DJI Telemetry

DJI Drones – How To Change The Distance Measurement Unit (Meters/Feet)

DJI drones like the Phantom and Mavic use the metric system by default for telemetry. This article explains how to change the telemetry to the imperial system.

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On DJI drones (Inspire, Phantom, Mavic, Spark), the default measurement unit is metric (m/s) for measuring altitude, distance, and speed. These measurement values are shown on the bottom of the DJI Go app in the flight telemetry section.

Flight Telemetry In Default Measurement Unit Of Metric (m/s)

If you live in the United States or another country that does not use the metric system as the default for measuring distances then you may prefer to use the imperial system. The imperial system uses feet and miles to measure distance and miles per hour to measure speed.

Steps To Change The Measurement Unit (Meters To Feet)

The following steps were written using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2. The other DJI drones like the Inspire or Mavic series will have the same or very similar steps.

  1. Open the DJI Go 4 app.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner that is highlighted in the red circle in the below image.
Main Screen Of DJI Go App

3. This will open the General Settings screen. If a different screen is displayed then tap the three dots at the bottom of the side menu.

At the top of the General Settings screen, the Units section has the Measurement Unit setting that displays the currently used measurement system.

General Settings Screen

4. Tap the button that shows the current measurement unit. This will show a menu of the available measurement units. Tap the measurement unit that you would like to use.

List Of Available Measurement Units

5. Tap the X in the top right corner after selecting your preferred measurement unit.

In the example from these steps, the flight telemetry will now show distance and speed values in the imperial system.

Flight Telemetry Using Imperial

The image below shows the flight telemetry values when Metric (km/h) is selected.

Flight Telemetry Using Metric (km/h)

These steps will only change the flight telemetry measurement units. The other drone settings such as Return-to-Home Altitude and Set Max Flight Altitude will still be displayed in meters.

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