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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 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.  

Comment by joe dockstader on April 8, 2014 at 2:31pm

anyone tried this with the nvidia shield? looking at getting one already, if I can use the built-in physical controls to control ardupilot aircraft that would be an added bonus.

Comment by Willy Fernandez on December 16, 2013 at 7:32pm

Hi everyone,

Just a specific question...i have been flying on guided mode at predefined altitude. If i am flying to one point on guided say at 30 meters, how can i change my altitude to say 50 meters on the next point still on guided mode?

Comment by TheMightyThor on November 9, 2013 at 1:18pm

Hey kevin

thanks for the Answer i did start a discussion. I also did it as waypoints but unless i missed a parameter, i didnt see how to make it descend while circling, now if i can only FIND that discussion :P

Comment by Kevin Hester on November 9, 2013 at 10:17am

Hi @TMT, probably better posted as a discussion, but I think this would best be done by adding a series of waypoints.

Comment by TheMightyThor on November 8, 2013 at 4:53pm

Is there a way in Andropilot to tell the Quad to  do the following? go to a way point, Loiter, Slowly Descend from Current Altitude down while circling in a 10 foot diameter around that waypoint? If there is a Link that explains how to do this, please link me. thanks in advance!

Comment by Kevin Hester on October 18, 2013 at 3:17pm

Hi Rob,

Probably best to move your question to a new discussion (click 'add a discussion') but in short. The default is the vehicle will just stay near you in follow-me mode.  You can optionally go to settings and choose a min/max distance for follow-me.  At that point it becomes 'lead-it' mode - where you can tilt the tablet to steer the vehicle.  (Or you can use the on screen joysticks, set wpts etc...)

Re: who maintains the wiki
We all do - anyone can edit any page there (though you will need to make a github acct).  Any contributions are welcome!


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