What happens if R1 moves out of range from my phone’s WiFi signal?

Flying R1 is as easy as opening the Skydio app on your phone. Just swipe up in the Skydio app, and R1 is ready to follow you. Even if R1 moves outside of your phone's WiFi range, it will use your phone's GPS to continue flying, whether it is following you or not.

Here's how it works:


When following a subject:
R1 will keep tracking the subject for 10-30 seconds and then hover in place until it reconnects to your phone's WiFi. If you're unable to reconnect to R1 via WiFi in this state, it will hover safely until its battery reaches a critically low level, at which point it will land near its current location.


When not following a subject:
R1 will automatically return to your phone’s last-known GPS location. Once it reaches this location, R1 will safely hover safely until you reconnect. Should R1 continue to hover until its battery reaches a critically low level, it will land near its current location.


  • Note that these behaviors are the same whether or not the Track with Phone Location feature (enabled by default in Settings) is on or off. See our related articles for more information about this feature.
  • If the GPS signal of the phone or vehicle is inaccurate due to environmental conditions, R1 will hover in place until it reconnects, or until its battery reaches a level low enough to require it to land near its current location (as above). Be sure to check out our related articles on GPS for more details.

If you have any additional questions or need any help at all, don't hesitate to contact us.