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DJI Spark Remote Controller OTG USB Cable ► Fly With a Reliable Connection

Photo Moment - January 29, 2018

Did you know that you can connect a USB cable between your DJI Spark or Mavic Remote Controller for a more reliable, stable connection? Learn how here!

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ANDROID USERS TAKE NOTE: there are many discussions in these comments about what it takes to do this on Android. Please read them!!

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PhotoJoseph@ what kind of OTG cable did you use ? And where can I find it please ??
I have a Samsung tablet
So, the links are actually in the comment you just replied to :-)
I use the mini all the time. It was meant for that. Don’t be afraid!
This is still helpful
Glad to hear it
execellent. i did airplane mode and used the cable and it worked perfect.thanks
Finally! Someone who is articulate and explains at last how to setup a wired connection. ALL other blogs and YouTube clips leave you hanging as to how to do it. Thank you very much PhotoJoseph!
you’re welcome Mark, and on a side note, I appreciate you calling this “articulate”. Most people just tell me to make shorter videos and to also talk more slowly ;-) hehe SOMEONE gets me!!
i read comments about speed of speaking. continue like this , it is more understood and more clear
first video with perfect explanation
Thank you so much this will help me , ordered my OTG cable waiting for it to arrive. Thanks Bud
Helo, thanx for the video..Why i cant connect my Remote and Device at the same time..or my device connect with Spark, or Remote, on WiFi ? Help pls. i want to fly Sparky on both :) thank by advance
I don't know mate… please try posting on the DJI forums, thanks
Trying to figure all this out with my Mavic Mini I just got. I got "RC not connected to mobile device". This was with my LG G6. Sooo... I am waiting for a refurbished iphone 7 to try again? Any & all suggestions welcome. There is not much info out there about this OTG Cable thing - glad I came across your site! I am subscribing & TY for the info on your video!
LOL I read "Mac mini" at first and thought "why the hell is this guy trying to control his drone from a Mac?!"… ah, MAVIC MINI, got it. OK, so I don't have that drone and this video is pretty old, but from what I've been hearing, using this cable is really not necessary any more. But if you're having connection issues I'd definitely recommend hitting up the DJI forums.
@PhotoJoseph Thanks... i bought a iphone 7 (iphones seem to be favored??) and after spending hours (i have never had a iphone, &i know now why) i got it going. Took me 45 min to get into "Apple's" app store to download the DJI Fly App...omg! Like trying to get into Fort Know... seems iphones and Apple are 99.9% about SECURITY. What a learning curve... where's the xanex??? lol
Can u use a regular charge cable rather than otg
I dont understand:

I should swich on Spark, wait 10/15 secounds for Spark conect to remote controler, I dont use wifi. I use otg cable, without wi fi conecttion (Spark Rc controler wi fi)

Am I work this or I conect spark i phone with wifi?
I haven't used the Spark in a while now, but if you follow the steps here it should work. Of course this is quite old now so things may have changed. Sorry I can't help more!
OMG you remind me of alan on 2 1/2 men :{
Uh…that’s the weirdest one I’ve heard!!
Wow your Spark takes forever to connect to the controller via wifi do you have a lot of interference or such? in your area? Hmm there is something wrong my controller shows up in my android within 3 seconds and links to the spark withing 5 secs. Aha I think its your metal desktop thats the issue.
Could be but it always took a long time. Also this video is really old so the software has been updated many times since then
My Spark and remote are taking to long to talk to each other and either end of my OTG cable will not fit into my phone I ordered the one that I'm supposed to use for phone and remote or Spark but it will not fit my phone what can I do and what do I need to do I had cutting the cable that I thought I was supposed to and I really don't want to spend another few dollars to get another cable to work one in will fit my phone and the other into the the remote or Spark is there something else I can do
stop being so dramatic in your video seriously
go to the main point, i'm tired of your crap honestly.
Then stop watching. Why are you so mean? My god.
Nice video!! Worth the subscription.
well I'm new to this I have the drone for like 2 days I haven't got it more than like 5 meters away from me but there is always a bit of lag on the video feedback for somereason so I'm saying to connect it with the cable and hopefully fix the problem great video anyways ;)
Otg on the go
Skip to 8mins
Over acting annoying
power up remote first, wifi to remote first. then power up the drone. problem solved. but i want my cable back and can't
good explanation. question, what if i use the otg cable and not in airplane mode
I've found being in airplane mode helps no matter what. It's the only way to shut off the phone antennas and you really want to minimize interference. I'm not saying you HAVE to do this in airplane mode, but in my experience, it's been better.
I'm always using the cable.. To me a hardwired device is always better than a wireless..

But when starting up the quadcopter and radio... Im originally an RC Heli pilot and the proper sequence for us is the radio first then the heli or plane... That for fear the reciever on the craft gets a stray signal and sakes off etc... That way the radio signals already looking for the craft when it's turned on...
Very helpful and fun to watch. Thank you for your help
Zzzzzzzxzzzz get on with it dude!
Hey, Joseph! Long time, no it was a pure delight to find you this morning on YT. I was one of the hundreds of Apple Distinguished Educators who got to have a blast with you at our ADE Insitute a few years ago a Full Sail University. I'm still using many of the special tips you gave us back then. Gosh, was that really about 10 years ago? Happy memories, too, of that great group photo you made of all of us -- you were up on the ladder...and the photo makes me think of a tilt-shift lens, due to the great care you took in giving us a special image. Hope to see you again someday. Take care and keep up your great work (still missing Aperture, though!).
-Dr. Larry S. Anderson, ADE Class of 2000 - Tupelo, MS
Wow that’s awesome, hi Larry! Thanks for saying hi. That was an awesome ADE for sure. It’s been a really long time since I did one of those. I miss them!
Are u on crack.
I have a DJI Spark using a Note 9. I have video lag when recording. I do not have a Micro cable. Do I ned to have this to stop the video lag? Thanks
Lag between real-time and what you see on screen? That’s normal; you’re transmitting video over WiFi and it’ll never be real-time.
How much cocaine do you do in a day... whew hahaha great information though... thank you
If you own a spark , get rid of it. They are garbage
That’s a hell of an attitude. The Spark was the first drone of quality to hit its price point. For many, myself included, it was a first drone and a superb entry into the world of flying cameras. Not everyone can afford an Inspire as their first drone.
@PhotoJoseph if it doesent connect, nothing you said matters.....
Just because yours doesn’t connect doesn’t mean the entire line is garbage. Maybe you’re is defective or broken. Or maybe its user error. I have a problem with discounting an entire product as “garbage” because a user can’t get it to work right, while thousands of others (myself included) have. I loved the Spark. Great first drone for me.
@PhotoJoseph not meant for kids or peple with no flying skills. start with a walmat drone lol lol
i have owned them all. the best little drone in its class ! hands down.
OK, I just got a new Spark this week. The RC would not link with the Spark Drone as you showed by turning on the drone and the RC at the point when you turned them on. The instructions actually explained it clearly. You turn the drone on, turn the RC on, Press the button on the drone battery until you get one beep, then Hold the Flight Pause, the Fn and the Custom button on the upper back of the RC simultaneously and hold until the controller beeps and the yellow lights on the drone flash slowly at which point the red linked LED on the RC will change from red to solid green then you can plug the phone in and start the DJI Go 4 program. Don't forget to turn the phone to airplane mode and turn on the wi-fi.
Keep in mind this video is over a year old an DJI is notoriously bad at including helpful instructions. Sounds like things may have been updated since then. Thanks for watching though!
Hi just watched your video on otg cable what you did a year ago I use the cable on my spark and mavic platinum and achieve greater distances and better signals. Great show regards Irvine(Portsmouth UK)
I agree with the comment below talk less get to the point more
Talk less do more
Mine, from day one, will not work with my controller. Everything is connected fine, but THE SECOND the motors start, the phone says “aircraft disconnected.” As soon as I stop the motors “if it will respond.”, it works again.
The drone also stops responding to the controller, wether I am using the phone or not.
It works fine if I fly it with just my phone.
I can’t find the problem. My controller is basically useless.
I'm brand new to the spark, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I believe you actually have to link/pair the controller to the craft. Even if you are already linked, you may just want to redo the linking. Hope this helps.
Freddy Rozen , one of the first things I tried. It made no difference.
This DOESNT WORK, impossible to connect with OTG now.
Oh no, really?!
@PhotoJoseph I use USB C from phone via adapter to micro USB into RC, maybe the problem is that it needs OTG on the controllerside as well?
That means you're on Android… check the comments here; there's been quite a lot of discussion around that. I'm on iPhone.
Who do you use the app with the phone in airplane mode? Doesn't the controller need your phone's GPS ?
Mine connects via Wi-Fi to the controller 1st time every time without fail . I bought an OTG cable and have used it with an iPhone 6s,7 and ipad mini and to be honest it makes no difference to anything so I've just gone back to using Wi-Fi again
I think this got a lot more reliable since I made this video.
How do you get maps on your phone to see where you're at if you're in airplane mode? Wouldn't you need for 4g to pull data for the maps with the otg?
Using a pixle 2
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Thanks for sharing and making the order of things clear!!
I have had zero success with my spark, it was a big waste of money, gps disconnects all the time, won't even fly 10 feet away.... I have not tried this cable thing but it's my last resort before I set it on fire 🔥 lol thanks for the tip!
I’d say your unit may have a problem; the Spark isn’t a waste of money. It is a fantastic little drone. Also be sure you are up to date on the firmware; their updates have made a lot of significant improvements. Good luck!
@PhotoJoseph Calibrate the IMU. Then, go to a different location, calibrate the compass, and try it.
can you charge from the usb if you get a male connection at each end
Hm, I don’t know but I don’t think it’s likely.
thanks for your reply i got one and tryed you cant charge it from the usb
Not surprised… sorry man
Did u ever sell that iphone7?
I did, sorry 😀 Hey have you seen my “2018 year in review” video? I just released it…
Thanks for the video, was helpful for the order in which to connect stuff. To be honest things must have changed a little in the year since you posted, I use a basic micro2usb-c cable, as soon as I connected my S9 to the remote (already connected to spark) a dialogue box popped open and asked if i wanted Go4 to open automatically every time the connection was made. Said yes and it's been perfect since.
This is much easier to listen to if you set the speed to 0.75 !!!
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