How to Turn Off Your GoPro

Turn off your device automatically or manually

Here, we discuss how to turn off your GoPro, a task that's not as apparent as you might think and varies by model. These instructions apply to the GoPro HERO7 Black, Silver, and White, the HERO6 Black, HERO 5 Black, GoPro Fusion, and GoPro HERO5 Session. If you have an older model, check its manual.

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HERO7 Black, Silver, and White; HERO6, and HERO5 Black

The instructions for the HERO7 series and the HERO6 and HERO5 are the same.

  1. Press and hold the Mode button for about two seconds.

  2. After you hear three beeps and the red LED blinks three times, the GoPro will power off.

  3. Alternatively, use the voice command, "GoPro Turn Off."

  4. To set the GoPro to power off automatically, open the settings by tapping the wrench icon on the GoPro’s screen.

  5. Select Setup > Manual Power.

  6. Choose the idle time: 5 Min, 15 Min (default), 30 Min, or Never.

GoPro Fusion

The GoPro Fusion has a different process from the rest of the camera lines.

  1. Press and hold the Mode button for two seconds.

  2. The camera beeps several times, and the camera status lights flash.

  3. The Fusion will power off.

  4. Alternatively, use the voice command "GoPro Turn Off."

The Fusion automatically powers off after seven minutes of inactivity. You can't change this setting.

QuikCapture

The Fusion GoPro has a mode called QuikCapture, in which the camera is only powered on when capturing photos or videos. You can also record timelapse videos in this mode. With Quikcapture turned on, press and hold the Shutter button until the Fusion beeps a few times and the status lights blink. To record timelapse video, hold your finger on the Shutter button until you've captured everything you need. Once you release the shutter, the Fusion shuts down.

To turn Quikcapture mode off, connect it to the GoPro app and disable it in the settings.

GoPro HERO5 Session

The HERO5 Session also has QuikCapture mode, like the Fusion. However, in all modes, the camera shuts off when it's not recording. If you have it connected to the GoPro app, disconnect it to power it off. Its other modes are Video, Video + Photo, and Looping (continuous recording).

Why You Should Turn Off Your GoPro

Turning off your GoPro is a great way to extend battery life, prevent the camera from recording while stowed away in your backpack, solve performance glitches, and avoid overheating. Better yet, you can also set a GoPro to turn off automatically. If you continue to have problems after shutting down, you can also reset your GoPro to factory settings.

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