How Do You Connect Your Phone to a Drone Camera | JC Drones

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How to Connect Your Phone to a Drone Camera

Drone cameras are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of aerial photography tools used by professionals and amateurs alike, especially now that drone camera technology has improved to the point where you can take video and photos from angles that were simply impossible before. Whether you already have your own drone camera or are planning on purchasing one soon, you’ll probably want to know how to connect your phone to your drone camera in order to get the best possible aerial shots. Here’s how to do it!

Choosing the right drone

For any drone pilot, choosing and setting up your first flying machine is an exciting process. However, with so many brands and types of drones out there, it can also be overwhelming. There are general rules you’ll want to follow when deciding on what type of drone best suits your needs. First and foremost, think about how you plan on using your new drone (what kind of camera do you plan on using? will it be for personal use or professional/business use?). Also, think about how much you’re willing to spend as well as what sort of technology and features are important to you.

Choosing a mobile device

Choosing your drone camera is only part of what you need to worry about when it comes to connecting your phone. First, you need to make sure that your mobile device has an app for controlling drones. Different companies have different apps that work with their own devices, but generally speaking, most phones should be able to do at least one thing with your drone’s camera.

Second, once you’ve connected your phone and drone, you have another issue: file compatibility. If you want high-quality images from your drone camera, then it’s important that they’re stored in a common file format like .jpg or .png. When taking pictures from high altitudes and long distances (this is what drones do best), even minor quality loss can lead to drastic image degradation.

Installing apps on your phone

Smartphones make it easy to shoot high-quality photos and videos, and many of them come with built-in cameras that can connect directly to your device’s Wi-Fi. To use them, you’ll need to install an app that allows for a connection between your phone and camera.

For example, Parrot drones come with an app called FreeFlight3 on Android or iOS that lets you send photos from your phone straight to your drone. And if you have Apple devices (like an iPhone), AirDrop is great for sending images from one phone directly onto another—no cables required.

General considerations when using mobile devices with drones

Typically, you need to connect your phone (or tablet) to your drone via an app. With DJI drones, it’s called DJI GO and with Yuneec drones, it’s EZ-App. Most of these apps provide additional functionality including automatic flight modes, auto-takeoff, and landing functions, and built-in GPS.

Most include live video streaming from your drone as well. When you use one of these apps with a DJI or Yuneec drone you can take advantage of their entire ecosystem of filters, editing tools, and more that are designed specifically for their cameras.

What can go wrong?

The biggest thing you need to know is that there are two methods for connecting your phone to a drone: Wi-Fi or USB. If you choose USB, make sure your phone has enough juice left in it. Otherwise, if you lose power while connected, your drone will crash. This is why most phone-to-drone apps have an auto-disconnect feature that kicks in at 25%.

When you pick up your smartphone again, be sure to reconnect via Wi-Fi or by plugging it back into the USB port. You’ll also want to turn off 3G and 4G before connecting so that all data stays between you and your drone.


So as you can see, there are a lot of different ways to connect your phone to your drone camera. Whether you want to do it wirelessly or directly through USB, you can still share your photos in lots of different ways. We hope you found this helpful and that it helped you out. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with us.