Formatting an SD Card With HERO5 Black

What are you trying to do?

Format an SD card with the HERO5 Black and HERO (2018) camera.

Where does it apply?

  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO5 Black

How to do it

Note – Reformatting the SD card will delete all existing footage on the card. Ensure that you save any desired videos or pictures prior to reformatting the card.

Formatting the SD card allows the camera to initialize it for use in your GoPro, and deletes any existing footage on the card. You can format the SD card:

Using your HERO5 Black
  1. Copy any desired files from your camera's SD card to your computer.
  2. Ensure that your SD card is inserted in your camera, then power the camera on.
  3. Swipe down from the top of the touch display, and tap on the "PREFERENCES" icon.
  4. Swipe upward on the display to scroll down the list; tap on "Format SD Card."
  5. Tap on "DELETE."
  6. Record a short 10 second video to verify that everything is working properly.
This is the recommended process for formatting the SD Card for use with the GoPro HERO5 Black, HERo (2018) Camera. For additional formatting methods, please visit How to Delete Files from microSD Cards.

You should be good to go! If you still have an SD card related issue, please contact GoPro Customer Support at

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