The infamous DJI Firmware update 1.9.20

The infamous update for the Phantom standard is here… it is labeled as 1.9.20

There were stories online about this update, and some of the stories were telling people that the updated prevented you from flying the drone normally, and that you would get height and distance limits of 30m high and 50m away.

People that have put that story online have misread the story!

The original story says the following

DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of this week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile. All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same.

Even if you have registered when activating your aircraft upon purchase, you will have to log in once when you update the new version of DJI GO or GO 4 App. If you have forgotten your password since your initial login, you can reset it using a function within the DJI GO and DJI GO 4 apps.

You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware. If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.

And the people that have put the wrong story online have only read this:

Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.

But if you read the whole story, and understand it, then you will see that they ONLY apply restrictions if you are not logged in to the app.
DJI even told me that this has to be done ONCE! only after the update.
Once you are logged in, there is no need for a live internet connection anymore.
When you are in the field, no internet is required to fly, and there will be NO restrictions at all.

But.. there is one thing…
After the update some things might be set back to defaults, including the MAX height setting.
We all know that the phantom 3 has a max setting of 500m that can be set manually. after this update it is reset back to the standard 120m/400 feet. so check that setting, and change it back to your personal setting.

Camera settings, stick adjustments like the EXP setting, brake settings, etc… all of them could be set back to default after applying this update.
So if you install this update, make sure you check the settings and change them back to yours.

I have updated my drone


The update itself takes about 15 minutes to complete, and sometimes it looks like it hangs, but let it run, it will finish!
After the update you will be prompted to restart.

Once this is done, log out and back in to the app and all is good.
Weather was not permitting me to fly, it was very windy, but went out for a few minutes to test.
Got it close to 70 meters away, that is 20 meters further away than the throttled distance, so that is all good.
I did not go high,the wind did not allow that, but will definately test that.

Another good thing with this update….
Do you have an aftermarket battery? well you can still use it without problems!
I have 3 aftermarket batteries, flew with one after the update, and the other 2 allowed me to start the drone as well.

DJI Phantom 3 aftermarket barttery

So all in all there is nothing worng with this update, it is just another update, and you can install it and fly it like you always do.
NOTE: If you have done the Magic Power mod you need to redo this!
The mod can be applied to this firmware as well!

The magic power mod can be found here:

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  1. “ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile”

    How does it work in following scenario? You update everything in your home and log in correctly. Everything works ok. No restrictions. You pack your AC and RC to back pack and fly to another country. You don’t have internet connection here. In my case I’m going to arctic area of foreign country where is no mobile coverage or WiFis.

    “determined by your geographical location” worries me.

    1. Well, one thing DJI told me that logging in has to be done once after the update, if you don’t have an account you have to create one… after that it doesn’t matter where you are, if you have internet or not, you will not be throttled

  2. According to what DJI “Support” told me, if you are in the field and attempting to fly in what DJI has determined to be a “restricted” area (right, wrong, or indifferent) – even if you are logged into your DJI account on your iPad/iPhone – you WILL NEED INTERNET ACCESS in order to check the two “I understand…” boxes in the affirmative in order for the drone to take off. If you’re out in the great wilderness, and no internet for miles, and your drone starts going all Rainman with “no-fly zone, ought oh!” you’re grounded. Best bet: find a store with old new-stock Phantom 3’s and grab one, then don’t update it.

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