I downloaded the DJI Go 4 App, which you need to operate any DJI drone, and switched on the Spark. (From almost dead to full, full charge only takes about 50 minutes). With the app downloaded, I was now ready to connect the Spark to my phone. I noted the Wi-Fi connection details underneath the battery slot and tried connecting it, but nothing! I tried scanning the QR codes, but still, my phone could not pick up the drone’s Wi-Fi signal. After much frustration, I decided to call it a night.
The following evening, I tried scanning the QR codes once more. They did not work, so I turned to the Internet and soon found that many people struggled to connect their drones to the Wi-Fi.
At one point, I turned over the remote control to see a small sticker with a Wi-Fi name and password. Finally, this was it! I make the connection and suddenly the app works. My app prompted a large firmware update needed to pair the remote and the phone. With the remote on and connected to the phone (not the Wi-Fi) it meant using expensive cellular data. Luckily, I did not have to pair the remote with the drone too, as this was already done. I make the connection, and up pops another firmware update – this time for the drone itself. Eventually, I can access the drone on the app, and I’m ready to fly. Well, almost. The compass on the drone still needed calibration, and I also still needed to update its home points. I changed the battery, which was more than 50% drained from all the updates, and the another No Fly Zones update relevant to the logged home position. Finally, the green light comes on and the Spark is ready for take-off!
It was after 9 pm and too dark to fly, so I moved indoors. After take-off, the drone is meant to hover at 1.2 m while awaiting its next instruction – only mine was still finding its bearings and balance on the first flight. It took off and started drifting almost immediately! After a few nerve-racking seconds, I decided to land the Spark and watch more tutorials on the app.
PS: I found it really frustrating that you could only access tutorial videos for the Spark once you had connected it to your phone – some of the videos could have been used before. That said, I found them really useful.
I turned to Casey and, once again, he inspired me to it give it another chance. At last, Thursday evening, I could fly my little Spark. The neighbour’s kids were intrigued by my “toy” and the security guard gave me strange looks before asking me what I was doing.