How to Import Photos from GoPro to Mac

Import your photos easily with this built-in macOS tool

You’ve taken video and photo images with your GoPro camera. What’s next? To edit those videos or manage those photos, you must first import them to your PC. On the photo side of things, macOS has a built-in tool ready to make this happen. So you have nothing else to purchase or install.

Connecting Your GoPro

The first thing to do is plug one end of the USB-C cable into the GoPro and the other into the Mac USB-C port, turn your GoPro on, and you’re ready to go. (You might need an adapter if your Mac doesn't have a USB-C port.

How to Use the Image Capture Tool on a Mac

The tool you’ll be using to import images is called Image Capture. To open that application, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock.

    Screenshot of the Launchpad icon in the macOS dock.
  2. Type Image in the search bar.

  3. Click the Image Capture icon.

    Screenshot of the Image Capture icon.
  4. Wait for the app to open.

  5. Once Image Capture opens, your GoPro camera should be on the list in the left sidebar.

    Screenshot of the GoPro 5 listing in Image Capture.

    You shouldn’t have to click the GoPro entry to reveal the contents of the camera’s memory card, but if you find the preview pane empty, click on the GoPro entry, and your images and videos should appear.

  6. Select the images you want to import. To select more than one, click on the first, hold down the Command key (on your keyboard), and select the remaining images.

    Screenshot of multiple selected images in Image Capture.
  7. Select the folder destination for the import from the Import to drop-down.

    Screenshot of selecting the destination folder.
  8. Click Import.

    Screenshot of the Import button.
  9. Allow the import to complete.

When the images import, you’ll find them in the destination folder you chose from the Import to drop-down. You can then close Image Capture and unplug your GoPro from your Mac.

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