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HOW TO: Install Phantom 3 firmware on extra batteries


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Overview

Follow the steps below to install the latest firmware on your Phantom 3 batteries. Ensure you follow the steps from top-to-bottom. Carefully read each step and ensure you perform them exactly as written.

Note: You do not need to install the firmware on the battery you were using when you installed the firmware on your Phantom. The firmware was already installed on that battery at that time.

Note: If you have a Phantom 3 Standard or Phantom 3 4K, the battery firmware can be updated from the main screen in DJI GO (before entering the camera view). You’ll see a prompt displayed there if the firmware needs to be updated.

 


Download the firmware

1) Download the latest firmware ZIP file from Phantom downloads page. You should download the firmware version that is currently installed on your Phantom.

Review the release notes so you understand what was changed and you’re aware of any special installation instructions:

 


Prepare your memory card

2) Delete all files from your memory card or format it.

3) Open the firmware ZIP file downloaded in step #1 above, extract the BIN file, and copy it to the root level of your memory card.

 


Prepare your Phantom batteries

4) Ensure all Phantom batteries are at least 50% charged. This means you should see at least 2 lights illuminate when pressing the power button. If needed, stop here and charge your batteries until they are at least 50% charged.

 


Prepare your Phantom

5) Turn off your Phantom.

6) Remove the props & gimbal lock from your Phantom.

7) Insert the memory card into the memory card slot on the camera.

 


Install the firmware on your Phantom batteries

8) Insert the Phantom battery into your Phantom and power it on. To power on the battery, press and release the power button quickly – and, then immediately press and hold it in for 2 seconds.

9) The upgrade process will begin automatically after your Phantom is powered on. Watch the camera status light to monitor the installation process. It should do the following:

  • Flash green while your Phantom is starting up.
  • Alternate between red and green while the firmware update is being installed.
  • Turn solid green when the firmware update successfully completes. You will also hear a D-DD beeping sound that repeats.

10) Power down your Phantom by turning off the Phantom battery. To power down the battery, press and release the power button quickly – and, then immediately press and hold it in for 2 seconds.

11) If you have additional batteries, then go back to step #8 above and repeat these steps with the next battery.

 


Keep or delete the firmware BIN file

12) At this point, you can delete the BIN file from your memory card -OR- keep it on your memory card. DJI recommends keeping the BIN file on your memory card in case you need to install it on new batteries in the future.