What is Bluetooth Connectivity? How Does it Differ From Wi-Fi?

Question

What is the Bluetooth connectivity on the camera?  Is it different from Wi-Fi?

Where does it apply?

  • HERO6 Black
  • Fusion
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Session
  • HERO4
  • HERO Session + HERO4 Session
  • HERO+ LCD
  • HERO+
  • iOS Devices
  • Android Devices

Answer

Bluetooth requires less energy than Wi-Fi to connect the GoPro App to your camera. In the current implementation, the Bluetooth is used only for "waking the camera up" from a low power wireless state.  After waking up the camera, you still need the camera to connect to the mobile device via Wi-Fi for any additional functionality (preview, start/stop, mode changing, etc.).

Keep in mind if bluetooth gets disconnected from the camera then the user will need to go back into their mobile device's bluetooth settings and reconnect. 

Is connectivity Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?

Both. The camera and mobile app use both technologies in different contexts.  Wi-Fi is still used for connect and control, preview, etc. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is used for initial set-up and staying connected with camera.  The GoPro App can "wake up the camera" over BLE. 

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