Is there a way to find a lost GoPro?
If you have a GoPro, or more importantly if you’ve lost your GoPro, then you may need to go to ‘lost and found GoPro‘, and please read on. However, if you’ve found a GoPro and want to return it, please also read on.
How to return a found Gopro, either through the lost and found GoPro on their website, or alternatively by finding it yourself. If you've lost your GoPro whilst scuba diving, you may be unlucky. But this depends on where you're diving and whether it's got a floating device to bring it to the surface.
How to return a found Gopro
If you've found a GoPro and you're the nice honest person asking the question; "how to return a found Gopro", then you can visit the GoPro website.
On the GoPro website they have a service to help those who've lost their GoPro's. But also, for those who've found a GoPro and not sure what to do about it.
However, there are some who find a GoPro and search "I found a GoPro how do I reset it" instead, which isn't nice at all!! So if you've found your way onto this page and you did search on how to reset a GoPro, perhaps you'll see whether you can help return it to the rightful owner instead.
Whether you're the one who lost your GoPro or the one who found the GoPro, please go to the GoPro website on this page: Found GoPro Equipment
There you'll find a message saying the following:
"Thank you for contacting GoPro!
If you are here because you found GoPro equipment with a label referring to this page, please contact our asset recovery team at [email protected] and provide the number from the tag. We will do our best to reunite the device with its owner.
If you have found a GoPro camera, please contact our customer support team at http://gopro.com/contact and we will do our best to reunite the camera with its owner.
Be a HEROFound GoPro Equipment page
Don't despair if you've lost your GoPro whilst scuba diving, as the following story shows that they can be found. Or alternatively in the story told below on the vide from the story in the Telegraph.
Lost and found GoPro - how to find a lost GoPro
The following methods to find your lost GoPro rely on your lost GoPro being on the surface. If you lost it underwater, which is likely if you're reading this article as a scuba diver, then the following solutions won't work.
Lost GoPro App on your phone
This does require that you've set it up beforehand, i.e. before you lost it!!
Secondly, the GoPro needs to be within Bluetooth range, but also within WIFI range too. Generally speaking Bluetooth has about 30-50 metres (100-160 feet) for Bluetooth, but WIFI perhaps a bit further.
However, to make this happen, you have about 8 hours, as this is how long the Bluetooth stays on for on your GoPro after you've lost it.
What happens if you don't have the app on your phone?
If you don't have the GoPro app on your phone. Or if you didn't set it up before you lost it, what are your options?
You can get an app on your phone which is a Bluetooth locator, like LightBlue Explorer. You can use this to locate your GoPro, so long as it's within Bluetooth distance.
What if your GoPro was lost underwater?
If however you lost your GoPro on a dive, then you should prepare for another dive on the same dive site. This assumes you have the necessary no-stop decompression time to make another dive on the same dive site.
You'll need to re-trace your steps (or should I say fin-strokes) of where you dived before. However, the problem with losing a GoPro underwater is currents and tides. If you were on a drift dive, your GoPro is likely to have drifted off and the chances of you finding it are pretty remote!
Lost and found GoPro story
However, if you read the story above, you see that lost GoPro's can be found. Or you may take her from the story published in the Telegraph where a GoPro was discovered a year after being lost at sea in Dorset, England.
In this incredible story the GoPro camera, which sank to the bottom of the sea, kept on recording. It was eventually traced to its owner after a teenage angler caught it almost a year later.
The video of the footage taken on the GoPro after it was lost. What I find particularly amusing is the crab that walks in front of the camera to be filmed!
GoPro lost for 6 years underwater - found and returned
This GoPro had been lost for around 6 years when it was found by YouTube Jake. So you don't have to watch the whole video (unless you want to), he finds it at around 9 minutes 15-20 seconds into the video.
I hope you enjoyed this article about how to return a found Gopro
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Have fun and be safe!