Overview

We’re excited for you to get started with your Skydio 2. Before you fly, please check out all of the guidance and suggestions at skydio.com/safety, where you’ll find best practices, links to additional content, and regulatory information to enhance safety as well as your overall experience with Skydio 2.

Check out our quick tutorial video (or our Skydio Flight School series) to learn more about how easy it is to fly:

First steps

Connecting to Skydio

Updating your drone

Before you fly

First Steps

1. Insert a microSD card into the Skydio 2 SD card slot to capture your footage. Skydio requires a UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) or faster microSD card to record 4k video. Skydio may need to format your SD card, so please ensure any data is safely copied off the card before use.

 

CS_Note_callout-icon__1_.jpg  Skydio cannot fly without a properly formatted microSD card.

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2. Attach the Skydio 2 battery to your Skydio 2 and charge the battery using the included USB-C cable and Power Adaptor. Note that Skydio batteries are held in place magnetically and may be removed by pulling on them.
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3. The LEDs on the Skydio 2 battery will indicate the current state of charge. You may also tap the button on the front of the battery to display the current state of charge. The LEDs will pulse while the battery is charging. While charging, the Skydio 2 should be in an open area as it is normal for the chassis to become warm to the touch. When fully charged the LEDs on the battery will remain solid for one minute then turn off.
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LEDs will pulse on and off

FULLY CHARGED
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Will display solid then turn OFF

Connecting to Skydio

While your battery is charging, download and install the Skydio 2 app on your mobile device. The Skydio 2 app is available via the App Store® and Google Play.

Once your battery is fully charged, launch the Skydio 2 app and power on your drone by pressing and holding the battery button for 3 seconds. As you move through the first onboarding steps in the Skydio app, you will be asked to enable location and microphone services on your phone which are required for the Skydio 2 to function normally, and to register your Skydio 2 with your email address (you only have to do this the first time you fly).

Skydio uses WiFi to communicate with your phone and other Skydio accessories. When prompted in the app, enter your Skydio 2’s WiFi name and password. You may find your drone’s WiFi name and password on the sticker attached to the drone or inside the drone's battery tray. Be sure to remove the sticker marked “Remove before flight” before flying Skydio 2.

Updating your drone

Always make sure you are flying with the latest Skydio 2 software. If there is an update available for Skydio 2, the Skydio 2 App will guide you through the required steps. If an update is available, it’s best to download the Skydio 2 update when you have access to an internet-enabled WiFi network.

Before you fly

  • Because Skydio 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.
  • Skydio 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 your drone 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. Do not fly with any batteries with enclosures that are cracked, gouged, dented or otherwise substantially physically deformed. Contact the Skydio support team if you suspect an issue with battery use or with the batteries themselves.
  • If using a mobile device running the Skydio 2 app, ensure any Battery Saver or Low Power modes are disabled. These modes may interfere with Skydio 2’s ability to communicate with the device and negatively impact your flight experience.
  • 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.
  • Ensure all propellers are firmly attached and free of nicks, cracks, or other visible damage. Never fly with damaged propellers.
  • When flying with the Skydio 2 app, audio will be automatically recorded from the device and added to the recorded video after the flight ends. If Skydio 2 is flown with only the Beacon accessory and no connected phone, no audio will be recorded.

Explore More

Explore related articles for additional information:

Understanding the Skydio 2 Height Floor

Viewing and saving Skydio 2 media

Using Skills within the Skydio 2 app

 

If you have questions or need additional support—feel free to reach out! Skydio Support

  

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