GoPro introduced voice control with the HERO5. The GoPro HERO6 Black also supports voice commands. 1 With that feature, you can control some basic functions of the camera hands-free.
Voice control can be especially convenient when your hands are busy holding onto something else, or if the camera is just out of reach. 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.
So here’s a rundown on how to use voice commands with the HERO6.
How to Turn Voice Control On & Off
There are a few methods of enabling and disabling voice control on the HERO6.
Enabling Voice Control on the HERO6 Black
The first option is to use the shortcut panel on the back screen. It’s the icon at the top right–it looks like a person speaking. You can toggle it on or off by tapping on the icon.
A second way is to use the regular menu system. Go to:
Preferences > Voice Control > On Camera Voice Control > ON/OFF
A third is to use the GoPro Quik app. Go to:
Camera Preferences > Setup > Voice Control
The voice commands on the GoPro HERO6 are divided into a couple of different categories. The Action Commands control capture.
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.
|Voice Command||What it Does|
|GoPro START RECORDING||Starts recording video in the currently active video preset.|
|GoPro HILIGHT||Adds a HiLight Tag to your video that will be accessible in video playback.|
|That was sick||Adds a HiLight Tag to your video that will be accessible in video playback. This doesn’t show up in the on-camera list of commands, but it works.|
|Oh shit||Adds a HiLight Tag to your video that will be accessible in video playback. This doesn’t show up in the on-camera list of commands, but it works.|
|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.|
|GoPro EDIT MY STORY||This moves your most recent video and photos to your phone to create a QuikStory that you can then edit in the Quik mobile app on your phone.|
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).
|Voice Command||What it Does|
|GoPro VIDEO MODE||Switches to video mode.|
|GoPro PHOTO MODE||Switches to photo mode.|
|GoPro BURST MODE||Switches to burst photo mode.|
|GoPro TIMELAPSE MODE||Switches to timelapse mode.|
Turning the HERO6 On and Off with Your Voice
You can also turn the HERO6 on and off with your voice.
To turn the camera off, just say, “GoPro TURN OFF.”
The HERO6 Black also introduced a new feature known as Wake on Voice. It puts the camera in a standby mode (that lasts eight hours) where the camera is listening out for the command “GoPro TURN ON.”
But first, you need to enable On Camera Voice Control (see above).
Then you need to enable the Wake on Voice feature specifically by going to:
Preferences > Voice Control > Wake on Voice > On
|Voice Command||What it Does|
|GoPro TURN ON||Turns the camera on (Wake on Voice feature must be enabled)|
|GoPro TURN OFF||Turns the camera off|
Wake on Voice is toggled separately from the regular Voice Control setting. So turning on Voice Control does not automatically enable Wake on Voice.
It’s also important to know that because having Wake on Voice activated is essentially a standby mode rather than a full power off, it does drain battery power a little more quickly.
With Wake on Voice enabled, it will stay enabled for eight hours after the camera is powered off. During that time, the camera should respond to the “GoPro TURN ON” voice command.
While I hope this page is helpful in laying out what voice commands are available on the HERO6 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 HERO6’s menu system. Just go to:
Preferences > Voice Control > List of 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 only exception are the “That was sick” and “Oh shit” commands to add a HiLight bookmark to the video–you don’t need to say “GoPro” before those.
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 HERO6 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.
HERO6 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 HERO6 are:
- English (UK/US/AUS)
- Spanish (EU / NA)
- Chinese (Mandarin)
The voice control language is set independently of the menu system language, so they don’t have to match.
- There is only one camera in the HERO6 lineup: the HERO6 Black. In the HERO5 lineup, there were two: The HERO5 Black and the HERO5 Session.
- For the list of available commands and languages here, I’m using firmware version 02.10 for the HERO6 Black.