Reset GoPro Hero WiFi Password Using SD Card

GoPro Hero wireless passwords are forgotten frequently. If you do forget your password, it can be a pain to guess it again. Here is a quick way to reset your GoPro wireless password. These files can simply be downloaded and copied to your microSD card to reset your GoPro Hero 3+ or your GoPro Hero 3.

Files:

(Note: All GoPro Hero 3 series files are the same). How to Guide:

  • Download the file for your specific GoPro model (the list of files is below).
  • Insert the microSD card into your computer (using a microSD to SD adaptor or microSD to USB adaptor). NOTE: The microSD card does NOT need to be formatted, you can keep your current recordings on the card.
  • Unzip the file on your computer.
  • Copy the files to the microSD card.
    • For the GoPro Hero 3+, the files need to be in a folder called “UPDATE”. Make sure you copy the folder to the card. It will not work if the files are not in the UPDATE folder.
    • For the GoPro Hero 3, the files need to be in the root directory of the card, NOT in a folder. Copy the files directly to your card, not in a folder. It will not work if the files are in a folder.
  • Eject the microSD card from your computer.
  • Insert the card into your GoPro whilst the camera is off.
  • Turn on the GoPro, it will come up with a screen saying it is updating, and turn itself off when complete.
  • Turn your GoPro on and connect to the WiFi using your device.

In the files, the WiFi details are:

  • SSID: GoProHero
  • Password: goprohero

If you want to customise the SSID and password, edit the “settings.in” file with Notepad/TextWrangler/similar. In the file you will see two lines with:

"ssid":"GoProHero",
"password":"goprohero"

– edit to your desired combination.   This guide should help people trying to:

  • Reset GoPro Hero 3 WiFi password when forgot serial number.
  • Reset GoPro Hero 3 WiFi password when lost serial number.
  • Reset GoPro Hero 3 WiFi password when GoPro.com states invalid serial number.
  • Reset GoPro Hero 3 WiFi password when “fake” serial number.
  • Reseting a GoPro Hero 3 Plus (Hero 3+) with any of the issues above.

135 thoughts on “Reset GoPro Hero WiFi Password Using SD Card

    1. muchas gracias esta fue la unica solucion que me resulto no podia actualizar y con esta si pude y logre saber la contraseña

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  1. I also want to reset my wifi password, but I use the SmartKey WiFi Password Recovery. It works for me. What do you think of it?

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  2. Thank you. I spent a lot of time trying to find a simple solution to this problem. This was by far the fastest and easiest way to connect my recently purchased, previously owned Gopro to my phone.

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  3. Hi From Portugal.
    Just to say that – YOU SAVED MY DAY!
    thanks for the Huge Help.
    Just got my Gopro Hero 3 + Silver and i was going crazy because the last owner forgot the password!
    Good Job!

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      1. You need to unzip it. You do not need to pay for WinZip. If you are in Windows: “To extract the entire contents of the compressed folder, right-click the folder, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions.”

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    1. Copy both files. You can edit the settings.in file if you wish to change the wireless password, otherwise it will be the default (SSID GoProHero, password goprohero).

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  4. I don’t have an SD adapter and need it fixed this morning, are there any other ways like plugging the camera directly into the computer?

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    1. You should be able to perform the steps above, but instead of using a microSD adaptor, put your micro SD card in the GoPro, then used the GoPro USB cable to connect to the computer and copy the required files across. The rest of the steps should be the same.

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      1. it won’t let me drag and drop the update right to the camera (Hero 3+). anyone else have this issue? do i really need to seek a microsd reader?

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      2. The micro sd card is write protected so you will need to put it in an sd card adaptor and plug that into your PC for it to work.

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  5. I want to suck Owen genitals as a sign of how elated I am at being able to resolve this problem. YOU DA F**KING MAN!!!!! F**k me, I HATE GoPro the company. They left me feeling so frustrated. Download the App, download the app they kept f**king saying. F**k your App!

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  6. I purchased a gopro hero3+ from a freind. He moved and did not give me password to wifi. I have no p.c. to use to reaet gopro to factory settings…thus i can not use phone with it and cant connect to phone. Camera works…video, pics ect…, but now I am stuck and dont know what to do.

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    1. What phone do you have? If you have an Android phone or tablet with a microSD slot, you may be able to download the corresponding zip file, extract on your Android device, and then copy the files required to the microSD. Essentially just use your phone/tablet to copy the files. If you have a phone with iOS, or no microSD card slot, you will need to find someone who does!

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      1. Success with the Android method! We are in Japan on ski trip with a Hero 3+ with forgotten password but no PC. But one of us had an Samsung Android phone. I used online unzip tool and copied the contents to UPDATE folder and everything worked as described. Thanks OP. And thanks Google.

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  7. What to do when it say ‘wireless settings update failed’ ? ive tried it a few times but it still doesnt work. please help me

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    1. I haven’t seen this message before. Perhaps try formatting your microSD card and copy the files again. Are you also using the correct update files for your model?

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      1. Yeah, i downloaded the gopro3+ and tried it again and again but nothing changes. it still say “wireless setting update failed”.is there any other way to fix this problem?

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      2. Hello Daniel, did you find any solution about your problem? ( ” wireless setting update failed”) because I tried everything and doesn’t work). Thanks.

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  8. Thank you! you are the only person Weatherby the GoPro website or YouTube or any other platform that truly explained about keeping it in a folder called update everybody has been unzipping the update folder and then dragging the files into the card thank you so much for clarifying a simple solution!

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  9. HELP please! i tried this and my go pro won’t turn back on and my wifi on the go pro won’t stop flashing? what have a done wrong?

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  10. i downloaded the gopro3+ and tried it again and again but nothing changes. it still say “wireless setting update failed”

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      1. I tried it a number of times and cannot get it to boot from the sd card. Files are unzipped with no changes into a folder called update on the sd. The card has heaps of other folders also. Could this stop it from booting?

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      2. Try using a freshly formatted SD card. Also note that just unzipping the file onto the card may not work – as often if you unzip it will put the files in a folder. Just double check the instructions above with regards the folders.

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  11. I have a gopro hero 3+ ….I copied the UPDATE folder onto my SD card and when turning on my gopro there was no indication an update was being made. I then reformatted my card and attempted again only to have my gopro read SD ERR. Do you have any thoughts on where I am going wrong?

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    1. Haven’t seen this error before. Another commenter said they had an issue, but formatted their sd card and tried again and it worked. Perhaps try this.

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  12. I tried connecting my SD card to the computer through a USB connector and it didnt work so I tried connecting it to the computer by having it in my gopro and using the usb cable but not when i plug it in ‘SD card error’ comes up and doesnt even open anymore, when it did open the other day. Why do you think its suddenly not working?

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  13. Hey I have the same issue as Grace with the ‘SD ERR’ I’ve tried formatting the card numerous times, still no response though, when copying the files it comes up with update 5,6,7,8,do I copy them all? cheers

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  14. You are a life saver! Just bought my second hand GoPro and the owner forgot the wifi password. I spoke to so many people and they said I had no chance of being able to use it! I’ve been searching for a solution for hours and this is the only thing that has worked! Thank you!

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  15. Didn’t work the first couple of times i tried but copied the files into the update folder on the sd card again, left it overnight and tried in the morning. It worked!!!! Brilliant!!!!

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  16. I keep getting a message that the disk is write protected. I have the camera attached to the computer with the USB cable. It says to remove the write protection? How? HELP!!!!

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  17. Thank you very much sir, I thought I would never connect to my gopro wifi again. Simple solution that actually worked. Thank you again and more power to you

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  18. My gopro3+ black PC wont detect anymore (3 pc tested). I change sd, format, change usb cabel, battery full, insert usb kabel with/without battery but nothing. With your help i reset wifi password. Thank you! If anybody has a sollution or experiance for not detecting on PC please subscribe.

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    1. i had same problem here with my gopro3+ silver edition, it wont detect to any PC i think its was a small problem you better use cardreader to read your SD card and protect your gopro too

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  19. I downloaded the and unzipped the files but when I go to drag the files to the micro sd card, the card won’t accept the files? any help?

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    1. What are you using to connect the micro SD card to your computer? If using a microSD to SD card adapter, make sure it is not on write protection.

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  20. why is mine not updating after copying the file mine is a hero 3+ i think it’s silver not sure between balck and silver but i tried both and nothing happens please help

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      1. Possibly try a different SD card. Or format your one. Haven’t seen a GoPro not react to having update files placed in the correct location on the card before – and have reset many GoPros!

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      2. Same problem,
        settings.in
        update.10.txt
        in update folder, unzipped on the desktop, dragged onto my reformatted sd card, out of computer, into gopro hero 3+ and nothing happens, it just won’t read the files :(.

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      3. yes, i tried in the UPDATE folder and out.
        This is interesting!
        other forums suggest changing the name of the update file to 11 instead of 10. I tried this and instead of nothing happening it now reads wifi setting update failed. so at least it reads it now.

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      4. Solved!
        So it turns out instead of a go pro silver like i thought i had, I have a go pro black. but the colour is still silver. EVERYONE NOTE THE GO PRO BLACK IS ACTUALLY SILVER! 🙂 all fixed now though. thanks a lot!

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  21. I tried it several times now. But still “WiFi-Update failed”.
    I have Windows, do I need the “MACOSX”-Folder? When its on the SD-Card, the Update will not start. But it starts, without the Folder…

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