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Workaround – GoPro Hero3 not working with Android App & “Incompatible” Device

Workaround – GoPro Hero3 not working with Android App & “Incompatible” Device

One of the many awesome things about the new GoPro Black is that it comes standard with WiFi and a remote that allows you to control it remotely. Unfortunately, this doesn’t solve the issue of not being able to frame shots (no LCD – this is an extra purchase for all models and still requires you to stand next to it so for high or awkward mounts is still unsuitable).

However, with a late model iPhone or Android device you can install an App that connects to the Hero3 by WiFi and allows you to fully control the camera – AND stream a preview direct to your phone’s screen. AWESOME!

I just picked up my Hero3 Black from Highly Tuned Athletes and wanted to test it out. Unfortunately, the list of compatible devices is quite small. I have a 3G Galaxy Nexus and here’s how I got it to work.

Work Around

1. Firstly, follow the instructions here:

https://gopro.zendesk.com/entries/22121892-getting-started-with-the-gopro-app

2. Prepare a manual update of the firmware by downloading the file to your computer (Go HERE and follow the prompts until the final page and when given the option download the file – do NOT do an automatic update as this won’t allow you to do the next step)

GoPro Manual Firmware Update

GoPro Manual Firmware Update

3. Unzip the files and use a text editor (We recommend Text Wrangler or a Code Editor just to make sure you don’t corrupt the file) to edit the file “settings.in”.

Edit GoPro Settings File

Edit GoPro Settings File

4. Change the SSID and password to all lowercase and without spaces or special characters – e.g. hero3wifi –  Save and close this file.

5. Ensuring your GoPro is connected, copy all files (there are 4) to your GoPro as per the standard Manual update procedure.  Disconnect, restart and wait for the update to finish (progress is displayed on the LCD)

6. Turn on WiFi on the GoPro (double press the WiFi button) and turn it to App Mode

7. Using your mobile device connect to the “Network” that the GoPro is broadcasting (it will be called whatever you entered for SSID above) and enter the password you created above

8. After it has connected, load the GoPro app and tap Connect + Control.  Good luck!

GoPro Android App on Galaxy Nexus

GoPro Android App on Galaxy Nexus

Questions or Comments?  We’d love to hear them!

8 Comments

  1. Elias

    What if I have a computer with Microsoft windows and I can not use the editor of Apple? Thanks for the post!!!

    Reply
    • Wildplans [Tegyn]

      Hi Elias, any decent editor will work so long as you ensure you save the file without corruption to the original unformatted text. using notepad should work perfectly!

      Reply
  2. tab

    You beauty … great job. It works with Samsung SIII mini, and windows. I just used Notepad to update.

    Reply
  3. tab

    Forgot to say Thank you!

    Reply
  4. himsdp

    didnt work for me. I have a HTC one.

    Reply
  5. Sitemaster

    This worked for me on my Samsung Note 2, thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  6. Asif Siddiqui

    I have GoPr0 3 silver. I was frequently using app in my android cellphone until I replaced handset… I forgot wifi password .. what can I do to go smoothly with new hand set.

    Reply
    • Wildplans [Tegyn]

      Hi Asif,
      depending on how you updated your software, you should be able to plug in the gopro and load settings.ini straight off your SD Card (as described above). You can get your password/login details from that file.

      Alternatively, just re-update your firmware and reset the settings when prompted.

      Good luck

      Reply

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