How to Use GoPro as Webcam on Windows and Mac

Do you have a GoPro and want to use it as your webcam with your Mac or PC? In this article, you are going to learn everything about it and how you can use the GoPro as a webcam on Windows as well as Mac. Continue reading!

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Jane Zhou

Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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In-built webcams provide terrible video quality, and manufacturers have been stuck with 720P cameras in their laptops for over a decade now. It also seems thrifty to spend on standalone webcams because they are at times lousy or because it is easy to misplace them.

But if you own a GoPro, you can use it as your adventure camera when you are outside of your house and as a webcam when you are inside your house. Plus, you aren't going to misplace your GoPro as easily as you would with your external standalone webcam. Without further ado, let's check out how to use GoPro as a webcam on both Mac and Windows computers. Let's go!

What You Need to Use GoPro as a Webcam

If you have a GoPro and you want to use it as your webcam for better video quality, here are a few other things you will need to use your GoPro as a webcam:

  • A PC or a laptop
  • The latest firmware that is available for GoPro
  • A tripod for GoPro
  • GoPro Webcam App

Do you have all of them? Yes!? Good! Now we will show you how to use GoPro as a webcam on both Windows and Mac. Moreover, we also provide a great webcam recorder, if you want to record webcam video from GoPro.

Use GoPro as a Webcam on Windows

Okay, now that you know what you need to use your GoPro as a webcam on Windows and Mac, here's how to use it as a webcam on Windows:

Step 1. Update GoPro

You should first see if there is new firmware for your GoPro and update it accordingly. Open the GoPro app; now select your GoPro; tap on the three dots in the top-right corner, and select the option "Update firmware."

Step 2. Download GoPro Webcam Desktop Utility

In the meantime, download and install the "GoPro Webcam desktop utility" for Windows and restart your PC.

download gopro webcam desktop utility

Step 3. Connect GoPro to PC

After your PC has restarted, log into your account and connect your GoPro to your PC. Next, open the "GoPro Webcam desktop utility" app. Right-click on the app's icon in the taskbar and select "Show Preview."

Then, you can now see if it is working properly. Once confirmed, here's what you need to do next.

show preview

Step 4. Start Recording

Open your video meeting app or the webcam recorder app, and then select your GoPro as a recording camera.

Use GoPro as a Webcam on Mac

The process is very similar to that on Windows, but since Windows and Mac are different operating systems, a few things differ, so we've decided to help our Mac users by writing another step-by-step guide. Here's how to use GoPro as your webcam on a Mac:

Step 1. See if there is any new firmware for your GoPro that you have not updated yet. Update it if there is firmware available.

Step 2. After updating your GoPro, install the "GoPro Webcam desktop utility" for your Mac.

Step 3. Now, the app will be open in the menu bar. If you don't know what a menu bar is, it is the list of menu options that you see on the top of the windows.

Opening the GoPro settings from the menu bar

Step 4. Turn on your GoPro and then connect it to your Mac.  

Step 5. Click on the app icon (GoPro Webcam desktop utility) and then choose "Show Preview" to see if your camera is connected and working properly.

Step 6. After confirming, open the application (video meeting or video recording app) and then select GoPro as the recording device.

Selecting GoPro as the webcam

So this is how you use GoPro as a webcam on Mac computers. Although it sounds very similar to Windows, which it is, there are still a few differences, and we wanted to help our Mac users the same way we helped our Windows users.

Record Webcam Video from GoPro on Windows/Mac

If you are looking for the best and most reliable webcam recorder to record yourself from a GoPro or record yourself and your meeting, EaseUS RecExperts should be your go-to. It is an excellent screen recorder that can deal with almost all screen recording activities.

Here's why EaseUS Rec Experts is one of the best webcam recorder apps:

  • There is no time limit placed on your recordings
  • You can schedule your recordings if there is an important event
  • It supports multi-screen recording
  • You can extract audio from video files, and so much more!

This is packed with so many features and is very easy to use with a simple UI. You can download EaseUS Rec Experts on both Mac and Windows.

Step 1. Launch this webcam recorder, and select the little webcam icon by clicking the down-arrow button on the left panel.

Open RecExperts

Step 2. If there is more than one camera device connected to your computer, you can freely choose your desired one. Besides, you can also select the audio source, adjust resolution and position, and even adjust the opacity if needed.

Adjust webcam settings

Step 3. Then enable the Remove Background, it will download the AI module.

enable remove background

Step 4. After that, you can change the background picture by using some effects, like blur, scenery, studio, and classroom. Or you can upload a picture from your own device. It is recommended that you are in a solid color background, and the effect of AI recognition to remove the background will be better.

ai background

Step 5. You can click on the REC button when you are ready to start your webcam recording. During the process, you can choose to resize the recording window, take screenshots, pause or stop the recording flexibly. To end the recording, just click on the red square icon.

Start recording

Step 6. Then, it will lead you to preview the recorded videos. Apart from that, you can enhance the recordings with some tools.

Final Words

Wasn't it easy and simple? If you are into adventure or sports, it's obvious that you will have a GoPro to capture the crazy stunts you do or to capture the moments. You can use the same GoPro to do your meetings or record yourself playing video games or taking a class after you are back home from a crazy sports session in the morning.

We hope you liked how we went exhaustively into the article and helped both Mac and Windows users use their GoPro as their webcam.

How to Use GoPro as a Webcam FAQs

Here are a few questions that we think you are in search of an answer for:

1. Why won't my computer recognize my GoPro as a webcam?

It can be because your GoPro is not properly connected to your PC. Connect it with its own cable or another USB cable to connect it properly to your computer. Your PC should now recognize your GoPro, and you can use it as your webcam.

2. Can you use a GoPro as a webcam on Windows 11?

Yes, you can also use a GoPro as a webcam on Windows 11.

3. Does GoPro work with the MacBook Pro?

GoPro works on both PC and Mac and is also supported on different versions of both Mac and PC. You can connect your GoPro without worrying about your Mac or PC and use it as your webcam.

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