How To Use The DJI Motion Controller for The DJI FPV Drone

How To Use The DJI Motion Controller for The DJI FPV Drone

Step by step guide to teach you how to use the DJI Motion Controller. Use this intuitive device to control the DJI FPV Drone with your hand movements, for a unique flight experience.

Last updated: Mar 16, 2021
Published on: Mar 12, 2021

4 minute read

In this blog, we will teach you how to use the DJI Motion Controller and enjoy a unique flight experience.

This intuitive device enables you to control the DJI FPV drone with just your hand movements.

The Motion Controller needs to be purchased separately to the DJI FPV Combo.

For more details about the Motion Controller, read our DJI FPV Combo hands-on review or buy it here

To find out how to use the DJI FPV drone, read our Beginner's Guide tutorial.

How To Use The Buttons On The DJI Motion Controller

  1. The USB-C port at the bottom of the Motion Controller can be used to charge the device and connect to a computer for firmware updates.

  2. The Power button is on the right side of the device.

  3. Press the Power button once to check the battery level. Press the Power button once and then hold for two seconds to power the device on or off.

  4. The Accelerator is located on the outward-facing side of the device.

  5. Press the Accelerator to move the aircraft forward. Apply more pressure to fly faster. 

  6. Release the Accelerator to stop flying forward.

  7. On the user-facing side of the device, you’ll find the Lock button, Brake button, and the Mode button.

  8. Use the Lock button to make the aircraft takeoff or land.

  9. Use the Brake button to activate the emergency brake and hover feature or to make the aircraft return to the Home Point.

  10. Press the Mode button once to switch between modes.

  11. On the left side of the device, you’ll find the Gimbal Tilt Slider and the Shutter/Record button.

  12. Adjust the Gimbal Tilt Slider to control gimbal tilt.

  13. Press the Shutter/Record button once to take a photo or to start or stop recording a video.

    Press and hold the Shutter/Record button to switch between photo and video mode.

Linking And Activating the DJI Motion Controller

  1. Press and hold the power button of the aircraft until the battery level indicators blink in sequence.

    TIP: Before linking the aircraft with the Motion Controller, make sure you have linked the aircraft with the goggles.

  2. Press and hold the power button of the Motion Controller until it beeps continually and the battery level indicators blink in sequence.

  3. The Motion Controller stops beeping when linking is successful and both the battery level indicators turn solid and display the battery level.

  4. Connect the USB-C port of the goggles to your mobile device, open the DJI Fly app, and follow the prompts to activate.

If the Motion Controller is not using the latest version, there will be a prompt on the top left corner of the DJI Fly home page for a firmware update.

Tap the prompt to update to the latest firmware.

TIP: Before updating the firmware, make sure the battery level for both the aircraft and remote controller is above 50%, and a stable internet connection is available.

How to fly with the DJI Motion Controller

Be sure to place the aircraft in an open, unobstructed location.

Check the goggles interface to make sure there are no warning prompts and that GPS signal is adequate.

Make sure the batteries for the aircraft, goggles, and Motion Controller are all sufficiently charged for flight.

TIP: Remove the propellers to safely practice any of the following procedures indoors.

  1. Press the Lock button twice to start the aircraft motors. Then press the Lock button and hold, and the aircraft will take off automatically and hover approximately one metre above the ground.

  2. Press the Accelerator to control the drone to fly towards the circle seen on the goggles interface.

  3. Tilt the device up or down...

    ...and the circle in the centre of the goggles screen will move up or down accordingly.

  4. Press the Accelerator and the drone will fly towards the location indicated by the circle.

  5. To ascend or descend vertically, control the circle on the screen to move up or down until it changes colour. Once the circle colour has changed, press the Accelerator and the drone will fly up or down vertically.

  6. If you want to make a turn, move your wrist/forearm to move the circle on the screen to the left or right. The drone will move in the same direction as the Motion Controller does.

  7. You can also hold the Motion Controller and twist/rotate your forearm to the left or right to make a turn.

  8. Press the Accelerator and the drone will fly towards the circle. Tilt the device while pressing, and the drone will make a turn.

  9. To make a quick turn, turn the Motion Controller quickly 180° and the drone will do the same.

How to Return To Home And Land with DJI Motion Controller 

  1. Press and hold the Brake button on the device. The drone will automatically enter Smart RTH.

  2. When the drone is returning to the Home Point, please pay attention to any real-time changes of the Home Point location.

    TIP: If there is an emergency while returning to the Home Point, press the Brake button once to cancel RTH. 

    TIP: Press the Lock button and hold, and the aircraft will land automatically.

    Make sure your surroundings are safe for landing in advance.

    Due to the limited precision of GPS positioning, there may be a slight difference between the Home Point and actual landing location. 


        • James Vart

          Brilliant review – just what the doctor ordered.THANKS

        • Augustine Larry Ruiz

          I like how you explained things, you made this much easier for a beginner like myself, I followed your instructions and I flew like a pro.Thank you very much for your help.

        • Stephen Gardner

          Thank you for the easy to understand tips makes it easy for a novice like myself

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