This DJI GO 4 manual will cover the various settings and functions within the DJI GO 4 app for drone operation which can be used as a standalone remote controller for the Spark and Mavic Pro or in conjunction with a remote controller for the Phantom 4 Series, Inspire 2, Spark and Mavic Pro. Overall, the app is the gateway to your drone’s settings, so it’s important to understand how the settings work and what they do. Please note that this DJI GO 4 manual is focused on the Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic, Spark, and Inspire 2. Due to different functions of the aircraft, some of the screenshots of DJI GO 4 show settings that are available to only specific drones. For ease of use, any aircraft-dependent settings are tagged with the aircraft’s name.
DJI GO 4 Manual Contents:
You will spend most of your time here when flying your drone as this is your drone’s view of the area in front of it. The icons around the side of the screen will take you to different settings when tapped.
- System Status: This icon indicates aircraft flight status and displays various warning messages.
- Obstacle Detection Status: Red bars are displayed when an obstacle is close to the aircraft. Orange bars are shown when obstacles are in detection range.
- Battery Level Indicator: The battery level indicator provides a dynamic display of the battery level. The colored zones on the battery level indicator represent the power levels needed to carry out different functions.
- Flight Mode: The text next to this icon indicated the current flight mode. Tap to configure the Main Controller Settings. These settings allow you to modify flight limits and set gain values
- GPS Signal Strength: Show the current number of connected GPS satellites. The white bar indicates adequate GPS signal.
- 3D Sensing System Status: Tap this icon to enable or disable features provided by the 3D Sensing System
- Wi-Fi Settings: Tap to enter Wi-Fi settings.
- Battery Level: This icon shows the current battery level. Tap to view the battery information menu, set the various battery warnings threshold, and view the battery warning history
- General Settings: Tap to enter the general settings menu for settings, metrics, enabling live streaming, and displaying flight routes and so on
- Gimbal Slide: Displays the pitch of the gimbal
- Photo/Video Toggle: Tap to switch between photo and video recording modes.
- Shoot/Record Button: Tap to start shooting photos or recording video.
- Camera Settings: Tap to enter camera settings menu
- Playback: Tap to enter the Playback page and preview the photos and videos as soon as they are captured.
- Flight Telemetry: This area displays flight information such as flying speed
- Virtual Joystick: Tap this to display the virtual joysticks to control the aircraft via the touchscreen on your mobile device
- Intelligent Flight Mode: Tap to select Intelligent Flight mode
- Smart RTH: Initiate RTH procedure. Tap to have the aircraft return to the last recorded home point
- Auto Take Off/ Landing: Tap to initiate auto take-off or landing
- Back: Tap this icon to return to the main menu.
When you enter camera mode, this bar will be one of three colors: red, yellow or green. If the bar is green, then it means you have a strong GPS connection, and it is safe to fly. If it is yellow, then it means to fly with caution as the drone may be in ATTI mode meaning it doesn’t have enough GPS signal to maintain a stable position. Finally, if the bar is red, it means the drone can’t fly, and it will prompt you to take action to fix this situation.
If you tap on the status bar you’ll see an overview of the aircraft systems as follows:
Compass: This lets the drone know where it is and sometimes needs to be recalibrated when you fly from a new location. Pay attention to this as the compass can very easily be disrupted by electromagnetic interference.
IMU (Inertia Measurement Unit): Basically this is a barometer and a gyroscope used by the drone to see its attitude and angle when flying. If DJI GO 4 prompts you to recalibrate it, follow the onscreen instructions.
ESC (Electronic Speed Control) Status: This will tell you if there is a problem with your motors. If you see a warning, try resetting your drone, if the warning won’t go away then you’ll need to send your drone in for repair.
Vision Sensors: These are the sensors that check for obstacles when you’re flying. It is strongly recommended that you keep these turned on at all times.
Obstacle Detection Status: This is a visual warning that pops up on your screen when your drone detects that it is close to an obstacle.
Battery Level Indicator:
This shows you how much power your battery has left. The line gets shorter as the battery power is depleted. The first dot on the left is when the drone will automatically land due to low power. The second dot is when the app will try to activate RTH unless you stop it. The yellow H represent your home point and moves along the line to show how much power you will need to get your drone back home.
There are three flight modes that can be displayed in the DJI GO 4 app:
Positioning mode (P-mode): P Mode is when all the drones’ sensors are active, so the drone should always be stable. This is the safest mode to the fly the drone in as if you take your hands off the control sticks then the drone will automatically brake and then hover in position.
Attitude or ATTI mode (A-mode): The aircraft will switch to ATTI mode if there is no GPS signal or it is weak, and it is too dark for the Vision Systems to work. The aircraft will only maintain its altitude, but it will drift.
Sport mode (S-mode): In Sport Mode, your drone can fly at full speed while using GPS for positioning. However, the forward and downward vision systems will be disabled, so they aircraft won’t be able to sense and avoid obstacles. Last but not least Ground Station and Intelligent Flight functions are not available.