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Mavic Mini FAQ and Troubleshooting: Everything You Need to Know

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The DJI Mavic Mini is undeniably the best beginner drone on the market. For its size, price point, and features, this drone is an exceptional value. 

Whether you already have a Mavic Mini or are looking to pick one up, you likely have some questions about its capabilities and features. To help you out, we created an extensive list of Mavic Mini FAQs. 


Mavic Mini FAQ

How High Can Mavic Mini Fly?

The Mavic Mini’s maximum altitude (above its takeoff point) is approximately 1,600 feet. However, be sure to follow all rules and regulations regarding maximum drone altitude. 

How Far Can Mavic Mini Fly?

The Max flight distance is 2.5 miles (4 km). The Mavic Mini has been successfully flown just over 18,000 feet. However, it is important to ensure that the drone remains within visual line of sight at all times. 

Which App Does Mavic Mini Use?

The Mavic Mini uses the DJI Fly app.

Can I Use The Litchi App With The Mavic Mini?

Litchi compatibility with the Mavic Mini is currently in the works. Supposedly, Litchi will be compatible with the drone late in the summer of 2020.

Can Mavic Mini Fly At Night?

The Mavic Mini can indeed fly at night, but it is unsafe to do so due to the drone’s lack of navigation lights. It is also worth noting that flying at night might be prohibited in certain places. 

Can Mavic Mini Fly In Wind?

According to the Mavic Mini’s specifications, the drone can withstand winds up to approximately 17 miles per hour. However, users have reported that the drone handles just fine in slightly higher winds. 

Flying the Mavic Mini in windy conditions is generally not recommended, but if you choose to do so, put it in Sport Mode. When in Sport Mode, the maximum speed of the motors increases which helps it stay more stable in higher winds. 

Is The Mavic Mini Waterproof?

No, the Mavic Mini is not waterproof. 

Can Mavic Mini Fly In Rain?

As is the case with most if not all drones, flying the Mavic Mini in the rain is not recommended.

Can Mavic Mini Fly Indoors?

Thanks to its smaller size, the Mavic Mini is somewhat well-equipped to fly indoors. Flying drones indoors is generally less than ideal, but if there is any drone that will perform well indoors, it is the Mavic Mini.

mavic mini fly indoor

For new pilots, it’s recommended to use the Mavic Mini Propeller Guard.

Can I Use Mavic Mini With A GoPro?

The Mavic Mini can indeed carry a GoPro. However, it is important to note that the GoPro footage will be shaky since it is not mounted to a gimbal. 

Can you Fly Mavic Mini Without Memory SD Card?

Yes, you can fly the DJI Mavic Mini without an sd card, but unlike some other DJI drones, the Mavic Mini does not have any internal storage. Thus, a memory card is required to take photos and record videos

What is the Best Memory Card For Mavic Mini

There is no “best” memory card for the Mavic Mini. Brands like SanDisk, Samsung, and Lexar make high-quality, reliable memory cards that will work great with the Mavic Mini. Check this post for all the compatible micro SD cards that Mavic Mini can use.

Can Mavic Mini Record Sound?

No, the Mavic Mini cannot record sound.

Can Mavic Mini Shoot RAW?

The Mavic Mini cannot shoot photos in RAW format.

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What is the Mavic Mini Video Quality Like?

The Mavic Mini shoots video in:

  • 2.7 K: 2720×1530 25/30 p
  • FHD: 1920×1080 25/30/50/60 p

Can Mavic Mini Take Hyperlapse?

The Mavic Mini does not come with a Hyperlapse feature. However, a Hyperlapse can still be created manually with the help of editing software.

Does Mavic Mini Have Obstacle Avoidance Sensors?

The Mavic Mini does not have obstacle avoidance sensors, but it does have a downward positioning sensor. 

Can The Mavic Mini Follow You?

The Mavic Mini does not have a “Follow” mode. 

Will Mavic Mini Get Active Track?

Simply put, nobody knows. And this is not likely to happen in the future because Mavic Mini has no obstacle avoidance sensors to support this feature. 

Does The Mavic Mini Have Navigation Lights?

The Mavic Mini does not come equipped with navigation lights. However, there are third-party lights that can be installed. 

Does Mavic Mini Have OccuSync?

No, the Mavic Mini does not have the OccuSync transmission system.

Does The Mavic Mini Have Return To Home?

Yes, the Mavic Mini does have a return to home function.

Does The Mavic Mini Support Waypoint Missions?

Unfortunately, the Mavic Mini currently does not support waypoint missions. The drone runs off the DJI Fly app, an app that lacks some of the features of its older and more robust partner app. However, waypoint missions will likely be supported by third-party apps that will eventually be compatible with the Mavic Mini.

Does Mavic Mini Have Quickshots?

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Yes, the DJI Fly app that the Mavic Mini runs off supports these Quickshots: Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket.

Can You Live Stream Video From The Mavic Mini?

DJI Fly, the app that supports the Mavic Mini, does not currently have an option to live stream video. However, this feature could be added in a future update.

Does Mavic Mini Need Cellular Connection Or Wifi?

The only time cellular connection or wifi is needed is when downloading or updating the DJI Fly app. To fly the drone, cellular connection or wifi are not needed. In fact, it is a good idea to put your device in Airplane Mode during flight.

Is The Mavic Mini Compatible With DJI Goggles?

The Mavic Mini is not currently compatible with DJI Goggles. However, DJI could potentially make them compatible via future firmware updates. 

Does Mavic Mini Work with DJI Smart Controller?

Unfortunately, the Mavic Mini is not compatible with the DJI Smart Controller. However, this compatibility might come in a future firmware update. 

How to Extend Mavic Mini’s Control Range?

The easiest way to extend the range of the Mavic Mini is with a simple range extender. Check this post for more details.

What is the Best Mavic Mini iPad Mount?

If you are looking for a good iPad mount for your Mavic Mini, check this guide:

Mavic Mini Insurance

Drone insurance is broken down into two categories: liability coverage and hull coverage. Liability coverage provides the insured with protection from claims pertaining to bodily injury and damaged property. Hull coverage covers the cost of the drone itself in the event of a mishap. 

The most popular drone insurance providers are SkyWatch and Verifly


Mavic Mini Troubleshooting

How To Turn Off Mavic Mini?

To turn the Mavic Mini off, simply press and hold the power button.

Where To Fly Mavic Mini?

The Mavic Mini can be flown anywhere that is not deemed off-limits by DJI’s geofencing system. To find out which locations are not restricted, take a look at the DJI Fly Sage Geo Zone Map

How To Fly Mavic Mini Without A Phone?

To fly the Mavic Mini without a phone, simply power on both the drone and remote controller like normal. Once the two connect, you will be able to operate the drone, but you will not have access to the drone’s intelligent flight modes or the camera feed. 

Where Can I Get The DJI Mavic Mini Manual Online?

The DJI Mavic Mini manual can be found here. Other pertinent information about this drone can be found here at the bottom of the page. 

How To View Mavic Mini Flight Logs?

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Accessing the Mavic Mini’s flight logs is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Launch the DJI Fly app.
  2. Select “Profile” on the home screen (the one before you tap on the Go Fly)
  3. Select “More” at the bottom left of the screen.
  4. “Flight Data Center” will be displayed at the top of the screen. Flight logs will be displayed in a list. 
  5. Tap on the log you want to access.

How To Access Mavic Mini Camera Settings?

The Mavic Mini’s camera settings are accessed via the DJI Fly app.

mavic mini camera settings

Select the rectangle above the take photo/record video button to view and change the camera settings. To learn the best practice for Mavic Mini, here is an in-depth guide:

How To Charge Mavic Mini Controller

To charge the Mavic Mini controller, simply plug in the provided charging cord into the port on the left side of the controller—the same port that the OTG cable goes in.

While it does not look like it, the port will accept Micro USB. 

How To Charge Mavic Mini

There are two different ways to charge the Mavic Mini, and which method you must use will depend on what package you have. 

If you have the normal Mavic Mini (not the Fly More Combo), insert the battery and plug the Micro USB into the back of the drone, then plug the cord into a power source. The battery will then begin charging. 

mavic mini charging

If you have the Fly More Combo, you can use the included charging hub to charge the batteries. Simply plug the Micro USB into the charging hub, attach the batteries, and plug the other end of the cord into a power source. The batteries will then begin charging.

What To Do With Phone Calls When Flying Mavic Mini

If your phone is not in Airplane Mode during flight, you might receive a phone call. If this happens, the best course of action is to decline the call to maintain situational awareness. 

It is recommended to put your device in Airplane Mode during flight to minimize unwanted distractions and interference. 

What to do When Mavic Mini Gimbal Overload Happens?

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Gimbal motor overload errors are common with drones, and the Mavic Mini is no exception. Check out this guide that discusses this error at length. 

Mavic Mini Motor Speed Error

If a motor speed error message appears while flying the Mavic Mini, the culprit is a bent or misshapen propeller. When a propeller is damaged, its performance suffers, and the motor is able to detect this. If this message appears, land the drone and inspect the propellers for damage.

You can attempt to bend a misshapen propeller to fix the issue, but the propeller might need to be replaced entirely. 

If none of this works for you, you will need to contact DJI Support or a local dealer to send the drone back.

Mavic Mini IMU Calibration

To calibrate the Mavic Mini’s IMU, follow these steps:

mavic mini IMU

  1. Set the drone on a flat surface with its arms folded in.
  2. Turn the drone on.
  3. Tap on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the app.
  4. Select “Safety
  5. Scroll down and select the option to calibrate the IMU.
  6. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete the IMU calibration. When complete, the drone will restart.

How to Solve Mavic Mini Weak Signal?

If the signal becomes weak during flight, there are a few things you can do to improve it:

  • Increase the drone’s altitude until it has cleared any obstacles that might interfere with signal strength.
  • Ensure that you are facing the drone. Use the indicator in the center of the bottom of the screen to verify where the drone is located.
  • Adjust the antennas on the remote controller so that they are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the drone. 

What Happens When Mavic Mini Loses Signal?

If the Mavic Mini loses connection with the remote controller during flight, the drone will automatically return to the home point. Check this guide: Mavic Mini Signal Loss: What’s The Reason And What You Should Do for more details.

What to Do When Mavic Mini is Overheating?

The Mavic Mini is not equipped with cooling fans. Thus, the drone can easily overheat if it runs for 10-20 minutes without airflow. In other words, actually flying the drone helps keep it cool. 

Where Is Mavic Mini Serial Number?

The Mavic Mini’s serial number can be found in several places:

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  • In the DJI Fly app under “About
  • Inside the battery compartment.
  • On the box that the drone came in.

You can also find the Mavic Mini Serial Number on the box that came with your drone.

7 thoughts on “Mavic Mini FAQ and Troubleshooting: Everything You Need to Know”

  1. If you have an issue with your Mavic Mini not connecting with your mobile device here’s what you do.
    The main cause is your mobile phone is not set to USB debugging once you set your phone to debugging on the remote will connect to your mobile phone.

  2. i have my Mavic mini fully charged and the remote halfway charged. i am holding the power button down on the drone and it will not turn on it just tells me how full the Battery is on charge. i also Took out and put back in the Battery twice.

  3. Re Mavic Mini – It was a Christmas gift and there has only been a few days where the temperature has been above 0 and the wind has been low enough to fly.

    There are only 2 lights flashing when the charge wire is plugged in and after about 15 seconds a low sounding alarm starts.
    This is about the fifth or sixth time I’ve charged it and the first time that this has happened.

    Please advise.

  4. How the I get the camera resolution and frame rate to show on the screen. Currently I can only see 2.7k 24 and the time remaining on the current card.

  5. How do you disable beginner mode with the DJI Fly app.? There are no instructions anywhere to do this. Thank you

    1. Hi Gene, you can try this: Tap on the three dots at the upper right corner and then choose Control, scroll down to the bottom, tap on Flight Tutorial, after you enter the flight mode, then skip it, you may be able to disable it. Please let me know if it works.

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