How to Turn Off GoPro

There are four quick ways to power off your GoPro. You can turn off your GoPro by either holding the power button, verbally saying “GoPro turn off”, enabling auto power off, or manually removing the battery. 

Hi, I’m Larry. I’ve owned six different GoPro cameras over the past decade and currently use the GoPro HERO10 Black. Although I love GoPro cameras, I’ve experienced difficulties turning them off at certain times.

However, I now know every technique to turn off a GoPro camera and am excited to share them with you today.

Let’s turn off your GoPro!

How Do I Turn Off My GoPro Camera?

There are four ways to turn off most GoPro camera models. Let’s discuss each technique, so you find the best way to power down your GoPro.

1. Manually

The power button on your GoPro is called the Mode button, and it is usually located on the side of GoPro cameras. You can use this button to turn your GoPro on and off. Simply hold the Mode button down for two to three seconds to turn off your GoPro camera.

Your GoPro camera will beep, flash its status lights, and a “Powering Off” screen will appear. The GoPro will promptly shut down within a few seconds. 

2. Voice Commands

You can also turn off your GoPro using a voice command if you have a GoPro HERO5 Black or newer. This is because GoPro introduced voice commands with the GoPro HERO5 Black and has included them on each GoPro camera since then.

However, you need to enable voice commands first. Go to your GoPro’s setting and find Voice Commands. Then, enable it.

Whenever you want to turn off your GoPro, say, “GoPro turn off”.

Here’s a list of the GoPros that support voice commands:

  • HERO10 Black
  • HERO9 Black
  • HERO7 Black/Silver/White
  • HERO6 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Session
  • HERO (2018)
  • MAX
  • REMO

If you have a GoPro older than the GoPro HERO5 Black, you won’t be able to use voice commands. 

Furthermore, here is a list of the languages that work with GoPro voice control:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese 
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanese

You can adjust your language preferences in the Voice Control menu in your GoPro settings.

3. Auto Power Off

You can adjust your GoPro settings so that your GoPro turns off after a certain time period of inactivity. For example, you can make your GoPro auto power off after 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or never.

To turn on auto power off, enter your GoPro settings and find Auto Off or Auto Power Off. Then, you can select which incremental time period you want your GoPro to shut off automatically. 

All GoPro models have the auto power off feature except for the FUSION. Instead, the FUSION automatically powers off after seven minutes of inactivity.

The auto power off feature ensures your GoPro’s battery doesn’t drain if you forget to turn it off. I prefer setting the timer to 15 minutes of inactivity. I find that 15 minutes is my personal sweet spot because I probably don’t plan on using the GoPro again if I haven’t touched it for 15 minutes.

4. Remove Battery

If you’re still having trouble turning off your GoPro camera, you can remove the battery. However, you must have a GoPro that has a removable battery. Unfortunately, the GoPro HERO7 Silver and White don’t have removable batteries. The same is true for SESSION models.

So open up the battery compartment and pull the battery out. Keep in mind that you should only use this technique as a last-case scenario. The other three methods are more optimal for your GoPro’s safety. 

Why Can’t I Turn Off My GoPro?

If your GoPro is frozen and you’re having trouble turning it off with the Mode button, take out the battery. If you have a GoPro without a removable battery, you may need to wait for the battery to completely drain. 

You can also try holding the Mode button for ten seconds. This action performs a reset of your camera and returns all the settings back to the factory default settings. However, you won’t lose any data from your SD card.

Why is It Important to Turn Off My GoPro?

GoPro cameras are very compact. As such, they have smaller batteries compared to other cameras like DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Unfortunately, a small battery means its battery life doesn’t last a long time.

If you leave your GoPro on without using it, the battery will continue to drain until it’s completely empty. This can be very inconvenient if you want to use the GoPro but have to wait for it to recharge.

Turning off your GoPro when you’re done using it saves battery. GoPro’s have many battery-draining features such as GPS, Wi-Fi, voice control, and so forth. 


At this point, you should have been able to turn off your GoPro. However, you may still have a few burning questions on your mind. So let’s answer those now.

What is the Mode button on a GoPro?

The Mode button on any GoPro is the equivalent of a power button. You can use the Mode button to turn on your GoPro or turn it off. This button is typically located on the side housing of a GoPro camera and has a power icon inside of it.

How do I turn off the blue light on my GoPro?

If your GoPro is flashing a blue light, this means that the wireless function is turned on. Enter your GoPro Wi-Fi settings menu and navigate to the Wi-Fi section to turn off GoPro Wi-Fi. Then, turn off the wireless connection. 

How to turn on a GoPro camera?

Hold the Mode (power) button down for a few seconds, and your GoPro should power on. If it doesn’t turn on, you may need to charge the battery. You can also try removing and then reinserting the battery in case it’s lodged improperly. Furthermore, make sure the microSD card is inserted correctly.

Closing Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed my guide on how to turn off a GoPro camera. You’ll never have trouble shutting off your GoPro again with these four techniques. 

My favorite technique is to hold the Mode button down. However, I always forget to power down my GoPro, so the auto power off feature has saved me hundreds of times.

But now I’d love to hear from you: Are you still having any trouble turning off your GoPro? If so, let me know what issue you’re facing, and I’ll happily offer you guidance.

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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