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.
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.
- 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.
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.