How to Turn Off Your DJI Drone? (A Complete List)


One very commonly asked question among novice pilots is how to power down a DJI drone. It turns out that many DJI users, especially new ones, don’t know how to turn off their DJI aircraft and its remote controller. If you find yourself in such a situation, you’ll be glad to know that the operation is very simple once you know how to do it.

To turn off your DJI drone, press the power button once, and then press it again and hold. You’ll hear a beeping sound, and the drone will turn off.

In this article, we will have a detailed look at how to power down each of the various models of DJI drones and their controllers. If you find yourself in the situation of not knowing how to power off your drone, you’re sure to find the solution here.

How to power down DJI Mavic Mini drone

Making a smaller and less feature-filled product that is cheaper will most of the time lead to a lot of compromises in other areas, but the truth is that sometimes there’s a chance of making something truly outstanding. DJI did exactly that with the release of the DJI Mavic Mini in 2019. This drone features nearly all of what’s great about the company’s larger, more expensive drones in a small package. 

This drone makes only one major compromise to keep down the price and weight: it can’t shoot 4K video. It can only shoot 2.7K video, which is good enough for most people, especially considering it manages to do this while weighing a mere half-pound (only slightly heavier than an iPhone).

The portability of the DJI Mavic Mini makes it a popular choice among drone enthusiasts. If you are someone who spends a lot of your free time traversing your city with a camera taking photos, you usually end up carrying more gear than you really need. It can be a tough call deciding if you really need to bring your drone with you. But thanks to the DJI Mavic Mini being so portable, you need not deliberate this question anymore.

One problem that many new DJI Mavic Mini drone owners face is knowing how to turn it off. For the most part, turning it on seems easy enough- you just press the power button once, release it, press it again, and then hold the power button until the indicator and the tail light come on.

So how do you turn it off?

You press the power button once and then release it. After doing this, press the button once more and hold until all the lights turn off. Following this method, your drone will turn off.

The thing is that some people still report their DJI Mavic Mini not turning off even after they follow the above simple procedure. If this is the case for you, I’d recommend you try another battery for your drone and see if it responds similarly. If it doesn’t, then the problem may lie with the battery for some reason. If the problem isn’t the battery, then you may have to conduct a firmware refresh for your Mavic Mini to resolve the issue.

Note: You should always turn off the controller before attempting to turn off the drone itself.

How to power down DJI Mavic Mini controller

Turning off the DJI Mavic Mini controller is equally as simple as turning off the drone. Still, a surprising number of new owners do struggle with doing this. If you are one such person, don’t feel bad, since you are not alone!

Turning the controller on is quite simple. You just press the power button once, and it will indicate the battery level. After doing this, push and hold the power button, and the controller will turn on.

To turn the controller off, press the power button on the controller once, then again and hold it until the controller beeps, letting you know it has turned off. If you have a problem turning it off even after doing this, conduct a firmware update for your controller to fix any issues it may be having.

How to power down DJI Mini 2 drone

In 2019, DJI introduced the Mavic Mini drone. Its most notable feature was its weight that fell below the threshold of half a pound. A little over a year later, DJI released the Mini 2 drone, which addressed many concerns from users and still checks in at half a pound, making it equally as portable as the Mavic Mini.

The original Mini had a lot of features, and it was easy to operate. Despite being quite portable, the drone also came with some limitations that frustrated users, for example, faulty transmission and the ability to only capture JPEG files.

The Mini 2 addresses these concerns and more. Users pay a bit more for this drone with a higher quality camera capable of capturing up to 4K/30p video, capturing Raw and JPEG files, and featuring DJI’s robust OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology.

All in all, the Mini 2 is an outstanding drone. 

» READ MORE: DJI Mini 2 Review

If you are a new Mini 2 owner, you may have found that you don’t know how to power off the drone. So how do you do this?

To turn off your DJI Mini 2, press the power button on your drone once and then release it. Press the button again and hold it down this time. Once your drone has turned off, you will hear a beep to confirm that the drone has indeed powered down.

How to power down DJI Mini 2 controller

The DJI Mini 2’s controller is quite easy to use and shouldn’t give you any problems. If you give the power button one quick press, the indicator lights will turn on, indicating the battery level.

Turning on the controller is quite easy. You just have to press the power button once, release it, then press and hold it. The indicator lights will come on and start blinking if the controller is not connected to the drone. Once it’s connected, the lights won’t blink anymore.

Now, when it comes to powering down the controller, the procedure is quite simple and similar to powering it on. You just have to press the power button once, press it again, and hold, and then you’ll hear a beeping sound indicating that the drone’s controller has turned off.

How to power down DJI Mavic Pro drone

The Mavic Pro drone from DJI is a small yet powerful drone that easily turns the sky into your creative canvas. Weighing in at 1.64 pounds, it is one of the more portable drones you’ll find out there. Its compact size hides the complexity that makes it one of the most sophisticated drones from DJI yet. It can generate professional-quality 4K video at 30fps and high-clarity 12MP stills. This drone is also a foldable one. 

This drone came out in late 2016. Although it’s not the best Mavic money can buy, you might want to consider this drone if you are on a budget.

Another alternative is the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, which offers a much better drone for the money.

» READ MORE: DJI Mavic 2 Pro Review

When it comes to switching off the Mavic Pro drone, it’s quite simple. You just have to press the power button on the drone once and release it. Proceed to press the button once more and this time hold it for a second or two, which will power the drone off.

How to power down DJI Mavic Pro controller

Powering off the DJI Mavic Pro controller is equally as easy as powering off the drone itself. You just have to press the power button on the controller once. This will indicate the battery level. After doing this, press and hold the button once again, and you will hear a beep. This means that your controller has turned off.

To turn it back on, press the button once, then press it again and hold it for a bit. This will turn your controller on.

If you have a smart controller, you can power it off by long pressing once.

How to power down DJI Mavic Air drone

The DJI Mavic Air is a small drone that is big in the right ways. It’s a compact drone with a 12MP camera and a handful of other flying and shooting modes. This drone introduces a 100Mbps data rate for video capture on a DJI drone for under $1500. Folded down, this drone can fit snugly in the palm of a grown man’s hand.

This drone is not targeted towards professionals, but rather it’s targeted at hobbyists and enthusiasts who might be on the hunt for their first drone for aerial videography and photography. 

One of the things that can trip up many new owners who get this drone is how to power it off.  So how do you do it?

Turn the drone over, press the power button once and release, and then press it again and hold until you hear a beep and see the lights turn off.

How to power down DJI Mavic Air controller

Powering off the DJI Mavic Air controller is quite simple. To do this, press the power button on the controller once, and the lights will indicate the current battery level. Press the button again and hold to turn the remote controller off.

Some users have reported having problems powering off Mavic Air controllers, so if you follow the above instructions and it still won’t turn off, consider doing a firmware update for both your drone and controller to pinpoint the issue and resolve it. After this, your controller should turn off easily following the method we described.

How to power down DJI Mavic Air 2 drone

DJI’s new Mavic Air 2 drone is a folding-style drone, and it’s a huge improvement over the previous model, so much so that most people have regarded it as the perfect drone. It’s the middle child in DJI’s consumer drone lineup. It sits between the smaller, lighter, but less capable Mavic Mini and the more powerful, more feature-friendly, but also more expensive Mavic 2.

It has a compact folding design, and at 1.3 pounds, it’s still quite portable. This drone can shoot in 4K at 60fps. It also records video at 120Mbps beating other DJI consumer models. In addition to this, the camera can capture 1080p slow-motion video at 120 and 240fps.

If you are searching for an intermediate drone that’s easy to fly but can still capture compelling photos and videos, then the DJI Mavic Air 2 is the go-to model. It is small, light, and has enough technology to make flying and shooting an absolute joy. It also costs less than $1000.

With all that said, despite all the features that come with this drone, believe it or not, one of the most confusing things for new owners is powering off the drone. But you’ll be happy to know that it’s quite simple.

So, how do you power off a DJI Mavic Air 2 drone?

Turn the drone over and press the power button once, and then release it. Press it once again and hold for a few seconds or longer and then release. You’ll hear a beep, and the drone will turn off. Turning it back on is also simple and can be done in exactly the same manner.

How to power down DJI Mavic Air 2 controller

Powering down your Mavic Air 2 controller is quite simple. To do this, press the power button on the controller once. The blinking lights will display the battery level. Press the power button once, and then again and hold to turn the remote controller off.

All in all, turning off DJI drones is quite simple and can be done in the same way for all models. Just press the power button once, and then again and hold, and your DJI drone will turn off. Turning off the controllers for DJI drones is also accomplished with the same procedure.

Elizabeth Ciobanu

Editor-in-Chief. Elizabeth is a full-time (homeschooling!) mom of four, and serial entrepreneur in a variety of enterprises, one of which is producing content for Droneblog. If free time existed, she would love to spend more time on hobbies such as flying a drone.

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