Mastering Ground Control: How to Operate DJI RC

Are you Drones Using for the First Time? Or perhaps you’re looking to up your game in Preparing the Remote Controller? Whatever stage you’re at, understanding the ground control station operation is crucial for a smooth drone flying experience. And if you’re a DJI product user or looking to become one, this is your go-to guide for mastering the DJI RC Controller.


The Basics: Introducing DJI RC


What’s a DJI RC?

DJI is a leading brand in the drone industry, and their Remote Controllers (RC) are designed to offer superior control, functionality, and user experience. These controllers manage everything from the flight path to capturing high-quality photos and videos.

Turning Your DJI RC On and Off

Press the power button once and then again, holding it for about two seconds to turn the remote controller on or off. Once it’s on, you’ll be prompted to select a language, time zone, date, and time.

Initial Activation

Upon your first login, an activation prompt will appear on the screen. Simply tap to activate. Successful activation will result in a notice displaying on your screen.


Preparing the Remote Controller: Initial Set-Up


Insert an SD Card

Before diving into the skies with your drone, it’s advisable to insert an SD card into the DJI RC. This enables you to save all those fantastic aerial shots you’re going to capture.

Activating and Updating the System

  • Turn on both the aircraft and the remote controller.
  • Launch the DJI Fly app.
  • If a firmware update is available, a prompt will appear at the top left of the screen.
  • Tap it to enter the update screen and then tap ‘Start Update’ to update both the aircraft and remote controller to the latest firmware version.

Linking the Remote Controller to the Aircraft

  • If you purchased the remote controller and aircraft as a combo, they come pre-linked.
  • If not, after activation, tap the ‘Linking Guide’ in the bottom right corner of the DJI Fly app.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to link the aircraft and controller.

Operating the Controller: Advanced Features


Taking Photos and Videos

  • For taking photos, locate the button on the top right corner of the remote controller. Press it halfway to activate autofocus and press it all the way down to take a photo.
  • For videos, the record button is on the top left corner. Press it once to start recording and press it again to stop.

Camera and Gimbal Control

  • The gimbal dial on the left side controls the camera pitch.
  • The dial on the right side is for adjusting camera zoom.

Other Camera Settings

  • Tap the ‘Portrait Button’ on the app interface for portrait mode.
  • Enter the camera parameter settings in the bottom right corner of the DJI Fly app to adjust other settings.

Downloading Footage to Mobile Device

  • Direct Download
    • Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your mobile device.
    • Launch the DJI Fly app, and a prompt will automatically pop up.
    • Tap ‘Connect’ to access and download from the aircraft album.
  • Via the Remote Controller
    • This works when the aircraft is connected to the mobile device via the remote controller.
    • Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth of the mobile device.
    • Open the DJI Fly app and enter the playback album.
    • Tap the download icon in the upper right to access and download from the aircraft album.



Drones have been making waves across multiple sectors, and mastering your remote controller is the first step to unlocking their full potential. With this comprehensive guide, you’re now well-equipped to navigate your drone efficiently, whether you’re Drones Using for the First Time or looking to further hone your skills in Preparing the Remote Controller.

Drones are not just for capturing breathtaking scenery; they’re versatile tools that can significantly benefit your work or hobby. So go ahead and make the most of this cutting-edge technology, knowing that you have the ground control expertise to back you up!

Happy flying!

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