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. 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 has voice controls; in fact, the Voice Control options on the HERO11 Black are exactly the same as those on the HERO10 Black. (There are some differences with the voice controls available on the HERO11 Black Mini because that camera has a trimmed down set of shooting modes available (i.e., no photo, burst, or timelapse modes).
Here’s a rundown on how to use them on the HERO11 Black.
How to Turn Voice Control On & Off
There are three ways to enable and disable voice control on the HERO11 Black.
The first is to use the shortcut panel on the back screen. In the default setup, the top left icon is voice control–it looks like a person speaking. You can toggle it on or off by tapping on the icon.
The second way is to use the regular menu system. Go to:
Preferences > Voice Control > Voice Control > ON/OFF
The third is to use the GoPro Quik app. Go to:
Camera Preferences > Setup > Voice Control
The voice commands on the GoPro HERO11 Black are divided into a couple of different categories. The Action Commands control capture.
Of these, the simplest are “Capture” and “Stop Capture.” These are the verbal equivalents of pressing the shutter button.
With some of the other commands, you can specify a different shooting mode. For instance, if your camera is in the video mode (but not currently recording), saying “GoPro Take a Photo” will take a photo without you having to first change to the photo mode. 1
|What it Does
|Starts capturing in the mode that your camera is currently set to.
|GoPro STOP CAPTURE
|Stops capture (if shooting in video or timelapse (other modes stop by themselves))
|GoPro START RECORDING
|Starts recording video in the currently active video preset.
|Adds a HiLight Tag to your video that will be accessible in video playback.
|GoPro STOP RECORDING
|Stops video recording.
|GoPro TAKE A PHOTO
|Takes a single photo. (Does not work when the camera is already filming.)
|GoPro SHOOT BURST
|Takes burst photos. (Does not work when the camera is already filming.)
|GoPro START TIME LAPSE
|Starts timelapse capture in the last timelapse mode you used (photo or video). (Does not work when the camera is already filming.)
|GoPro STOP TIME LAPSE
|Stops the timelapse capture.
In addition to the Action Commands, there are also some that help you switch camera modes.
There are two important things to note about these:
- These do not activate the shutter. That is, it won’t actually start recording a video or taking a photo or timelapse.
- Switching modes doesn’t work if the camera is currently recording video or timelapse. You’ll need to stop the recording first (by either saying “GoPro stop capture” or pressing the shutter button).
|What it Does
|GoPro VIDEO MODE
|Switches to video mode.
|GoPro PHOTO MODE
|Switches to photo mode.
|GoPro TIMELAPSE MODE
|Switches to timelapse mode.
Turning the HERO11 Off with Your Voice
With the HERO11, you can also turn the camera off with your voice.
To turn the camera off, just say “GoPro Turn Off.”
While I hope this page is helpful in laying out what voice commands are available on the HERO11 Black, there’s a quicker shortcut reference that’s especially useful if you’re out and about shooting on location.
The list is available directly through the HERO11’s menu system. Just go to:
Preferences > Voice Control > Commands
The photo at the top of this page is the list on the menu.
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.
Unlike Siri or Alexa, the HERO11 doesn’t talk back. And if you’ve turned off the beeps, that can make it hard to know whether it has registered your command. So I often find it useful to enable beeps when using voice control so that you get that audible feedback that the command has registered.
HERO11 Voice Control Languages
GoPro Voice Control is also available in other languages.
There are two methods you can choose from to change the language. The first is to use the camera’s main menu system by going to:
Preferences > Voice Control > Language
The other method is to use the GoPro Quik mobile app by going to:
Camera Preferences > Setup > Voice Control Language
The available voice control languages on the HERO11 are:
- English (UK/US/AUS/IND)
- Portuguese (BR)
- Spanish (EU / NA)
- Chinese (Mandarin)
The voice control language is set independently of the menu system language, so they don’t have to match.
- These commands obviously change if you have set the voice command language to something other than English (US). To find the precise commands in other languages, first set the voice command language on your GoPro and then refer to the command list displayed on the back of the camera.
- For the list of available commands and languages here, I’m using firmware version 01.10 on a HERO11 Black.