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GoPro Voice Commands: Epic Guide to All Voice Activated GoPros (Up to Hero8)

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The GoPro menu can be kinda clumsy. GoPro voice commands will help you get the footage you want without the hassle of scrolling through menus. Here are all the voice commands for every model. Plus tips for using voice commands on your next adventure.

GoPro voice commands

Guide to GoPro Voice Commands

Hands free control of your GoPro means that you'll capture amazing footage – without fiddling around with the clumsy menus. This means better footage and less frustration.

Of course, it isn't perfect, there are some drawbacks. You'll have to memorize the voice commands that go with your GoPro model. And it will reduce your battery life.

Here's what you need to know about voice controlling your GoPro camera.

Which GoPros Have Voice Command Feature?

Voice control has been a standard feature on GoPro cameras since the Hero5 was released in September 2016.

Here are the current models that have the voice command feature.

  • MAX
  • Hero8 Black
  • Hero7 (White, Silver, & Black)
  • Hero6 Black
  • Fusion
  • Hero5 Black
  • Hero5 Session
  • Hero (2018)
  • Remo

So while most of the voice commands have changed little since 2016, there are some small differences between models.

13 Base GoPro Voice Commands

GoPro has 13 standard voice commands that work on all models.

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6. GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn Off
  12. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  13. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)

The “GoPro Turn On” voice command is unique to Hero8 Black, Hero7 Black, Hero6 Black, and Hero5 Black.

GoPro voice command

1. GoPro MAX Voice Commands

GoPro MAX has 13 voice commands. They include the standard setting adjustment and start/stop function for video, timelapse, photos and burst.

GoPro MAX is the newest 360 camera that shoots in 5.6K video resolution. Learn more about the MAX.

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6. GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn Off
  12. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  13. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)

2. GoPro Hero8 Black Voice Commands

GoPro Hero8 Black has 14 voice controls. They include the standard setting adjustment and start/stop function for video, timelapse, photos and burst.

GoPro Hero8 Black is the newest camera in the Hero series. It shoots in 4K video resolution. Learn more about the Hero8.

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6. GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn On
  12. GoPro Turn Off
  13. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  14. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)

3. GoPro Hero7 (White, Silver, & Black) Voice Commands

GoPro Hero7 has 16 voice commands – the most of all GoPro cameras.

They include the standard setting adjustment and start/stop function for video, timelapse, photos and burst.

The Hero7 has two unique settings: “GoPro Capture” and “GoPro Stop Capture”. This command isn't offered on the new models.

GoPro Hero7 Black shoots in 4K video resolution and was released in September 2018. Learn more about the Hero7.

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6. GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn On
  12. GoPro Turn Off
  13. GoPro Capture (Unique to HERO7 cameras)
  14. GoPro Stop Capture (Unique to HERO7 cameras)
  15. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  16. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)

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4. GoPro Hero6 Black Voice Commands

GoPro Hero6 has 14 voice commands. They include the standard setting adjustment and start/stop function for video, timelapse, photos and burst.

GoPro Hero6 Black shoots in 4K video resolution and was released in September 2017. Learn more about the Hero6.

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6. GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn On
  12. GoPro Turn Off
  13. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  14. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)

5. GoPro Fusion Voice Commands

GoPro Fusion was released in November 2017. It has since been replaced by the GoPro MAX in October 2019.

Here are the 13 voice command settings for the Fusion:

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6.  GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn Off
  12. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  13. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)

6. GoPro Hero5 Black (and Session) Voice Commands

GoPro Hero5 was released in September 2016. Here are the 14 voice commands for this model.

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6. GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn On
  12. GoPro Turn Off
  13. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  14. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)

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7. GoPro Hero (2018) Voice Commands

GoPro Hero (2018) has 13 voice controls. This is a pretty basic model but did well.

Here are the controls that'll work for this model.

  1. GoPro Video Mode
  2. GoPro Start Recording
  3. GoPro Stop Recording
  4. GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  5. GoPro Start Time Lapse
  6. GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  7. GoPro Photo Mode
  8. GoPro Take a Photo
  9. GoPro Burst Mode
  10. GoPro Shoot Burst
  11. GoPro Turn Off
  12. GoPro HiLight (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
  13. That Was Sick (Adds a HiLight tag while recording video)
GoPro that was sick

How do I turn off my GoPro? Check out our guide to all models


GoPro Voice Controls is Available in 14 Languages / Accents

Voice control is available in 10 base languages and another 4 accents. Here are the languages and accents that work with GoPro voice control.

  1. English (U.S.)
  2. English (U.K.)
  3. English (Australian)
  4. English (India) (HERO7 cameras only)
  5. French
  6. German
  7. Italian
  8. Portuguese (Voice control not available for use with Remo)
  9. Russian (Voice control not available for use with Remo)
  10. Spanish (EU)
  11. Spanish (N.A.)
  12. Chinese
  13. Korean (Voice control not available for use with Remo)
  14. Japanese

Remo is a waterproof, voice-activated remote for Hero5 Black and Session.

GoPro voice activation

Tips for Using GoPro Voice Commands

Why doesn't voice control work out of the box?

GoPro cameras ship with the voice control setting disabled. Just turn it on and it will keep working.

How do I turn on GoPro voice control?

Go to Preferences > Voice Control and turn on.

What types of voice commands work with GoPro?

There are three types of voice commands:

  1. Switch between modes (video, time lapse, photo, burst)
  2. Start/stop recording
  3. Create highlight tag

How do I create a GoPro highlight tag while filming?

To create a HiLight tag while filming, just use one of these voice commands:

  1. GoPro HiLight
  2. That Was Sick

Then when you are editing your footage, you'll be able to find the best moments of your adventure. Here are some of the best tools for editing your GoPro footage.

Do GoPro voice commands drain the battery?

Yes, enabling Voice Commands will drain your battery faster.

Other features, like GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth will also drain your battery. Here are some tips to get longer battery life with your GoPro.

GoPro voice controls

Your Turn

Have you used voice command with your GoPro? What's your favorite command? Have a question or a tip? Join me in the comments!

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Bryan Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

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