To optimize the performance of your Skydio 2/2+ it is important to keep your drone updated, inspect your equipment, and occasionally replace your propellers and batteries. 

Update your Skydio 2/2+

Skydio will not force an update for your system, however, for optimal performance, we recommend that you keep your Skydio system up-to-date. If flying your Skydio 2/2+ as part of a larger fleet or organization, follow your organization’s update guidelines. If an update is available, you will see a red notification icon next to the INFO menu.

For detailed instructions visit: How to update your Skydio 2/2+

Complete a pre-flight inspection

Before each flight, perform a pre-flight inspection to ensure your Skydio X2 is safe and ready to fly.


1. Inspect the drone - inspect the body to ensure it is free of damage.
2. Clean all cameras - it is essential to keep all of its cameras clean. Use a clean microfiber cloth to ensure that all cameras are dust and smudge-free before every flight.

3. Inspect battery - Skydio 2/2+ uses magnets to seat the battery, which may attract metallic debris. Inspect the battery and connector pins to ensure they are free of debris and damage. Verify the battery is fully seated in the vehicle before launch.

4. Remove the gimbal clip - before flying, remove the Gimbal retaining clip from the front-facing camera. Before launch, you may notice that the Gimbal is slightly askew—this is normal behavior, and once in the air, the Gimbal will align itself. Visit How to Use the Gimbal Clip to learn how to remove and reinsert the Gimbal clip.
5. Inspect propellers - Ensure that propellers are firmly attached and free of nicks, cracks, and damage. Do not fly with damaged propellers. 
6. Lift and inspect antennas (Skydio 2+ only). Gently lift each antenna and guide it into a vertical position. Ensure antennas are free of damage. 

[caution]Always follow the safety guidelines: Skydio Safety and Operating Guide.[/caution]

Check your propellers

A routine preflight inspection should include the propellers to ensure they are in good working condition. For optimal performance, Skydio recommends replacing your propellers after 25 hours of flight time or whenever you notice any damage. Replace all propellers in the hub, even if only one is damaged, to reduce any potential variations and to make it easier to track propeller flight time. Propellers with hairline cracks or large breaks, chops, or bends should be replaced immediately.

Good Condition Replace When Practical Do Not Fly
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To learn how to replace your propeller hub visit: How do I replace my Skydio 2/2+ propellers?

Maintain your batteries

Skydio 2/2+ batteries are seated using magnets that may potentially attract metallic debris.  Prior to installing your Battery, visually inspect the magnets and connector pins, to ensure that they are clean and free of debris or damage. DO NOT use if damage has occurred to magnets or connector pins. To ensure you get the best performance from your batteries, visit: Skydio 2/2+ battery guidelines, troubleshooting, and safety.

The lifespan of a Skydio 2/2+ battery is 1 year or 200 Battery cycles. After this point, you may experience a decline in charging and performance. Battery life is highly dependent on your use case, and Skydio recommends replacing your battery when the flight time has degraded below what is acceptable for your use case.

Skydio 2/2+ lifespan

The lifespan of a Skydio 2/2+ is 200 flight hours. After this point, you may experience a decline in performance. The drone's lifespan is highly dependent on your use case, and Skydio recommends replacing your drone when it has degraded below what is acceptable for your use case.

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