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One of the worst feelings when flying a drone is the dreaded “Lost Connection” status on the remote controller. It creates a state of panic, worry, and doom. A majority of the time the drone will regain connection within a few seconds, but there lay the few instances where it takes longer. Sometimes there is signal interference, buildings obstructing the connectivity, or maybe a combination of the two. We have created a step by step guide to help you through the troubled times of bad connectivity.

Step 1: Log Your GPS Location

Before taking off and flying, make sure you log your GPS location on your drone. A lot of the times, this is done automatically by the drone when it is turned on. It will gather its location and store it on its onboard computer in the case of an emergency such as complete signal loss or low battery. DJI drones will know where it took off from and return to home as long as it stored its GPS location. Therefore, when you startup a drone, give it a minute or two on the ground before flying so that the takeoff location is securely stored.

Step 2: Don’t Panic

We understand that losing connection with your drone might be devastating, but keeping your composure will be your best bet. A lot of the times the drone will regain connection and you will be able to bring it back within its operating limits. By staying calm, you will be able to make safer and more logical decisions regarding the safety of your drone. The last thing we want is you to turn off the motors and have the drone come spiraling down to the ground.

Step 3: Initiate Return-to-Home

If you haven’t done so already, initiate Return-to-Home. On DJI Phantom controllers, this button is usually located on the right of the controller with a “H” symbol and and arrow pointing towards it. This is a feature where the drone will autonomously fly back to its take off location and land. No controls from the operators end will be required, the drone will just fly itself. Make sure you indicate in the DJI GO app settings what you want your failsafe option to be. Options range from Hover, RTH (return-to-home), and RTH/Land (return-to-home and land).

Step 4: Orient Yourself Towards Drone

The main reason why you get an error for signal loss is because the remote controller cannot communicate with the drone anymore. Proximity is the major reason why signal loss would occur, but if you orient yourself towards the drone, the signal has a chance to improve and possibly regain connection. If possible, move closer towards the drone as this will increase signal strength and reliability.

As long as you are able to follow steps 1 through 4, you should be able to regain connectivity within a matter of seconds. Don’t worry if it takes longer than anticipated. If you’ve set your failsafe and took off from an open location, the drone should return back to its take off location within minutes.

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