The latest GoPro camera – Hero 9 Black – is the most advanced GoPro yet! In addition to the improved versions of GoPro’s trademark flagship features, like HyperSmooth, TimeWarp, etc., the Hero 9 Black features a new front screen that shows you a live view from the lens. Plus, it also has a bigger battery than its predecessors.

If you’ve just got your new GoPro Hero 9 Black, this tutorial is for you. Here, you’ll learn how to get started with your new action camera – right from unboxing it, to capturing your first video.

So, are you ready to get your new GoPro Hero 9 up and running ASAP? Let’s dive in! 🙂

GoPro Hero 9 Black

GoPro Hero 9 Black – Getting Started

Wondering what’s the first thing you should do after unboxing your camera? Here’s how you get started with your new GoPro Hero 9 Black.

Following are the initial steps to set up your new GoPro action camera:

#1. Insert the Memory Card

First and foremost, a microSD card is needed to be inserted into your GoPro Hero 9 Black, so that you can save your action camera’s videos and photos. You’ll have to buy a micro SD card for your camera separately from the market, as it isn’t usually included in the package. However, you may, in some cases, get it as a part of an ongoing limited period offer.

Here are the specs to look for in a Hero 9 Black compatible microSD card:

  1. The memory card should be a microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card.
  2. The card should be a branded, like SanDisk, Delkin, Sony, etc.
  3. Its speed rating should be minimum Class 10, UHS-I.
  4. The action camera can hold up to 256GB capacity microSD cards.

Here’s the list of recommended microSD cards for Hero 9 Black: 7 Best SD Cards for GoPro Hero 9

– GoPro Hero 9 Black: How to insert & eject the microSD Card?

Follow these steps to insert a microSD card into your Hero 9 Black & eject it:

  1. Unlock the door latch at the side of your camera, and flip the door open.
  2. With your camera off, insert the microSD card into the card slot with the label facing the battery compartment.
  3. You can eject the card by pressing it into the slot with your fingernail.

#2. Insert the Battery

You get the GoPro Hero 9 Black’s Rechargeable Battery included in the package. So, to get the best performance, ensure that you use only this battery, or a genuine GoPro Hero 9 Black replacement battery with your new GoPro Hero 9 Black.

– How to insert the Battery into your Hero 9 Black?

Following are the steps to insert the battery into your GoPro Hero 9 Black:

  1. Unlock the door latch at the side of your camera, and flip the door open.
  2. With your camera off, insert the battery into the battery compartment.
  3. Connect your camera to a USB charger or computer using the included USB-C cable. It will take about 3 hours for the battery to fully charge. The camera status light will turn off when it’s done.
  4. Unplug the cable and shut the door when charging is complete. Ensure that the door latch is closed and locked before you start using your camera.

#3. Update the Camera Software

To get the latest features and best performance from your GoPro Hero 9 Black, make sure that it has the most current software version. There are two ways to update your GoPro Hero 9 software:

  1. With the GoPro App
  2. Manual Update by visiting the GoPro website

– Steps to update GoPro Hero 9 Black with the GoPro App:

  1. Download the GoPro app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  2. Follow the app’s on-screen instructions to connect your camera to your mobile device. If new camera software is available, the app will automatically tell you how to install it.

– Steps to update the GoPro Hero 9 Black Manually:

  1. Visit
  2. Choose ‘Hero 9 Black’ from the list of cameras.
  3. Select ‘Update your camera manually’. Follow the instructions.

#4. Power ON the Camera

To turn ON your GoPro Hero 9 Black, simply press the Power/Mode button, located on the side of the camera. The status light will flash three times. When the camera screen displays information, the camera is on.

To power OFF the camera, you need to press and hold the Power/Mode button for 3 seconds.

#5. Start Shooting

After your camera is powered on, you’re almost ready to start shooting. The GoPro Hero 9 has three main capture modes, which include Video, Photo, and Time-Lapse. You can change modes by swiping left or right to the one you want.

GoPro Modes

The Video Mode includes Standard, Activity, Cinematic, and Slo-Mo presets. The Photo Mode includes Photo, LiveBurst, Burst, and Night presets. Lastly, the Time Lapse Mode includes TimeWarp Video, Time Lapse, and Night Lapse presets.

Here’s how to change the presets:

  1. Tap the capture settings.
  2. Tap the preset that you want.

That’s it! All of the preset’s settings will be locked into your camera and you’re ready to go.

– Getting the Shot with your GoPro Hero 9 Black:

  1. Simply press the Shutter button to start recording.
  2. Press the Shutter button again to stop recording (only for Video & Time Lapse).


GoPro Hero 9 Black: Tips for Beginners

Here are some useful tips that might come in handy for new GoPro Hero 9 users:

  1. Use the right GoPro Hero 9 Black Mount/Accessory for the activity you’re shooting.
  2. Use Red Filters for Quality Underwater Shots.
  3. Eliminate Lens Fog by using Anti-Fog Inserts, when shooting underwater.
  4. Utilize the GoPro Hero 9 Battery Wisely.
  5. Use a Fast microSD Card with your GoPro Hero 9 Black.
  6. Stabilize your Shots with GoPro’s HyperSmooth EIS.


GoPro Hero 9 Black Tutorial: Final Words

Setting up your GoPro camera for the first time will be a breeze if you follow all the steps given above. While I’ve included every bit of relevant information to let you get started with the GoPro Hero 9 Black, there are some obvious things that I feel you’ll be able to do for yourself. These include – taking off your camera’s screen protectors after unboxing it, selecting your language when you get the prompt to do so after turning the camera on for the first time, and agreeing to the GoPro’s terms of use.


Thanks for reading! ?

I hope this GoPro Hero 9 tutorial will give you all the basic information you need to get up and running with your new action camera. 🙂


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