I recently purchased a DJI Mini 2, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to use the app

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I recently purchased my first drone, a DJI Mini 2. Not only does it rank towards the top of our list of the best drones, but its lightweight design makes flying it easy – ideal for a beginner. What isn’t so wonderful, however, is how difficult it is to set up the device.

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I’m not referring to the drone’s assembly; stickers on the body (as seen in the image above) make it simple to unfold the limbs and remove the gimbal cover. No, I’m referring about the current app scenario.

Now, I’m not a drone expert, but I do install and play with apps as part of my day job, so this shouldn’t have been such a hassle for me. DJI offers so many different apps that figuring out which one I was supposed to use was a nightmare.

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Go, DJI? DJI is more like it

After familiarising myself with the DJI Mini 2’s design, charging the gadget’s batteries, and reading the handbook, I decided it was time to set the device up, and I knew I’d need an app for that.

I remembered from the instructions that it was named DJI Fly, DJI Go, or DJI Air, so I typed ‘DJI’ into the Google Play Store’s search bar… and found a slew of apps that all looked to work.

There was DJIGo, DJI Go 4, and DJI Pilot, as well as two more DJI apps that were obviously not the appropriate ones. None of them had a user rating higher than 1.4 stars, which isn’t excellent and makes them appear to be all phoney apps at first glance.

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So, which option was correct? As a first-time drone buyer, I had no understanding what the P4 was or whether the Mini 2 was before or after it because the DJI Go indicated ‘For products before P4’ and the Go 4 said ‘For drones since P4’.

To get further information, I had to read through each app’s description, scroll through the list of supported devices, then cross my name off the list… which took a long time.

I had to go a little more by Googling ‘dji app mini 2’ on my phone, which led me to the DJI website, where I learned that the right app wasn’t Go, Go 4, or Pilot, but a fourth one named DJI Fly, which didn’t appear in the Play Store at all.

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I had to download it from DJI’s website, which isn’t ideal considering the risks of downloading and installing apps from sources other than the Play Store. It took me around half an hour to study and fiddle with apps, which is significantly longer than you’d think installing an app to set up a drone should take.

Thankfully, the programme worked after all of this, and I was able to set up my new cinematography tool. However, this is a lot more complicated process than it should be.

Things shouldn’t be so complicated…

We label the DJI Mini 2 “the best drone for beginners” in our ranking of the top drones, which is partially why I got it: I wanted to create amazing sweeping landscape movies and figured the Mini would be a fantastic way to learn.

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However, if setting up a drone is so difficult, it may deter people who want to learn to fly but have already spent a lot of money on a new flying camera.

Drones are terrifying to use; I was afraid when I took the Mini 2 out of the bag because it’s little and delicate, and I knew one drop would render it useless. The risks of flying, as well as the restrictions on where you can fly.

DJI must make it as simple as possible for customers to begin using its goods, assuaging their worries and allowing them to use the drone rapidly. If you’re trapped for half an hour trying to figure out which programme to download, your problems will only grow.

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What is the answer? It’s simple: create a single app that works with all drones. Oh, and DJI should investigate why everyone is giving the app a one-star rating; at first sight, I mistook it for a fraud rather than the actual and legitimate DJI app.

Now that I’m in, the app appears to be beneficial, with limited zone directions and training programmes for newbies like me. I only wish it was possible.

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