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4 apps to try for your drone

Despite its size and increasing popularity, the drone market is far from being on the same level as the smartphone market. Nevertheless, many people now own a drone and enjoy spending countless hours flying the drones in their back yards or at a local park - perhaps unbeknownst to many is that this is sometimes against national regulations. Anyway, let's assume you've found a big field somewhere that you can legally play with your drone. Which apps should you use? We’ve put together a short list of apps that anyone interested in drones should try out.

Google Earth

"Google has nothing to do with this, good grief!”. If you’re an avid AndroidPIT reader, you’ll know that Google is trying out many projects linked to this technology. It’s been a few years since it acquired the work done by Keyhole and turned it into Google Earth Viewer as we know it today, an app that allows you to view landscapes, buildings, vehicles and even people, all in 3D.

Thanks to its precise data, Google Earth is able to tell you whether an area is suited for flying your drone or not and, if needs be, you can quickly find another more suitable location nearby. it's worth keeping in mind that there are strict laws in place in each country, which you should cast an eye over before your shiny toy takes to the air. 

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With Google Earth, you can easily find an area to fly your drone. © ANDROIDPIT
  • App version: 9.1.4.1
  • App size: 9.13 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.1 or higher
  • Price: completely free
Google Earth Install on Google Play

UAV Forecast

Now that you’ve found a place to fly your drone, you have to decide when the best time to fly is. Obviously, you can’t fly your drone if it’s windy and/or raining. Simply launch this app and you’ll receive a notification when the weather is suitable for flying. The app will also tell you some extra information such as current wind speed, etc.

If you already use weather apps, this app won’t offer you anything new. If you’re not familiar with such apps, you’ll appreciate the “OK, go fly” and “Not good to fly” features.

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The UAV Forecast app tells you if the weather is good to go out flying. © ANDROIDPIT
  • App version: 1.7.6
  • App size: 28.7 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.1 or higher
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
UAV Forecast Install on Google Play

Flight radar

So, you know where to fly and you know what the weather will be, so you’re all set to fly your drone, right? Well, no, not yet. Now you have to make sure you’re not going to get in the way of any aircraft routes (planes, helicopters) - you can check this using the Flight radar app. You may think it unlikely that your drone would collide with one of these aircraft (especially if you’re not planning to fly too high) but it could happen if, for instance, one or several helicopters take off to attend to a medical emergency or for drills in a city.

  • App version: 7.2.2
  • App size: 40.3 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.1 or higher
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
Flightradar24 | Flight Tracker Install on Google Play

Official apps

Now that the flight path is clear, there’s nothing standing in your way, have fun! Your drone will run on the manufacturer’s own app by default. Whether it’s DJI, Archos, GoPro, Parrot or something else, there will be an official app for the brand which will allow you to get the best out of flying your device. There are some third-party apps that are also worth trying out, particularly Litchi which allows you to play around with Mavic, Phantom, Inspire and DJI Spark drones.

  • App version: 4.1.2
  • App size: 38.0 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.4 or higher
  • Price: 24.99 euros
Litchi for DJI Drones Install on Google Play

Do you know of any other apps that are worth trying out with your drone? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Great guide, I find some of these apps insightful like flight radar and Google Earth. What can you do without Google Earth when it tells you the best places to fly your drones? Litchi and Google Earth both are definitely must-have apps for every drone pilots.

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  • PakRayon 2 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks for recommending these useful apps for drone. Actually, in case of losing precious media files on drone memory card, Jihosoft Photo Recovery is another must-have app.

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