selfie stick2016 is the year of the selfie. Or–no, that’s not quite true. It’s been the year of the selfie ever since smartphones with front-facing cameras became popular, because as soon as you start carrying around a tiny device that can document your every mood, location, and action, well… How do you resist?

I know what you’re thinking. Selfies; what a waste of time! What a terrible scourge upon society!

Okay, so maybe no one was thinking exactly that, but selfies are actually pretty awesome. They take the irresistible urge to share, and they add to it the yearning to remember each moment. In fact, the first light picture ever taken was a selfie (thanks, Robert Cornelius), and it dates all the way back to 1839!

Fast forward to today. Not only can we take selfies at the drop of a hat, but we can take them as if we were standing two feet away, too. (All the better to capture the breadth of the moment with!) With the help of a selfie stick, you get a wider frame than you could ever manage with just your wobbly little arms, and they’re incredibly easy to set up and use.


How to set up a wired selfie stick

selfie stick2For a basic selfie stick like the ReTrack Pocket Selfie Stick , you simply flip your phone to its front-facing camera, clip your Android or iOS smartphone into the selfie stick holder, plug the monopod’s cord into the headphone jack like you’re about to listen to some of your favourite tunes, and press the button on the handle when you’re ready to take your shot.

The ReTrack is an easy, no-fuss style of selfie stick that’s great for fast photos and busy locations, because there’s no Bluetooth setup needed. It is compatible with GoPro HERO without any additional accessories needed, and it’s an excellent example of a low-tech device that really does the job!

How to set up a selfie stick with Bluetooth

For the more socially inclined, there are also selfie sticks like the ReTrak Bluetooth Selfie Stick Monopod. It’s also compatible with iOS, Android, and the GoPro HERO, but it doesn’t need to be wired in.

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To set up a Bluetooth selfie stick, pair the device with your selfie stick first and switch your camera to selfie mode. Then, once you’ve turned on your Bluetooth and selected the selfie stick from your device menu, just pop your phone into holder at the end of the stick and tweak it for your best angle!

The button in a Bluetooth-equipped selfie stick handle is paired with your smartphone to trigger a shutter response, so you don’t need to be physically wired in, and nothing needs to touch the screen. Just click and go–but make sure your selfie stick is charged up before heading on vacation! (Luckily, these sticks don’t have a display, so their batteries can often last for days without needing to be recharged.)

Say what you will about vanity–the selfie is here to stay, and it’s as undeniably human as it gets. Take your best selfie with the help of one of these selfie sticks available at Best Buy.