Three Settings to Check Every Time You Fly Your DJI Drone

There are over 50 settings available in the DJI Go4 app. Fortunately, you'll never change most of them. You'll just leave them set at the default settings. 

Most of the settings you might change are a matter of personal preference. You can adjust the camera settings, choose metric or imperial measurement units, set the video cache size, etc. There really are no right or wrong ways to set these options. Nothing bad is going to happen if you use a 4GB video cache instead of 8GB. 

But there are a few settings that can cause problems if they are set incorrectly. Since firmware updates, which DJI pushes out regularly, have been known to reset some settings back to defaults it's a good idea to double-check these critical settings every time you fly. 

1. Remote Controller Signal Lost

This setting determines what happens if the remote controller loses its connection drone while it is in flight.There are three options to choose from:

Return-to-Home The aircraft will fly itself back to the location that was recorded at take off. 
Landing I can't think of a situation where this would be a good idea. The odds of your drone landing in a good spot are probably not too great.
Hover If you are flying in an area that has a lot of overhead obstacles this is your best option. You really don't want the Return to Home to trigger and have your drone go straight up into the trees. Better to have it hover and wait where it is until it reconnects.

To set your preference:

  1. Launch the DJI Go4 app.
  2. Make sure your drone and Controller are powered up and connected to the app.
  3. From the main screen, tap the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap the first icon (looks like a little drone) to open the Main Controller Settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and tap on Advanced Settings.
  6. Scroll down and tap on Remote Controller Signal Lost then make your selection.


Loss of signal

2. Return-to-Home Altitude

Return to home is safety failsafe that will automatically initiate if your controller loses connection with the drone for more than three seconds or the battery reaches a critically low level. You can also initiate it manually. 

When the Return to Home failsafe is triggered (either manually or automatically), your drone will go to the altitude designated in the settings, turn, and head straight back to the Home Point that was set at takeoff. Before you take off, look around the area and make sure the Return to Home altitude is set high enough to be sure your drone will fly over (as opposed to into) any nearby objects. 

To set the Return to Home altitude:

  1. Launch the DJI Go4 app.
  2. Make sure your drone and Controller are powered up and connected to the app.
  3. From the main screen, tap the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap the first icon (looks like a little drone) to open the Main Controller Settings.
  5. Go to the Return-to-Home Altitude option, tap on the box at the right and enter the desired altitude in meters. 
Return to Home Altitude

3. Enable Obstacle Avoidance

Most of the time you fly you will probably want to have the obstacle avoidance sensors active. You paid for them, so you might as well use them. But there may be times when turn them off. For example, if you need to get a close up picture of some object you won't be able to get closer than a couple feet unless you disable the sensors. Just remember to re-enable them. ​

To check the status of the sensors:

  1. Launch the DJI Go4 app.
  2. Make sure your drone and Controller are powered up and connected to the app.
  3. From the main screen, tap the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap the second icon in the list to open the Visual Navigation Settings and make sure Enable Obstacle Avoidance is selected.
Enable Obstacle Avoidance