The Flight Screen Battery Indicator Battery indicator messaging displays how much battery is available for flight, how much battery capacity available for a return trip, and how much battery is required to land. Percentage - displays battery charge remaining Green - indicates battery capacity for nominal flight before the time limit required to safely return and land Yellow - indicates how much battery capacity is required to safely return Red - indicates how much battery capacity is re...

Overview Establishing a return location and return behaviors for your Skydio 2 will ensure a safe return flight and landing. When a return is triggered, either manually or autonomously, Skydio will first ascend to a specified height to ensure that no obstacles, people, or animals will be in your drone’s return pathway. You can also adjust the speed and orientation of your Skydio 2 during the return trip and set lost connection behaviors. Skydio will retain its current obstacle avoidance setti...

Overview When you are ready to end your flight and land your drone, first stop any subject tracking and manually fly the drone to a safe landing spot that is flat, clear of debris, and not overhead of any people or animals. Once you’re ready to land, press and hold the LAND button on your phone screen. In-Depth Skydio 2 will descend until it is 10 ft (3 m) above the surface below it. Once Skydio 2 is less than 10 ft from the surface, the LEDs on Skydio 2 will turn yellow and all obstac...

Overview The range that your Skydio 2 can fly is determined by the ground control system that you select to operate your drone. The Skydio Controller is designed to maximize your Skydio 2 in-flight experience, however, there are some factors that may interfere with the range, signal strength, and connection.  Phone range 656 ft (200 m) Beacon range 1 mi (1.5 km) Controller range 2 mi (3.5 km) Dual-band WiFi operating frequencies 2.4 / 5 GHz Channel width (standard WiFi) 20 / 40 / 8...

What is the issue? Skydio 2 app or Skydio Enterprise app (Android Only): If you have display Accessibility or Magnification settings enabled on your Android device, you may not be able to select any of the tracking icons when using the app to select a subject for Motion Tracking. The drone performs as expected in every other capacity. Tracking icons are available, but you are unable to select them. How to resolve it This is a known software compatibility issue with the Android platform and th...

What is the issue? After changing your photo settings, you may see the camera preview flash red before returning to normal. Any photos taken while the preview is red will have a red tint, similar to this: How to resolve it This is a known, intermittent software issue that the Skydio team is working to resolve. In the meantime, we have the following workaround that should temporarily resolve the issue: Connect your mobile device to your Skydio 2 as you normally would. In the Skydio 2 app (or...

What is Case Landing? Case Landing is an awesome feature that enables Skydio 2 to land directly on its case, avoiding dusty/muddy surfaces and rough terrain to get a smooth and safe landing every time. When should I use it? Case Landing is best used on surfaces that are level with the ground (fields, roads, trails, etc). Always make sure that the Skydio 2 case is stable and flat before making a case landing. WARNING: Do not initiate a case landing near water or on moving platforms (boats, mo...

Skydio 2 has been tested in a wide range of temperatures and has a recommended operating temperature range of -5°C to 40°C (23°F - 104°F). Like most small electronics with embedded computer processing, using your Skydio 2 outside when the air temperature is hot requires some extra care and attention. Here are some tips to ensure you have the best possible experience using your Skydio 2 during hot days. IMPORTANT: If you see a warning in the Skydio 2 app (or on the Beacon) indicating it’s too...

Flying any drone over water presents some unique challenges, so we always advise using caution and common sense guidelines when flying near the water. Unlike solid ground, visual navigation is less reliable over water because of the constant changes in geometry and texture. Although it's not waterproof, Skydio 2 has the ability to safely fly over larger bodies of water and the Skydio 2 app adds additional safeguards to keep the drone securely tethered to your phone. Pay attention to your batt...

Launching and landing Skydio 2 from your hand is a quick and convenient way to start or end your flight, particularly if you can’t find a clear flat spot to take off, but it should be done with caution for your safety. Both maneuvers are dangerous and should not be attempted in unstable environments, such as during high winds or while standing on a moving vehicle or boat. We highly recommend that users do not attempt hand launching or landing their first few flights with Skydio 2 until they’v...

Like your own personal camera crew, Skydio 2 knows what to film and intelligently flies itself during your activity to get the best shot. Using the Skydio 2 app, you have a wide range of control over the type of shot you’d like to capture with your drone, via an ever-growing library of unique skills. Anytime you want to get creative while filming, just select a different skill in the app. With most skills, you can adjust the height and range the Skydio 2 will film from, as well as other skill...

The swappable battery in the Skydio 2 allows for an average flight time of about 23 minutes on a fully charged battery. Your available flight times will vary with environmental conditions and flight speed. For instance, flying in windy conditions or tracking a fast-moving subject will impact battery life. Also, note that environmental temperature is a factor to consider with available flight time - see this article for more info: Flying Skydio 2 when it’s hot outside. The Skydio 2 app will sh...

Skydio 2 or Skydio R1 have the ability to follow both humans and cars. For Skydio 2 Skydio 2 will automatically give users the option to follow cars using the Motion Track skill in the Skydio 2 app. See this article for more information on Skydio 2 skills: Using Skills within the Skydio 2 app. For Skydio R1 To use car follow in the Skydio R1 app, connect to your R1 via WiFi, then select either Car Follow or Car Tripod using the skills selector at the bottom of the Flight screen. Use the track...

Although Skydio 2 has a maximum operational altitude of 4572 m (15,000 ft)  above sea level, the height ceiling has been optimized to track a subject accurately for that perfect shot. Control Option Maximum Height Maximum Distance Skydio Consumer app 16 m (54 ft) 20 m (66 ft) Skydio Controller 16 m (54 ft) 20 m (66 ft) Beacon* 33 m (108 ft) 40 m (130 ft) Skydio app, Controller or Beacon      not tracking a subject Up to 130 m (427 ft)from takeoff N/A *A strong GPS signal is requ...

Skydio 2 uses visual tracking, in combination with GPS and WiFi, to establish its position and keep track of its subject. Occasionally those signals can be obscured by the environment, especially when a subject is moving quickly. This article outlines what to expect if Skydio 2 temporarily loses tracking on its subject. Summary: Obstacle avoidance is still present, even when Skydio 2 loses communication with the phone, Beacon, or Controller. If you do lose signal, simply keep calm and let Sk...

Skydio 2 has built-in GPS, which enhances the autonomous flight experience with features that enable it to follow a Beacon or go to a point on a map within the Skydio 2 app. Below are some details about Skydio 2’s GPS capabilities. Acquire GPS lock After launching, fly a few meters in a lateral motion (forward, backward, left, or right) to acquire a GPS lock. This is a critical step that must be taken if you are going to fly your drone over water. WARNING: Failure to acquire a GPS lock prior...

With the new, lower-frequency design of its propeller blades, Skydio 2 is much quieter than our previous-generation R1.  Skydio 2 generates noise equivalent to about 70dBA @ ~10feet when you are launching (or when it’s hovering at the closest range). To put this into perspective, that’s roughly comparable to the sound of a dishwasher running. Of course, the relative volume generated by the propellers will also be influenced by a number of factors, like the environment around the drone, and th...

Skydio 2 is designed to be easy and fun to operate, and using a few common-sense guidelines should help you to find an appropriate and safe place to launch and fly. When choosing a time and a place to operate your Skydio 2, please follow these general guidelines and suggestions, and be sure to check out our related articles for even more detail. Follow the law In the US, it’s illegal to fly drones within 5 miles of an airport. Always follow FAA guidelines for drone piloting and check out help...

Avoid crashes Read the User Guide and the Safety Guidelines If a crash or collision disables your Skydio 2  Skydio Support Team Contact us BEFORE you attempt to fly again, even if it appears that your drone is ok! Skydio 2 is designed to be tough enough for minor bumps, scratches, and collisions that do not result in a crash. If you experience a collision or incident during flight, inspect for damage to the chassis, propeller blades, gimbal, camera, and battery before flying again. Always cle...