The DJI Go 4 app is regarded by some as the perfect app for beginner pilots, mostly those who fly drones in the Mavic line. It’s free, simple, but also has a little bit more functionality than the DJI Fly 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 2 and mini 3.
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.
In this article we’ll go over some of the best mobile devices and tablets to use with DJI Go 4, as well as which drones are better suited with the app if you haven’t gotten a drone yet!
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.
I won’t go in-depth regarding the features, that’s an article for another time.
You can however check out my previous article comparing it to other apps.
Or check out this youtube video:
Like all other apps and software, DJI GO 4 also has some requirements..
Both Android and IOS devices can work with the DJI GO 4 app. Smartphones, like the Samsung S series and Huawei P series, that run on Android 5.0 or higher support this app. On the other hand, Apple devices with iOS 9.0 are also compatible. These include some of the iPad models.
As long as your smart device is working properly and has these required versions, you will hardly come across any trouble using the DJI GO 4 app. I would however recommend a phone or tablet with at least 4 GB of RAM memory, 8 core CPU, and a 64-bit operating system.
Let’s say using DJI Go 4 on your phone has been a nightmare so far, or you’re already planning on buying a new phone and would like to get one that’s compatible with DJI Go 4. What should you be looking for in that case?
You should first know the specs (system requirements) of the app, and then see whether the phone meets those requirements.
For iOS, DJI Go 4 requires iOS 10.0.0 or later (Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom requires iOS 10.0.2 or later).
As for Android, DJI Go 4 requires Android 5.0 or later.
The app isn’t that demanding as you can see, but these are the MINIMUM requirements. While the app WILL work on iOS 10… the user experience will probably be hellish.
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It’s commonly known that iOS compatibility is better than Android when it comes to the DJI GO 4 App.
However, if you’re going to get an iPhone or iPad simply because of DJI Go 4, I’d personally prefer to go with an Android instead. There isn’t that much difference between the two, at least not enough to justify the added price of an iOS device.
That’s a good question!
Brightness is one of the most important things you should consider when choosing a device for your drone.
The reason is obvious. 90% of your flight time will probably be outdoors, and most of that will be during the day (as flying during the night comes with many restrictions).
So I’d suggest you choose a phone that 1. Has high maximum brightness 2. Has enough battery to handle that brightness for prolonged periods of time.
Let’s say you decided to go with a tablet instead of a phone for the screen size.
If you aren’t on a tight budget, I’d suggest you go with a cellular one. Since you’ll be flying outdoors, you want a tablet that can have an internet connection on its own (without having to use your phone as a hotspot).
That’s not necessary however, just a personal preference from my own experience.
As promised here is a small list of some devices that work best with the DJI Go 4 app. Note that this list isn't extensive, there are many devices out there that fit the criteria, but instead of spending hours doing research, you can grab any device off the list below and it’ll work really well with the app.
|iPad (10th gen) 2022||Tablet||iOS||10.9"||16.8oz||500 nits|
|iPad Air (5th gen) 2022||Tablet||iOS||10.9"||16.32oz||500 nits|
|iPhone 11 2019||Phone||iOS||6.1"||6.84oz||625 nits|
|iPhone 12 2020||Phone||iOS||6.1"||5.78oz||625 nits|
|Acer Iconia One 10 2016||Tablet||Android||10.1"||18.34oz||N/A|
|DJI CrystalSky 2017||Tablet||N/A||7.85"||14.99oz||2000 nits|
|Google Pixel 6 2021||Phone||Android||6.4"||7.3oz||770 nits|
|Huawei Ascend Mate 9 2016||Phone||Android||5.9"||6.7oz||626 nits|
|Samsung Galaxy A71 5G 2020||Phone||Android||6.7"||6.53oz||645 nits|
Keep in mind that all newer devices than these will most likely run DJI Go 4 better.
Also something to keep in mind is that when flying a Mavic, Mavic Air, mobile devices taller than 6.8 inches or thicker than 0.34 inches (including the case) will not fit in the remote controller arms.
I hope you enjoyed this smart article on device compatibility for the DJI Go 4, and have gotten a basic idea on which phone or tablet you can use properly with the app.
As you may have guessed the app isn’t demanding when it comes to specs, if you have a newer phone or tablet model, you’ll be just fine.