Photo Buttons is a simple, bubble-popping style cause and effect app that parents can customize with personal photographs and sound. While designed for young children to explore with their parents, Photo Buttons can also be used by anyone who would benefit from word-object association, cause and effect, and visual discrimination practice.

Touch anywhere on the screen to create a button. Interact with the buttons by tapping them to reveal images and sounds. Tap the buttons again to “pop” them. Shake the device to hear a rattle sound and watch all of the buttons disappear at once.

Use sample buttons depicting everyday photographs and sounds, or create your own buttons using personal photographs and sound.

Photo Buttons is newly updated with a simple user interface designed to keep young children inside the app, while providing adults easy access to app settings. To enter app settings and create new buttons, simply press and hold the settings icon for 2 seconds. Especially designed for young children, this app contains no ads, in-app purchases or external links. Images are stored on your device. No personal information is collected or shared. For email support and to view our privacy policy, please visit our website:

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What reviewers are saying:

“With lots to touch, talk about and see, I am sure this app will be a family favorite, especially for the youngest app users.” - Giggle Apps

“Great interactive app for very little kids. It’s very easy to use even for those very little hands.” - iPad Apps 4 Kids

“...A simple, enchanting app aimed at babies and toddlers and it has certainly captivated my Miss J’s attention” - The iPhone Mom

“[Photo] Buttons is a highly-recommended educational app for word-object and sound-object association. The popping aspect of the app is what will keep the kids coming back for more!” - iHeart This App

“...Perfect for babies who are learning word-object association. It’s colorful and educational and babies just love it.” - AppAdvice

“...A simple, colorful game app where babies play “peek-a-boo” with buttons that reveal images and sounds, aiding them in discovering our incredible world... Such a cute app, and easy for little ones to learn language and sounds.” - Apps 4 Moms

What’s New

Version 2.0.2

bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Efbghu ,

Merrie Nickel

This has so much potential for special needs kids or kids who are learning language - its a great idea! I loved that you can create buttons using your own photos. Unfortunately it seems to have a few bugs.
I just downloaded it and created a few custom buttons. I wish they would be added to the "sample buttons" list-- but they aren't. Or better yet, allow me to create my own custom list-- but that isn't an option. Also, while it is kind of fun to "pop" the buttons they didn't consistently pop and this would be frustrating to a child who is learning cause and effect.
All the photographic backgrounds are ok but for the most part a simple solid colored background would be less distracting to kids with special needs. How about adding an option to create a memory game where the child could flip buttons to find matches?

Abehutch ,

Baby loves it

It's fun. I took a bunch of pictures from my camera roll and added them. I have two suggestions: the buttons should be more resistant to sliding. It should take a more aggressive motion to make them push around. My baby tries to flip them over and Most of the time they just move a little.
Also the button labeled "duck" is a goose.

JackieBryla ,

An awesome and creative teaching tool

Photo Buttons by Software Smoothie is an excellent introduction to using the iPad. It gives you a choice of a background to set, then just tap the screen to make the button appear, tap again to flip over the button to hear the recording and see the picture, finally tap to pop! Very nice photos and sound recording in this app. The settings allow for custom buttons where you can add a photograph for a button with a personalized recording. Use the camera from your iPad or choose photos from your photo library. I found a fun way to use this app....take pictures of students and give all students a chance to play which give them an opportunity to learn peer names. Uncheck buttons you don't want to use and display specific categories of pictures; toys, food, animals, etc. This is a simple app with lots of application with two language choices too (English and Nederlands) I definitely recommend it.


David Douglas
72.4 MB

Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Dutch

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

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