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DJI App Hacks - The Best Way to Hack Your DJI Drone

Updated in 2024 by Paul Posea
DJI App Hacks

I think we all agree when I say that flying your drone is one of the best feelings there is… the sense of freedom it gives us is probably what made most of us become addicted to the drone world.

Sometimes though, we just want more… More functionality, more options. Basically, more freedom. So if you’ve ever wondered whether you can squeeze out more features from your drone, you’re in the right place because in this article we’ll talk about how you can “hack” your drone – so you can do things with it most people aren’t able to.

Can you “Hack” your DJI drone?

Yes you can! Now, before you get any ideas about breaking the law, I should clarify that when I say "hack," I’m not talking about anything illegal. Instead, I’m referring to using third-party apps or techniques to unlock hidden functionalities on your DJI drone. 

You change your drone’s functionality and add/remove things that the original manufacturer didn’t intend for normal users to be able to. This is called power using.

This can include things like bypassing geofencing or removing FCC limits - all perfectly legal (and totally awesome) ways to enhance your drone's capabilities.

So let’s get to it!

How do you hack your DJI drone?

So how do you squeeze more features out of your DJI drone? 

You can hack your drone through either third-party apps or official DJI apps like the DJI Assistant 2. Just be careful to avoid scams or apps that don't work as advertised - you don't want to waste your time or risk damaging your drone.

There are many fake softwares out there that are really just malwares…

Benefits of Using These Hacks

Using DJI app hacks can significantly enhance your drone flying experience. Here are some key benefits:

Unlocking Geofencing: DJI drones come with geofencing that restricts flying in certain areas for safety and legal reasons. Hacking allows you to bypass these restrictions, giving you more freedom to fly your drone in different locations.

NFZ & Altitude Limit Adjustments: Normally, there are no-fly zones (NFZ) and altitude limits set for safety. With hacks, you can adjust these limits, potentially flying your drone higher or in previously restricted areas.

Signal Hacking (Switching to FCC Mode): By default, drones operate in CE mode with several restrictions. Hacking enables switching to FCC mode, which is used in the U.S. and Canada and offers fewer restrictions, enhancing the drone's performance.

Parameter Tweaking: Advanced users can delve into the drone's parameters, adjusting settings that are typically hidden. This can lead to improved drone performance and customization to suit specific needs.

These hacks are about making the most of your drone, enhancing its capabilities, and ensuring a safer, more enjoyable flying experience.

Ways to hack your DJI drone

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Not all functions of your DJI drone are set in stone, here are some things that can be changed or bypassed through the use of other apps/software.

Unlocking Geofencing

In 2013 DJI first introduced the concept of no-fly zones and then three years later announced the GEO system.

The reason for why DJI introduced this geolocking feature is likely because of legal liability. After all, if they explicitly stop you from flying over an illegal zone and you intentionally find a way to circumvent that restriction, you’ll have yourself to blame while DJI won’t be held liable.

DJI’s Geofencing uses GPS signals to keep your drone out of restricted flying zones like airports, prisons, and other places where security is a concern, this can be optional or required.

DJI drones can’t take off or be flown without permission in certain regions, which are referred to as “geofenced”.

I’ve gone into how to unlock geofencing on your drone in detail in another article, so be sure to check that out!

NFZ & Altitude Limit in DJI drones

This is similar to Geofencing, just a little more specific. And NFZ is also a no fly zone, it’s just that these can appear at any moment without prior notice – for example, an area that was once okay to fly in can suddenly become an NFZ if it’s going to be used for military purposes.

Altitude limits are as the name suggests, as you may already know there is an altitude limit in the U.S of 400 ft – usually you can’t fly above that even if you wanted to, but through bypassing that restriction you can!

To adjust the height limit on a DJI drone, go to the Main Controller Settings, and there you will see Max altitude. Here you can select a height limit ranging from 20 meters up to 500 meters, or 1640 feet. The default setting is 120 meters.

Signal Hacking (Changing to FCC mode)

I’m sure you already know about flight modes. Basically there is the CE (worldwide mode) and the FCC (the one used in the U.S & Canada).

The CE mode has a lot of restrictions that are hard to bypass, while the FCC is a little more lax when it comes to restrictions.

The video below shows you exactly how to shift your drone from CE mode (worldwide power level) to FCC mode (US, CA power level). No more trying to use “fake GPS” to get yourself to the US or other similar “tricks''!

DJI Drone Parameter Hacking

To change your drone’s hard coded parameters, you usually had to go through DJI Assistant 2’s debug mode and change them – which to non tech-savvy people was a real chore.

Apps like Drone-Hacks make that far easier. Drone-Hacks contains a robust parameter editor allowing changes to hundreds of settings hidden from you.

No more trying to mess around with “debug mode” using the old DJI Assistant that only supports older drones.

How To Keep Your Drone Safe While Using These Hacks?

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When using DJI App hacks, keeping your drone safe is really important. It's exciting to try new things and see what your drone can do, but you have to remember to stay safe. Here are some tips to make sure your drone stays in good shape while you try out these cool hacks:

Start Easy and Low: When you try a new setting or change an old one, begin gently. Do this in a safe place, like an open area, and don't fly too high at first.

Update Your Drone's Software: Always make sure your drone's software is the latest version. DJI often updates their software to fix problems.

Save the Original Settings: Remember to keep the original settings safe. This way, if something goes wrong, you can go back to how it was before.

Watch the Battery: Make sure your drone's battery is well-charged, especially if you're going to try things that take a lot of time in the air.

Practice on Simulators: Before you try your new changes in real life, test them on a simulator. This can help you avoid accidents.

Don't Overwhelm Your Drone: Don't give your drone too many things to do at once. This could make it hard for the drone to fly properly.

By following these tips, you can have fun with your DJI drone hacks while keeping your drone safe.

Impact on Warranty and Customer Support

Impact on Warranty

While exploring the exciting possibilities of enhancing your DJI drone's capabilities through various hacks, it's crucial to consider the potential impact on your drone's warranty and the support you can receive from DJI.

Warranty Considerations

When you modify your DJI drone using third-party apps or bypass certain restrictions, you might be venturing outside the terms of DJI's warranty. DJI's warranty typically covers defects in materials and workmanship under normal use. 

However, it may not cover issues that arise due to unauthorised modifications or use of non-DJI software. Therefore, it's essential to weigh the benefits of unlocking new functionalities against the possibility of voiding your warranty.

The decision to hack your DJI drone should be made with a full understanding of these implications. While unlocking new features can significantly enhance your drone experience, it's important to be aware of the potential trade-offs in terms of warranty and support. 

Always ensure that you're using reliable and safe methods for any modifications, and consider the long-term impact on your drone's health and your relationship with the manufacturer.

Conclusion

There are many ways in which you can squeeze out extra options from your DJI drone. For most people that’s unneeded, but if you’re like me and like to tinker with things, sooner or later you’ll find yourself searching for drone “hacks” to bring the most out of your drone.

Remember though, accessing hidden functionality on your DJI drone can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it's also important to carefully research and choose a reliable app or technique. As always, happy flying!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

How do you bypass the restricted zone on DJI?

You can bypass the geofencing restrictions on DJI drones using third-party apps or specific techniques. This process involves unlocking functionalities that allow the drone to fly in areas usually restricted by DJI's geofencing system.

Is it legal to hack a DJI drone using third-party apps?

Using third-party apps or techniques to unlock hidden functionalities on your DJI drone, such as bypassing geofencing or removing FCC limits, is considered legal. However, the legality can vary depending on your location and the specific actions you undertake.

Can hacking a DJI drone improve its camera capabilities?

Hacking your DJI drone can unlock enhanced camera settings and other features. This might lead to improved camera capabilities, allowing for clearer footage or access to settings not available in the standard configuration.

What should I consider before attempting to hack my DJI drone?

Before hacking your DJI drone, it's important to consider the reliability and safety of the method you're using. Be wary of scams or fake software that could damage your drone. Understanding the potential risks, including voiding your warranty or breaking local laws, is also crucial.

How can I ensure my DJI drone remains safe to fly after hacking?

To keep your DJI drone safe after hacking, use reputable apps or techniques and follow all instructions carefully. Avoid making extreme changes that could impact the drone's stability or safety features. Regular checks of the drone's functionality and adherence to local flying regulations are also important.

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