A good battery backup is essential for an action camera, especially when you are out and about, shooting your various adventures. But, since GoPros are compact in size, it is not possible to fit a big battery in them, sometimes you have to turn it off. That’s why the battery life of GoPro cameras is not particularly impressive.

The GoPro Hero 5 Black is no exception! It offers a battery life of only about 1.5-2 hours when shooting at 1080p/50fps. That’s simply not enough for many users. Fortunately, you can tweak a few settings and apply some small tricks to extend the battery life of your GoPro Hero 5 action camera.

In this article, you’ll learn how to turn off GoPro Hero 5 and save battery.

GoPro Hero 5 Black Battery

How to Turn OFF your GoPro Hero 5?

Turning off the GoPro Hero 5 is the simplest and easiest way to preserve the battery of your camera. If done properly, it increases the battery life and also protects it from getting overheated.

Here are some simple steps to turn off your GoPro Hero 5 Black:

Using the Mode Button

Press and hold the Mode Button for 2-3 seconds. After you hear three beeps and the red LED blinks three times, the camera is turned off.

Using Voice Control

GoPro Hero 5 Black supports the Voice Control feature. It is available in approximately 10 different languages. Make sure Voice Control commands are active in Settings. To turn off the camera via Voice Control, you just need to say say “GoPro turn off”. The camera will instantly switch off.

Using Auto Power OFF

Auto Power OFF is a great way to save your Hero 5 Black camera’s battery. With this feature, you can automatically switch off your GoPro after 5, 15, 30 minutes of inactivity (depending upon which option you choose).

To enable Auto Power OFF, just go to Settings > Setup > Manual Mode and choose the desired option (5, 15, 30 minutes). Or you may choose “never” if you don’t want to activate this feature.

Using QuikCapture

QuikCapture is another special feature available of the GoPro Hero 5 Black. However, it’s disabled by default. To enable this feature, you need to go to Preferences > QuikCapture > ON or OFF.

When QuikCapture is enabled, your GoPro will automatically turn on and start recording when you press the shutter/select button. The GoPro will turn itself off as soon as you stop recording. So, the camera remains on only for the specific interval when it’s recording, thereby extending your GoPro Hero 5’s battery life.

To start video recording, you need to press the shutter/select once. Pressing the button again stops video recording and turns off the camera.

For Time Lapse photos, you need to press and hold the shutter/select for a few seconds. The camera will remain on only for the duration while you’ve held the button for image capture.

How to turn OFF GoPro Hero 5 Session?

The GoPro Hero 5 Session does not have any direct method of turning off. But, it does support QuikCapture. Plus, irrespective of the mode, the camera will automatically turn itself off when you are not recording video or taking photos.

Other Tips to SAVE your GoPro Hero 5 Battery Life

While turning off your GoPro Hero 5 is a great way to save its battery life, there are various other ways to do it too. Here are some easy tips to save the GoPro Hero 5’s battery life:

Keep the Batteries Warm in Cold Weather

Lithium-ion batteries usually don’t perform well in cold weather conditions. Therefore, you must keep the battery of your GoPro Hero 5 warm when operating in cold weather. This can be done by things like putting your GoPro battery in the inside zippered pocket of your jacket when the camera is not in use.

Turn Off the LCD Screen

When the GoPro Hero 5 camera’s LCD screen is ON, the camera uses more power. Therefore, if you want to save your GoPro battery life, you may follow the old-fashioned way. Avoid using the LCD screen while operating the action camera.

Use a Wall Charger

Connecting the USB to a wall charger gives a significantly faster and better charge to your action camera than connecting it to a PC. Therefore, you must charge your GoPro battery using a wall charger.

Update the Firmware

Updating the firmware of your camera will not only fix lingering issues but can also increase its battery life. With firmware updates, the company comes up with several fixes to improve the battery performance of your camera.

Avoid using the Extra Settings (WiFi, GPS, Voice Control)

Turning off the extra settings like WiFi, GPS, voice control, etc. can boost the battery life of the GoPro Hero 5.

  • Turning GPS off: If you don’t need GPS coordinates, turn it off. This will provide you some extra battery life.
  • Turning voice control off: When you have voice-enabled, your GoPro Hero 5 camera is never really ‘off’. Even when it is switched off, it will respond to your voice command (which in turn drains your camera’s battery). You can save this battery drain by turning this setting off.
  • Turn off wireless connections: If you don’t need WiFi, go to Connect > Wireless Connections and tap OFF.

Reduce the Resolution & Frame Rates

High resolution and high frame rates consume the energy faster. So, if you’re looking to boost your camera’s battery life, consider reducing its recording resolution or frame rate.

Do you want to know all the tips about GoPro Hero 5 Battery Life?

Check out this article: 8 Tips to Extend Your GoPro Hero 5 Battery Life.

How to Turn OFF GoPro Hero 5 and SAVE Battery?

How long your GoPro’s battery will last depends on a number of factors. But, the most simple way to save the battery of your Hero 5 is to turn it off when not in use. So, always make sure to treat your battery well by turning the camera off when not necessary

Also, following some tips and adopting some changes in camera settings here and there (as mentioned above) are highly beneficial to avoid running out of juice while you’re on your outdoor adventure. Have a splendid experience shooting with your GoPro Hero 5 Black!


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