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How to Turn Off Your GoPro (All Model Guide: Hero8 to Hero5)

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If you have a new GoPro, it can be hard to find the off switch. There are actually three ways to turn off every GoPro, with specific steps varying across specific models. Here's how to turn off a GoPro camera – every model since the Hero5 up to the newest Hero8.

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How to Turn Off a GoPro (All Models)

There are three ways to turn off your GoPro. Specific camera instructions below.

  1. Voice commands: For voice activated models, simply say “GoPro Turn Off”. It really is that easy. Learn more about GoPro voice commands.
  2. Manual: Press and hold the Mode button for 2-3 seconds (depends on the model).
  3. Auto Power Off: This setting will turn off your GoPro after a period of inactivity. Choose increments of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never. This will ensure that you never end up with a dead battery because you forgot to turn your camera off. The 15-minute increment is set by default.

The Auto Power Off setting works on all the current models, except the older Fusion. This model has an automatic shut off after 7-minutes of inactivity.

More reading: Just how long does a GoPro battery last? See our full guide (with tips for a longer life).

Shutting your camera off when you aren't using it, will help avoid overheating and other performance glitches. Here's the full guide to each GoPro camera, from the Hero5 to the Hero8 Black.


Turn off GoPro Hero8

  1. Voice command: Simply say “GoPro Turn Off”. Make sure that Voice Control is turned on.
  2. Manually: Press and hold the Mode button for 3 seconds to turn it off.
  3. Auto Power Off: Choose increments of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never.

Turn off GoPro MAX

TBD. This is pending release of the MAX user manual. It is likely going to have similar controls to the original Fusion (see below). The MAX is also known as Fusion 2.

Turn off GoPro Hero7 (White, Silver, Black)

  1. Voice command: Simply say “GoPro Turn Off”. Make sure that Voice Control is turned on.
  2. Manually: Press and hold the Mode button to turn it off.
  3. Auto Power Off: Choose increments of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never.

Turn off GoPro Hero6 Black

  1. Voice command: Simply say “GoPro Turn Off”. Make sure that Voice Control is turned on.
  2. Manually: Press and hold the Mode button for 2 seconds to turn it off. The camera will beep and status lights will flash several times.
  3. Auto Power Off: Choose increments of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never. The camera will beep and status lights will flash several times.

Turn off GoPro Fusion

  1. Voice command: Simply say “GoPro Turn Off”. Make sure that Voice Control is turned on.
  2. Manually: Press and hold the Mode button for 2 seconds to turn it off. The camera will beep and status lights will flash several times.
  3. Auto Power Off: This setting isn't preset. The Fusion will turn off automatically after 7 minutes of inactivity.

Turn off GoPro Hero5 (Black and Session)

  1. Voice command: Simply say “GoPro Turn Off”. Make sure that Voice Control is turned on. Note: Different than the newer models, Voice Control of the Hero5 is not available when the GoPro is turned off.
  2. Manually: Press and hold the Mode button for 2 seconds to turn it off. The camera will beep and status lights will flash several times.
  3. Auto Power Off: Choose increments of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never. The camera will beep and status lights will flash several times.

Turn off GoPro Hero 2018

  1. Voice command: Simply say “GoPro Turn Off”. Make sure that Voice Control is turned on. Note: Different than the newer models, Voice Control of the Hero5 is not available when the GoPro is turned off.
  2. Manually: Press and hold the Mode button for 2 seconds to turn it off. The camera will beep and status lights will flash several times.
  3. Auto Power Off: Choose increments of 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never. The camera will beep and status lights will flash several times.

More reading: 41 Best GoPro Accessories for Hikers and Explorers


Why should I turn off my GoPro?

GoPro cameras come with tons of battery draining features. GPS, WiFi, and voice control all use your battery power. Save your juice by turning the camera off.

Even when your camera is turned off, it will continue to listen for voice commands for 8 hours. If you want the most life from your battery, make sure to turn off Voice Control before turning off your camera. Or else your camera will continue to use battery to wait for your next command, even though you already turned it off.

Does GoPro turn off automatically?

Yes, if you select Auto Power Off. By default, it is set to turn off after 15 minutes of inactivity.

You can choose from the following for settings: 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never.

How do I stop my GoPro from turning off?

Too keep your GoPro from turning off automatically, select “Never” in the Auto Power Off feature.

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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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