Necessary firmware updates are not a brand new thing. They’be had their infamous status for quite some time now. However, given the fact DJI Spark is one of the most popular drones at the moment, the recent obligatory firmware update will surely unnerve some of its users.
Why is that so? Well, due to the technical nature of this firmware update (it brings some improvements in terms of safety and reliability), DJI Spark users will not be able to operate with their device until they successfully install the update. More precisely, they have time until September 1, 2017, when the update rolls out and becomes obligatory.
How to install firmware updates to DJI Spark
If you have just purchased DJI Spark and you it was up to date with firmware until now, then installing your first update might be troublesome. Don’t worry though, it’s a fairly streamlined process that won’t take longer than 15 minutes. Here’s everything you need to do nicely explained on a step-by-step basis:
- Enter DJI GO 4 app on your Android or iOS device
- Make sure you are connected to a WiFi to avoid cellular data charges
- Pair up your smartphone with DJI Spark’s controller
- Pair up the controller with your DJI Spark
- You’ll be greeted with a firmware update popup
Agree to download the update and then make sure both your controller and aircraft are paired. After that, proceed to the update installation process:
- Make sure your battery on both controller and aircraft are above 50%
- A popup will appear asking you to install the update
- Tap on Update Now
- Don’t power either of the devices off
- Wait until the update is finished installing after which you’ll need to reset the controller
That’s it, guys! You’ve successfully installed the obligatory firmware update on your DJI Spark.
On a side note, this firmware update can also be installed via DJI Assistant desktop app by connecting the Spark to your PC, but it’s a lot more time-consuming to set everything up properly.
Why is this update so important?
For all of you wondering about the reason behind this forced firmware update, believe it or not, there is actually a good reason behind it. Recently, a couple of DJI Spark users reported several cases of mid-flight malfunctions with their devices. Due to these issues, DJI is forcing this firmware update with the hope of improving product reliability and mid-flight safety so that these issues don’t occur anymore.
So, by improving the power supply system and enhancing battery management, I’m sure DJI will solve all potential issues with their newest drone. As horrifying as these mid-flight issues can be, Spark users have no reason to worry as the Chinese UAV giant won’t make a slip up with their smallest drone ever.
Right after announcing 2 new drones (well, technically they’re just making smaller modifications to their current flagships), DJI seems to have eyes on another feature – optimizing DJI Goggles to work with DJI Spark. After last month’s photography update, full support and optimization for DJI Goggles are a praise-worthy addition, nonetheless.