPad Photo Booth App

Darkroom Booth for iPad Photo Booth Features

LumaBooth

A Professional iPad photo booth app

LumaBooth is a quick and easy photo booth app for the iPad by the creators of DSLR Booth. It is managed on the iPad, so there is not a cloud based back office, which means it is a great option to get up and running quickly.

Let’s take a look at what they offer

LumaBooth iPad Photo Booth App

LumaBooth iPad Photo Booth Features

SimpleBooth

A iPad photo booth app for live or virtual events

LumaBooth is a quick and easy photo booth app for the iPad by the creators of DSLR Booth. It is managed on the iPad, so there is not a cloud based back office, which means it is a great option to get up and running quickly.

Let’s take a look at what they offer

Simple Booth iPad Photo Booth App

SimpleBooth iPad Photo Booth Features

Snappic

A Powerful iPad photo booth app with Excellent Service & Support

Snappic is one of the more popular iPad photo booth applications available on the market today.  It has a robust set of features which are a must-have for any photo boother looking to provide a full-service experience to their clients.

Let’s take a look at what they offer

Snappic iPad Photo Booth App

Snappic iPad Photo Booth Features

Comparison of iPad Photo Booth Apps

While each app has their differences, it ultimately it comes down to what features you must have in a photo booth software for your iPad. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the “must have” features we feel are necessary to provide a comprehensive end user experience and ease of use when building a photo booth company. 

Features Curator Darkroom Booth LumaBooth Simple Booth Snappic
Still Photos
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
GIF / Boomerang
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Video
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Green Screen
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Printing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Email Sharing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SMS Sharing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Micro Sites
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Cloud Based Backend
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes

Cloud Based iPad Photo Booth App VS. Not-Cloud Based?

Why should you choose your preferred photo booth software for the iPad based on whether it is cloud based or not?

Simple answer: Workflow.

What is the workflow that you want to have in your business when it comes to setting up and configuring your photo booth events for clients?

Where will you set up & create the event and configure the details such as the printing options or overlay template file?

With a cloud based backend, you have a single location to manage all of your events and assets. 

You, or an assistant can log in and set up your events in advance, which are then downloaded and synced to your iPads by your photo booth attendants when it is time to run the event.

If you use an app that is not cloud based, then all of the event configuration has to be done directly on the iPad inside the app. 

You have to figure out how to get the template files onto the iPad using a 3rd party service like iCloud/Google Drive/Dropbox.

Cloud Based iPad Photo Booth

Pros & Cons of Cloud Based Photo Booth Apps

Pros:

Cons:

Battle of the Cloud-Based iPad Photo Booth Software Services

Curator VS. Snappic

Of the cloud-based iPad photo booth apps, only two stand out above the rest in terms of features, support, and popularity in the photo booth industry.

Both services provide a powerful back-office platform to create, edit, and publish your photo booth events.

Both services have a good track record for providing reliable service & support.

It ultimately comes down to personal preference and the differences of unique features between them.

Curator Live

Curator iPad Photo Booth App

Curator’s unique features include its MAGIC “greenscreenless” background removal.

Snappic

Snappic iPad Photo Booth App

Snappic’s unique fetaures include its VideoFX video capture mode for creating TikTok like videos.

It also has a “Scratch & Spin” option for giveaways and prizes which is a great feature for long-term installs.

So Which Photo Booth App On The iPad is BEST?

In conclusion, ultimately the best photo booth software is the one that provides your customers the experience you promise them, without headaches, hiccups, or problems.

But you came here looking for a recommendation on what to use so you don’t have to waste your time downloading a dozen different apps and signing up for free trials.

You want to know which photo booth app is best, or easiest, or cheapest.

Based on the experience of some of our largest customers, who run large nationwide photo booth rental companies with dozens of photo booths and work thousands of events per year…

Here is what we recommend:

1st Choice: Snappic

From the ease of use, reliability, integrated wireless print server, and solid cloud-based backend, Snappic is our number one choice for iPad photo booth software.

Great features such as Digital Props, Surveys, Microsites, Filters, Scratch & Spin, VideoFX, QR Interaction, Google Sheets, and FaceMatch give Snappic an edge over other iPad photo booth software on the market.

2nd Choice: Curator

With a large feature set, wireless printing, and cloud-based backend, Curator is our second choice for photo booth software on the iPad.  The back-office, while fully functional, was slightly difficult to navigate and use at times.  **NOTE: It appears that Curator has updated their backend event creation to be more easy to use like Snappic.

3rd Choice: Darkroom Booth for iPad

Even though Darkroom Booth for iPad does not have a cloud-based backend for managing and creating events, it does have a full suite of features, and makes a great option as a back-up photo booth app.

Now that you have the software picked out...

What iPad Photo Booth Shell To Get?

If you want to have the best, most durable, portable, and versatile photo booth shell to run your chosen iPad photo booth software, then look no further!

Introducing…

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The Pic Station Mini

The Pic Station Mini is Booth Masters most popular photo booth kiosk.  It’s modular design allows you to change the faceplate to accept either just an iPad, or an iPad + DSLR Camera, or even switch to a DSLR Camera + Surface Pro tablet if you need to use a windows based photo booth program.

The Pillar

A secure, entry level iPad photo booth kiosk. The Pillar was created to meet the needs for unattended photo booth drop offs and long term installs.  The secure enclosure ensures that the iPad cannot be removed without tools, and the large flat surface area is perfect for branding with vinyl wrap!

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