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DJI Mavic 3 QuickTransfer – How to Download Files (Step-by-Step Guide)

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Have you ever gone on a trip and forgotten your drone memory card reader? Or maybe you don’t have your laptop or Mac to download the files from your Mavic 3 by memory card?

You can still transfer the files to your mobile devices. Using the QuickTransfer function, you can download the videos on the go. You only need an Android or IOS mobile device.

How do you use QuickTransfer?

To use QuickTransfer for the DJI Mavic 3, enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your device. Then download and run the DJI Fly app. Power on your drone and pair it with your device by following the QuickTransfer prompt. Click on a given file or batch of videos and press the download button.

This feature lets you quickly transfer data from your Mavic 3 to your device via Wi-Fi 6. It’s convenient for users that want to avoid downloading files with the memory card reader.

This method also comes in handy if your primary device for editing video footage is a smartphone or tablet.

Keep reading for the exact recipe you need to download files from the Mavic 3 successfully. We’ll also tell you what you need to take into account before you can use this feature.

How to download files from Mavic 3 with the QuickTransfer feature #

Connecting your tablet or smartphone directly to the DJI Mavic 3 lets you transfer your data at an impressive 80MB/s. You can do it with your device plugged or unplugged from the RC.

It’s crucial to note that you can only use the QuickTransfer feature if you meet specific criteria.

Does your country support the required frequency? #

First, confirm that your country allows a 5.8GHz frequency band. Some countries prohibit this frequency as you need a license.

You can use this frequency in the UK by obtaining a license from Ofcom. The license allows you to use the 5.72GHz to 5.85GHz frequencies, so you’re covered.

For other countries like Japan, it gets tricky. DJI locks the frequency from the DJI Fly app, so there is no legal solution.

These are some of the countries that allow the 5.8GHz frequency band without any issues:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • China
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

Download the DJI Fly App #

The next step is downloading the DJI Fly app if you haven’t already.

Version 1.5.8 introduced QuickTransfer as a function, soo you need to download the latest version or confirm the updated one as follows:  

For iOS users #

For iPhone and iPad users, you only need to go to the Apple AppStore and search for the DJI Fly app. By installing it, yours will be the most updated version.

If you have the app installed already, go into your settings and choose Configuration. In General, look for Storage. Here, you see your device storage distribution.

Below you can find the apps. Search the DJI Fly app and press it. It will show a number below the app icon. That number is the current version. It must be 1.5.8 or above to use the QuickTrasfer feature.

If you have a version below 1.5.8, go to the Apple AppStore and update it. You can also allow automatic updates wherever you find the version.

For Android users #

As of this writing, the DJI Fly app is not in the Google Play Store. Instead, you need to download its APK from DJI. Click this link and scan the QR code.

On the DJI page, click the Download Android APK button.

A pop-up warning about malicious content will show, but ignore it and start downloading.

If you already have the app installed, press the app for a few seconds, and a menu will pop up. Press the “app info” icon. Below the app icon, you will see the version of the app.

In case it requires an update, go to the Google Play Store. Click on your profile picture and click the configuration option.

Next, go to Network Preferences and press the automatic app actualization module from the menu. Allow it to update automatically.

Which RC Controller doesn’t support QuickTransfer? #

The QuickTransfer feature transfers data from the drone directly to your devices, so the DJI RC Pro doesn’t support QuickTransfer.

With the DJI RC Pro, you can download at a maximum rate of 10MB/s. DJI surely will solve this issue with a firmware update, so stay tuned for the update.

A smartphone connected to the RC-N1 can use QuickTransfer.

Does the QuickTransfer work while I’m flying my drone? #

You can’t use this feature while flying a drone. It needs to be on the ground with the engines shut down.

Can I download all my files via QuickTransfer? #

For now, you can transfer all your files up to 4K. There you would need to use the memory card reader option.

Two methods for downloading files from the Mavic 3 using QuickTransfer:

Method 1: Without the mobile device connected to the remote controller #

Let’s say you’re chilling out at home and decide to transfer your files to your device. You don’t have your mobile device plugged into the RC and don’t want to.

In that case, you should follow these steps.

Step 1: Power on your drone #

Your Mavic 3 has to be on. Press the power button for a few seconds until the front LEDs and Aircraft Status Indicators light up, alternating red, yellow, and green. The drone makes a beep sound.

The Mavic 3 power button is on the back near the battery-level LEDs.

Step 2: Pair your drone with the device #

Next, you need to enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, then open the DJI Fly app.

By doing this, a prompt appears asking you for permission to connect. Allow it by tapping connect.

The DJI Fly App will ask you to press the drone power button for two to four seconds until it pairs.

Now you have successfully connected the drone with the device.

After the first pairing, you won’t need to press the power button to pair. Accessing the DJI Fly App and tapping connect to use the QuickTransfer feature will do the trick.

Also, on the right upside corner of the screen, you will see a lightning bolt. When QuickTransfer mode is on, the lightning bolt lights yellow. You can power this function off and on by simply pressing the lightning bolt.

That way, you can quickly shift between the regular Fly Mode and QuickTransfer Mode.

Step 3: Transfer the data #

Once the connection is complete, a message displays “View Album.”

Now you have access to the content of the drone memory card. You can select a file, and on the right side of the screen, you will see a download icon button. Press it, and it will immediately download those files to your DJI Fly App or device storage.

You can download multiple files by pressing the checkbox right to the lightning bolt.

Method 2: With the mobile device connected to the remote controller #

Connecting your mobile device to your RC controller will serve as a display screen if you pilot without goggles. It’s also convenient as you can use the app’s features like the QuickTransfer with the RC connected.

Once you finish flying your drone, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Power on your drone #

Once more, you need to power on the Mavic 3 by pressing the back side power button for a few seconds.

Step 2: Get your control and device ready #

Connect your device to the RC-N1 via USB-C or the dedicated cable. Access the DJI Fly App and go to Album. Navigate to the upper right side of the screen and tap the lightning bolt.

When you tap the lightning bolt, a switch to QuickTrasnfer Mode pops up. Press the switch button. It can ask you to accept to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Allow it, and the lightning bolt will now illuminate yellow.

Step 3: Transfer the data #

Here, you must follow the exact transferring data process from Method 1.

As you can see, transferring files with QuickTransfer is easy and convenient!


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