Begginers Guide How to Fly the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Drones

In this quick and easy-to-learn guide we introduce you to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom flying capabilities and show you the steps how to activate, calibrate and how to fly the drone.

Note: this beginners guide applied both to the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom drones as they are similar except for camera capabilities. To know more check out Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom comparison.


Before you’re going to fly you need to activate the drone after you purchase one. To do this follow the next steps:

  1. Connect the battery to the charger. Fully charge the battery.
  2. Ensure your mobile device is connected to the Internet.
  3. Connect the mobile device to the remote controller.
  4. Turn on the remote controller and the drone.
  5. Click “Next” in the popup windows in the DJI GO 4 app.
  6. Come up with a name for your Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom drone. You can set it later in Settings.
  7. Set up your joystick mode. The default mode is Mode 2.
  8. Customize your remote controller’s buttons for convenient flying.
  9. Here is an overview of the remote controller’s LCD screen interface.
  10. Choose your measurement units: Imperial or Metric.
  11. It is advised to turn on beginner mode for your first flight.
  12. Confirm your activation account and phone number, then click “Activate”.
  13. Now your drone is ready to go!

Calibrating the Mavic 2

Before calibration, please do the following:

  • Install the latest version of DJI GO App.
  • Ensure the drone’s battery level is higher than 50%.

Turn on the remote controller and connect it with the mobile device.

Place the Mavic 2 on a level surface with its arms folded.

Turn on the drone.

Launch DJI Go 4 App.

When the drone connects to the app, go to the following menu in the app: General Settings -> Flight Controller Settings -> Advanced Settings -> Sensors -> IMU -> Calibrate IMU.

Position the drone following the instructions in DJI GO 4 during the calibration process. Calibrating the IMU requires turning the Mavic 2 five times following the sequence. Please, do not start the motor during the calibration. The IMU calibration will fail if the quadcopter is not positioned following the instructions in DJI GO 4 app.

The instructions are shown down below:

After the calibrations is complete, “IMU Calibration Complete” will pop up in DJI GO 4 app.

Linking the Mavic 2 Remote Controller

If the Drone Status Indicator blinks yellow quickly, it means that the remote controller cannot be connected to your Mavic 2 quadcopter and re-linking is required. To do that you need to do the following:

Power on the remote controller and the aircraft.

Enter the flight interface, tap “Settings”, choose “Remote Control Settings”, select “Linking Remote Controller” and tap “OK”.

The remote control will make a beeping sound indicating the linking process has started.

Press the Link Button on the right side of the Mavic 2.

When the beeping finishes and the Aircraft Status Indicator stop blinking yellow, the app will display “Remote Control Linked”, indicating that the linking was successful.

You can also connect your remote control with the drone using the Combination Buttons. To do this you need:

  1. Press the C1, C2 and Record Button simultaneously.
  2. Then press the Shutter Button when the remote controller makes a beep.
  3. The remote controller’s LCD screen will display “BINDING” indicating the linking process has started.
  4. Press the Link Button on the right side of the drone.
  5. When the beeping finishes and the Aircraft Status Indicator stop blinking, the remote controller has linked successfully.

Taking Off

Download the DJI GO 4 app in the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device.

Unfold the remote controller’s clamps and attach the RC sticks.

Unfold the remote controller’s antennas.

The cable on the left side of the remote controller can connect the phone with the remote controller. Note: The RC and the drone are linked together out of the box. But in case the app shows the device is not connected, linke the device by following the instructions.

After the controller is connected to the phone and the mobile device is clamped to the remote controller. Unfold the quadcopter’s arms.

Press and hold the power button for two second to turn on the remote controller and the drone.

Place the DJI Mavic 2 drone on level ground.

Launch the DJI GO app on the phone. Choose “Mavic 2” on the home screen.

The flight status bar on top of the screen shows the aircraft’s and sensor’s current working condition.

Once app shows “Ready to Go”, push both sticks to the bottom inner corners to start the motors.

Then push the left stick up to take-off.

You can also press the “Auto Takeoff” button on the left of the app to get up into the air.

Flying the Drone

The left stick controls the Mavic’s altitude and nose direction, while the right stick controls its forward, backward, left and right movements.

Click the top right corner on the app to enter the remote controller menu and change the stick mode.

If the drone flies too far, you can check the current aircraft position on the map in the bottom left corner.

Press the Flight Pause button on the remote controller for emergency braking and hovering.

Intelligent Features

There are many intelligent features built-in the Mavic 2 drone. Check the Intelligent Flight Menu on the left side of the menu. They greatly simplify flight operations.

APAS allows avoiding obstacles automatically (only when flying forward and backward) and greatly improves flight safety.

Tap “Return to Home” or press and hold the “Smart RTH” button on the remote controller to send the drone back to the take-off position.

The function buttons on the right side of the app are:

  • Current Camera Parameters;

  • Setting Menu to adjust shooting settings such as exposure shooting mode;

  • Slide Bar shows gimbal tilt;
  • Playback button.

You can also record your flight and capture stunning moments by the shortcut buttons on the remote controller.

For example, the gimbal dial controls the camera’s tilt.

Shutter button: click it to snap a photo.

Record button: press it to start or stop recording video.

Landing the Drone

To land the aircraft, pull down the left stick until you touch the ground.

You can also click the Auto Landing button in the app and let the drone do rest of the job.

As you can see, flying the Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom drones are easy and doesn’t require special skills. We hope you find this guide on how to fly the drones useful!