Get the best performance out of your Skydio 2 by following the best practices outlined below.

Keep your Skydio 2 up-to-date

The first step in maintaining your Skydio 2 is keeping up-to-date with the latest software.

Software updates for your drone and accessories are delivered via the Skydio 2 consumer app or the Skydio Enterprise app.

NOTE: Skydio recommends users update to the most recent version as soon as possible, however, the Skydio system will not force an update. If flying your Skydio 2 as part of a larger fleet or organization, follow your organization’s guidelines regarding when to update.

When an update is made available, you'll receive a notification within the app. Note that the app must be connected to the internet to receive the update.

For step-by-step instructions on how to update your system, visit our Support article Updating your Skydio 2.

Follow Skydio’s Safety Guidelines

Always follow the safety guidelines listed in our Skydio Safety and Operating Guide.

Complete a pre-flight inspection before every flight

Before each flight, perform a pre-flight inspection to ensure your Skydio 2 is safe and ready to fly.

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  1. Inspect drone body. Inspect your drone’s body to ensure it is free of damage.
  2. Clean all cameras. Because Skydio 2 navigates visually, it is essential to keep all of its cameras clean. Use the included cleaning cloth (or any clean microfiber cloth) to ensure that all cameras are dust and smudge-free before every flight.
  3. Inspect battery. Skydio 2 uses magnets to retain the battery which may attract metallic debris that could compromise the safe fitment of the battery. Prior to installing any battery, visually inspect the bottom of the Skydio 2 and top of the battery, including connectors, to ensure they are free of objects, debris or damage. Verify the battery is fully seated in the aircraft prior to takeoff.
  4. Remove gimbal clip. Before flying, make sure to remove the gimbal retaining clip from the front-facing camera. Before takeoff, you may notice that the gimbal is slightly askew—this is normal behavior, and once in the air the gimbal will align itself. Check out our helpful how-to article to learn how to remove and reinsert the gimbal clip.
  5. Inspect propellers. Ensure all propellers are firmly attached and free of nicks, cracks, or other visible damage. Never fly with damaged propellers.

Monitor and replace damaged propellers

Before every flight, you should inspect your Skydio 2 propellers to ensure they are in good condition.

Shallow scratches and very small nicks are generally okay to fly with for short periods, however it is best practice to replace as soon as practical. If Skydio 2’s flight performance is affected, stop flying and replace the propeller right away.

Props with hairline cracks or large breaks, chops, or bends should be replaced immediately.

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For optimal performance, we also suggest replacing your propellers after 25 hours of flight time.

You can find propeller replacement instructions in our article How do I replace my Skydio 2 propellers?

Maintain proper battery care

Skydio 2 uses magnetic, rechargeable lithium polymer batteries. To ensure you get the best performance from your Skydio 2 batteries, make sure to follow the best practices listed in our article Skydio 2 battery guidelines, troubleshooting, and safety.

The overall lifespan of a Skydio 2 battery is 1 year, or 200 battery cycles. After this point you may experience a decline in battery charge. That said, Skydio 2 battery life is highly dependent on your use case, and Skydio recommends replacing your batteries whenever flight time on a given battery has degraded below what is acceptable for your use case.

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