How To Update The Parrot AR 2.0 Drone Firmware Easily

Upgrading the firmware on your Parrot AR 2.0 drone has terrific benefits. A firmware upgrade will fix any bugs or problems, which Parrot have identified such as flying erratically or dropping while flying.

The AR drone firmware upgrade may also bring new features such as better acrobatics and ease of flying.

This article with video show you how to upgrade the firmware on your Parrot AR 2.0 drone.

Update Parrot AR 2.0 Drone Instructions

  1. Connect a fully charged battery to your AR drone and your smartphone is also fully charged.
  2. Make sure your Parrot AR drone does its normal start up test. The 4 rotors should do their little jiggle. Your quadcopter should then be broadcasting its WiFi  signal.
  3. Go into your settings on your iPhone or Smartphone.  Turn on Airplane Mode so you won’t receive a phone call while upgrading the firmware on your Parrot AR Drone. Make sure you’re WiFi is activated on your phone.
  4. Make sure you have no USB devices attached to your AR drone.
  5. Connect to your Parrot AR drone.
  6. Open up the AR drone FreeFlight App.
  7. Make sure your AR Drone FreeFlight App is up to date.
  8. On the main screen on your AR FreeFlight software on your phone, click on AR drone update.
  9. Click OK to confirm that you have no USB keys attached to your AR drone.
  10. Next, you cellphone will start sending the firmware file to your Parrot AR drone.
  11. When the file has gone across your Parrot AR drone will restart. The LEDs will go red. On restart your AR drone will start installing the firmware.  After a short period the lights on the Parrot AR will go off and then blink red.  On your cellphone, it will say “installing”.
  12. Next, each rotor in turn will do a little jiggle followed by green LED’s on front and back. Sometimes your WiFi may disconnect at this point. Reconnect if this happens and open the AR FreeFlight software.  Go back into AR Drone Update.  You should then see the message “Your AR Drone Is Up To Date”.

Check the Firmware And Software Versions On Your Parrot AR Drone

To check your firmware and other versions of software, go to the Piloting screen option in the AR FreeFlight App, connect to the AR Drone, then on your cellphone scroll 4 screens across to check the status and versions.  This should show you the hardware, motors and software versions.

Note:  If you need any components or accessories for your quadcopter then check out our Parrot AR Drone 2.0 parts and accessories page.

Below I have a nice drone video which takes you step by step through the whole process of updating the firmware and other software on your Parrot AR Drone 2.0.

Also, don’t forget, you can find further information including the latest firmware and software for you AR Drone on the Parrot Support Page.