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How to Pair the DJI Mini 4 Pro (With Pictures & Video)

Like the Mini 3 Pro before it, the Mini 4 Pro is a popular drone. Rightfully so. DJI has packed a lot of tech and features into the impressive sub-250 g mini drone.

With the OcuSync 4.0 transmission system aboard, like with the Air 3, the Mini 4 Pro uses the same two remote controller options: the DJI RC 2 and DJI RC-N2.

This article and video will serve as a step-by-step guide showing how to pair the Mini 4 Pro with either the DJI RC 2 or the DJI RC-N2 remote controllers.

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The DJI RC 2 and RC-N2 Controllers

The DJI RC 2 and RC-N2 versions of the Mini 4 Pro controller are functionally similar and, in the case of the RC-N2, almost identical to their DJI RC and RC-N1 counterparts that many have become familiar with, with the DJI RC 2 having an additional set of rabbit ear antennas.

Image Credit: Dan Bayne/Droneblog

Unfortunately, the DJI RC 2 and RC-N2 are the only remote controllers that will currently work with the DJI Mini 4 Pro.

The Mini 4 Pro uses OcuSync 4.0 and currently, there is no backward compatibility for the previous DJI RC, DJI RC-N1, or the pro-level DJI RC Pro.

Time will tell if DJI will build in support for backward compatibility with the Mini 4 Pro.

Currently, the Mini 4 Pro sells with either the DJI RC 2 or the DJI RC-N2. Currently, as of the writing of this article, neither the DJI Store nor Amazon sells the RC-N2 as a standalone unit.

There may be DJI RC-N2s floating around on the used market, especially with many Mini 4 Pro owners purchasing the DJI RC 2 because of the integrated screen.

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DJI RC 2

As mentioned, the DJI RC 2 can be purchased in a Fly More Combo or separately afterward if the Mini 4 Pro was bought with the DJI RC-N2.

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Those who currently own an RC-N2 might later purchase a DJI RC 2 for various reasons.

One of these is the constant screen brightness of 700 nits on the 5.5″ integrated Android-based screen.

A constant screen brightness of 700 nits works well in bright sunlight (which we experience here in Sunny Central Florida), especially when using a matte screen protector.

Although there are currently brighter smartphones on the market, many of these phones start dimming after a few minutes of extreme heat, oftentimes rendering their screens useless for extended flight times.

A second reason the DJI RC 2 is popular is having the ability to forgo using a smartphone, which cuts down slightly on set-up time, making the RC 2 very convenient.

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To Pair the DJI RC 2 to the Mini 4 Pro:

STEP 1: Turn on the DJI RC 2. After it has booted up, tap the Connection Guide button on the DJI Fly app main screen.

STEP 1b: If you also use an Air 3, you will most likely need to choose the Mini 4 Pro from the Aircraft list.

STEP 2: You’ll be prompted to power on the Mini 4 Pro, with instructions to do so.

Additionally, there are more instructions to view when tapping the 1/2 at the top of the screen. After reading that information, you can Continue.

STEP 3: After searching for the Mini 4 Pro for a few seconds and failing to locate it, you’ll be presented with a message in blue stating, Unable to connect to aircraft? Tap this message.

STEP 4: You’ll then be brought to the pairing screen.

Press and hold the power button on the Mini 4 Pro for about 4 seconds. The Mini 4 Pro will make an audible signal, signifying it is in pairing mode.

Tap the Pair button at the bottom of the DJI RC 2 screen. It will beep, loudly, signifying the pairing process.

After about 10 seconds, the Mini 4 Pro should pair with the new DJI RC2

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DJI RC-N2

The DJI RC-N2 is a fair bit smaller than the DJI RC 2 due to the absence of the 5.5″ screen and is subsequently slightly more comfortable in hand.

Image Credit: Dan Bayne/Droneblog

If someone has already purchased a DJI RC 2 Fly More Combo, why would they want to purchase a separate RC-N2 when/if DJI makes them available for standalone purchase?

There are two main reasons for this.

The first reason is that in the future (as with a slew of DJI drones), DJI could very well release the Mini 4 Pro SDK (software development kit). This is quite plausible, considering the Mini 4 Pro has worked well for commercial drone operators.

The release of the Mini 4 Pro SDK could enable 3rd party developers, like Litchi, to add support for the Mini 4 Pro in their software.

The RC-N2, unlike the DJI RC 2, would enable the use of flight software outside of the DJI Fly app environment, since you cannot download third-party apps on the DJI RC 2.

The second reason is that using an RC-N2 enables you to use any supported electronic device of your choosing, whether this be Android or Apple.

As there are indeed high-brightness tablets on the market, you might choose to use one of these over the 700-nit brightness DJI RC 2.

1000-nit continuous brightness commercial tablet – Image Credit: Dan Bayne/Droneblog

I oftentimes use a rugged, military-grade 1000-nit screened device on the DJI RC-N1 for commercial work with the multiple DJI drones supported by it.

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To Pair the DJI RC-N2 to the Mini 4 Pro:

STEP 1: Connect your smartphone/device to your RC-N2 controller, as seen below.

Insert smartphone – Image Credit: Dan Bayne/Droneblog
Connect USB-C/Lightening cable – Image Credit: Dan Bayne/Droneblog

Note: After connecting your smartphone or device to the RC-N2 controller, the steps for pairing the RC are identical to connecting the DJI RC 2.

STEP 2: Launch the DJI Fly app and turn on the RC-N2 controller.

After turning on the RC-N2, tap the Connection Guide button on the DJI Fly app main screen.

STEP 2b: If you also use an Air 3, you will most likely need to choose the Mini 4 Pro from the Aircraft list.

STEP 3: You’ll be prompted to power on the Mini 4 Pro, with instructions to do so.

You can view the additional instructions by tapping the 2/3 at the top of the screen. After reading that information, you can Continue.

STEP 4: After searching for the Mini 4 Pro for a few seconds and failing to locate it, you’ll be presented with a message in blue stating, “Unable to connect to aircraft?“ Tap this message.

STEP 5: You’ll then be brought to the pairing screen.

Press and hold the power button on the Mini 4 Pro for about 4 seconds. The Mini 4 Pro will make an audible signal, signifying it is in pairing mode.

Tap the Pair button at the bottom of the RC-N2 screen. It will beep loudly, signifying the pairing process.

After about 10 seconds, the Mini 4 Pro should pair with the new RC-N2.

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