GoPro cameras are notorious for their battery life, and it doesn’t help that the process to turn off your GoPro is not very obvious at first.
Luckily for you, the way to turn off GoPro cameras is quite straightforward. In this post, we’ll take you through how to turn off your GoPro so you can preserve precious battery life when you’re not using the camera.
How to turn off your GoPro with voice control
If you’re using any GoPro after the Hero 5, it supports voice commands, and using voice commands is one of the easiest ways to turn off your GoPro.
Turn off GoPro Hero 5/6/7/8/9/10 with voice commands
First, you need to make sure Voice Control is enabled in the camera settings.
The voice command to turn off GoPro Hero cameras is:
“GoPro Turn Off”
A similar voice command can be used to wake up your GoPro:
“GoPro Turn On”
In order to preserve battery life, the GoPro only listens for a voice command for up to 8 hours after being switched off, so be mindful of that!
Turn off GoPro Hero cameras with the mode button
- Press and hold the mode button on your GoPro camera for two seconds.
- The camera status lights will flash and you’ll hear multiple beeps
- The camera then turns off
Turn off your GoPro with Auto Power Off
In the preferences menu of your GoPro camera, find the “Auto Off” or “Auto Power Off” option. The exact label of the command may vary depending on which model you have.
Next, you’ll be able to select how long the GoPro should wait before turning off: 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes.
There’s also a “never” option if you always want to keep the GoPro on.
This setting will make the GoPro turn off in the time period you choose.
What about GoPro Fusion?
The GoPro Fusion can be turned off in the same way as other GoPro cameras:
- Using a voice command
- Using the mode button
- Using auto power
However, please note that the Auto Power setting on the GoPro Fusion does not let you adjust the time it will wait before turning off. Instead, the GoPro Fusion will turn off after a default of 7 minutes.
Turn off GoPro Hero 5 Session
If you still have a Hero 5 Session, there’s no way to turn it off. Instead, this GoPro will turn itself off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity.
How to preserve your battery after the GoPro is off
You may have noticed that the GoPro continues to slowly lose battery power even after it has been turned off.
This is because the Bluetooth and WiFi connections are still enabled.
To really preserve battery life, remember to disable Bluetooth and WiFi before turning off your GoPro. You’ll be able to find these settings under “Wireless Connections” in your GoPro menu.
QuikCapture is a really neat GoPro mode that eliminates the need for you to use voice control or the mode button.
If you have a new GoPro model, you’ll need to enable this feature from the menu.
Once enabled, the GoPro automatically wakes up and starts recording when you press the shutter button, and it automatically turns off when you stop recording.
To recap, you have four methods to turn off your GoPro:
- Use a voice command
- Press and hold the mode button
- Use auto power
- Use QuikCapture
Using these will help you preserve your battery as much as possible!