How to Download the GoPro App - dummies

How to Download the GoPro App

By John Carucci

The GoPro App is the heart and soul of the GoPro operation. Download, set up, and explore the app. Here are some of the things it lets you do:

  • Operate the camera from 50 feet away.

  • Monitor the scene on your smartphone’s screen.

    Don’t expect monitoring to be perfect. There’s a bit of lag time between the camera and your smartphone — as much as a few seconds. To judge the delay, put your hand in front of the camera’s lens and then take it away, and see how long it takes for the change to appear on your smartphone.

  • Control one camera or multiple cameras, with all the technical settings at your disposal.

  • Select the mode you want to capture.

  • Start and stop video recording, take still photos, and do time-lapse photography.

  • Erase a full memory card or delete just the last item captured.

One caveat: The app doesn’t work when the camera is underwater. You can still record — by tapping the app’s Shutter/Select button before submerging the camera — but you won’t be able to monitor the scene.

The GoPro App is a free download away. Just go to Apple’s App Store, the Windows Store, or Google Play. You can find more information at on the Software and App page.

Set up the app

Here’s how you set up the GoPro app:

  1. Activate Wi-Fi on the camera by pressing the Wi-Fi button on the side.

    The blue light blinks to show that Wi-Fi is activated.

  2. Open the GoPro App on your smartphone and then tap the Connect & Control button, shown here.


  3. If you see a No Cameras Connected warning, navigate to the Wi-Fi settings on your smartphone and make sure that the GoPro is selected.

    Often, your home Wi-Fi network is selected by default on your phone, and you need to select the camera.

  4. Control the camera.

    Monitor the scene and make changes without ever touching the camera. You can change camera modes, adjust resolution settings, and access Protune settings on the Black Edition.

Give the app a test drive

Although using the GoPro App is pretty intuitive, giving it a test drive doesn’t hurt. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch the GoPro App.

  2. Tap the Command & Control button.

  3. Tap the video icon.

    By default, the video icon should be selected, but if it’s not, tap the icon that looks like a movie camera.

  4. Point the camera at something, and check the scene on the monitor.

  5. Make camera adjustments, if necessary.

  6. Tap the red button to start recording video.

  7. Tap the red button again to stop recording.