We recommend going through a few steps prior to your event to make setting up at the venue as easy as possible.
To see a list of items you should run through as a one-time step, see our article about preparing your iPad for public use.
1. Plan your power source
Leaving Simple Booth running at an event uses a lot of power because the camera and camera preview require a lot of resources. Be sure to close other apps, charge the iPad, and bring an Apple manufactured charging cord with you to keep the iPad powered throughout the event.
2. Plan your WiFi network
Many venues do not have a reliable internet connection. While our apps will work offline, you will need the internet to log into the app. If possible, it's best to bring your own wireless hotspot so that you don't run into any surprises with connectivity issues.
Read more about our offline upload queue and how to get queued items to upload.
Note: if you have the opportunity to try multiple WiFi networks while setting up for the event, be sure to “forget” all other networks except the one that you plan to use.
3. Check your iPad's storage
We recommend having at least 5GB available storage on your device before any event because the app might need some of that space during your event. 5GB is plenty of space for a busy event and some wiggle room for our offline upload queue in case WiFi is unavailable or unreliable.
Access iPad storage settings by opening the iPad's settings app and visiting General > [Device] Storage. When viewing these settings, iOS might offer recommendations for optimizing your device's storage.
4. Start a Guided Access session
Guided Access is a feature built into your iPad that prevents guests from leaving the Simple Booth app during your event. First, enable Guided Access in your iPad settings. After enabling the feature, triple click the home or side button, select guided access (if asked), tap "start", and enter your password in order to start a Guided Access session. Learn more about using Guided Access on your iPad model here.
When your event is over, triple click the home or side button and you'll be prompted to end the guided access session.
5. Take some test shots
Once you have everything else set up (including lighting and the positioning of the booth) it's a great idea to take a few test shots. You can tell from the test photos if you need to move your backdrop to better fit in the frame, change the exposure, or make other adjustments. When you take test pictures in Test Mode, you'll be prompted to save or delete these from your Gallery when you launch into Booth Mode, and can easily return to your settings to make any last minute changes.
Your app includes a Preflight Check similar to this list! The app will prompt you to take action on anything that you need to address before launching the booth.
Required actions will be displayed at the top, and you will not be able to launch your event until each required item is complete. This includes checking for a license and other permissions like the ability to access the iPad's camera.
Below the required items will be a section that includes the other, non-essential suggestions we mention in this list.