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Introduction to Andropilot

Andropilot is an open source android based ground control system (GCS).  

Before posting questions in this group, please check the excellent wiki manual maintained Peter Meister.  If you find missing bits in the manual, please ask here and then update the wiki based on what you learn.  Together we will keep this manual complete and up-to-date.

For most users the required hardware is:

  • An Android phone or tablet (preferably tablet) with USB 'host mode' support.  Most newer devices have this but you should check (and then update) our compatibility list.
  • Operating system 4.0 or later (all supported versions of android should be equivalent now, except for direct connection of APMs.  Direct APM connection will be slow for androids before version 4.2)
  • A USB host mode adapter.  Probably something like this.
  • A supported autopilot (please update this wiki page as you test new devices)
  • A telemetry link (the 3dr 915/400MHz radios are recommended - they seem to work better than the xbee radios for this application)

Feature list:

  • Super clean user interface
  • Rock solid
  • GamePad support - you can use this for basic vehicle control, with no need for a RC transmitter/receiver.
  • Built in touchscreen joystick overlay with haptic feedback.
  • Direct control & monitoring of ArduPlane/Copter with no PC required. Just a $5 USB adapter cable and your Android tablet or phone (Android 3.1 or later). No rooting or hardware mods required.
  • Bluetooth to serial adapter support - useful for phones that don't support USB host mode.
  • Warnings about high levels of solar radiation (GPS outage inducing)
  • Map view
  • Parameter editing (with parameter documentation)
  • Waypoint editing (including setting waypoint type/parameters etc...)
  • Shares your flights via (G+, Facebook, Google Earth).
  • Follow-me mode to have the vehicle follow you
  • Lead-it mode to steer/move vehicle by turning your body and tilting the tablet
  • Vehicle mode display & control (AUTO, STABILIZE, etc...)
  • Speech output (for mode, altitude and battery alerts)
  • Capture tlog files to sdcard
  • Direct connect to USB on the APM
  • RC channel 'raw' view
  • 3DR telemetry module support
  • Warnings for low battery, low rssi, or low GPS sat count
  • Fully android 'native' (Scala backend talks directly to the USB device and renders the frontend)
  • UDP link (either as a client or a server)
  • TCP link (as a client)
  • Special support for the Archos GamePad
  • Monitor your vehicle through an optional Pebble smart watch.

Current release You can download from the Google play store.  

(See the discussions below for particular releases - releases are just too frequent to keep updating this header text)

Discussion Forum

Problem with initialization

Started by Junior Zancan. Last reply by Henri 9 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi guys, I've a quadcopter with MegapirateNG 3.0.1 R4. I've connect with my quadcopter with AndroPilot before, everything was normal. But now, after an update, I'm not managing to connect with…Continue


Started by Quentin Mayberry. Last reply by Quentin Mayberry on Saturday. 11 Replies

I flew my octaquad three times today at different times, however only the last log file seems to have been saved.Is there some setting somewhere that I need to change to make it save all the logs…Continue

Spline waypoints and Andropilo : Questions and apologies

Started by Andoni. Last reply by I.S. Jul 6. 2 Replies

Hi All, First, apologize as I originally intended to send this question in the discussions section ( but sent it as a message to all of you, sorry!).I have this question: I am creating a mission with…Continue

Tags: waypoints, spline

Warning Hold

Started by Quentin Mayberry. Last reply by Quentin Mayberry Jul 6. 2 Replies

I was out flying our octaquad yesterday and andropilot announced 'warning hold' a couple of times.What is this warning me off, what is held? I can't find anything about it anywhere?It has been…Continue

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Comment by Mike Carr on June 1, 2014 at 10:30am

Hi all, after configuring to send my data to Droneshare I saw nothing there. Are there any logs I can look at to determine what the cause is? Also, besides clicking on the share to Droneshare, is there anything else I need to setup?

Can I force upload the logs?

Comment by Raymond Leach on May 24, 2014 at 10:48pm
Hi Quentin
Sounds like a failsafe setting.
Comment by Guy on May 4, 2014 at 2:39am

hi all

i have this tablet :

when connecting to OTG a mouse / usb flash drive and such they all work fine.

when connecting the 3DR modem and starting the andropilot tool i get "looking for radio" .. on my nexus 5 phone it works fine.

is there a fix to istall to use it ? ... i would like to very much.

android is 4.1.1


Comment by dr0n3droid on April 25, 2014 at 5:03pm
Initial setup screen? Can't say I know what you mean. I've had Andropilot on my Note2 for over a year now.
Perhaps you could try resetting your phone's settings. In 'application manager' go to settings-> Reset app preferences. I assume you've turned BT off.
If DP is working, your OTG should be fine. I've gone through 3 of them now. Cheap OTGs don't like to be out below -20°C.
Is it for sure still looking for a BT connection?
Comment by Dan The Man on April 25, 2014 at 3:19pm

I tried that it says it's looking for the radio.  Droidplanner has no problem seeing it so I am not sure what I need to do to get AndroPilot to recognize it.

Is there anyway to get a fresh install? I tried a uninstall/clear cache/clear memory, trying to get that intial setup screen, but no luck

Comment by dr0n3droid on April 25, 2014 at 1:46pm
Try going into settings->Networking-> UDP mode selection-> set to Disabled.
Comment by Dan The Man on April 25, 2014 at 9:09am

Hey Guys!

I had originally configured AndroPilot to run on bluetooth, but have since swapped out for 915mhz radio, but can't configure it to see the radio.  It seems to always to want to look for bluetooth.  I can't seem to get the intial configuration page where you setup your radios. 


Mission planner from the PC works with the radios, droidplanner sees the radios.  Any ideas how I can get back to the original configuration page where you specify bluetooth or radio? 


AndroPilot is the best!  Don't make me go to droidplanner, please!!! How can I fix this?


Using 915mhz Radio 57600 Baud, Samsug Galaxy S4, and APM 2.6.



Comment by emile on April 15, 2014 at 4:39am

I would not recommend using RC override (the use of the smartphone to control the aircraft) until devs patch the firmware.

At the moment if you loose connection to the ground station you will not be able to regain control of the aircraft in any case.


Comment by Will Chaney on April 14, 2014 at 10:41am

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S4 to run Andropilot. Everything seems to be fine except that I can't get control of the craft. What is the proper way of using it along with a standard Tx and Rx for control. I like to have that for safety. Basically I turn everything on connect with my phone but then when I arm it, the copter does not arm even though the phone says it is. Also, I cannot start a flight sequence from the phone. With that I can also no longer control from my TX. I end up turning everything off to reset they system. Any help with this would be great!

On another note, I've seen people ask about preloading maps. This seems to be working for me even though I can't fly. If someone could follow these steps and verify it that'd be awesome!!

1. Open Google Maps on your tablet/phone.
2. Zoom into the area where you will be flying.
3. In the search box type "OK Maps" (this will cache the map
4. Cut off your wifi and your wireless data to your device.
5. Go to Andropilot and plan a flight

So far, the cached map area has been showing up for me and the areas around it do not. Hopefully this work. It seems to be a pretty simple solution!

Comment by Kevin Hester on April 8, 2014 at 3:27pm

@joe - about 9 months ago someone purchased a shield and they said it worked well with the joysticks.  


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