Having difficulty connecting your drone camera to your android or phone? Don’t worry, I did some research and this is generally the best way to go.
To connect your drone camera to your mobile device, the first thing you need to do is connect the actual drone to your phone. it’s the same actually. Once your drone can establish a connection with your phone, the software should automatically display your drone’s video camera feed on your phone. so let’s get started!
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- First, download the drone app on your mobile phone.
- Turn on your drone.
- connect your mobile device to the drone. either via wifi or by connecting the mobile phone to the controller.
- open the app to set the connection.
This is a brief summary, read on for more details on the process!
01. download the drone app on the mobile device
First, you will need to download and install the drone app on your mobile device. however, the app you need to install depends on the type of your drone. , the manual in the box should tell you exactly which app to use and where to download it.
For example, dji drones use the dji go4 app. You can download it from the app store or from the drone manufacturer’s website.
Important note: If you’re not sure which app to use and where to download it, scroll down to the table at the bottom of this article for a list of drones and the apps they use . .
02. turn on your drone
While the app is installing, you can turn on your drone and begin the startup sequence. Again, this process depends on your drone, however all information should be detailed in the manual. if you lost the manual, you can probably find a youtube video or google article that covers your drone model. so look there.
03. connect the mobile phone app to the drone
The next steps vary depending on whether you have a drone with or without a remote control. drones without remote control usually connect directly to the drone with wifi or bluetooth. Wi-Fi can only reach a few hundred feet, so these are usually cheap drones that can’t fly very far from the pilot.
On the other hand, the more expensive drones are connected to a controller. controllers can go much farther than wifi, allowing the pilot to fly the drone for miles and miles. here is a perfect example, the dji mavic can fly up to 4 miles, much farther than any wifi or bluetooth connection could go.
if your drone does not have a remote control controller.
then connect to your drone via extended wifi or bluetooth. this can be done exactly as you connect to a normal wifi or bluetooth device. here’s how:
- Simply access your phone’s wifi or bluetooth settings.
- From the list of networks, select your drone.
- If this connection asks for a password, search in your handbook. the password should be displayed.
*please note that the connection may show as “not secure”, this is normal and should not concern you.
if your drone has a remote control.
then connect your remote control to your mobile phone with the provided usb cable. this is known as a “wired connection.” Your remote should also come with a phone clamp that will allow your phone to stay comfortably in place.
Once done, make sure your remote is turned on before continuing. There have been cases where drone pilots forget to turn on the remotes and wonder why they won’t connect.
Once you’ve done one of these two, it’s time for your drone to establish a connection with your phone. here’s how.
04. make the connection
Run the drone app and follow the app prompts to establish a connection. in most cases the app will pick up your drone automatically, however if it doesn’t it should give you an option to find your drone.
Below is a picture showing you how you can enter your drone into the app manually. *read the image from left to right.
Once your drone has established a connection with your mobile device, you should get some sort of “connected” prompt on the app.
view the camera via the mobile app. now that the connection has been established, you should be able to use your mobile device as a drone controller, or you will be able to see a feed from your drone’s camera to your phone.
If there is a successful connection in the dji go4 app, you will see a “go fly” button to the right of the “connected” tab on the main screen. Once you tap on the “go fly” option, the app will take you to a live first-person view of the drone’s camera.
what app will you need to connect the drone to your phone?
As mentioned above, it all depends on the type of drone you are trying to connect to. These are some of the most popular drones and the apps you need to connect them with your phone.
learn how to use your application correctly
If you are new to the dji go 4 app, I recommend you watch this video below. It will give you a clear understanding of the most important functions, allowing you to better understand how to connect your drone camera to your phone.