How to Connect GoPro to Your Computer

Edit and upload your footage by connecting your camera to your PC

Ready to get your GoPro footage off of your camera and onto your computer? Want to upload it to YouTube and become a star, or share your best adventure footage with your friends and family? There are a few different ways to connect your GoPro to your computer and start working with your best footage today. Here's how you can do it.

Connect GoPro to Computer Using a Micro USB Cable

The easiest way to connect your GoPro to your computer is through the included transfer cable.

If you don't have the cable that came with it, most GoPro models will use a USB to Micro USB cable, which is the same cable used with most Android phones.

  1. Turn off your GoPro camera before connecting it to your computer. Press the Power button on the top or front of your camera and shut it down.

  2. Connect the Micro USB cable to your GoPro camera, then find an open USB port on your computer and connect the two.

  3. Turn on your GoPro camera. It will automatically enter USB Mode, as indicated by a symbol on the screen. If it doesn't enter USB Mode, you may need to use the Mode Selection button to access it. On many computers, a notification will pop up and allow you to access the content.

    If a notification doesn't appear, check the steps below, depending on if you have a Windows or Mac computer, to find the files on your GoPro camera.

  4. On Windows: If your GoPro's content doesn't automatically appear when you power your camera on, go to the Start Menu and select My Computer (or This PC). You should see a GoPro device listed as one of the items you can browse.

  5. On Mac: A Camera icon should appear on your desktop. Access it through Finder or through minimizing all your other windows and locating it on your Mac's desktop.

    man with camera finishes a race
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How to Connect a GoPro to a Computer Using a microSD Card

The instructions for doing this are almost identical; your computer will read the microSD card just like it will read your GoPro.

  1. Eject the SD card from your GoPro and insert it into a microSD reader.

  2. You should then be able to follow the same instructions as above to access your footage from your device.

  3. Once you have access to your GoPro footage, you can copy it onto your computer for easier editing and uploading.

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