3 Safe ways to install older versions of DJI FLY (ios+android)

If I guessed right you don’t like the current version of DJI FLY on your smart device and you want to download a previous version of the software, and as someone who has done that countless times with every other update I wanted to share my experience.

However unlike the drone’s and the controller’s firmware, DJI didn’t make it simple to downgrade the version of the apps, I mean you can go to a random website from google and download any version you like but it has to be safe.

There are several websites that let you download virus-infected versions of the app and you should definitely watch out because you might even void your warranty for downloading from unverified websites.

What do you mean “DJI will void my warranty if I use the older version of DJI FLY” you ask? so the thing is, if something happens with your drone DJI will check if it is their fault or the pilot’s fault, the way they do that is they check the flight history of the drone which is stored in the DJI FLY app, when doing so if they see you were using an older version of their app they might reject the warranty.

Just like they would if you had an accident while using apps such as litchi or autopilot

First why do you want to downgrade DJI FLY

There are endless reasons why you might want to downgrade the app, like one time DJI decided to put a 15-meter height restriction and I remember hundreds of people trying to go back to the previous version, and with every update, there will be bugs and problems.

However before deciding to roll back to a previous version of DJI FLY you should make sure you are making the right decision, I mean DJI released an update for a reason.

And when you want to roll back, I wouldn’t suggest downloading a very old version because they might not even be compatible with the drone’s firmware and they can also have bugs.

Also if you download a very old version of the app it will force you to update to the current version.

1. Downgrading DJI FLY for android users

Step 1- Delete DJI go from your phone

The first step is uninstalling the current version you have on your phone

  1. Go to settings
  2. Then go to apps
  3. Click DJI FLY
  4. Uninstall the current version

Step 2. Enable unknown sources

On android phones By default, you will only be able to install apps from the Google Play Store and Galaxy store

By enabling the unknown sources setting, you will also be able to install apps from 3rd party websites, which you need Right now.

  1. First open Settings
  2. Tap Security & privacy
  3. Additional settings in the Settings menu
  4. Tap and enable the Unknown sources.

Step 3. Download the version of DJI FLY you want

This is where it gets tricky because you want to download a clean version of the app

So you can find all previous versions of DJI FLY here, I cannot 100% guarantee you, it is safe because the internet can change but this is where I go anytime I want to downgrade my app

After downloading the app, install it but there is one more step

Finnaly. Disbale automatic upgrade

After installing the app it will try to install the latest version again and so you will have to disable that otherwise, you are going to end up where you started.

  1. Open google play store
  2. Go to settings in google play store
  3. Then disable auto updates

Then you are good to GO

2. Downgrading DJI FLY for ios users

Installing previous versions of DJI go is way more complicated on IOS devices than android however if you really need it there is no other way.

Step one- Download itunes on your computer

Download iTunes on your laptop, it is an easy and straightforward process, all you need to do is search iTunes on google and go forward from then

Step 2- Download chalres

So I am not a tech guy but Charles is a software used to install previous versions of applications from iTunes, it basically orders iTunes to install a different version of the app pending for install.

Here is a link to download Charles, they have a paid version but we don’t need it for this process and you can remove it from your computer once you are done downloading DJI FLY

Step three- Download DJI FLY

1) Within iTunes – search for DJI FLY
2) Once you find it click on download or get – this will produce a pXX-buy.itunes.apple.com …. link in the session panel within Charles. Copy that link.
3) End the download and shut down iTunes
4) Within charles, click Proxy->SSL Proxy Settings->click Add->add the url from above-> click ok
5) Then click Proxy->Breakpoint settings->click Add->for Scheme choose “POST”-> for Protocol choose “https”-> for Host use the URL from above

Once you get steps 6 and 7 completed, the breakpoints will fire. The XML attribute you need to edit is a few back and forth transactions in, so if you don’t see it right away, just click execute until you do.

Once you find the right transaction to edit, pop in the ID for v4.0.8, and when you click execute, iTunes will start downloading that version.

3. DJI FLY alternatives

If you can’t resolve your issue by downgrading the app you can try other 3rd party apps like litchi and autopilot, so if you don’t know what they are

  • Litchi is one of the best known alternative software solutions to fly your DJI drones, unlike DJI FLY which doesn’t support all DJI products this app supports almost every DJI drone and it gives you more versatility, and freedom on your drone. It is however a paid app and DJI doesnt recommend using it
  • Autopilot is another alternative to litchi and DJI fly even though I haven’t tried for myself it has many great reviews and I suggest you to look in to these two.

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