Here's a quick guide to finding your GoPro's MAC address, the unique hardware address that every network interface card has.
This isn't something most people will ever need. It's certainly not needed in normal day-to-day shooting with your GoPro. But if you happen to be hacking some kind of network or remote setup and need your GoPro's MAC address, here's how to do it.
Turn on the GoPro's wireless connection using the usual procedure.
Using a laptop or desktop, connect to your GoPro via wifi using the wifi SSID and password provided on your camera. Depending on the camera model, the procedure for this varies. On some models, like the newer HERO5 and HERO6 models, it's generated by the camera. On older models, you can choose your own password. The ins and outs of this are outside the scope of this post--and, frankly, if you're looking for the camera's MAC address, it's unlikely you need help with the wifi password--but you can find guides for the various models here.
Once you're connected, open a browser on your computer and enter this URL in the browser address bar:
You should then get a white screen with some code that looks something like this:
What you're looking for is the 12-digit string in the
ap_mac field, which in this case is
To convert that to the standard MAC address format, break out each pair of digits, like this:
0x06 0x41 0x69 0x3e 0x30 0x80
I haven't been able to get this method to work when connecting a smartphone--only with a computer.
I haven't tested this method with every GoPro model, and obviously it's not going to work for the models that don't have wifi capabilities.
Common GoPro Questions
Here are some common questions I get from GoPro users.
How to Maximize a GoPro's battery life
There are several factors that influence how long the GoPro's battery life lasts. Among them include what mode you're recording in (4K uses more power than 1080p30, for instance), the health of the battery, and even the environmental temperature (lithium batteries don't perform well in very cold temperatures). But there are some things you can do to maximize battery life. Not every GoPro has all of these features, but start with these:
- Minimize use of the back screen
- Turn off wireless
- Turn off voice commands
- Turn off GPS
- Turn off Protune
- Use QuickCapture mode
Is it normal for GoPro cameras to get hot?
Yes. Depending on the model and the shooting mode you're using, it's normal for GoPros to get quite warm while shooting. They can get hot enough to be uncomfortable to touch. It's especially noticeable when shooting high-resolution and high-framerate video. Some newer models have an overheating protection mechanism that will shut the camera down if it gets too hot. I have more details on GoPros getting hot, here.
How can I control a GoPro remotely?
GoPro makes a range of wireless remote controls. They don't all work with all GoPros--for example, the HERO (2018) isn't compatible with this type of remote control. Many of the newer models also work with the GoPro mobile app. Not every model can be controlled remotely, but most of the newer models have wireless compatibility that can be used for at least some methods of remote control.
Can you take pictures with a GoPro?
If you've been using a GoPro for a while, this might seem pretty obvious, but if you've never used one, it's not quite so self-evident. GoPros are best known for dramatic action videos, but they can most certainly take still photos too. In fact, they can be a very interesting alternative to a traditional camera so long as you work within its limitations. I have more more details here.
Do GoPro wireless controls work underwater?
No. You can't use the mobile app or a wireless remote control if the camera is fully submerged in water. They will normally work just fine in rain and spray--just not submerged. I have a more detailed explanation here.
Do GoPro touchscreens work underwater?
No. If they're just wet above water, they can work to some extent, although often less reliably. But the touchscreens won't work underwater.