DJI Spark & DJI Mavic Pro – Why And How To Update

I’m sure you’ve seen it, that message saying your DJI Spark or DJI Mavic Pro require a firmware update. It’s safe to assume that would be a good idea, but it’s also worth mentioning that there is more than one way to skin a sheep – I’m sorry for the analogy, but I also happen to be hungry. Moving on.

Most DJI drones can be updated as described below, but not all of them; the exact screens have been known to change from time to time, which is why this guideline will not show off images to exemplify – instead of confusion, some clear information. Better, right?

DJI pumps out an update to their machines on a monthly basis, whenever a security/safety patch needs to be processed. The DJI Spark has only been updated a few times so far; this seems like enough, considering the flying machine was recently introduced.

Patience is a virtue, and that saying applied to the drone business. Please take a moment or two to perform all of the drone’s self-tests and otherwise initialize for flight before going for an update.

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Speaking of update methods, pilots should either be plugging in their PC or make use of the DJI GO 4 app. The app is more convenient, although the DJI Assistant 2 for PC will also backup your flight logs.

Before

  • remove your microSD card and manually backup your flight footage and photos. This is also a good time to delete files from the card, just to be on the safe side.
  • charge everything. It’s a good idea to go into an update with a full battery on your drone, the remote, your mobile device and your computer. DJI requires a minimum battery level of 50% on the drone, 30% on the remote, so why worry?
  • time. It rarely takes more than five minutes to process an update to these drones, but it pays to be cautious.
  • quality Internet connection. Your home Internet is likely faster and more reliable than your mobile internet connection, which goes well with the suggestion of using your PC for this operation.
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Now, the update process is actually fairly simple, using DJI Assistant 2. You use a USB cable to connect the drone, follow the on-screen instructions and your drone updates. Easy stuff.
DJI Assistant 2 will process through a few screens, keeping you in the loop, before letting you know that your machine is up to date.

The DJI GO 4 mobile application makes life easier by pushing a notification that there is an update available. A little window pops up with a button to install the update.

That’s it. Once complete, the drone will restart, you’ll see the confirmation message and you can get back to flying.

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