How to Change Your GoPro Lens

GoPro cameras have revolutionized how we capture our adventures, whether skiing down a mountain or exploring the depths of the ocean. The newer GoPro cameras allow you to change the lens whether it is because of an accident such as getting the lenses scratched or broken or because you want to change the lens with a different one.

Thankfully, replacing the lens on a GoPro camera is a relatively simple process, and can be done with a few tools and some basic know-how. This blog post will guide you through the steps to change your GoPro lens.

Remove the old lens

Before you start, make sure to apply masking tape or a similar protective covering to the front of the lens if your lens is broken. This simple step helps prevent any additional damage and ensures that the lens stays intact during the removal process.

Hold the GoPro steady keeping the camera stable throughout the lens removal process. Using your dominant hand, grip the protective lens firmly. You may find it easier to use your thumb and forefinger for a better grip. The lens is located at the front of the camera and is designed to be removed for maintenance or replacement.

While holding the camera securely, pull the protective lens away from the camera body by approximately 1mm. This slight gap allows you to begin the rotation process. Now, rotate the lens in a counter-clockwise direction.

It’s important to note that you may encounter some resistance during this step due to the water-tight gasket situated beneath the protective lens. If the lens fails to rotate, try varying the amount of outward pull while attempting the rotation.

Once you have rotated the lens approximately 45 degrees, it should be ready for removal. Carefully pull the lens away from the camera body. Be mindful of any debris or fingerprints that may accumulate on the interior (rounded) lens surface. 

Install the new lens

Before installing the GoPro lens, it’s crucial to ensure that the interior lens is free of debris. Avoid using any liquid or solvent, as they can potentially damage the lens.

Inspect the Protective Lens for any debris or smudges. If you notice any dirt or marks, carefully clean the lens using a cloth or lens cleaning solution specifically designed for camera lenses. Pay special attention to the waterproof gasket, ensuring it is free of any debris that may compromise its effectiveness.

When mounting the Protective Lens onto the camera, hold it at a 45° angle. To ensure proper orientation, imagine looking at the camera from the front. One of the shorter sides of the Protective Lens should be facing the upper-right corner of the camera. Aligning the lens correctly at this stage will prevent any future issues with image distortion.

With even pressure, press the Protective Lens onto the camera body. While doing so, simultaneously rotate the lens in a clockwise direction by 45°. Continue rotating until the lens is aligned with the camera body. This ensures a secure and snug fit, minimizing the risk of the lens becoming dislodged during use.

After installing the lens, check the gap between the Protective Lens and the camera body. The gap should be even and not exceed approximately 1mm on any of the four sides. An even gap ensures that the lens is properly seated and minimizes the chances of dust or water ingress.

Test the camera

Once the new lens is installed, test your GoPro to make sure everything is working correctly. Turn on the camera and take a few test shots, checking for any distortion or other issues. If everything looks good, you’re ready to go!


In conclusion, changing the lens on a GoPro camera is a relatively simple process that can be done with a few basic tools and careful attention to detail. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to replace your GoPro lens quickly and easily, so you can get back to capturing your adventures in no time.