DJI Mavic Pro Setup Guide
With the huge popularity of the Mavic Pro bringing in people who have never owned a drone before, there is understandably a learning curve for many. Indeed, this highly portable aircraft from DJI may need a little bit of getting used to for those who have experience with previous products.
Following on from a number of queries we have received, Heliguy has put together this starter guide for the DJI Mavic Pro covering all of the first steps needed to get from out of the box and into the air.
Getting Started With Your Mavic Pro
First things first, you’re going to want to make sure that all the necessary components are ready for use, see below for our layout of the Mavic Pro and its accessories out of the box:
If you have a combo pack this includes extra batteries which are unpacked like so:
You will also need to charge the controller which is accomplished by attaching it via USB to the charging cable’s power pack. You can see how these steps are completed by looking at the gifs below:
Now that everything’s charging you can focus on getting the aircraft ready. As you can see below, removing the gimbal clamp and unfolding the Mavic Pro are simple processes:
Once you’ve completed this step, the next thing to do is attach the propellers correctly. One set goes on clockwise (white circle) and the other anti-clockwise (all black). Take a look at the images below to see which propellers go with which motor and also the simple push and turn action required to attach them:
Once the batteries are charged it’s time to insert one back into the aircraft.
Before you insert your mobile device into the remote controller, be sure to check which connection cable is attached. The default is usually for iOS devices so be sure to change this over so it’s the correct component to interface with your phone. The process for changing the cable can be seen below:
The RC should now be ready to connect to your mobile device so open up the handles as wide as is required, insert your device between them and attach the cable to the relevant port on your device:
Now that everything is ready you should power on your Mavic Pro aircraft by quickly tapping the power button and then holding it for a couple of seconds. If this has been done correctly you will see green LEDs displaying as in the example below:
Now it’s time to power on your remote controller and open the DJI GO 4 app on your mobile device. Then it’s simply a case of following the steps listed in the app to connect the aircraft to your controller. These are outlined here:
Now that’s all sorted out, you’re going to want to check that your Mavic Pro has its Micro SD card inserted to store all the images and video footage you will be taking with your new drone. See below to find out how to locate and insert this component.
Please Note: The Mavic Pro should come with an SD Card already present in the aircraft, this guidance is mainly for those looking to switch cards or if you find that one hasn’t been included.
Now that all these checks have been completed you’re all set to fly with your Mavic Pro. The set-up process can seem daunting the first time you go through it but once you’ve got everything connected it’s one of the most easily accessible quadcopters available on the market.
Remember to fly safely and responsibly and most importantly of all, enjoy the DJI Mavic Pro.
Here are some other technical resources to help you get the most out of your Mavic Pro. See the list below for a range of help articles and troubleshooting guides:
- Updating the firmware on the DJI Mavic Pro
- Linking the Mavic Pro Remote Controller to the aircraft
- Calibrating the Mavic Pro IMU
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