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Quite often drone flyers search for this term  “my drone won’t take off (fly)” on Google ( I am included )

So how to fix a Drone that won’t take off?

There could be several reasons that a Drone won’t take off. However, they could be broadly classified into 2 categories


1.) The drone does not start at all
2.) The drone does start but won’t take off

1.) The drone does not start at all

Your drone doesn’t actually turn on, so there’s no indication lights or there’s no transmission.

The first thing you should do is definitely charge your batteries. It’s pretty obvious but usually, when you first take them out of the box, they’re not charged really at all or maybe just slightly charged,

So  make sure if you’ve just got a drone and it’s not working, charge your batteries then put it back in and see if it works.

If that does not work, you could have a bad battery so you might want to just check out and see if there’s any damage to that or if it’s really old. 

Sometimes batteries will just lose all of their charge and not be able to charge fully which can cause problems with voltage. So you may need to get a brand new battery just to be able to fly.

Also if you have any damage to the actual drone itself like the internal components.

For example, if they got wet, got smushed or got damaged in any way that is kind of a bigger issue. Then you gonna have to probably go to a professional who knows how to fix drones and electronics within it.

If you want to get it back up in the air and flying lastly it could be like a manufacturing defect so if you think it might be that then you can contact the company that you got your drone from and see if you can get some sort of a refund. 

2.) The drone does start but won’t take off

If your drone does turn on and you are seeing like a live feed if you have a camera or the lights are blinking and everything’s working, but it’s just not taking off.

There are a bunch more technical reasons why your drone might not fly. 

So the first thing you need to do, Plug the battery in, you get everything turned on, you can see live footage from your camera to your phone or mobile device and all the lights are blinking and everything is fine till now.  Then when you go to start the drone, it does not take off.

There’s a couple of technical things that you can do to try to fix this.

Don’t worry I will make them super easy to understand.

Aircraft Warming Up Problem
Personally, with latest drones, whenever that happens, it usually gives you a little message saying: “aircraft is warming up”, so you need to wait until that message disappears. 

And if you’re like in a cold environment it actually can take up to a minute just to warm up, to be able to fly which is kind of weird. Be patient if you have that issue and your aircraft need to warm up.

Compass not calibrated
Another issue could also be a Compass problem. If you have a smart drone and the compass is wrong or not calibrated make sure to calibrate the compass and then check back and see if your drone works after that.

Because if your drone is not calibrated, which is usually done by compass, then it might start but won’t take off.

Physical Damage Problem
One of the most common issue is physical damage to the drone-like your propellers that are not on the right way. 

That’s actually a really big thing, so the perhaps actually have a specific pattern that they need to go on, so if your propellers are actually spinning, but you’re not going up anywhere even if you give it full throttle.

Trust me , at times your drone won’t take off because, propellers are not fitted rightly. So, you may want to switch around your propellers because there’s usually an A and B propellers and they go in diagonal. So if you have a propellers on the wrong way you want to just switch them around.

At the end of the day, there are many possible answers to the ‘why is my drone not flying?’ question. Still, the most popular one has to do with propellers that are not mounted correctly or engines that don’t spin the right way.

Now, if you’ve checked all the steps mentioned above and your quad still won’t take off, it’s time to call customer support. Your problem may be specific to the quad design.

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