How to Update a YUNEEC Typhoon 4K Drone

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:

  • Install the Q500 GUI for your computer.
  • Install the specialized USB driver for your Windows device.
  • Connect your drone to your computer.
  • Download and install the firmware for your drone.
Before We Begin:
  • Have a working computer.
Yuneec logo

? Do you already have the Q500 GUI installed on your computer?

  1. Yes I have it installed
  2. No I need to install it

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In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:

  • Install the Q500 GUI for your computer.
  • Install the specialized USB driver for your Windows device.
  • Connect your drone to your computer.
  • Download and install the firmware for your drone.
Before We Begin:
  • Have a working computer.
Yuneec logo

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave
  1. Open your browser, type in https://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome url to https://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
  2. Scroll down until you see Currently Supported VCP Drivers. Under Windows select Setup Executable.
    Windows download
  3. The Setup file will begin to download. When finished, open it.
    Downloading the file
  4. Select Extract All.
    Extract all button
  5. Select Extract.
    Extracting the item
  6. Once extracted, open the file.
    Yuneec's USB file
  7. Allow the installer to make changes to your system by clicking Yes.
    User account control
  8. Click Extract.
    Yuneec driver installer
  9. Click Next.
    Installer begins with next
  10. Accept the Agreement and click Next.
    Accepting the TOS
  11. Click Finish.
    Driver installed

Your Yuneec Typhoon 4K comes with an internal connector that allows you to connect to USB.

  1. Make sure your drone is not on. Power it off if needed.
    Turning the drone off
  2. Remove the battery.
    Removing the battery
  3. Locate the receiver inside the body of the drone and gently pull it out.
    Receiver cable being pulled out
  4. Disconnect the receiver.
    The receiver disconnected
  5. Connect the receiver to the communication adapter.
    Connected receiver
  6. Hold the wires to one side and insert the battery.
    Inserting the battery
  7. Power on your drone.
    Diagram showing the on button for the drone
  8. Connect the USB to your computer.
    Communication adapter ready to be plugged in

Downloading the Firmware

  1. Open your browser, type in https://us.yuneec.com/downloads-typhoon-q500 and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome window
  2. Scroll down and select the Typhoon 4K Q500 download.
    Download icon for the drone
  3. Your download will be a .bin file. Keep track of where this file is downloaded, you'll need it in a moment.
    Yuneec download

Installing the Firmware

  1. Open your Q500 GUI software.
    Q500 GUI icon
  2. Select Device Information.
    Device information icon
  3. Select Firmware Update.
    Firmware update button

  4. The firmware file should be selected. Click Update.
    Updating firmware
  5. Click Finish when the update is complete.
    Finished update
  6. You will need to restart the drone for the update to take effect.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave
  1. Open your browser, type in https://us.yuneec.com/downloads-typhoon-q500 and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome window
  2. Select the Windows download icon.
    Windows download
  3. Click the downloaded file to begin the install.
    Downloaded file
  4. Click Yes on the User Account Control page.
    UAC window with Yes highlighted. Screenshot
  5. Select Next.
    Setup wizard
  6. Select Accept and then Next.
    ToS confirmation
  7. Select Next.
    Installing the GUI and selecting location
  8. Select Next.
    Continuing the install
  9. Decide whether you want to create a desktop shortcut and select Next.
    Still installing
  10. Select Install.
    Install button
  11. The program will install.
    Installing
  12. Select Finish.
    Selecting finish
  1. Open your browser, type in https://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome url to https://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
  2. Scroll down until you see Currently Supported VCP Drivers. Under Windows select Setup Executable.
    Windows download
  3. The Setup file will begin to download. When finished, open it.
    Downloading the file
  4. Select Extract All.
    Extract all button
  5. Select Extract.
    Extracting the item
  6. Once extracted, open the file.
    Yuneec's USB file
  7. Allow the installer to make changes to your system by clicking Yes.
    User account control
  8. Click Extract.
    Yuneec driver installer
  9. Click Next.
    Installer begins with next
  10. Accept the Agreement and click Next.
    Accepting the TOS
  11. Click Finish.
    Driver installed
  1. Open your browser, type in https://us.yuneec.com/downloads-typhoon-q500 and press Enter or Return.
    Safari window
  2. Select the Mac download icon.
    Mac download icon
  3. Click on the Downloads button, then click on Q500_GUI_MAC.
    Download for macos
    • You will most likely get a window saying it won't open because it's from an unidentified developer. That is fine, click on OK.
      Clicking okay to verify
    • Click on the Apple in the upper left, then click on System Preferences.
      Apple meni with System Preferences highlighted. Screenshot
    • Click on Security & Privacy.
      System preferences with Security and Privacy highlighted. Screenshot
    • Click on Open Anyway.
      Security & Privacy window with Open anyway highlighted. Screenshot
    • Click on Open.
      Clicking open to begin install
  4. Click on Continue.
    Click continue to install
  5. Click on Continue. Then click on Agree.
    Click continue and agree for the TOS
  6. Click on Continue.
    Clicking continue
  7. Click on Install.
    Clicking install
  8. You might get an account confirmation. Enter in the account password, and click on Install Software.
    User account confirmation with Install Software highlighted. Screenshot
  9. Click on Close.
    Closing the installer
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