How to Format an SD Card in GoPro HERO11 Black

Formatting an SD card in the camera frees up space on the card and prepares it for receiving data. Here’s how to do it on the GoPro HERO11 Black.

GoPro HERO11 Black. Photo by David Coleman "
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Formatting the SD card is one of the first things you’ll need to do to prep your camera for shooting. And you’ll need to do it regularly to free up space for new photos and video. 

Formatting doesn’t just wipe the data from the card to free up space. It does that, but it also resets the filesystem type and prepares the folders/directories that the camera needs for saving data. 

You can format the card in the camera. Or you can format it using a computer. Of those options, formatting the card in the camera is the best and most reliable option, and it’s the one I’m focusing on here. 1

I’m focusing here on the HERO11 Black. The HERO11 Black Mini doesn’t have a back screen, so that part of this guide doesn’t apply to that camera. But you can still use the app the same way. 

There are two methods for formatting an SD card in the HERO11 Black camera.

  • One uses the camera’s on-screen menu system.
  • The other uses the GoPro Quik mobile app.

Both methods work equally well, and one method isn’t better than the other. I’ve got information on how to do both methods below.

But first: a reminder that formatting the card is going to wipe all the data from the SD card. So be sure to have downloaded any photos or videos you want to keep.

Format SD Card Using the HERO11’s On-Screen Menu System

Preferences > Reset > Format SD Card

On the camera’s back screen menu, swipe down to show the dashboard. Then swipe from right to left to bring up the panel that has a choice between Connections and Preferences. Choose Preferences.

Then scroll down to Reset and choose the option to Format SD Card.

Method 2: Using the GoPro Quik Mobile App

  1. Power on your HERO11 Black and connect the Quik app.
  2. Tap on the wrench icon at the top right of screen to open the settings.
  3. Scroll down to Delete All Files from SD Card.
Screenshot of the GoPro Quik app being used to format SD card in a GoPro HERO11 Black

Things Worth Knowing

I have a more general post on how to format SD cards in GoPro cameras that includes some extra troubleshooting tips as well as information on how to do it in other models.

  1. If you choose to format the SD card using a computer, I recommend using the free SD Card Formatter app provided by the SD Association. It sets the card up according to the official SD card specs and reduces the risk of problems.[]

Best SD Cards for GoPros

Since 2013, after running into trouble with an SD card that was too slow for the HERO3 Black, I've been putting together my recommendations on the best SD cards for GoPro cameras. Because some GoPro models have specific requirements, I've also put together detailed model-specific pages.

Text & Photos by David Coleman

I'm a freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here.

I've been shooting with GoPros for years, starting with the HD HERO, and have owned and used just about every model since. More »

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