How to Connect GoPro to TV to Watch Videos

You can connect your GoPro to your TV with an HDMI cable, wirelessly through screen mirroring, USB playback, a microSD card adapter, or YouTube.

Hi, my name is Larry. I’ve been using GoPro cameras for over 8 years and frequently show my GoPro videos to friends and family on my TV. You can connect any GoPro camera model to your TV as long as you use the correct method.

In today’s in-depth guide, I’ll explain the 5 easiest ways you can use to connect your GoPro to your TV to watch videos. 

Keep reading to get your GoPro video on the big screen!

How Do I Play My GoPro Videos on My TV?

Although you can easily play your GoPro videos on your phone through GoPro Quik, the screen isn’t big enough to share with your friends. So let’s discuss the five ways to play GoPro videos on your TV. 

Method 1: How to Connect GoPro to TV with USB

The best way to watch GoPro videos on your TV is with a USB flash drive. Most televisions have USB ports which makes it easy to insert a USB flash drive to watch your videos.

This is also the best method to watch 4K and other high-resolution GoPro videos on your TV, as the other solutions may compress and lower the video quality.

Step 1: Remove the microSD card from your GoPro camera.

Step 2: Insert your microSD card into your microSD adapter and insert it into your computer.

Step 3: Drag the videos you want to watch on your TV onto your computer.

Step 4: Insert a USB flash drive into your computer and transfer your GoPro video files to the USB flash drive.

Step 5: Safely eject the USB flash drive, remove it from your computer, and insert it into a USB port on your TV.

Step 6: Press the ‘Source’  button on your remote and navigate to ‘USB’ or ‘External Media’.

Step 7: You can then select which GoPro video you want to play.

Method 2: How to Connect GoPro to TV with HDMI Cable

You can also watch GoPro videos on your TV with an HDMI cable. However, it needs to be an HDMI to micro HDMI cable.

This method works best if you have GoPro HERO4 Black, HERO5 Black, HERO6 Black, or HERO7 Black. This is because these cameras have a built-in micro HDMI port.

Unfortunately, newer GoPro models like the GoPro HERO8 Black, HERO9 Black, and HERO10 Black do not have a built-in micro HDMI port.

You’ll need to use a media mod for newer cameras without a micro HDMI port. This is an additional GoPro accessory that features a micro HDMI port, directional microphone, 3.5mm mic port, and 2 cold-shoe mounts.

Step 1: Purchase an HDMI to micro HDMI cable.

Step 2: Attach the micro HDMI side to your GoPro’s built-in port or media mod port. 

Step 3: Attach the HDMI side to your TV’s HDMI port. 

Step 4: Turn on your TV and GoPro camera.

Step 5: Select the HDMI input on your TV and choose the video you want to play from your GoPro camera.

Method 3: How to Connect GoPro to TV with MicroSD Card Adapter

A microSD card adapter lets you play GoPro videos on your TV without needing a computer. 

Step 1: Purchase a microSD card adapter.

Step 2: Remove the microSD card from your GoPro and insert it into your microSD card adapter.

Step 3: Plug the microSD card adapter into a USB port on your TV.

Step 4: Navigate your TV menu to the correct USB or SD card channel and choose which video you want to watch.

Method 4: How to Connect GoPro to TV with Wireless Screen Mirroring

If you don’t want to deal with wires and extra adapters, you can also watch GoPro videos on your TV with wireless screen mirroring. 

Step 1: Transfer your videos from your microSD card to your desktop computer or laptop.

Step 2: Open the video on your computer and cast it to your TV screen using Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast, or any other mirroring device. 

Step 3: Enjoy your videos on the big screen.

Keep in mind that the video quality may be lower than you expect because your wireless connection may not be able to handle high-resolution video streaming. For this reason, I recommend using a USB flash drive to watch high-resolution GoPro videos on your TV.

Method 5: How to Connect GoPro to TV with YouTube

The last way you can watch GoPro videos on your TV is through YouTube. The majority of modern televisions have a YouTube app. 

Step 1: Upload your videos onto YouTube with your phone or computer.

Step 2: Turn on your TV, open the YouTube app, and locate your YouTube channel.

Step 3: Select the video you want to watch.

FAQs

Here are a few additional questions I always get asked about connecting a GoPro to TV to watch a video.

Can I cast my GoPro to my TV?

You can cast your GoPro videos to your TV with your phone or computer using Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast, Roku, or Amazon Firestick. This is one of the most convenient ways to watch videos on your TV. However, if the video quality is low and it stutters, I recommend using one of the other methods shown in this guide.

Does GoPro have HDMI output?

GoPro cameras do not have an HDMI output. Instead, certain GoPro models have a micro HDMI output that can be used for media viewing. These cameras include the GoPro HERO4 Black, HERO5 Black, HERO6 Black, and HERO7 Black.

Can my 4K TV play GoPro video in 4K?

Your 4K TV can play GoPro video in 4K if you use the correct method. You’ll need to either use the USB method or the YouTube method described above in this guide. GoPro cameras do not support 4K footage with an HDMI cord. Instead, the resolution will be displayed as 1080p.

What HDMI does GoPro use?

GoPro uses micro HDMI ports on its cameras. However, built-in micro HDMI ports stopped being featured on GoPro cameras since the HERO8 Black. So if you have a HERO10 Black, HERO9 Black, or HERO8 Black, you’ll need to use a media mod that adds a micro HDMI port to your camera.

Closing Thoughts

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this guide on how to connect GoPro to TV to watch videos. I’m sure you’re excited to start sharing your videos with your friends and family. There’s nothing more satisfying than showing somebody an awesome video you recorded.

But before you go, I’d like to hear from you: Which method from today’s guide did you choose? What’s the first video you’re going to play on your TV?

Either way, leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions you have about GoPros!

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