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DJI Air 3: How to Connect the DJI RC 2 to Wifi (Step-by-Step Guide)

The Air 3 has proven to be a very capable upgrade to the Air 2S.

Not only does it have a dual-camera system similar to that found on the original Mavic 3, but it also has an omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system.

The Air 3, like the Mini 4 Pro, benefits from using the DJI RC 2 remote controller.

The DJI RC 2, for those new to the Air 3, is an updated all-in-one controller based on the DJI RC, which was released with the DJI Mini 3 Pro in May 2022.

If you’ve never flown using any of DJI’s all-in-one remote controllers, this article and YouTube video will discuss why you’ll want to connect to WiFi on the DJI RC 2 and walk through the steps needed to connect your DJI RC 2 to WiFi.

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Why Connect to WiFi?

Since WiFi isn’t critical to flying the Air 3, this is a question many who initially start flying DJI drones wonder about.

There are two very specific reasons why, as an Air 3 owner with a DJI RC 2, you will want to connect to WiFi:

  • Install Firmware Updates
  • Access Flight Maps offline within DJI Fly

Those who use a DJI RC-N2 controller with a cellphone may want to connect to WiFi for the additional purpose of using the QuickTransfer feature.

Firmware Updates

DJI adds new features, tweaks, and fixes to the Air 3, which improves the user experience.

The only way to benefit from these additions is by updating the firmware. To update the firmware, you’ll need to have a solid WiFi signal.

While you can connect to your phone’s hotspot, via WiFi, while out on location flying, it is suggested to update the firmware from a solid WiFi connection from home or indoors.

Flight Maps

When in the DJI Fly app, on the lower left-hand side of the Camera View is your flight map.

If you are not connected to WiFi via your cellphone hotspot, nor have ever flown in that particular area, you will not have a detailed view of the surrounding flight areas.

Connecting to your phone via WiFi, while on location, will download the area map.

Alternatively, while connected to WiFi at home, you can navigate to where you plan to fly beforehand, zoom in on the location, and an offline map of the area will be stored in the DJI RC 2.

QuickTransfer & LightCut (DJI RC-N2)

QuickTransfer is intended for those who use DJI Fly with a smartphone and DJI RC-N2 remote controller.

The quick transfer feature allows you to wirelessly export content, via WiFi, from your Air 3’s SD card to an Android or iOS (Apple) smartphone or device running DJI Fly, all without having to power on the remote controller or have it nearby for that matter.

This is ideal for those who would like to quickly edit their photos or videos and immediately share them with family, friends, or on social media.

Note: If using a DJI RC 2, you cannot use the QuickTransfer feature to export photos and videos to the remote controller. The RC 2 doesn’t have editing functions, so transferring content is not currently supported. Editing needs to be done on an Android or iOS smart device running DJI Fly.

Additionally, once videos are transferred from the Air 3 to a smart device, you can use DJI’s recommended LightCut video editor on that device.

Using AI and a series of templates, LightCut allows you to edit videos directly on your mobile device, without having to export them to Finalcut Pro, Adobe Premier, or DaVinci Resolve.

Connecting the DJI RC 2 to WiFi

Step 1: Turn the DJI RC 2 on by pressing the power button once, then immediately pressing and holding the power button.

The DJI RC 2 will turn on and boot up, going to the DJI Home screen.

Step 2: Swipe down once from the top of the screen, similar to how you would on an Android device or iPhone. This will bring down the Notification shade.

Step 3: Swipe down a second time, and you will be brought to the main settings screen.

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On the settings screen, you’ll see a variety of options ranging from WiFi to RC brightness and sound, and screen recording, to mention a few.

Step 4: To quickly enable or disable Wifi, tap the WiFi icon.

Step 4 Alternate: If you need to set WiFi on the DJI RC 2 or choose a new connection, press and hold the WiFi icon.

Step 5: You’ll now be brought into the WiFi network screen.

You can now choose the network you would like to connect to. After choosing a network, you’ll be prompted to enter the WiFi password. After which, you’ll connect.

When you connect to WiFi in the future, you’ll automatically connect to the available WiFi network the DJI RC 2 last successfully connected to.