What is Firmware?
In computing, firmware is a specific class of computer software that provides the low-level control for a device’s specific hardware. Firmware, such as the BIOS of a personal computer, may contain only elementary basic functions of a device and may only provide services to higher-level software. For less complex devices, firmware act as the device’s complete operating system, performing all control, monitoring and data manipulation functions.
Every so often, a manufacturer will make a number of improvements to the firmware for a particular device and make it available to the end user as an update. In some cases it can eradicate certain bugs or glitches but more often it can actually increase the speed of the device or make new features available.
Updating Your GoPro Firmware
When your GoPro camera is set up and you have installed the GoPro and Quik apps on your phone, tablet or desktop, then you may receive notifications that there are camera updates available for your particular version.
The HERO3+ and later models can be updated wirelessly using the GoPro App to perform the procedure for you. It is a relatively simple task that just requires the GoPro app to be installed on a mobile device with available access to the Internet. You’ll also need to make sure that you have a Micro SD card in your camera.
Make sure your mobile device has access to the Internet. Bear in mind that the firmware update package can be 25MB or more. Download times will vary based on your connection speed.
Make sure that your camera’s Wi-Fi connection is turned on. Start up the GoPro App on your phone. Tap the three horizontal lines in the top left of the screen.
Choose the Camera option from the main screen menu by tapping on the camera icon. The camera screen will appear. You can tap the camera control button at the bottom of the screen or wait for the connection to establish.
Your phone will connect to your camera. If your camera’s Wi-Fi is not on, you will be asked to enable it. If a firmware update is available, you will be notified and prompted to update your camera.
Any new features or improvements will be presented to you. You can choose Later if you want to abort the update or tap Update to continue.
There will be a legal disclaimer where you will need to tap Accept and Continue. Then the app will download and transfer the update to the camera.
Your camera will power off and on a number of times during the update procedure. It may also disconnect and reconnect to the Wi-Fi.
Once the update is complete and the connections are established, you’ll then be notified that the current update was successful.