Initial Setup for DJI Drones

Welcome to DroneDeploy! This is a document to help you get setup and flying with the DroneDeploy app for flight automation. Please see our Supported Drones for information on compatibility with your aircraft and operating system.

Check compatibility with your DJI drone

Please see here for a full list of supported drones.

Getting the app

Download DroneDeploy for iOS or Android for free:

DroneDeploy iOS app on the App Store

Get it on the App Store

DroneDeploy Android app on Google Play
Get it on Google Play

Using the app

Below is a quick overview of using the DroneDeploy app:

No Fly Zones

No Fly Zones will be respected in the DroneDeploy app: Because the DJI platform for developers will not allow automated flights in No Fly Zones, our app WILL NOT allow you to fly within No Fly Zones, even if you have an exception from the relevant government parties in the area.

We are committed to improving access to safe flights as updates are available within the DJI platform for developers.

The DroneDeploy App Market includes several apps that can be directly installed into your account in order to understand the airspace you are working in.

Step 1: Check Firmware

To use DroneDeploy, you will need to upgrade to the latest firmware for your aircraft. Please be sure to check and update firmware. Incompatible firmware is the most common issue that prevents people from flying.

How to check firmware

See our Firmware Troubleshooting Guide to check your firmware and update if necessary.

2. Safety Precautions

You are always in control

When flying with DroneDeploy, you'll be prompted to switch to
F mode for Inspire and Phantom 3 series
P mode for Phantom 4 series
P mode for Mavic Pro

If at any point you are feeling uncomfortable, take manual control over the drone:
Switch to P mode for Inspire and Phantom 3 series
Switch to S mode for Phantom 4 series
Switch to S mode for Mavic Pro

Or initiate a Return to Landing using the RC or home button on the app.

Position of mode switch on remote controller (P3 pictured).

Position of mode switch on remote controller (P3 pictured).

3. Flying Offline

Connect to your drone with the DroneDeploy mobile app while within range of a cellular connection at least two or three times prior to an offline flight.

Connect to the drone in field

You do not need a cellular data connection on your mobile device to use DroneDeploy! Turn on your remote controller, connect it to your mobile device via USB, turn on your aircraft, and choose "Plan- Add a Flight" from the left panel.

If you download the app, go somewhere with no internet,
and open it for the first time - it will not work.
If you download the app, sign into‚Äč the app while online,
then close the app, go somewhere where there is no internet, and open
it to create a map - it will work.

See Planning Flights on DroneDeploy.com to pre-plan the location of a mission.

If you've gone through the steps above, you're ready to fly!

Tip: The DroneDeploy App Market provides access to in-app partners to help you plan safe flights, understand airspace, and even get on demand insurance.

Where to from here?

After you've flown, see How to Process Datasets for instructions to upload imagery from your SD card to your DroneDeploy dashboard.


Webinars and case studies: All webinars are recorded and posted here.

Check out our Forum to connect with over 1000 drone pilots, our troubleshooting guide, or email support@dronedeploy.com for further assistance.

Initial Setup for DJI Drones