GoPro HERO9 Voice Commands

The GoPro HERO9 supports voice control, so you can control some basic camera functions hands-free. Here’s how it works and the list of available commands.

Text & Photos By David Coleman
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For their latest generations of cameras (since the HERO5), GoPro has included voice control. With that, you can control some basic functions of the camera hands-free.

That can be especially convenient when your hands are busy holding onto something else, or if the camera is just out of reach. From experience, I’ve found that it can be a bit inconsistent and sometimes works better in theory than in practice, but it can still be a convenient feature to have available. Your mileage might vary and will depend on the conditions you’re shooting in. And you have to use very specific commands.

How to Turn Voice Control On & Off

There are three ways to enable and disable voice control on the HERO9 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

Action Commands

The voice commands on the GoPro HERO9 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.

Voice CommandWhat it Does
GoPro CAPTUREStarts capturing in the mode that your camera is currently set to.
GoPro STOP CAPTUREStops capture (if shooting in video or timelapse (other modes stop by themselves))
GoPro START RECORDINGStarts recording video in the currently active video preset.
GoPro HILIGHTAdds a HiLight Tag to your video that will be accessible in video playback. It’s basically bookmarking a moment in the video.
GoPro STOP RECORDINGStops video recording.
GoPro TAKE A PHOTOTakes a single photo.
GoPro SHOOT BURSTTakes burst photos.
GoPro START TIME LAPSEStarts timelapse capture in the last timelapse mode you used (photo or video).
GoPro STOP TIME LAPSEStops the timelapse capture.

Mode Commands

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:

  1. These do not activate the shutter. That is, it won’t actually start recording a video or taking a photo or timelapse.
  2. 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 CommandWhat it Does
GoPro VIDEO MODESwitches to video mode.
GoPro PHOTO MODESwitches to photo mode.
GoPro TIMELAPSE MODESwitches to timelapse mode.

Turning the HERO9 On or Off with Your Voice

With the HERO9, you can also turn the camera on or off with your voice.

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

It’s also possible to turn the camera on using a feature called Wake on Voice. But first, you need to enable the Wake on Voice feature specifically by going to: 1

Preferences > Voice Control > Wake on Voice > On
Voice CommandWhat it Does
GoPro TURN ONTurns the camera on (Wake on Voice feature must be enabled)
GoPro TURN OFFTurns the camera off

It’s important to know that the camera won’t keep listening forever. After you’ve turned it off, it will continue listening for one hour.

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.

Quick Reference

While I hope this page is helpful in laying out what voice commands are available on the HERO9 Black, there’s a quicker shortcut reference that’s especially useful if you’re out shooting on location.

The list is available directly through the HERO9’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.

Voice commands are the kind of things that GoPro can tweak with firmware. So it’s worth making sure that your camera’s firmware is up to date for the latest list of commands. 2

Unlike Siri or Alexa, the HERO9 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.

HERO9 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 HERO9 are:

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

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

  1. NB: Wake on Voice is toggled separately from the regular Voice Control setting. So turning on Voice Control does not automatically enable Wake on Voice.[]
  2. For the commands here, I’m using firmware version 01.70.[]

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 »