[2020] Top 3 Ways on How to Format GoPro SD Card

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“Hello everyone, I am Stella, my GoPro Hero7 Black camera storage is full, I need it free for this excursion my friends and I will be taking, how do I format it.”

If your memory storage is full, and you are wondering how to format GoPro SD Card, search no more, we've got you covered.

Part 1: Top 3 Ways on How to Format GoPro SD Card

It is quite easy and straightforward to format your GoPro SD Card. The top three methods are: formatting it with your PC/Mac, formatting it from the camera itself, or using the GoPro mobile app. Stay on this article to see how. All methods are valid and very useful, but “Way 2” is the ideal way cause it saves you the stress of picking a formatting method.

1Format GoPro SD Card on Mac or Windows PC

This method works effectively for all GoPro types. Formatting your SD Card with a MacBook or Windows PC is slightly different.

Step 1: Mount the SD Card accurately and switch on your camera.

Step 2: The GoPro SD card will appear under the "External hard drive" section of your PC, right-click (command-click) on the card, locate and select "Format", then confirm the action.

2Format GoPro SD Card Manually

The best way on how to format GoPro SD Card is by using this method. Most GoPro models give you the medium to format your SD card from the camera itself. This is the ideal way to go about this.

1.2.1. Steps to Format SD Card in GoPro HERO7 Black

Step 1: Insert the GoPro SD card into the camera and switch it on.

Step 2: Using the side button, open the camera's menu.

Step 3: Navigate to Preferences.

Step 4: Scroll down to reset.

Step 5: Select the "Format SD Card" option.

1.2.2. Steps to Format SD Card in GoPro HERO6/5 Black

Step 1: Insert the GoPro SD card into the camera and turn it on.

Step 2: Using the side button, open GoPro's menu.

Step 3: Locate and select "Preferences."

Step 4: Scroll down to and select the "Format SD Card" option.

Step 5: Click on "Delete."

1.2.3. How to Format SD Card in GoPro HERO5 Session/HERO Session/HERO4 Session

It is impossible to format your SD card from your camera with the versions above; you can do this with the mobile app alone; go below to see how to format GoPro SD Card on HERO5 Session/HERO Session/HERO4 Session.

1.2.4. Steps to Format GoPro HERO4 Black/Silver

Step 1: Go to the "Settings" menu.

Step 2: Scroll down and select the "Delete" option.

(It's a Trash can on small front screens).

Step 3: Click on "All/Format."

Step 4: Choose "Delete."

delete option

3Format GoPro SD Card Using GoPro Mobile APP

Step 1: Make sure the SD card is well inserted into the camera.

Step 2: Using the WiFi or Bluetooth, connect the GoPro app and camera.

Step 3: From the GoPro app, locate and click on Settings.

Step 4: Swipe down to the "Delete" section.

Step 5: Select "Delete All Files From SD Card", then confirm the process by choosing "Delete All Files (Format)".

delete all files from sd card

confirm deleting

Part 2: How to Recover Data from A Formatted GoPro SD Card?

I know how annoying it is to lose essential files in the course of formating your SD Card, don't worry we've got the best way to recover your lost data.

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Steps to Recover Data from A Formatted SD Card with AnyRecover

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone AnyRecover to your PC.

Step 2: Connect the storage you wish to recover to your PC and select it from the options provided.

select location

Step 3: Hit the "Start" button to Scan the storage/location you wish to recover data from.

start scan

Step 4: Skim through the files listed to confirm, you can double click single one yo preview then select what you want to restore, click "Recover" to get them back.

scanned files preview

You shouldn’t save recovered files to the location where you lost the data.


You’ve gone through this article, you must have learned how to format GoPro SD card manually, using a computer, or using the GoPro mobile app. If you’ve mistakenly deleted some files, we've shown you how to recover those files using iMyFone AnyRecover, the ideal "file recovery" tool out there. Drop a comment and share this article if you found it helpful. Thanks for reading.

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By  Alva Doris , to External Device Recovery

Updated on May 29, 2020

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