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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

Connection problems 3dr radio look alike: Andropilot Users Group

Started by Edward Shave. Last reply by phamyen Dec 1, 2019. 14 Replies

Not sure if I have an odd setup here or just something intended for an older version apm.…Continue

Andropilot says Looking for Vehicle -- same radio works fine in Mission Planner

Started by Ryan. Last reply by Peeters Oct 8, 2018. 5 Replies

My last working configuration was APM 2.6 with Xbee 2.4 GHz radios. This worked great in both Andropilot and Mission Planner. I swapped out the Xbee radios for 3DR 915 MHz radios. The new radios work…Continue

Virtual joystick

Started by Al MArra. Last reply by Al MArra Feb 14, 2017. 1 Reply

Is there anyway to adjust the settings on the virtual joystick. I can drive the rover forward and turn, but I can't go in reverse? Continue

1.6.01 released to beta test group - include on-screen joystick with haptic feedback...

Started by Kevin Hester. Last reply by Al MArra Feb 9, 2017. 16 Replies

The main feature for this release is something Randy asked me to add: Good on  screen…Continue

Tags: joystick, andropilot, haptic

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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?

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.

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