A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing a Firmware Update on the Phantom 3
How To Do a Firmware Update on the Phantom 3
Unfortunately, updating your firmware can be the most frustrating part of owning a DJI drone. DJI is always improving the DJI Go App and the capabilities of their products, but a firmware update is required once these updates are ready. Firmware updates can be a complex and intimidating process for new drone pilots. This tutorial will go over the process of doing a Phantom 3 firmware update. (The Phantom 4 has a different firmware update process so this tutorial won’t be very relevant for you.)
It is important to stay up to date with the latest firmware for your aircraft. This tutorial will teach you how to upgrade your Phantom 3 firmware to the latest software. For this tutorial, we will be using the Phantom 3 Advanced, but this process can be applied to the Phantom 3 Standard and Professional models as well.
- Charge Batteries
Before beginning the firmware update process, make sure both the controller and DJI Phantom 3 battery have at least a 50% charge. Starting the firmware update process with the batteries fully charged is the best case scenario in case the update takes more time than expected. You do not want to run out of battery in the middle of an update.
- Plug MicroSD Card into Computer
Turn off the Phantom 3 and eject the microSD card from the gimbal. Make sure that you have either a card reader or adapter so that you can then plug the microSD card into your computer.
- Find the Latest Firmware from DJI.com
Download the latest firmware for your specific aircraft. Navigate to DJI’s website (www.dji.com) and choose your model. Then locate and select the “Downloads” tab. You will be navigated to a page of downloads. Find the most recent version of the firmware for your drone model and download the “ZIP” file.
- Download the Latest Firmware
The file will then begin to download. Once the file is fully downloaded, locate the Zip file and extract it. After extracting the file, you will see a BIN file. Drag the BIN file onto the microSD card that you are using for the Phantom. Replace any old BIN file that was on the microSD card previously with this new BIN file. Once the file has been copied onto the microSD card, eject the microSD card from the computer.
- Add New Firmware To The Phantom 3
Insert the microSD card into the DJI Phantom. The Phantom will go through a series of system checks with the new firmware. The Phantom will blink yellow and make a distinct noise which indicates that the Phantom 3 is in the process of updating the firmware. The process can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Once the process is complete, the Phantom 3 will make another distinct sound which can be heard in the Firmware Update Video above. After you hear the firmware update completion sound, power down the aircraft.
- Confirm The Firmware Update Was Successful
Eject the microSD card from the gimbal, and insert the microSD card into the computer. You will now notice there is a new text file on the microSD card. Open the text file to confirm that the firmware update was a success.
- Return MicroSD Card to the Phantom 3
Once you confirm that the firmware update was a success, plug the microSD card back into the aircraft. The Phantom 3 should be ready to fly!
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