One thing that Mavic or Spark pilots may overlook is to get a DJI GO 4 compatible device. Almost everyone now owns a smartphone or a tablet, but not each is able to run the App smoothly.
Sometimes, using a wrong phone or tablet could result in a drone crash because the App may freeze, quit unexpectedly, or lag during flying.
So here comes the question:
How do I know if my phone or tablet is compatible?
The quickest way is to check here to see if your device falls into the list or newer than that. If so, just go ahead, you won’t have a problem.
If what you are using is inferior to the ones on the list or you are not sure, just download the DJI GO 4 App to have a test.
If it’s not working, you’ll need to consider getting a new one.
What you will learn in this article
As you may need a new device, so it’s better to go with the latest ones that have the most powerful processor so you don’t need to update it too soon. Here is the list of the best tablet and smartphones for DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Mavic 2 and Spark.
The best option: DJI CrystalSky
If you are looking for a tablet that only uses for your Mavic or Phantom drones, then this is it. The ultra-bright screen is designed for outdoor use, especially in direct sunlight, you don’t need any monitor hood or sunshade to get a clear view. It comes with a built-in battery that allows you to fly for more than 4 hours. The only thing I would say is the price. If you are not a pro user, you should go with a tablet that can also be used for entertainment.
Also great: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Budget choice: Huawei MediaPad M5
The best option: Samsung Galaxy S9+
Also great: Huawei P20 Pro
Budget Pick: OnePlus 6
As the founder of Cutofdrone, I have nearly 5 years of experience working with the world’s leading drone manufacturer DJI. During my time there, I participated in every major new product launch from Phantom 3 to Mavic 2.
I am also an experienced drone pilot, and I own a Phantom 3 Advanced, a Mavic Pro and a Mavic 2 Pro.
After doing some research, asking opinions from experts, we figured out a few questions as our standards of best devices for DJI GO 4.
1. What are the system requirements of DJI GO 4?
The first thing we need to look at is the App’s running environment.
- DJI GO 4 iOS V4.3.20: Requires iOS 10.0.0 or later (Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom requires iOS 10.0.2 or later).
- DJI GO 4 Android V4.3.20: Requires Android 5.0 or later.
So any device that can’t run the above system smoothly is a big NO.
2. What is the price?
Unless you are in the market for a new phone or device, or it’s not likely to buy a new tablet that is even more expensive than your DJI Mavic Air or Spark.
3. When it was released?
We believe it’s more practical to choose devices that were released in the recent 2 years. Old models do come cheap, but they are either not available or you can only buy renewed versions. Most importantly, they may not be able to catch up with the latest iOS or Android systems.
4. Should I choose an Android or an iOS?
It’s an open secret that the iOS compatibility is better than the Android when it comes to DJI GO 4 App. If you’ve already got an Android phone or tablet, or you have so many personal reasons to not use an iPad, then you can go with Android, otherwise, I recommend you choose an iOS device.
5. Should I care about the Brightness
Brightness is one of the most important things you should consider when choosing a device for your drone. Typically, more than 90% of your flying will happen outdoors, the brighter the screen is, the better view you will get.
Note: If you have to fly under direct sunlight, unless you use a DJI CrystalSky, you can see nothing even if you set the brightness of your device to its maximum level. The solution is to get a sunshade that can be attached to the remote controller
6. Should I go with a WiFi-only or Cellular tablet?
If you are not on a tight budget, it’s sure better to choose a cellular one. Here are the reasons:
You may not be able to use DJI Mavic or Spark’s Follow Me mode, set dynamic home point to your current location or other intelligent flight modes that require GPS because most WiFi-only devices have no GPS.
Your maps won’t work without access to the internet. If you are traveling or flying outdoors, you will have to cache the map area in advance. But this is really inconvenient and you don’t know exactly what maps you want to save.
The solution for a WiFi-only tablet is to attach Bluetooth GPS like XGPS150A and connect it to your smartphone personal hotspot or other devices that have access to the internet.
We have checked the official DJI website, done research on drone forums, social media, and figured out a list that contains the compatible devices. We may miss a few, please let us know if there
iPhone: iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE
iPad: iPad Pro (2016 – 2018), iPad (2017), iPad (2018), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5
- CrystalSky (5.5″ High Brightness)
- CrystalSky (7.85″ High Brightness)
- CrystalSky (7.85″ Ultra Brightness)
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung S9+
- Samsung S9
- Samsung S8+
- Samsung S7
- Samsung S7 Edge
- Samsung S6, Samsung S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy A8
- Samsung Galaxy A5
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Huawei P20
- Huawei P10 Plus
- Huawei P10
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Huawei Mate 10
- Huawei Mate 9 Pro
- Huawei Mate 9
- Huawei Mate 8
- Huawei Mate SE
- Honor 10
- Honor 9
- Huawei Honor 8
- Huawei MediaPad M3
- Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
- Huawei MediaPad M5
- Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro
- Huawei MediaPad T3
Amazon: Amazon Fire HD 8, Amazon Fire HD 10
Google: Google Pixel 2XL(2017), Google Pixel (2016)
OnePlus: OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T
Acer: Acer Iconia One 10
Nvidia: Nvidia Shield K1
Mi: Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 2, Mi 8, Mi 6, Redmi Note 5
OPPO: OPPO Find X, OPPO R15, OPPO R11
Vivo: Vivo X20, Vivo X9
Note: All these devices are also compatible with the DJI GO App, if you are a DJI Phantom pilot, you will have no problem.
1. Most of the time you will need a tablet mount to secure your device on the remote controller, the DJI Spark or Mavic remote controller arms only supports mobile devices that are no taller than 6.8”. If you are using an iPad mini, then the tablet holder is not nesseccery.
2. If you use a tablet holder to mount your device, then you may need an extra cable to connect the device and the remote controller because the original one might be too short.
3. Disable the Calibrate Map Coordinates (For China Mainland) setting if you’re not flying in China.
4. Before opening DJI GO 4, shut down all the other running Apps to make sure the DJI GO App runs smoothly.
5. Turn your screen brightness to its max level or turn the Auto-Brightness setting on.
6. Make sure you don’t turn off the volume so that you won’t miss any important notifications or alerts that may occur in DJI GO 4.
As there are so many devices out there, it’s impossible for us to check all of them, so there might be even better ones we haven’t found. But the ones listed here won’t let you down. We welcome all the pilots to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below, so we can keep updating our list to help more people.