All DJI Spark drones will fail to fly after 1 September unless their owners download a mandatory firmware update, the company has said.

The Spark firmware update improves the drone’s battery management system for better power supply during flights. The update also enhances some of the Spark’s flight modes and controls.

The PalmLaunch function when using the Spark in its Hand Gesture mode has been given more stability, DJI says, while its QuickShot Dronie mode has been made more accurate.

DJI says it has also enhanced the compatibility of the remote control handset when syncing up with new firmware updates, and the Spark is also now fully integrated with DJI Goggles under the update.

You’ll be prompted to make the Spark’s firmware update via the DJI GO 4 App. When you’re in the app on a WiFi network you’ll be asked to download and update the Spark’s and battery’s firmware. I’ve done it on our test model, and it only takes a few minutes.

Here’s a handy tutorial on how to update the Spark’s firmware.

Alternatively, you can update the Spark’s and battery’s firmware via the DJI Assistant 2 software on your computer.

The update follows a firmware update just earlier this month in which DJI added a slew of new video and photo enhancements to the Spark, as well as a gesture to start and stop recording.

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