Choose your AR.Drone firmware update mode:

With your iPhone®

Warning: Make sure the battery of your iPhone and AR.Drone are fully charged before starting the update process.

Make sure you have the latest version of AR.Freeflight.

You are informed that a new update is available when you start the application AR.FreeFlight

Press OK to start the update. If you press Cancel, the update will be offered again when you next start the application.

At the Installing stage, the application will ask you to restart the AR.Drone. At the Installing stage, the application will ask you to restart the AR.Drone. To do this, disconnect the device's battery then reconnect it. Wait until the LEDs turn green.

Warning: The update process takes approximately 10 minutes. Do not disconnect the AR.Drone battery as long as the 4 motor LEDs and the system LED are red. If you disconnect the battery while these LEDs are red, the update will have to start again (and will take 10 minutes again).

After the update has been installed on the AR.Drone, the drone is restarted.
Then the application is trying to reconnect to the drone using the FTP (file transfer protocole) functionnality provided natively on the iPhone to check the firmware version. Although the AR.Drone firmware has generally been successfully updated, it seems that iPhone's FTP fails reconnecting with the drone. The user could close AR.FreeFlight, reset Wi-Fi on the iPhone and restart the application so that FTP has a second chance to reconnect and check the firmware version.

The process to follow is:

  • After 5 minutes without successfull reconnection, the user should check the led underneath.
  • If led is green, then the firmware has been successfully updated. The user should close AR.FreeFlight, reset Wi-Fi on the iPhone and restart the application.
  • If led is not green, then the firmware updating process failed. The user should reset the drone, reset Wi-Fi on the iPhone and restart the application to retry updating process.

With your PC

Update the AR.Drone firmware by uploading “Ardrone_update.plf” by Wi-Fi to your AR.Drone.

Warning: Make sure the battery of your AR.Drone is fully charged before starting the update process.

  • Turn off your iPhone Wi-Fi.
  • Turn on your AR.Drone and wait until the LED located underneath the AR.Drone turns green.
  • Press the Unpair button using a fine-tipped object. The 4 LEDs located on the motors will flash red and green alternately.
  • Click here to download the update file.
  • Connect your computer to the AR.Drone Wi-Fi network.
  • Enter in the Wireless Network Connection Status menu and choose Properties.
  • Enter your connection settings.
  • Enter the following I.P ftp://192.168.1.1:5551 on a Windows Explorer
  • Once connected, copy (Ctrl+C) ardrone_update.plf file and paste it (Ctrl+V) to the AR.Drone FTP Server.
  • Restart the AR.Drone. To do this, disconnect the device's battery then reconnect it. Wait until the LEDs turn green.

Warning: The update process takes approximately 10 minutes. Do not disconnect the AR.Drone battery as long as the 4 motor LEDs and the system LED are red. If you disconnect the battery while these LEDs are red, the update will have to start again (and will take 10 minutes again).  

  • Reconnect your iPhone to the AR.Drone. You may have to press the Unpair button. You can then start the FreeFlight application and check the firmware version in the settings.

With your MAC

Update the AR.Drone firmware by uploading “Ardrone_update.plf” by Wi-Fi to your AR.Drone.

Warning: Make sure the battery of your AR.Drone is fully charged before starting the update process.

  • Turn off your iPhone Wi-Fi.
  • Turn on your AR.Drone and wait until the LED located underneath the AR.Drone turns green.
  • Press the Unpair button using a fine-tipped object. The 4 LEDs located on the motors will flash red and green alternately.

Warning: Please download the update file using Firefox browser. Do not use Safari browser.

download ARDRONE Update

  • Connect your MAC to the AR.Drone Wi-Fi network.
  • Choose Open Network Preferences option
  • Make sure your IP address starts with 192.168.2 and that the last number is not "1" (as 192.168.1.1 is the AR.Drone IP address).
  • Use a FTP client application like Filezilla . Enter 192.168.1.1 as I.P address, 5551 as port number. Then press Quickconnect button.
  • Once connected, copy the ardrone_update.plf file into AR.Drone FTP Server. Wait till the transfer is finished. transfert plf
  • Restart the AR.Drone. To do this, disconnect the device's battery then reconnect it. Wait until the LEDs turn green.

Warning: The update process takes approximately 10 minutes. Do not disconnect the AR.Drone battery as long as the 4 motor LEDs and the system LED are red. If you disconnect the battery while these LEDs are red, the update will have to start again (and will take 10 minutes again).  

  • Reconnect your iPhone to the AR.Drone. You may have to press the Unpair button. You can then start the FreeFlight application and check the firmware version in the settings.