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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


Started by Jon Car Apr 30. 0 Replies

I am having an issue trying to connect Andropilot to my quad.   I have tower services running and Droid planner 3 aka Tower and it works great.  Andropilot keeps looking for vehicle?  Are different…Continue

Tags: vehicle, for, lookig, andropilot, samsung

Questions before I try

Started by Edgar Scott. Last reply by Jan 21. 21 Replies

Hi guys, I read over the Wiki and am excited to try this with my GS3 :)But I have a safety question or 2 before I dive in.I read, BETA Turn your Tx On, so Ill do thatI have a 3 toggle sw set to…Continue


Started by Tony Coppock. Last reply by Zidlov Jan 17. 31 Replies

Thought I would start a FOLLOW ME mode specific discussion.Continue

Logging to internal memory?

Started by Henri Sep 7, 2014. 0 Replies

First generation Asus 7 seems not to save any logs to internal memory and SDcard doesn't exist.Does this mean that there is no option for logging with first generation Asus 7 tablet and Andropilot?I…Continue

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Comment by Coastwise on July 10, 2015 at 5:57am
Does anyone have or know of the whereabouts of an interface/adapter mentioned by Chris,above, for the Ublox Lea-5h GPS?

I have been looking to buy one, new or used, for a long while without any luck, hence this cry into the wild.


Joe Homer
Comment by lulu on April 20, 2015 at 4:04am

hello   in while  i was away 2  things  come out  

one is  this controller  for any android or  ios  

which i think is  very usefully for any of us to control the  our drone

is in sell everywhere almost right now  

i would like know if can be very in full implemented in the use of andropilot

ands i would like know if is in roadmap of andropilot any feed video in to see 

kind of  FPV  in software 


Comment by Crispin on March 25, 2015 at 2:40am

mods - please can we block hissa alsowaidi He's double posting all over the place. Stupid, shameless advertising.

Comment by Jon Farhat on March 22, 2015 at 8:53am

Well we figured out the mystery with WP file format exchange between GCS and AndroPilot.  


AndroPilot Import requirements only single space between params seem and does not allow TAB like the PC versions, Mission Planner and APM Planner 2.0.  

Also NEEDS EXTRA SPACE at end of line.  Unlike the other that reject the extra space.   There can also be NO SPACES after the header... QGC WPL 110.


0 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 34.15118441 -118.3292635 0 1 

1 0 3 22 0 0 0 0 34.15118441 -118.3292635 32 1 

2 0 3 16 0 0 0 0 34.15086139 -118.3287972 250 1 

3 0 3 21 0 0 0 0 34.15119743 -118.3292384 190 1 


Mission Planner, APM Planner 2.0 however will accept a tab or a space between params. Also, you CAN NOT have the extra space after the line or it is rejected. I this case what you have now is perfect. 


0 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 34.15118441 -118.3292635 0 1

1 0 3 22 0 0 0 0 34.15118441 -118.3292635 32 1

2 0 3 16 0 0 0 0 34.15086139 -118.3287972 250 1

3 0 3 21 0 0 0 0 34.15119743 -118.3292384 190 1

OR, MP and APM2.0 can also accept TABS between params...


0 1 0 16 0 0 0 0 34.15118441 -118.3292635 0 1

1 0 3 22 0 0 0 0 34.15118441 -118.3292635 32 1

Comment by Jon Farhat on March 21, 2015 at 10:22am

Thanks for this app Kevin.  It is really solid and straight forward.

I am having trouble importing WP files into the system.  Keep getting an incompatible format thing.  It appears the wpt format is simply a re-extension of the Mavlink TXT waypoint file.   It seemed fitting to take my flightplans, (in txt) and change the extension.  But Andropilot says it's incompatible.  It opens in MP, and In APM planner, (Now that Bill removed the extra space after each line).

Since your WP file SAVE routine also adds this extra space, I was wondering if that was it... since this is what was preventing an externally edited WP file (txt based) from opening in APM planner 2.0.

In any case, we want to use Andropilot to execute WP missions created in another Mavlink planner and are hitting the wall.  I'm hoping it's just an erroneous character or something. 


Comment by Kevin Hester on September 23, 2014 at 4:39pm

yes it should be fine.

Comment by OwlPic on September 21, 2014 at 10:39am

Is Pixhawk FW 3.1.5 (last release) compatible with Andropilot 2.1.08 (current release)?

If not ... what Beta revisions should I be using for testing? Thank You.

Comment by TheMightyThor on August 22, 2014 at 9:29am

hello all, today i was wanting to try out follow Me on APM 2.6 FW 3.1.5 Arducopter. the last time i tried it was when my firmware was in 3.0.1 APM 2.6 and had an unexpected crash.

Today i launch my Quad, put it into Loiter, then switched to the Tablet, clicked Follow Me, nothing happened. it used to switch to guided mode, but now it doesnt seem to do that?

i switched to guided mode on the tablet, and the quad came to rest on the ground before flipping over (Largely tripped up by grass).

is this not compatible with FW 3.1.5 APM 2.6?

i am using a Nexus 7 Tablet with what i think is the most current version of AndroPIlot? please advise and thank you

Comment by Nigel Bisset on August 3, 2014 at 4:28am

Just tried using AndroPilot today for the first time, worked perfectly on a Google Nexus 10 I purchased just for this purpose (can't find anything for iPad)

Thanks to the developer I won't have to cart a laptop to the club.


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?


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