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How to Delete Files from microSD Cards

by GoPro on ‎09-30-2019 07:06 PM - edited 2 weeks ago

Delete video or photos from a micro SD card.

  • HERO8 Black
  • MAX
  • HERO7 Cameras
  • HERO6 Black
  • Fusion
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Session
  • HERO4
  • HERO Session + HERO4 Session
  • HERO3+
  • HERO+ LCD
  • HERO+
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO (2014)

The cameras listed above have a built in failsafe to help reduce the chance of mistakenly losing footage from the micro SD card. While plugged into the computer with a USB cable, you have the ability to automatically copy your files from your camera into your computers hard drive using Importer (so long as the "Automatic Delete" option is selected during setup/in preferences). As an alternative, if you want to delete content from the SD card you can use these options:

Use the Delete menu on the camera

HERO8 Black, MAX, HERO7 Black, HERO7 Silver, HERO7 White:

  1. Copy any desired files from your camera's SD card to your computer.
  2. Ensure that the SD card is installed in the camera, then power the camera on.
  3. Swipe down on the touch display.
  4. Tap "Preferences."
  5. Scroll to the bottom of Preferences and tap "Reset".
  6. Tap "Format SD Card"
  7. Tap "Format" on the next screen to erase and reformat your micro SD card.
HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, & HERO (2018):
  1. Copy any desired files from your camera's SD card to your computer.
  2. Ensure that the SD card is installed in the camera, then power the camera on.
  3. Swipe down on the touch display. 
  4. Tap "Preferences."
  5. Scroll to the bottom of Preferences and tap "Format SD Card."
  6. Tap "Delete."
Fusion: 
  1. Copy any desired files from your camera's SD cards to your computer.
  2. Ensure that the SD cards are installed in your camera, then power the camera on.
  3. Press the side Mode button repeatedly until Settings (wrench icon) is displayed. Press the front Shutter button to enter the Settings menu.
  4. Press the front Shutter button repeatedly (5x) to access the Preferences menu (gear icon).
  5. Press the side Mode button repeatedly until "FORMAT" is highlighted. Press the front mode Shutter to enter the format menu.
  6. Press the front Shutter button to select "BOTH" and begin formatting both SD cards.
*NOTE: Your Fusion camera allows you to format both cards, or each card, individually. We recommend treating the SD cards in Fusion as a pair in all processes, and therefore suggest formatting both SD cards at the same time.

HERO5 Session + HERO Session / HERO4 Session:
  1. Copy any desired files from your camera's SD card to your computer.
  2. Ensure that the SD card is installed in the camera, then press the rear Menu button to wake the camera.
  3. Press the rear Menu button repeatedly until "DELETE FILES" appears, press the top Shutter button to select. 
  4. Press the top Shutter button once more to highlight "FORMAT SD."
  5. Press the rear Menu button to highlight the checkmark (✓). 
  6. Press the top Shutter button to confirm and proceed to format the SD card. 

HERO4 and Earlier Models:
  1. Copy any desired files from your camera's SD card to your computer.
  2. Navigate to the camera's SETTINGS/SETUP mode (gear icon). 
  3. Navigate to the Delete option.
  4. Select the option to either delete just the LAST image or video, or more likely, select the ALL/FORMAT option.

*NOTE: This method is applicable to the HERO Session / HERO4 Session, when paired with a Smart Remote. 


Use the GoPro App
You can delete and download files to your smartphone or tablet, using the GoPro App. The app gives you the ability to selectively delete certain files, or delete LAST or ALL/FORMAT in the SETTINGS menu.

To delete certain files: 

  1. Tap the GoPro Media icon (grid).
  2. Select EDIT and then select the files to either copy or delete.

To delete the LAST captured file or ALL/FORMAT: 

  1. Enter the SETTINGS menu (wrench icon). 
  2. Scroll down to DELETE. 
  3. Select LAST or ALL/FORMAT.

Use an SD Card Reader + Computer

You can delete files from the SD card or add files to the microSD card using a microSD card reader/adapter. Simply insert the microSD card into your reader and mount the reader to your computer, then follow these instructions: Windows | Mac.
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