by GoPro 09-30-2019 07:32 PM - edited 08-06-2020 10:10 PM
What is the Bluetooth connectivity on the camera? Is it different from Wi-Fi?
- HERO8 Black
- HERO (2018)
- HERO6 Black
- HERO5 Black
- HERO5 Session
- HERO Session + HERO4 Session
- HERO+ LCD
- iOS Devices
- Android Devices
Bluetooth requires less energy (and therefore less battery) than Wi-Fi to connect the GoPro App to your camera. For most GoPro cameras, the Bluetooth connection is used only for "waking the camera up" from a low power wireless state. After waking up the camera, you still need the camera to connect to the mobile device via Wi-Fi for any additional functionality (preview, start/stop, mode changing, etc.).
Keep in mind if Bluetooth gets disconnected from the camera then the user will need to go back into their mobile device's Bluetooth settings and reconnect.
Bluetooth behavior by camera:HERO8 Black + MAX
HERO4 and newer
HERO3+ and older
HERO8 Black + MAXThe GoPro app uses both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to the GoPro camera. However, with the release of GoPro app 6.13, Bluetooth control is the default connection method between a user’s smartphone and HERO8 Black or MAX camera.
Live preview and viewing the media on the camera are the only functions Bluetooth cannot support. Thus, Wi-Fi enablement is only prompted and used when a user attempts to use those functionalities. Anytime a user is not using one of those features, the app will use Bluetooth.
Connecting to Wi-Fi to enable Live Preview on iOS
Why use Bluetooth control vs Wi-Fi?Bluetooth control consumes significantly less battery on both the phone and camera.
What features can Bluetooth control NOT support?
- Camera preview
- Viewing media on camera (subsequently downloading media to phone as well)