GoPro HERO11 Black Mini Voice Commands

The GoPro HERO11 Black Mini supports voice control, so you can control some basic camera functions hands-free. Here’s how it works and the list of available commands.

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Voice control has been a standard feature of the last several generations of GoPro cameras. It allows you to control some basic functions of the camera hands-free, using only your voice. That can be especially convenient when your hands are busy holding onto something else, or if the camera is just out of reach.

It’s not always a good solution, though. Your mileage might vary and will depend on the conditions you’re shooting in. It doesn’t work well in noisy conditions, if the camera is inside a housing, or if you’re far away from the camera, and it doesn’t work at all underwater.

But in some conditions, it can be an especially useful way to control your GoPro’s filming when your hands are otherwise occupied, you’re wearing mittens or gloves, or the camera isn’t in an easily accessible place.

Like several previous models, the GoPro HERO11 Black Mini has voice controls. And its controls are in line with previous models such as the HERO10 Black. But it has a slimmed down selection of available commands for the simple reason that the Mini doesn’t have all of the capture modes available on the larger HERO11 Black. The Mini doesn’t have a dedicated photo mode for still images, for example, nor any timelapse or burst modes. The methods available to enable and disable Voice Control are also different because the Mini doesn’t have the back touchscreen for the settings menu.

How to Turn Voice Control On & Off

To enable and disable voice control on the HERO11 Black Mini, you have to go through the GoPro Quik mobile app. Once connected, go to Settings and tap on the Voice Controls toggle switch.

Camera Preferences > Setup > Voice Control

Available Voice Commands on the GoPro HERO11 Black Mini

The voice commands on the GoPro HERO11 Black Mini are all fall into what are known as the Action Commands on the larger HERO11 Black. The Mini doesn’t have the Mode Commands of its larger sibling because it doesn’t have those capture modes available.

Voice CommandWhat it Does
GoPro CAPTUREStarts capturing in the mode that your camera is currently set to.
GoPro STOP CAPTUREStops capture.
GoPro START RECORDINGStarts recording video. Same as “GoPro Capture” command.
GoPro HILIGHTAdds a HiLight Tag to your video that will be accessible in video playback.
GoPro STOP RECORDINGStops video recording. Same as “GoPro Stop Capture” command.

Turning the HERO11 Black Mini Off with Your Voice

With the HERO11 Black Mini, you can also turn the camera off with your voice.

To turn the camera off, just say “GoPro Turn Off.”

On some earlier models, such as the HERO9 and HERO8, it is also possible to turn the camera on using a feature called Wake on Voice. The HERO11 Black Mini does not have the Wake on Voice feature.

Things Worth Knowing

Every command needs to start with “GoPro . . . “. This alerts the camera to listen to the following command.

The camera needs to pick up your voice cleanly for it to register. So you need to be quite close to your camera, and performance might be affected by wind noise or other noise. It also does not work very well if the camera is inside a protective housing.

Voice commands and languages are the kinds of things that GoPro can tweak with firmware updates. So it’s worth making sure that your camera’s firmware is up to date for the latest list of commands.

HERO11 Voice Control Languages

GoPro Voice Control is also available in other languages. You can switch the language through the GoPro Quik mobile app by going to:

Camera Preferences > Setup > Voice Control Language

The available voice control languages on the HERO11 Black Mini are:

  • English (UK/US/AUS/IND)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese (BR)
  • Russian
  • Spanish (EU / NA)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Swedish

The voice control language is set independently of the menu system language, so they don’t have to match.

New Model: GoPro HERO12 Black

Released in September 2023, the HERO12 Black is GoPro's newest model.

GoPro HERO12 Black
  • 5.3K60 / 4K120 / 2.7K240 Video
  • 27MP Photos
  • Waterproof to 33ft/10m
  • HyperSmooth 6.0 Stabilization
  • Shoot 5.3K60 & 4K120 video at up to 120Mbps bitrate
  • HDR video up to 5.3K30
  • Horizon Lock keeps level even during movement
  • Take 27MP photos (5568 x 4872 pixels)
  • 1/1.9" CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof to 33ft / 10m, so you can take it swimming, paddling, surfing, or snorkeling without a separate housing
  • Built-in mount point
  • HyperSmooth 6.0 In-camera Video Stabilization creates smooth video without a gimbal
  • Shoot up to 8x slow motion
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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 every model since. More »

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