Why is Drone Not Connecting & How to Fix It

There are many reasons why your drone is not connecting or pairing. Some of the reasons include a low or dead battery, bad wifi, Bluetooth or USB connection, or outdated firmware versions.

Hello folks! My name is Lavelle and I am a licensed drone pilot and a long-time drone enthusiast. Over the past decade, I have used my drones in both professional and recreational capacities. There have been many times when my drone does not connect properly and I have learned to check for several things when that happens.

In this article, I will go over some of the reasons that your drone may not connect. I will also cover some of the ways that you can fix this problem.

Key Takeaways

  • Before connecting your drone, ensure that your battery is properly charged.
  • Make sure that you have a stable wifi, Bluetooth, or USB connection.
  • Update the software and firmware on your drone to the latest versions.

Why Drone is Not Connecting to Controller or Phone

Here are some common reasons why your drone may not be connecting to your phone or remote controller.

Low Battery Power

Having low battery power will cause your drone to not connect to the controller or phone. When your battery has a low charge, it does not have enough power to forge a proper connection. In some cases, the battery may not be able to be charged and should be replaced when this occurs.

Outdated Firmware or Software

Drone manufacturers often provide updates to their software or firmware versions. Ensuring that you are using the most updated version is important. Using outdated firmware or software may cause connection issues.

Syncing Issues

Ensure that you use the proper sync steps to connect your drone to the controller or to your phone. When the drone is not synced properly, it may cause a faulty connection. The syncing process ensures that your drone and control device are “talking to each other” properly.

5 Ways to Troubleshoot a Drone That Isn’t Connecting

Here are 5-tips that I’ve found helpful when troubleshooting connection issues with my drones.

1. Recharge Drone and Controller

Recharging your drone and controller may fix your connection issue. Take your battery out of the drone and ensure that it is fully (but not over) charged. Also, ensure that your controller is fully charged.

2. Reset the Controller

In many instances, you can just reset your drone’s controller. It is a “reboot” technique that fixes many common issues. It is the same premise as rebooting your computer when it glitches. Since drones and their controllers are similar to personal computer technology, a simple reboot fixes many common problems.

3. Resync the Drone with the Controller or Phone Correctly

After resetting the controller, you may try resyncing your drone to the remote controller or to your phone or tablet. In some instances, resyncing fixes the connection issue.

4. Update Drone and Controller Firmware

Check to ensure that you are using the latest version of your drone and controller firmware. Look at your drone’s manufacturer’s website for updates. If you are not using the latest version, update it immediately.

5. Update Software

Similarly to updating the firmware is updating the drone’s software. Simply download the latest version of the drone application or uninstall and reinstall the software application.


Find below the answers to some of the most popular questions about drone connecting issues.

How Do I Reset My Drone WiFi?

Different drones have different ways to reset the wifi. Check with your specific drone manufacturer for details. The DJI drones, for instance, reset wifi by holding down the power button for 9 seconds until you hear three beeps.

Why Is My Drone Not Responding?

There are many reasons why your drone may stop responding. Some of the common reasons are technical glitches, low batteries, and/or syncing issues. Try to charge your batteries properly and restart your drone after.

How Do I Reconnect My Drone?

Turn off the battery and the controller. Take the battery out, wait a few seconds, and then reinstall it. Power up the drone and reconnect it to the controller.

Final Thoughts

There are many reasons why your drone may not connect to your controller or phone. In most cases, simply resetting the drone and controller may fix the problem. In other cases, you may need to update firmware or software versions or resync your drone to the controller. 

In all cases, ensure that your battery is properly charged, that you have good connections and cables, and that you follow all manufacturer recommendations for using your drone.

Have you ever had problems connecting or syncing your drone? What helped you fix it? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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