Ask a Question
GoPro Support Hub Ask a question. Share an answer. Find a solution. Stay stoked.
Announcements
Is your GoPro gear up to date? Check to see If it is on our Update page.
Cameras
%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-380713%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3Ehow%20to%20control%20using%20bluetooth%20from%20an%20iPhone%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-380713%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CP%3EHi%2C%20I%20have%20%26nbsp%3Ba%20Hero%205.%20I%20want%20to%20do%20helmet%20cam%20on%20a%20scooter.%20When%20I%20try%20to%20control%20using%20gopro%20app%2C%20all%20they%20as%20for%20is%20connectivity%20via%20wifi%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EObviously%20you%20can-'t%20use%20wifi%20if%20you%20are%20remote%20driving%20on%20the%20street.%20how%20do%20you%20connect%20and%20control%20with%20your%20iphone%20using%20bluetooth%3F%3F%3F%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E-Bill%20Wilson%3C%2FP%3E%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E%3CLINGO-LABS%20id%3D%22lingo-labs-380713%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CLINGO-LABEL%3EHERO5%20Black%3C%2FLINGO-LABEL%3E%3CLINGO-LABEL%3EHERO7%20Black%3C%2FLINGO-LABEL%3E%3C%2FLINGO-LABS%3E%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-380938%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3ERe%3A%20how%20to%20control%20using%20bluetooth%20from%20an%20iPhone%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-380938%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CP%3E%3CEM%3E%22Obviously%20you%20can-'t%20use%20wifi%20if%20you%20are%20remote%20driving%20on%20the%20street.%22%3C%2FEM%3E%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EI'm%20not%20sure%20where%20you%20got%20that%20piece%20of%20information%20from%2C%20but%20it's%20completely%20untrue.%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EThe%20WiFi%20connection%20on%20your%20camera%20uses%20a%20direct%20WiFi%20connection%20to%20your%20phone.%26nbsp%3B%20You%20can%20use%20it%20on%20the%20top%20of%20mount%20everest%20if%20needs%20be.%26nbsp%3B%20This%20is%20also%20the%20only%20way%20to%20control%20your%20camera%20and%20stream%20footage%20from%20it.%26nbsp%3B%20The%20bluetooth%20connection%20is%20simply%20a%20handshake%20protocal%20in%20order%20to%20initiate%20a%20WiFi%20connection.%3C%2FP%3E%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-380998%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3ERe%3A%20how%20to%20control%20using%20bluetooth%20from%20an%20iPhone%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-380998%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3EI%20think%20the%20confusion%20here%20is%20the%20misunderstanding%20of%20Wi-Fi%20and%20Internet%20Connection%20being%20the%20same%20thing.%20They%20are%20not.%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3EThis%20is%20a%20common%20misconception%20and%20causes%20a%20lot%20of%20people%20to%20misinterpret%20issues%20connecting%20as%20being%20app%20related.%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3ETo%20be%20clear.%20Wi-Fi%20(Wireless%20Fidelity)%20is%20just%20a%20means%20for%20devices%20to%20talk%20to%20one%20another%20wirelessly.%20While%20it%20can%20be%20used%20as%20a%20way%20to%20transmit%20internet%20data%2C%20having%20internet%20access%20has%20nothing%20to%20do%20with%20whether%20or%20not%20Wi-Fi%20can%20be%20used%20to%20connect%20two%20devices.%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3EMany%20phones%20today%20do%20look%20for%20the%20strongest%20wireless%20data%20connection%20and%20often%20will%20cancel%20out%20of%20a%20connection%20if%20internet%20data%20is%20not%20possible%20on%20the%20wireless%20network.%20This%20is%20very%20common%20on%20phones%20that%20have%20%22Smart%20Detect%22%20and%2For%20wireless%20calling%20enabled.%20To%20avoid%20issues%20connecting%20to%20the%20GoPro%20app%2C%20you%20should%20turn%20both%20of%20these%20features%20off%20on%20your%20mobile%20device.%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-381070%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3ERe%3A%20how%20to%20control%20using%20bluetooth%20from%20an%20iPhone%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-381070%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3EEasy!!%20Hey%20look%20I%20was%20under%20the%20impression%20and%20probably%2090%25%20of%20the%20population%20is%20also%20that%20WiFi%20is%20obtained%20from%20your%20internet%20service%20provider%20at%20a%20cost%2C%20so%20the%20reason%20I%20said%20that%20is%20you%20would%20be%20out%20of%20range%20for%20both%20devices%20to%20communicate...%20thought%20Bluetooth%20might%20be%20the%20way.%20But%20I%20guess%20the%20GoPro%20must%20create%20its%20own%20WiFi%20signal%3F%3F%3F%20So%20could%20you%20explain%20that%20nicely%3F%20Thanks!!!%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-381071%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3ERe%3A%20how%20to%20control%20using%20bluetooth%20from%20an%20iPhone%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-381071%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3EThanks%20for%20your%20informative%20comment%20Daniel!!%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E
Reply
Tourist
Posts: 3

how to control using bluetooth from an iPhone

Hi, I have  a Hero 5. I want to do helmet cam on a scooter. When I try to control using gopro app, all they as for is connectivity via wifi

Obviously you can-'t use wifi if you are remote driving on the street. how do you connect and control with your iphone using bluetooth???

 

-Bill Wilson

Nomad
Posts: 1,310

Re: how to control using bluetooth from an iPhone

"Obviously you can-'t use wifi if you are remote driving on the street."

I'm not sure where you got that piece of information from, but it's completely untrue.

The WiFi connection on your camera uses a direct WiFi connection to your phone.  You can use it on the top of mount everest if needs be.  This is also the only way to control your camera and stream footage from it.  The bluetooth connection is simply a handshake protocal in order to initiate a WiFi connection.

Explorer
Posts: 12,079

Re: how to control using bluetooth from an iPhone

I think the confusion here is the misunderstanding of Wi-Fi and Internet Connection being the same thing. They are not.

This is a common misconception and causes a lot of people to misinterpret issues connecting as being app related.

To be clear. Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) is just a means for devices to talk to one another wirelessly. While it can be used as a way to transmit internet data, having internet access has nothing to do with whether or not Wi-Fi can be used to connect two devices.

Many phones today do look for the strongest wireless data connection and often will cancel out of a connection if internet data is not possible on the wireless network. This is very common on phones that have "Smart Detect" and/or wireless calling enabled. To avoid issues connecting to the GoPro app, you should turn both of these features off on your mobile device.
Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: how to control using bluetooth from an iPhone

Easy!! Hey look I was under the impression and probably 90% of the population is also that WiFi is obtained from your internet service provider at a cost, so the reason I said that is you would be out of range for both devices to communicate... thought Bluetooth might be the way. But I guess the GoPro must create its own WiFi signal??? So could you explain that nicely? Thanks!!!
Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: how to control using bluetooth from an iPhone

Thanks for your informative comment Daniel!!