Use an Android Device as a Wireless Remote Trigger for a DSLR Camera

A wireless shutter trigger for a DSLR camera can come in handy in many situations. And if you already own an Android device, you don’t have to splurge on a dedicated remote trigger. To turn an Android device into a flexible tool for triggering the shutter wirelessly you need three things:

Start with installing the DSLR Remote Control app on your Android device. Connect then the Bluetooth receiver to the DSLR camera using the TriggerTrap cable as shown below.

A2DP Bluetooth receiver connected to the camera using a TriggerTrap dongle and cable combo.

Enable Bluetooth on the Android device, and turn the Bluetooth receiver on. On the Android device, switch to Settings → Bluetooth and pair the device with the receiver.

Configuring DSLR Remote

Next, configure the DSLR Remote app. The exact configuration profile depends on the particular receiver. In most cases, you only need to specify the appropriate cable type in the app’s Settings section. To do this, launch the DSLR Remote app, switch to the Settings section, and set the Remote Type option to Cable S. Close the settings screen, switch to the Remote section and press the S button. This should trigger the camera’s shutter. If this doesn’t work, then try enabling the Bluetooth option, or set the Remote Type option to Cable A.

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4 comments on “Use an Android Device as a Wireless Remote Trigger for a DSLR Camera
  1. Andy says:

    If you have two android devices such as a phone and a tablet you could use DSLR Controller Beta by Chainfire. It has a WIFI pass through mode that allows you to accomplish this.

  2. Jack says:

    Dongle and cable kit cost ~$30. You can get a remote off Amazon for <$5.

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