How to Transfer GoPro Videos to Your PC or Mobile Device

If you finally want to unravel all your beautiful GoPro camera memories, there are many easy ways. You can view and transfer the photos/videos to your PC or even a smartphone.

One such way is to directly use the official GoPro app called GoPro Quik. Other ways include using a USB cable, an SD card reader, and more. So, without further ado, let’s go into more detail on how you can transfer GoPro videos to your device.

Transfer GoPro videos to your PC

Here are some convenient ways to move your GoPro content to your PC. Let’s start with the GoPro Quik app.

Using the GoPro Quik App

One of the easiest ways to quickly transfer all your GoPro content to a computer is through the official GoPro Quik app. This app is free, available on both Windows and Mac, and has easy steps to move your media files to your PC.

Simply connect your GoPro camera to your PC via USB cable. Then install and open the Quik app. In the app, you can view the product details of your camera as well as all of your videos. With the Auto Import feature, you can now import all your videos to your PC.

If you’re having issues with the app, you can check if your GoPro model is compatible with the Quik app via the GoPro Quik compatibility page.

Using an SD card reader

Another way to transfer your GoPro videos to your PC is by using an SD card reader. Since the GoPro camera only uses micro SD cards, make sure you have a card reader or SD to microSD card adapter. With that said, here are some simple steps you can take:

  1. Take the SD card out of your GoPro. remove-sd-from-go-pro
  2. Put the SD card into the SD card reader and connect it to the computer.
  3. Open File Explorer on your PC.
  4. From the sidebar, click on your SD card and open the DCIM folder. If you’re on a Mac, find the folder using Finder. Then click on a folder called Untitled. Open the DCIM folder.
  5. Now you can view and import all the videos to your PC.

Using a micro USB cable

Even just using a micro USB cable, you can move your GoPro content to your PC. This simple process is just like connecting any other device to your computer. These are the steps you will need to follow:

  1. Connect your GoPro camera to your PC. using-a-micro-USB-cable
  2. You will see an option pop up on your PC asking you to choose an action to follow with your PC.
  3. Open the GoPro folder and double click on the DCIM binder.
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  4. Now just copy and paste all images/videos to any preferred folder on your PC.

Using Image Capture on Mac

Just like the Photos app on Windows, you can find one of the default apps, Image Capture on Mac. You can use Image Capture and a USB cable to import your files from the GoPro camera to your Mac. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Turn on your GoPro camera and connect it to your Mac.
  2. Open Image Capture by searching for it in the launch pad.
  3. Click on your GoPro model.
  4. Now click on the import to option to change the destination folder where you want to save your videos.
  5. If you want to download all existing photos or videos from your GoPro, you can click the import all option.

Once you have completed the process, safely eject the USB cable from your GoPro to prevent damage to your camera.

Through the GoPro Wi-Fi network

If you have a stable internet connection, you can create a GoPro Wi-Fi hotspot and seamlessly send photos and videos to your computer. This is how you can do exactly that:

  1. Turn on your GoPro camera and slide the notification bar.
  2. Now, find and select the Connections option.
  3. Inside it, turn on Wireless connections.
  4. On your PC, open available Wi-Fi networks and connect to the GoPro Wi-Fi hotspot.
  5. Enter the password of the access point.

Now you can start watching and importing videos to your PC.

Transfer videos from GoPro to your mobile

There are several easy ways to transfer your GoPro videos to your phone. Let’s take a detailed look.

Using the GoPro Quik App (Android and iOS)

Using the GoPro Quik App

Similar to PC, one of those methods is to use GoPro’s Quik app which is available on both Android and iPhone.

  1. Simply install the Quik app from the Play Store or App Store.
  2. On your GoPro, go to Preferences and then Connections. Then select Connect device.
  3. On the first page, tap the GoPro icon in the top right corner, then connect your camera by tapping Connect. Select your GoPro camera model to start pairing.
  4. Then tap on the Media option to view all your GoPro photos and videos.
  5. Select the desired video and select the Share icon in the upper right corner.
  6. Play the GoPro album.

Now, you can start to select and import your photos/videos to your phone in high or low resolution. You can find all your imported files in your camera roll.

Using the Quik Key Micro SD Card Reader (Android Only)

With the help of the GoPro Quik Key SD card reader, you can easily move your GoPro videos to an Android phone.

  1. Insert your microSD card into the Quik Key SD card reader.
  2. Then connect the card reader to your Android phone.
  3. Tap the Start Pairing option and then tap the GoPro SD card.
  4. Tap Select in the bottom right corner.
  5. Now you can select and import the files to your SD card.

Even if you don’t have a micro SD card reader, you can still copy the contents of the GoPro SD card. The method is quite simple as all you need to do is use the SD card directly on your phone. This is how you can do it:

  1. Power off your Android phone and GoPro camera.
  2. Take out the microSD card from your phone. Similarly, take out the microSD card from your GoPro camera.
  3. Insert the GoPro MicroSD card into your phone’s SD card slot.
  4. Turn on your phone.
  5. On your phone, go to Gallery and then locate the photos and videos from your GoPro camera.
  6. Select the media files and move them to the internal storage of your phone.

Using iTunes on the iPhone

Another way to move your GoPro files to your iPhone is through iTunes. However, you will need to have your files on the PC first. This is because we are going to sync photos and videos from your PC to your iPhone using iTunes.

You can follow our methods above to move your GoPro files to your PC. Then you can follow these steps to use iTunes:

  1. Open itunes and connect your iPhone to your PC.
  2. Click on your Device And go to Summary.
  3. About him Option area, check the box that says Manually manage music and videos.
  4. Now click on Apply.
  5. In the header menu, click File, and then go to Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library.
  6. Click on your iPhone and go to Films.
  7. Activate the option that says sync movies and select the desired videos.
  8. Click on Apply.

Transfer GoPro Videos to External Hard Drive

An easy way to transfer GoPro videos to your external hard drive is to copy and send the files from your PC. You can follow the steps mentioned above to complete the process.

However, if you don’t currently have access to a computer, you can still send GoPro video directly from your camera to your hard drive. To do this, you will need a third-party device that can create a network. You will then need to insert your SD card and then connect your hard drive as well.

Make sure both the hard drive and your phone are connected to the same network. Then you can start moving your files to the hard drive.

Why are my GoPro videos not showing up on my computer?

The process to transfer your GoPro videos to any device is not always easy. Sometimes you may face errors like PC not recognizing your camera or GoPro videos not playing. This usually happens when there are corrupted files, bugs, compatibility issues with the device, or the camera is not working properly.

In such cases, here are some solutions you can try:

  1. Reboot your GoPro camera.
  2. Take out and insert again the SD card.
  3. If the SD card reader is faulty, try using another card reader.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Disconnect and reconnect your GoPro camera to your device.
  6. If the videos won’t play, try opening them in VLC media player. You can also try updating VLC media player.
  7. Run your Windows PC in compatibility mode.
  8. Check if the USB cable is broken.

How to transfer GoPro videos on the go?

If you have access to a computer and an Internet connection, you can choose any of the above methods to transfer your GoPro files.

However, if you’re on the road and don’t have any other devices with you, you can opt for the GoPro Quik Plus. This premium membership allows you to seamlessly upload your GoPro footage to your cloud storage in quick steps. Along with that, you can also get access to more sounds and new features.

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