How to Connect GoPro to Your iPhone or Android Phone

If you want to download and edit your GoPro videos with your iPhone or Android, you must install the GoPro Quik app on your phone. Then, you can use GoPro Quik to connect your phone to your GoPro using Bluetooth and WiFi or with a compatible wire.

I’m Larry, a passionate water sports enthusiast and tech nerd. I’ve been using GoPro cameras since 2014 when I got my first GoPro HERO4. I now use the GoPro HERO10 and constantly download my GoPro videos onto my phone.

In this guide, I’ll show you exactly how to connect your GoPro to your phone.

Continue reading to learn more!

Method 1: Connect GoPro to Your Phone Wirelessly

First, you need to know which GoPro cameras and phones can connect wirelessly.

You can find the list of GoPro cameras compatible with the GoPro Quik application on GoPro’s official website. Every GoPro camera since the HERO3+ can connect to your phone. 

Furthermore, the compatible mobile devices include:

  • iPhones with iOS 13 or newer
  • Android phones with Android 9.0 or later and a minimum of 2GB of RAM

Check the software version on your phone and make sure it’s updated.

Step 1: Visit the iOS App Store or Google Play Store and search for GoPro Quik. Download and install the application. Make sure the developer for the application is GoPro, Inc.

Step 2: Turn on your GoPro camera. Then swipe down to go into the Settings > Connections > Connect New Device > GoPro App.

Step 3: Open the GoPro Quik application on your phone and give the application access to your photos, Bluetooth, and local network.

Step 4: The application will ask if you own a GoPro. Select Yep, I have a GoPro. Then press Pair my GoPro.

Step 5: GoPro Quik will automatically search for your GoPro and connect to it since your GoPro is already in pairing mode.

Check out this video if you’re having trouble following these steps:

If the app cannot detect your GoPro, you must choose which camera model you have and make sure your GoPro is in pairing mode to try connecting again.

Method 2: Connect GoPro to Your Phone via USB Wired Connection

You can also connect your GoPro to your phone using a wired connection. However, not every camera is compatible.

Here are the requirements and compatible cameras:

  • GoPro Quik v10.8 and newer
  • HERO10 Black
  • HERO9 Black
  • HERO8 Black (Android Only)
  • HERO7 Black (Android Only)
  • HERO6 Black (Android Only)
  • HERO5 Black (Android Only)

The main benefit of using a wired connection is that it doesn’t require WiFi or Bluetooth. Furthermore, downloading files onto your phone is much faster if you use a wired connection compared to wireless.

How to Connect GoPro to Your Android Phone via USB 

Step 1: Find a cable that is compatible with your phone and GoPro camera. Then go to the Play Store and install GoPro Quik.

GoPro HERO7, 6, 5 Black users can skip to step 3.

Step 2: Turn on your GoPro camera and swipe down to access the Settings. Click Connections and then USB Connection. Make sure the USB Connection is on MTP

Step 3: Insert the cable into your GoPro camera and Android phone. Then, open GoPro Quik on your phone, and the application will automatically connect to your GoPro. 

You can now view and download your GoPro photos and videos on your phone. 

How to Connect GoPro to Your iPhone via USB

Remember, only the GoPro HERO10 and GoPro HERO9 cameras are compatible with iPhones via a wired connection.

Step 1: You will need a standard USB-A to USB-C cable and Apple’s Lightning to USB Adapter. You also need to visit the App Store and install GoPro Quik.

Step 2: Turn on your GoPro camera. Only on the GoPro HERO9 Black (skip this step if you have a GoPro HERO10), swipe down on the settings to enter your Settings menu. Swipe right and tap Connections. Then open USB Connection and choose GoPro Connect.  

Step 3: Insert the USB-C cable into your GoPro camera. 

Step 4: Connect the USB-A port to your adapter, then connect the adapter to your iPhone. 

Step 5: Open GoPro Quik, and your camera will automatically connect to your phone.

Keep in mind, the only supported adapter is Apple’s Lightning to USB Adapter. Other adapters won’t work. 

Why Connect GoPro to Your Phone?

The main reason I connect my GoPro to my phone is to share my content and save my footage. Uploading footage to my phone is more convenient than using a laptop for two reasons. 

  • First, my phone is always with me. This means I can connect my GoPro to my phone wherever I am.
  • Second, it’s much easier for me to upload content to social media and send videos to my friends with my phone.

Furthermore, connecting my GoPro to my phone allows me to store all my files somewhere safe in case I lose my memory card, or it gets damaged.

Is GoPro Quik The Only Solution?

As of this writing, GoPro Quik is the only way to connect your GoPro to your phone. If you don’t want to use GoPro Quik, you would have to upload the files to your computer instead.

Luckily, GoPro Quik is free and easy to use. The interface is also beautiful and straightforward. I can’t think of any reasons why you wouldn’t want to use GoPro Quik. 

What Can You Do with GoPro Quik?

Simply put, GoPro Quik is an all-in-one solution for saving, editing, and sharing your favorite videos and photos.

Rather than scrolling endlessly through your camera feed to find your favorite GoPro shots, GoPro Quik saves all your shots in one place. However, you can download the files onto your phone’s camera roll if you’d like. 

You can post your best shots to your private Mural within the GoPro Quik app. GoPro Quik also lets you share your content with your friends, or social media feeds directly through the application. You can also edit your videos or photos with GoPro Quik. 

There’s even more.

Once you connect your phone to the GoPro, you can use your phone as a remote for the GoPro. This allows you to frame your shots perfectly and record content from a distance. You can also broadcast your GoPro as a live stream through your phone. 

The application also has advanced features for GoPro subscribers, including unlimited cloud backup and exclusive editing tools.

Check out this video to learn more about GoPro Quik:


Let’s discuss a few related questions or problems you may have.

Can’t connect my GoPro to my phone?

If you’re having trouble connecting your GoPro to your phone, restart your mobile device. Then turn off/on your WiFi and Bluetooth settings. Next, delete the GoPro camera under the Bluetooth and WiFi entries in your phone’s settings. Try to connect your GoPro to your phone again.

Do GoPros have Bluetooth and WiFi?

Every GoPro since the GoPro HERO4 comes with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. For this reason, you shouldn’t have any issues connecting your GoPro to your phone using GoPro Quik as long as you have an internet connection.

How do I upload GoPro videos to my phone?

The GoPro Quik application is the best way to upload your GoPro videos to your phone. Once your GoPro is connected to GoPro Quik, you can view all of your GoPro’s contents from your phone. You can also download any video or photo you want.

How to connect GoPro to phone without WiFi?

You can connect your GoPro to your phone without WiFi using a compatible cable. However, you will still need to use the GoPro Quik application to connect your camera. Apple iPhone users will need a standard USB-A to USB-C cable and Apple’s Lightning to USB Adapter. 

Closing Thoughts

I hope you were flawlessly able to connect your GoPro to your phone. Many peers in the GoPro online community have had issues connecting their phones to their GoPros in the past. 

However, recent GoPro Quik updates have solved most of the problems, and you should be able to connect your camera without any trouble. 

If you have any complications, don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. I will answer your question in as much detail as possible.

I understand how fun and rewarding it is to share my content with my friends, so I want to enable that experience for you.

Happy filming!

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