Are you looking to update your GoPro to the latest firmware? Then in this guide I will show you how to do so in just a few steps.
Currently there are 3 ways that you can use to update your GoPro camera software:
- Via GoPro app wirelessly.
- Via GoPro Quik for Desktop (using USB).
- Manual update.
For all the latest models, the most quick and convenient way to update your camera’s firmware is via GoPro app wirelessly. For the various older models, the only way to update is by following the manual update method. You can also use the manual update method for almost all GoPro cameras in case no other method is working for some reason or errors.
Why Should You Update Your GoPro?
GoPro releases firmware updates for its cameras from time to time. You should always ensure that your GoPro’s firmware is up-to-date. It enables you to get various new features available, performance improvements, usability improvements, general improvements and bug fixes.
Requirements for Updating GoPro Camera Wirelessly
Updating your GoPro’s firmware wirelessly (using the GoPro app) is the best and the most convenient method. It’s available for the following models:
- Hero 8 Black
- Hero 7 Black/Silver/White
- Hero (2018)
- Hero 6
- Hero 5
- Hero 4
- Hero 3+
- Hero+ family
- Hero Session / Hero 4 Session
There are a few easy requirements that you must fulfil before updating your camera’s firmware using this method. Here are those requirements:
- Make sure that you’ve updated your GoPro App to version 3.1 or greater. It gives you the option to update your cameras wirelessly directly from the GoPro App.
- You must be having one of the GoPro models from the list given above.
- Your mobile device must be compatible, and it should have the GoPro app installed.
- An active connection to the internet is a must. By default, The GoPro App downloads automatically from the cellular data network. The software file size is about 25MB. In case you don’t want to use cellular data to download the file, you can adjust the app settings accordingly.
- You must have at least 2 bars of battery life on your GoPro, and your phone must be sufficiently charged too. Otherwise, the wireless update won’t start, and a warning message will appear.
- The camera must have an SD card installed in it.
Updating GoPro Firmware: Step-by-Step Guide
Although the GoPro app is the quickest, easiest way to update your camera, there are other ways to do it (as described before). Here are the step-wise-step details of how to update your GoPro camera firmware using different methods.
#1: Using the GoPro App
Here’s the process to update your camera over the air via GoPro App:
Step 1: Ensure that your mobile device has internet access.
Step 2: Enable your camera’s WiFi and connect it to the network in your phone’s Wireless Settings. You’ll also need to enable Bluetooth for Hero 4, Hero 3+, Hero+ family, and Hero Session / Hero4 Session cameras.
Step 3: Start the GoPro App on your phone.
Step 4: Select Control Your GoPro and then select your camera from the menu.
Step 5: If an update is available, the GoPro App should immediately prompt you to update your camera once you select your camera from the list of devices.
Step 6: You’ll now reach the update page where the App will present the available release notes. Click Update to continue.
Step 7: Read the legal disclaimer. Press Accept & Continue.
Step 8: The GoPro App will now transfer the new camera software to the camera. The camera will display Transferring Files to your camera at this time.
Step 9: Please note that the camera will power off and on a number of times as it updates its software. As the camera powers off it may disconnect from the App’s WiFi.
Step 10: Reconnect to the camera on your phone’s WiFi Settings. Relaunch the GoPro App, it will then notify you that the update was successful.
Have a look at this video by GoPro. It describes how to update your camera’s firmware wirelessly.
#2: Update with Quik for Desktop
This is another way to update your camera. It’s available for almost all the models except the latest ones: Hero 8 Black and GoPro Max. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Download and install Quik for Desktop.
Step 2: Ensure that your camera is fully charged.
Step 3: Launch Quik for Desktop on your computer.
Step 4: Connect your camera to your computer using the provided USB charging cable.
Step 5: Quik for Desktop will prompt you that a camera update is available; follow the on-screen prompts to perform the update.
#3: Manual Update
If you have a Hero 3 or earlier model, manual update is the only option to update the firmware of your camera. You can follow the manual update instructions here. You can use manual update for any GoPro model if, for some reason, the other two methods are not working.
I hope that this simple guide gave you all the information you need for updating your GoPro camera to the latest firmware. It’s always a good practice to keep your devices up to date to the latest software. This will often fix software bugs and may introduce new features and functions.