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Best DJI App Alternatives in 2024 (Better Than Official DJI Apps)

Updated in 2024 by Paul Posea
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A quick look at DJI’s download center is enough to find a long list of official drone apps — fifteen to be specific. Each of them will help you fly your DJI drone.

However, they aren’t particularly crucial or irreplaceable.

You see, besides the official DJI apps, there are many unofficial alternatives that, in some cases, are even better and easier to work with than the official ones.

Granted, each app is designed for certain types of drones and pilots, which is why this article will be categorizing potential alternatives based on the DJI app they can replace. This will give you a clear idea on what app would work best for you.

I’ll also leave a table at the end to tell you exactly which app you’re better off downloading, so let’s get into it.

List of Popular DJI Official Apps

Let’s start with the list of apps that we’ll be covering because I won’t be covering all of them. I’ll only be covering the popular, flight-related apps.

Here are the apps we’ll be covering:

  • DJI Fly App
  • DJI Go 4 App
  • DJI Mimo App
  • DJI Ronin App
  • DJI Pilot & Pilot PE
  • DJI Tello 

First up on the list (and also the most used) is the Fly app.

1.DJI Fly App – What is it & what are its alternatives?

DJI Fly App

The DJI Fly App is a sort of companion app that controls some aspects of flight for many of DJI’s new drone models, including the Mini 4 Pro, the Mavic Air 3, and others. I say “sort of companion” because it’s actually crucial to fly or see your drone’s feed, but can easily be replaced by DJI GO, its predecessor or the DJI GO 4, the newest version.

The DJI Fly app is used to control flight, update firmware, calibrate the compass and IMU. It also has some intelligent flight modes and is geared towards novice drone pilots who still don’t have much experience.

It’s mainly geared towards novice pilots and hobbyists. 

What Drones Use the DJI Fly App?

Luckily, DJI themselves have already released an official list here

Amongst the drones that can use the DJI Fly app are:

  • DJI Mini 2/3/4 Pro
  • DJI Air 2S/3
  • DJI Mavic 3 Series
  • DJI Avata
  • DJI FPV

Its main selling point is being extremely easy to pick up, and by being a native DJI app it’s easy to update your drone through it. You can also read up on its other features in my article about it here.

DJI Fly App alternatives

It’s hard to say that the Fly app has any alternatives. What do I mean by that?

Well, the DJI Fly app is an app that is really basic. It’s geared towards novice, first time pilots. However, if we’re just looking at standard flight apps that don’t have a steep learning curve, there are three apps that I can think of that can replace the DJI Fly app (once you’re comfortable flying your drone, of course).

DJI Go 4 App

I won’t go into the details about the Go 4 app because I’ll be covering it in the next section. But it’s a flight app that’s released officially by DJI themselves.

Similar to DJI Fly App, it also has intelligent flight modes, though it’s used for flight control and waypoints. While the feature exists in the Fly App, it’s limited compared to the DJI Go 4.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • More functionality for intermediate users
  • Works for novice users as well

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • Needs some time to use correctly, as opposed to the DJI Fly app

Litchi App

The litchi app is one of the best flight apps for DJI drones out there. It’s a little bit harder to learn than the DJI Go 4 or the DJI Fly app, but has much more functionality, and is overall easy once you get the hang of it.

I may be biased but I absolutely love how Litchi was able to find a sweet spot between functionality and ease-of-use. Usually the more features an app has, the more complex it is. Yet the Litchi is extremely intuitive and a joy to work with. 

It’s also the most popular flight control app out there. With a current price of $24.99 for IOS users and $29.99 for android users.

I think this is an app that is geared towards professionals and hobbyists alike, seeing how easy it is to pick up (despite its advanced functionalities).

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Easy to pick up considering its functionalities
  • Allows you to bring out the best of your drone with its advanced features
  • Amazing software that makes drone turns in waypoints extremely stable
  • Works with many dji drone models, including the Mini & Mini 2

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • This is a paid app
  • You’ll need a while before getting the hang of it
  • Has too much functionalities that a novice user may not need

Dronelink

DroneLink is a pretty powerful autopilot app for drones, and it's got more bells and whistles than most others out there. It's especially great if you're into mapping and collecting data with your drone. 

What's cool about DroneLink is that it's not just about flying your drone; it's about getting the most out of each flight, especially for tasks like mapping or surveying areas. DroneLink goes for around $24.99.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Offers a suite of sophisticated tools for professional drone operations.
  • Supports various DJI drones, including Mavic Mini 2 and Mini SE
  • Available for both iOS and Android users
  • Automatically adjusts flight based on terrain
  • Works with Smart Controller and CrystalSky devices

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • More expensive than basic mapping apps
  • May be daunting for beginners or occasional users

2.DJI Go 4 – What is it & what are its alternatives?

DJI Go 4

The DJI Go 4 app is a control center for DJI drones, offering remote piloting, live camera feed, camera adjustments, media capture, and flight planning with additional intelligent flight modes for an enhanced experience.

You’ll find pilots complaining about it online, a lot. But love it or hate it, many of us still go back to the Go 4 app from time to time.

What drones use the DJI Go 4 app?

The DJI GO 4 app can be downloaded on iOS and Android, and is compatible with the Mavic series, Phantom 4 series, Spark, DJI FPV, and newer models like the Mini 3.

Features of the DJI Go 4 App

As a beginner’s app, the DJI Go 4 doesn’t offer much in terms of functionality but it still beats the DJI Fly app, feature-wise.

It has a list of useful intelligent flight modes which are as follows: Hyperlapse, Quickshot, Active Track, Point of Interest, Waypoints, Tapfly, and Cinematic Mode.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • More functionality for intermediate users
  • Works for novice users as well

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • Needs some time to use correctly, as opposed to the DJI Fly app

DJI Go 4 App alternatives

There are two good alternatives for the DJI Go 4 which I can think of, both work great for waypoints, and both have its slightly different features.

Litchi App

We’ve already talked about it above. It’s currently one of the best DJI flight control apps out there, if not the best, but that’s highly subjective and depends on the pilot.

The Litchi App is considered one of the top flight control apps for DJI drones. It strikes a perfect balance between being highly effective and easy to use. Even though it's packed with advanced features, the app remains intuitive and user-friendly, making it a pleasure to work with. 

Overall, its design makes it a versatile choice for a wide range of users looking to control their DJI drones effectively.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Easy to pick up considering its functionalities
  • Allows you to bring out the best of your drone with its advanced features
  • Amazing software that makes drone turns in waypoints extremely stable
  • Works with many DJI drone models, including the Mini & Mini 2

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • This is a paid app
  • You’ll need a while before getting the hang of it
  • Has too much functionalities that a novice user may not need

Autopilot App

A popular alternative to DJI GO 4, with higher functionality and customizable controls. It’s more complex than the DJI GO 4, but that’s fine considering it’s targeted at professional and experienced drone pilots. It’s currently priced at $29.99 and available on IOS only.

Its main selling point is that it has the smoothest camera movement around point of interests when it comes to waypoints, out of all the apps discussed above.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Advanced functionality
  • Optimized software for advanced pilots

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • A non-user friendly interface
  • Available for IOS devices only
  • Hard to learn and master. Not recommended for novice pilots

3.DJI Go Mimo App – What is it & what are its alternatives?

DJI Go Mimo App

The DJI Mimo app is an all-in-one solution for enhancing your photos and videos. It offers live HD viewing while recording, easy-to-use editing tools, and smart modes for creative shooting. You can control your DJI Osmo devices, edit your footage with professional tools, and share your creations easily.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Designed for easy navigation and user-friendly interaction
  • Provides you with professional-grade features for sophisticated editing

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • Primarily optimized for specific DJI devices
  • Might be somewhat complex if you're a beginner

Alternatives to DJI Mimo App

Adobe Lightroom: You can use Adobe Lightroom for its powerful photo editing and organizing capabilities. Known for its advanced editing features, cloud storage, and cross-device compatibility, it's ideal for you if you're a professional photographer or if you seek in-depth editing features.

Snapseed: A free photo-editing app from Google, offering a variety of editing tools and filters. Its intuitive interface makes it accessible for beginners. It's perfect if you're a casual user or if you're looking for a straightforward yet powerful editing tool. 

4.DJI Go Ronin App – What is it & what are its alternatives?

DJI Go Ronin App

Similarly to the Mimo app, this is a dedicated video editing app for the following DJI products: DJI RS 2, DJI RSC 2, Ronin-S, Ronin-SC, DJI RS 3 Pro, DJI RS 3.

The DJI Go Ronin App is unique and there's no other app like it. It's the best choice for anyone using DJI Ronin cameras and drones, offering features that no other app does.

Other Apps – Pilot & Tello

The apps we’ve covered above are the most commonly used, besides the Ronin which is reserved for the high-end Roning cameras.

There are however two other apps that aren’t as popular but also used by two specific kinds of drones. I’m talking about DJI Tello.

Enterprise drones like the the DJI Matrice 30 and 300, DJI has come out with a specific app for these high end drones called the DJI Pilot App.

Then there is the DJI Tello app, which as the name suggests allows you to get the best out of the DJI Tello drone. It’s like a light version of the Fly app.

Which DJI app do I need for my drone?

You might have noticed that some of these apps are similar in functions and features, so that begs the question, which app is best for your drone.

As promised, below is a table with each popular DJI drone and the app that I believe goes best with it. Keep in mind that these are merely suggestions, at the end of the day you can use the app that you think fits your drone flying best.

DJI Flight AppDJI Drones They Go With
DJI Fly AppDJI Mini 4 Pro, DJI Air 3, DJI Mavic 3 Pro, DJI Mini 2 SE, DJI Mini 3, DJI Mavic 3 Classic, DJI Avata, DJI Mini 3 Pro, DJI Mavic 3, DJI Mini SE, DJI Air 2S, DJI FPV, DJI Mini 2, Mavic Air 2, Mavic Mini
DJI Go 4 AppMavic Pro, Mavic 2, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Air, Spark, Phantom 4 Advanced, Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 4 V2. 0, Inspire 2, and Matrice 200-210 RTK
DJI Pilot & Pilot PEDJI Matrice 30, DJI Matrice 300 RTK, DJI Phantom 4 RTK, DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Series

Will using a third-party app void the DJI warranty?

It's not all about pushing the boundaries — there's a word of caution to keep in mind.

A third party app can indeed void the DJI warranty. While these apps can significantly boost your drone's performance, it's crucial to remember that tinkering with your drone using these apps may put you outside DJI’s safety net. 

Think of it as a balancing act; you're weighing the cool, advanced features against the safety of warranty coverage. 

So, before you dive into this exciting world of third-party apps, make sure you're fully aware of the implications and make an informed decision. 

After all, it's about enjoying your drone experience to the fullest, but also about playing it smart!

Conclusion

If you’ve read this far, then you must’ve realized that there are many other options besides the official DJI apps when it comes to drone flight (and other DJI products like the osmo and ronin suite).

In fact, there are some apps that are also great alternatives and that I didn’t include, like UgCS, Px4d (more suited to professional surveyors), etc…

Third party apps are getting better and in some cases, you’ll actually be better off using a third party app than an official one. 

faq what should you look for in a drone

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section we'll answer all questions related to the above article:

Can you fly a DJI drone without a DJI app?

When you're setting up your DJI FPV for the first time, it's a good idea to use the DJI Fly app on your phone. Once you've done that initial setup, you won't need your phone anymore. You can just use the DJI Goggles FPV as your screen. Pretty cool, right?

Do I have to use manufacturer apps to fly my drone?

Not always! It depends on the drone. Some drones do require the manufacturer's app for the best experience, but others might work with third-party apps or even without any app at all. Just check what your drone's manual says.

Should I pay for those expensive drone apps?

Well, it really depends on what you need. If the pricey app offers features that are super useful for your drone flying, it might be worth it. But if you're just flying for fun, you might not need all those fancy extras. It's all about what works best for you and your drone adventures!

What is the replacement app for DJI?

Litchi is a cool alternative to DJI's usual apps like GO and Fly, especially for the Mini series and Mavic Air 2. You can even plan your flight paths on your computer before you head out.

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