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Ditch the Wifi

Newest version of GoPro app for Android says ditch the Wifi and control your camera faster over Bluetooth. Not s
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Re: Ditch the Wifi

@fjrdad, this is correct. With the latest version of the GoPro App, Bluetooth control is the new default connection method between a mobile device and the GoPro camera. For more information, please refer to What is Bluetooth Connectivity? How Does it Differ From Wi-Fi? article.

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Re: Ditch the Wifi

The link you provided really doesn't help as far as utilizing the feature. App is updated, yet it's still connecting through wifi. And I can't locate any information concerning this added feature, or setting a preference for BT only control.
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Re: Ditch the Wifi

@fjrdad, what's the GoPro camera model used?

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Re: Ditch the Wifi

Hero 7 Black
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Re: Ditch the Wifi

Thank you for the information you provided, @fjrdad

 

In the article, the discussion on the portion labeled HERO4 and newer explains why you still observe Wi-Fi to be used in the connection between your HERO7 Black camera and your phone. See below for details: 

 

The GoPro app uses both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to the GoPro camera, however, both technologies are used in different contexts.  Wi-Fi is still used for connect and control, preview, etc. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is used for initial set-up and staying connected with camera.  The GoPro App can "wake up the camera" over BLE. 

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Re: Ditch the Wifi

This whole post refers to a NEW feature that supposedly allows Bluetooth only control, specifically Bluetooth without the need for wifi. I don't need to know that past GoPros needed WiFi AND BT. This is difference and I'm looking for verification and explanation of this NEW feature listed in the newest version of the GoPro app
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Re: Ditch the Wifi

@fjrdad. The article confirms the new feature that depending on the camera model, the app will always default to using Bluetooth unless the user would like to view camera preview or view the media on the camera. 

 

The reason why this Bluetooth only feature is introduced is because Bluetooth control consumes significantly less battery on both the phone and camera.

 

As mentioned in the article, there is no way to set this preference. The app automatically provides the options as to what connection will be used, depending on the camera model, and the features of the app that you would like to use.