How to Update the Remote for YUNEEC Typhoon 4K Drone

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:

  • Download and install the firmware for your drone's remote control.
Before We Begin:
  • Have a working computer.
Yuneec logo

1 Download and Install Firmware

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 CGO3 Camera STD download.
    Remote controller download
  3. Your download will be a bin file. Keep track of where this file is downloaded, you'll need it in a moment.
    Remote controller download

Unzip and Copy Your Firmware to microSD on Windows

Prepare a formatted microSD card with more available free space than the file.

  1. Locate the file you downloaded.
  2. Right-click the file and select Extract All....
    Explorer window showing zip extraction.
  3. The extract window will appear.
    Extraction window.
  4. Take note of the extract location (folder). If you wish to extract to another location such as a USB drive or a different folder on the computer, click Browse and pick a new location.
  5. Click Extract when you are done.
  6. Once the files are extracted, a new Explorer window will appear with the uncompressed files. The location will be shown in the address bar while the extracted files files will appear below.
    Explorer window with files.

    The ST10 firmware files include a 'firmware' document and an 'update' zip. The 'update.zip' is the ST10 system firmware. Do not extract it.
    The firmware document, includes a 'rf' and 'tx' folder that should never be renamed. The 'rf' folder contains the firmware 'st10_rf_vXX.XX.bin' and the 'tx' folder contains the firmware 'st10_tx_bXX.bin'. 

     
  7. Insert a microSD card into an available slot on your computer. You may need an adapter.
    microSD card being inserted
  8. Open microSD card.
    Explorer window with USB drive listed. Screenshot.
  9. Locate the file that you extracted earlier.
    Explorer window with USB contents. Screenshot.
  10. Copy or drag and drop the firmware file to the root of your microSD card. Make sure the file is not inside a folder on the card.

    Root is the first directory or top-most directory in the hierarchy of your drive. For example: The Sandisk 32GB SD Card (H:) would have a root directory of H:.
    If you make sure your file is not within an additional folder, you will be in the root directory.

Unzip and Copy Your Firmware to microSD on Mac

Prepare a formatted microSD card with more available free space than the file.

  1. Double click on the archive that you just downloaded to extract its contents.
    Open archive window.
  2. The extracted files should appear in the same folder as the original archive.

    The ST10 firmware files include a 'firmware' document and an 'update' zip. The 'update.zip' is the ST10 system firmware. Do not extract it.
    The firmware document, includes a 'rf' and 'tx' folder that should never be renamed. The 'rf' folder contains the firmware 'st10_rf_vXX.XX.bin' and the 'tx' folder contains the firmware 'st10_tx_bXX.bin'. 

     

    Sometimes you may not see the Zip file. Safari may have extracted the file for you if you downloaded the file with it. Just look for the unzipped file or folder.

  3. Insert a microSD card into an available slot on your mac.
    Mac sd card slot
  4. Open microSD card.
    Opening the USB drive from Apple desktop.
  5. Drag and drop the firmware file to the root of your microSD card. Make sure the file is not inside a folder on the card
    Firmware in Finder view.

    Root directory = The first or top-most directory in the hierarchy.

Installing the Firmware

  1. With your remote control off, flip it over and remove the battery cover.
    Removing the battery cover
  2. Remove the battery.
    Removing the battery
  3. Locate the SD card slot inside the battery compartment.
    SD card slot inside battery compartment
  4. Flip the container open.
    Open SD card slot
  5. Insert your SD card.
    The SD card installed
  6. Reinstall your battery and close up the compartment.
    Removing the battery
  7. Turn your remote on.
    Diagram showing the on button
  8. On your ST10+ screen, tap System Settings.
    System settings
  9. Tap OK.
    Entering settings
  10. Tap About Flight Mode Control.
    About flight mode button
  11. Tap Radio Control Update.
    Radio Control Update
  12. Select the _tx_.bin file and tap Update TX.
    TX file update
  13. Afterwards, select the_rf_.bin file and tap Update RF. Tap Finish when done.
    Tapping finish
  14. Tap System Update.
    Tapping system update
  15. Tap OK.
    OK button for updating
  16. Your remote control will reboot as it updates.

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In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:

  • Download and install the firmware for your drone's remote control.
Before We Begin:
  • Have a working computer.
Yuneec logo

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 CGO3 Camera STD download.
    Remote controller download
  3. Your download will be a bin file. Keep track of where this file is downloaded, you'll need it in a moment.
    Remote controller download

Unzip and Copy Your Firmware to microSD on Windows

Prepare a formatted microSD card with more available free space than the file.

  1. Locate the file you downloaded.
  2. Right-click the file and select Extract All....
    Explorer window showing zip extraction.
  3. The extract window will appear.
    Extraction window.
  4. Take note of the extract location (folder). If you wish to extract to another location such as a USB drive or a different folder on the computer, click Browse and pick a new location.
  5. Click Extract when you are done.
  6. Once the files are extracted, a new Explorer window will appear with the uncompressed files. The location will be shown in the address bar while the extracted files files will appear below.
    Explorer window with files.

    The ST10 firmware files include a 'firmware' document and an 'update' zip. The 'update.zip' is the ST10 system firmware. Do not extract it.
    The firmware document, includes a 'rf' and 'tx' folder that should never be renamed. The 'rf' folder contains the firmware 'st10_rf_vXX.XX.bin' and the 'tx' folder contains the firmware 'st10_tx_bXX.bin'. 

     
  7. Insert a microSD card into an available slot on your computer. You may need an adapter.
    microSD card being inserted
  8. Open microSD card.
    Explorer window with USB drive listed. Screenshot.
  9. Locate the file that you extracted earlier.
    Explorer window with USB contents. Screenshot.
  10. Copy or drag and drop the firmware file to the root of your microSD card. Make sure the file is not inside a folder on the card.

    Root is the first directory or top-most directory in the hierarchy of your drive. For example: The Sandisk 32GB SD Card (H:) would have a root directory of H:.
    If you make sure your file is not within an additional folder, you will be in the root directory.

Unzip and Copy Your Firmware to microSD on Mac

Prepare a formatted microSD card with more available free space than the file.

  1. Double click on the archive that you just downloaded to extract its contents.
    Open archive window.
  2. The extracted files should appear in the same folder as the original archive.

    The ST10 firmware files include a 'firmware' document and an 'update' zip. The 'update.zip' is the ST10 system firmware. Do not extract it.
    The firmware document, includes a 'rf' and 'tx' folder that should never be renamed. The 'rf' folder contains the firmware 'st10_rf_vXX.XX.bin' and the 'tx' folder contains the firmware 'st10_tx_bXX.bin'. 

     

    Sometimes you may not see the Zip file. Safari may have extracted the file for you if you downloaded the file with it. Just look for the unzipped file or folder.

  3. Insert a microSD card into an available slot on your mac.
    Mac sd card slot
  4. Open microSD card.
    Opening the USB drive from Apple desktop.
  5. Drag and drop the firmware file to the root of your microSD card. Make sure the file is not inside a folder on the card
    Firmware in Finder view.

    Root directory = The first or top-most directory in the hierarchy.

Installing the Firmware

  1. With your remote control off, flip it over and remove the battery cover.
    Removing the battery cover
  2. Remove the battery.
    Removing the battery
  3. Locate the SD card slot inside the battery compartment.
    SD card slot inside battery compartment
  4. Flip the container open.
    Open SD card slot
  5. Insert your SD card.
    The SD card installed
  6. Reinstall your battery and close up the compartment.
    Removing the battery
  7. Turn your remote on.
    Diagram showing the on button
  8. On your ST10+ screen, tap System Settings.
    System settings
  9. Tap OK.
    Entering settings
  10. Tap About Flight Mode Control.
    About flight mode button
  11. Tap Radio Control Update.
    Radio Control Update
  12. Select the _tx_.bin file and tap Update TX.
    TX file update
  13. Afterwards, select the_rf_.bin file and tap Update RF. Tap Finish when done.
    Tapping finish
  14. Tap System Update.
    Tapping system update
  15. Tap OK.
    OK button for updating
  16. Your remote control will reboot as it updates.
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