DJI Avata Firmware Update:
Updating firmware can be a real snooze-fest, right? It’s often slow, sometimes a downright headache. But, fear not, because when it comes to DJI drones, like the Avata, there’s a shining beacon of hope. DJI has made the process as smooth as silk, and today, we’ll walk you through it, step by step. No more hair-pulling or frustration; just simple, straightforward guidance.
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Two Paths to Firmware Bliss:
Updating your DJI Avata firmware can be done in two distinct ways. You can use the DJI Fly app for a comprehensive update, which also takes care of your Goggles and Remote Controller. Or, if you prefer to focus solely on the drone itself, you can opt for the Assistant 2 software route. We’ve got you covered with both methods, so let’s dive right in.
Updating with DJI Fly App
One cool thing about the Avata is that you don’t need to connect a mobile device for it to work as your camera view, unlike some other DJI drones. This little marvel works with Goggles that serve as your navigation aid. But, to update your firmware, you’ll need to connect your Goggles to a mobile device that has the DJI Fly app installed.
Here’s how you get the party started:
Step 1: The Link-Up
Before you begin the update, you’ll need to link your Avata, Remote Controller, and Goggles. If you’re using the Goggles 2:
- Quick-press and then hold down the Avata power button for two seconds. A reassuring beep means it’s on. Now, hold it down for four seconds, and with another beep, the Avata lets you know it’s in pairing mode.
- Do the same for the Remote Controller; quick-press, then hold down for two seconds, and another beep. After holding it for four seconds, it’s in pairing mode too.
- Connect your Goggles 2 to its battery using the dedicated cable.
- Quick-press and hold the Goggles 2 battery power button for two seconds and listen for that familiar beep.
- For the Goggles 2, hold down the pairing button, found between the two lenses, for four seconds, and, you guessed it, another beeping sound. The Goggles 2 are now in pairing mode. They should all link together in a few seconds.
If you’re using the FPV Goggles V2, the process is quite similar:
- Quick-press and then hold down the Avata power button for two seconds, and you’ll hear a beep. Hold it down for it to enter pairing mode.
- The Remote Controller follows the same drill; quick-press, two seconds, beep, and four seconds to enter pairing mode.
- Connect your FPV Goggles V2 to its battery with the dedicated cable.
- Hold down the red button, located just below the power cable connection, for four seconds using the Hex key. A beeping sound tells you the FPV Goggles V2 are in pairing mode. They should all link together after a few moments.
Step 2: Linking Your Mobile Device
If the linking process doesn’t complete, it’s usually because there’s a firmware update waiting in the wings. To ensure a smooth connection, link your mobile device to the Goggles. This ensures that you’ll receive a prompt in the Fly app to install firmware updates for the Avata, Remote Controller, and Goggles as and when required.
How you connect your device depends on its port. For Android devices, it typically comes with a USB-C port:
- Connect your Android device to the Goggles battery using the USB-C to USB-C cable that came with your Avata.
- Open the DJI Fly app on your Android device.
For iOS users:
- Connect your iOS device using the lightning to USB-A cable to the USB-A to USB-C cable included with the Avata.
- Launch the DJI Fly app on your iOS device.
Step 3: Firmware Update
With your mobile device linked up, the Fly app will display a prompt to install the update. Press that button, and voila, the firmware update begins immediately. Keep in mind that the update can take up to 20 minutes, depending on its size. Resist the urge to touch your drone, Remote Controller, Goggles, or mobile device during this time. Instead, just keep an eye on your mobile device’s screen to monitor the firmware update progress.
DJI Assistant 2: Your Alternative Route
But what if you can’t use the Fly app due to an incompatible mobile device, or perhaps its battery has thrown in the towel? Maybe your Internet connection isn’t the greatest. Fear not; DJI has you covered with the Assistant 2 software, a robust and faster alternative.
To update your DJI Avata’s firmware using DJI Assistant 2, follow these steps:
- Download the required software for your device. You’ll find Assistant 2 for the Avata, Motion Controller, and Goggles here. For the FPV Remote Controller 2, it’s available here.
- Install the software on your Windows or Mac computer.
Here’s the nitty-gritty:
- Launch the DJI Assistant 2.
- Connect your device to your computer using the USB-C to USB-C cable that came with your Avata. If your computer lacks a USB-C port, you’ll need an adapter, either USB-A to USB-C for Windows or micro-USB to USB-C for Mac.
- Power on your device by quickly pressing and holding the power button for two seconds.
- The Assistant 2 should recognize your device and present it as an option to select.
- Once you select your device, the Assistant 2 will open the firmware update tab.
- Look to the right portion of the screen, under “Action.” You’ll see an “UPGRADE,” “REFRESH,” or “DOWNGRADE” button. Upgrade your devices one by one by clicking the “UPGRADE” button.
The “REFRESH” button comes in handy if you encounter any issues during installation, like failing to link your devices or encountering an error message about the firmware update on the Goggles.
Considerations Before You Dive In
Before you rush into the firmware update frenzy, remember these five important considerations to ensure a smooth sailing update:
Consideration #1: Battery Temperature
Don’t update your Avata, Remote Controller, or Goggles immediately after a flight. The batteries heat up during the update, and if they’re already hot from flying, it can spell trouble. So, give them a breather for at least 10 minutes to cool down before starting the update.
Consideration #2: Battery Charge
Make sure your Avata, Remote Controller, or Goggles batteries are at least 75 percent charged before updating. Firmware updates can be power-hungry, and a low battery can sabotage your plans.
Consideration #3: Battery Updates
Remember, when you’re updating your Avata firmware, you’re actually updating the battery, not the drone itself. It’s a good practice to update every Avata battery before using it to avoid any hiccups later on.
Consideration #4: Internet Connection
A stable internet connection is crucial for a successful update. Make sure you’re in an area with reliable Wi-Fi coverage when using the Fly app. If that’s not an option, consider connecting your computer to an internet modem via a LAN cable when using DJI Assistant 2.
Consideration #5: Preferred Settings
After an update, all your settings revert to their factory defaults. If you have specific control stick or camera settings, jot them down to save yourself from the frustration of losing them.
And there you have it, a comprehensive guide to updating your DJI Avata firmware. With these tips, you’ll be soaring through the update process without a hitch. Happy flying!
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