How to Set Up a DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone

Introduction

The DJI Phantom 4 is an easy to use flying camera powered by the worlds most advanced artificial intelligence technology for limitless exploration and adventure. All you have to do is direct it where to go and tell it what to do. This guide will assist you with the basic setup of the drone and will cover the following:

  • Charging the batteries for your drone and remote control
  • Installing the companion app onto your mobile device
  • Connecting the remote control to your mobile device
  • Activating the drone and updating the firmware to the latest version

1 Safety First

As with all Drone flying, please keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure you are properly registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, or qualify to fly without registration.
  • Make sure you have permission to fly from the person or group that owns the land you'll be over.
  • Make sure you are in-touch with the control tower before flying near an airport.
  • Make sure there's no obstructions, such as power lines or trees, above your flight area that could cause problems.
  • Make sure there's no one below your flight area that could be hurt.
  • Make sure you are not near government infrastructure or other sensitive properties.
  • Make sure the weather is safe to fly in.
  • Make sure you keep your drone in your sight at all times, and get help from an observer if necessary.
For more detailed information, please visit:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

2 Charge Batteries

  1. Plug the charger into a power outlet.
    DJI Phantom 4 charger.
  2. Plug the remote control charging cable into the right side of the remote control.
    Charging cable connected to remote control.
  3. Plug the battery charging cable into the battery.
    Charging cable connected to battery.
  4. If you have more than one battery, plug them all into the charging hub.
    Drone batteries plugged into charging hub.
  5. You will see the battery indicator lights on the remote control and batteries scrolling until they will turn off meaning they are fully charged.
    Battery and remote control lights showing charging progress.

3 OS Choice

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen

? What type of mobile device do you have?

  1. Android
  2. iOS

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The DJI Phantom 4 is an easy to use flying camera powered by the worlds most advanced artificial intelligence technology for limitless exploration and adventure. All you have to do is direct it where to go and tell it what to do. This guide will assist you with the basic setup of the drone and will cover the following:

  • Charging the batteries for your drone and remote control
  • Installing the companion app onto your mobile device
  • Connecting the remote control to your mobile device
  • Activating the drone and updating the firmware to the latest version

As with all Drone flying, please keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure you are properly registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, or qualify to fly without registration.
  • Make sure you have permission to fly from the person or group that owns the land you'll be over.
  • Make sure you are in-touch with the control tower before flying near an airport.
  • Make sure there's no obstructions, such as power lines or trees, above your flight area that could cause problems.
  • Make sure there's no one below your flight area that could be hurt.
  • Make sure you are not near government infrastructure or other sensitive properties.
  • Make sure the weather is safe to fly in.
  • Make sure you keep your drone in your sight at all times, and get help from an observer if necessary.
For more detailed information, please visit:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/
  1. Plug the charger into a power outlet.
    DJI Phantom 4 charger.
  2. Plug the remote control charging cable into the right side of the remote control.
    Charging cable connected to remote control.
  3. Plug the battery charging cable into the battery.
    Charging cable connected to battery.
  4. If you have more than one battery, plug them all into the charging hub.
    Drone batteries plugged into charging hub.
  5. You will see the battery indicator lights on the remote control and batteries scrolling until they will turn off meaning they are fully charged.
    Battery and remote control lights showing charging progress.

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen

Depending on what device (Smartphone or Tablet) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.

To Check If Your Android Mobile Device Is Connected to Wi-Fi

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Make sure Wi-Fi is turned On. The Wi-Fi network that you are connected to will say Connected under its name.
    Wi-Fi settings with Wi-Fi On switch and connected network highlighted.
  1. Launch the Play Store app on your Android device.
    Play Store.
  2. Tap in the search box at the top of the screen.
    Search bar highlighted in Google Play store.
  3. Search for "DJI GO 4" and tap on the found app.
    DJI GO 4 App found in Google Play store.
  4. Tap Install and then Open to use it.
  1. Launch the DJ GO 4 app on your mobile device.
    DJI GO 4.
  2. Read through the Terms of Use and Privacy Agreement then tap I Agree when you're ready to continue.
    I Agree button highlighted on agreement acceptance screen.
  3. Choose whether you want to Join or Not Consider the DJI Product Improvement Plan.
    Choices highlighted for Product Improvement Plan.
  4. Choose how you want to login to the app:
    • If you want to use a new DJI account or don't have one, choose Sign Up and fill in your new account information.
    • If you want to use an existing DJI account, choose Sign In and fill in your login information.
    Sign Up and Sign In buttons highlighted in mobile app.
  1. Unfold the mobile device holder.
    Mobile device holder on remote control being unfolded.
  2. Press the release button (1) on the holder and extend the clamp (2). If you're using a smartphone, unfold the supporting arms (3) as well.
    Release button highlighted and arrows showing how to extend holder and unfold supporting arms.
  3. Place your mobile device into the holder and secure it by pressing down the clamp.
    Arrow showing  closing of the holder clamp.
  4. Plug the small end of the provided USB cable into your mobile device.
    USB cable being plugged into mobile device.
  5. Then plug the other end of the same cable into the USB port on the rear of the remote control.
    USB port highlighted on rear of remote control.

To complete the following steps, you will need both your remote control and drone handy.

On the Remote Control

  1. Press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.
    Power button highlighted on remote control.

On the Drone

  1. Make sure the gimbal cover is removed so the gimbal can move freely during the warm-up process.
    Gimbal cover being removed from drone.
  2. Press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.
    Power button highlighted on back of drone.

Depending on which DJI drone you have, the connected device may show a different name and image. However, the following procedure is the same for all DJI drones.

  1. The DJI GO 4 app will prompt you to activate your drone. Tap Next to proceed.
    Next button highlighted activation prompt.
  2. Type in a Name (1) for your drone, then tap Continue (2).
    Name entry field and Continue option highlighted in activation step.
  3. Choose a control mode for the remote. Tap each Mode (1) to see it's layout below, then tap Continue (2) when you're set.
    Control modes and Continue option highlighted in activation step.
  4. Choose your preferred Measurement System (1) then tap Continue (2).
    Measurement system choices and Continue option highlighted in activation step.
  5. If this is your first time flying a drone, it's recommended you leave Beginner Mode (1) turned on, otherwise you can turn it off. Tap Continue (2) to proceed.
    Beginner Mode toggle switch and Continue option highlighted in activation step.
  6. The email address (1) used for your account will be filled in automatically. Confirm it and tap Activate (2).
    Email entry field and Activate button highlighted in activation step.
  7. You'll be shown a confirmation screen once your drone is activated.
    Drone activation confirmation screen.

Depending on which DJI drone you have, the connected device may show a different name and image. However, the following procedure is the same for all DJI drones.

  1. The DJI GO 4 app will notify you if there is a new firmware update available for your drone. Tap the notification in red.
    New firmware update available notification highlighted in mobile app.
  2. Tap Download Now to initiate the update.
    Download Now highlighted in mobile app.
  3. Wait for the process to complete.

    Do not turn off the drone and remote control or exit the mobile app during the update.

    Firmware update in progress.
  4. Once the update is completed you will be asked to restart the drone. We will do that next. Tap OK for now.
    OK highlighted on update complete prompt.
  5. The app will notify you the update was completed.
    Update completed notification in mobile app.

To complete the following steps, you will need both your remote control and drone handy.

On the Remote Control

  1. To turn off the remote control, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until the lights turn off.
    Power button highlighted on remote control.
  2. To turn it back on, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.

On the Drone

  1. To turn off the drone, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until the lights turn off.
    Power button highlighted on back of drone.
  2. To turn it back on, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.

Depending on which DJI drone you have, the connected device may show a different name and images. However, the following procedure is the same for all DJI drones.

  1. The DJI GO 4 app will notify you if there is a new firmware update available for your remote control. Tap the notification in red.
    New firmware update available notification highlighted in mobile app.
  2. Tap Download Now to initiate the update.
    Download Now highlighted in mobile app.
  3. Wait for the process to complete.

    Do not turn off the drone and remote control or exit the mobile app during the update.

    Firmware update in progress.
  4. Once the update is completed you will be asked to restart the drone. We will do that next. Tap OK for now.
    OK highlighted on update complete prompt.
  5. The app will notify you the update was completed.
    Update completed notification in mobile app.

To complete the following steps, you will need both your remote control and drone handy.

On the Remote Control

  1. To turn off the remote control, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until the lights turn off.
    Power button highlighted on remote control.
  2. To turn it back on, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.

On the Drone

  1. To turn off the drone, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until the lights turn off.
    Power button highlighted on back of drone.
  2. To turn it back on, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.

To reseat or replace the battery you have to perform the same steps:

  1. Notice the buckles on the upper and lower sides of the battery.
    Buckles highlighted on DJI Phantom 4 battery.
  2. Place the back of your hands against the arms of the drone, to use them as leverage, and your index fingers and thumbs on the buckles.
    Placement of hands shown for easy battery removal procedure.
  3. Squeeze the buckles and pull the battery towards you.
    Pulling the battery out of the drone.
  4. Wait 10 seconds.
  5. Slide in the same or replacement battery with the power button on the right side.
    Sliding in battery into drone.
  6. Grab the arms of the drone with your fingers for leverage and push the battery with your thumbs downward and to the right until you hear a click.
    Battery locking direction pointed out.
  1. Make sure the gimbal cover is removed so the gimbal can move freely during the warm-up process.
    Gimbal cover being removed from drone.
  2. Press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.
    Power button highlighted on back of drone.

The drone is powered by an intelligent battery which updates together with the drone. If you have any extra batteries, you will need to insert them one by one into the drone and check if they need to be updated to be compatible with the drone.

Depending on which DJI drone you have, the connected device may show a different name and image. However, the following procedure is the same for all DJI drones.

  1. Replace the drone's battery.
  2. The DJI GO 4 app will be notify you if the battery's firmware is incompatible with the drone's firmware and needs to be updated. Slide the switch to the right side to initiate the update.
    Slider highlighted and sliding direction pointed out.
  3. The app will notify you the update is in progress.

    Do not turn off the drone and remote control or exit the mobile app during the update.

    Update in progress.
  4. Then it will notify you the update was completed.
    Update completed.

To complete the following steps, you will need both your remote control and drone handy.

On the Remote Control

  1. To turn off the remote control, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until the lights turn off.
    Power button highlighted on remote control.
  2. To turn it back on, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.

On the Drone

  1. To turn off the drone, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until the lights turn off.
    Power button highlighted on back of drone.
  2. To turn it back on, press and release the power button then press it again quickly and hold it until you hear it make the initialization sound.

Depending on what device (Smartphone or Tablet) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.

  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Make sure Wi-Fi is set to On at the top.
    Wi-Fi with On toggle highlighted.
  4. Your Android device will automatically connect to the network if there is no security enabled, or you have connected to it in the past. The Wi-Fi network name will show Connected underneath.
    Wi-Fi connected
To Connect to a New Network

If you're connecting to a particular Wi-Fi network for the first time:

  1. Select the connection from the list.
    Wi-Fi settings with Connection Highlighted.
  2. Enter the password for the network, then select Connect.
    Wi-Fi password prompt with password entry and Connect highlighted.
To Connect to a Hidden Network

If the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to is a hidden network, it won't appear in the list of available networks. However, if you know the network's exact name and password, it can be added manually.

  1. Select Add network.
    Wi-Fi settings with Add network highlighted.
  2. Enter the Network Name (also called the SSID) you wish to connect to, the type of Security it uses (usually WPA2), and the Password for the network, then select Save.
    Add Network with Network Name, Security type, Password, and Save highlighted.

Depending on what device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

To Check If Your iOS Mobile Device Is Connected to Wi-Fi

  1. From the main screen of your device, look for and open Settings.
    iOS Settings icon.
  2. With Settings open, look for the Wi-Fi field. This field will display the current Wi-Fi status on the right hand side:
      • Off - the Wi-Fi antenna is currently disabled.
      • Not Connected - Wi-Fi is turned on, but your device is not currently connected to a network.
      • Wi-Fi network name - Wi-Fi is turned on, and the network name displayed is the network your device is currently connected to.
    Wi-Fi highlighted in iOS settings.
  3. You can also tap on the Wi-Fi field and make sure the Wi-Fi switch is in the On position. The switch should be green in color and will display the network that you are currently connected to directly beneath it with a check mark to the left.
    iOS Wi-Fi menu highlighting the Wi-Fi switch and the currently connected network.
  1. Launch the App Store.
    Apple App Store.
  2. Tap Search in the bottom right corner.
    App Store Search Button.
  3. Type "DJI GO 4" in the search bar at the top. The app will show up below.
    Keyword and Get option highlighted for searched app.
  4. Tap Get and Install, then Open to use it.

Depending on what iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi

    Next to the icon you will see one of following statuses:

    • Off - Wi-Fi feature is disabled
    • Not Connected - Wi-Fi connection is not established
    • [Network Name] - Wi-Fi connection is established
  3. Make sure that the Wi-Fi feature is enabled by flipping the toggle switch to the On position.
    Wi-Fi toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.
  4. Your iOS device will automatically connect to the closest network you have connected to it in the past. The checkmark indicates you are connected.
    Checkmark highlighted next to Wi-Fi network name in iOS settings.
To Connect to a New Network

If you're connecting to a Wi-Fi network for the first time:

  1. Select the Network Name from the list.
    Wi-Fi networks highlighted in iOS settings.
  2. Enter the Password if required then select Join.
    Wi-Fi Password field and Join button highlighted in iOS settings.
To Connect to a Hidden Network

If the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to is hidden, it won't appear in the list of available networks. However, if you know the network's exact name and password, it can be added manually.

  1. Select Other...
    Other highlighted in Wi-Fi network list of iOS settings.
  2. Enter the Network Name, choose the Security type, enter the Password then select Join.
    Network Name, Security type, Password fields and Join button highlighted in Wi-Fi connection of iOS settings.
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