Here’s a stable, cheap magnetic wall mount for a small tablet or a Google Home Mini. The big advantage to a magnetic mount is you can easily detach and reattach without any tools. In addition, for tablets, you can use them vertically or horizontally. The mounts have a surpisingly strong magnetic bond and are incredibly stable – I have been using these for a year with an Amazon Fire HD 7″ tablet and a Home Mini. For the wall plate of the Home Mini I used the bottom cut out from a tin can. For the Tablet I used a 1 gang metal plate bought from Home Depot. The metal plate is more attractive and has a stronger hold than the tin can but either will do these devices.
What you need:
- Large circular Washer from Home Depot or other hardware supplier (not sure of exact part number but looks something like this, mine is 2″ in diameter and has “ASC” Stamped on it) (about 20 cents)
- 1 Gang Metal Wall Plate or Bottom of a Tin Can (at most $1.60)
- Large 1 3/4 inch Magnet (about 80 cents)
- Sheet Rock Screw and Anchor
- Super Glue
- Optionally paint the wall plates. Let dry well.
- Attach the metal plate to the wall using the sheet rock anchors. The tin can just needs one screw, the wall mount has two. For a tablet, make sure you install the plate in such a way as to allow the tablet to be mounted or have enough space to orient it horizontally or vertically, the circulate magnet will let you do either.
- Place the magnet on the plate (you can try superglueing it but I found that the magnetism holds it just as well and the super glue may come off as you can see happened on the tin can mount above).
- Superglue the Washer to the back of the device.
Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini
To keep the wires neat as possible and out of the way, I drilled holes above or below the device to run the cables behind the sheet rock to the wall outlet below. For the wall outlet I installed a USB outlet and a small saw brush plate above it (about $6).