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What Is Bluetooth Connectivity? How Does It Differ From Wi-Fi?

by GoPro ‎09-30-2019 07:32 PM - edited ‎09-16-2021 08:19 AM
What is the Bluetooth connectivity on the camera?  Is it different from Wi-Fi?

Where does it apply?
  • HERO10 Black
  • HERO9 Black
  • HERO8 Black
  • MAX
  • HERO7
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO6 Black
  • Fusion
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Session
  • HERO4
  • HERO Session + HERO4 Session
  • HERO+
  • GoPro Quik
  • iOS Devices
  • Android Devices


Bluetooth basics

Bluetooth requires less energy (and therefore less battery) than Wi-Fi to connect GoPro Quik to your camera. For HERO7 GoPro cameras and older, the Bluetooth connection is used for "waking the camera up" from a low-power wireless state. This is true for HERO8 and newer, however, there are some additional controls available via Bluetooth before the user is forced to connect Wi-Fi when using these newer cameras.

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:

HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, HERO8 Black, MAX
HERO3+ and older

HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, HERO8 Black, MAX

GoPro Quik will default to Bluetooth control when paired with the camera. With the exception of Live Preview and viewing the media on the camera SD card, all camera control functions will be available while using Bluetooth.

When a user enables Live Preview or attempts to view the media stored on the camera SD card, the app will prompt the user to connect to Wi-Fi. Anytime a user is not using one of those features, the app will use Bluetooth.

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?

  • Live preview
  • Viewing media on camera (subsequently downloading media to phone as well)
When navigating to these features, GoPro Quik automatically prompts a Wi-Fi connection.

How can I manually switch between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi?

This is not an option. The app will always default to using Bluetooth unless the user would like to view camera preview or view the media on the camera.

Connecting to Wi-Fi to enable Live Preview on iOS

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GoPro Quik uses a Bluetooth connection to "wake up" the camera, and the user will be promptly asked to connect to Wi-Fi as well. While Bluetooth will keep the camera and smartphone connected, Wi-Fi is necessary to perform all functions in GoPro Quik.


HERO3+ and older

These cameras do not support Bluetooth connection and instead use a Wi-Fi connection only.