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Madseason
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Sorry to beat this to death but I haven’t worried about OTG because I’ve never had issues with WiFi. But, I’m in Best Buy and they have a cable. I’m using iOS iPhone 7 and 1 version prior to the newest go app version. So, does OTG work with spark? Should I get the cable?? Thanks all.
2018-2-25
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drewhoover
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Yes. The OTG from the remote to the iPhone is a must. It makes your movements much faster and easier to manage.
This link is the one I purchased for my Spark remote/iPhone. Pretty high quality, and just what you would be looking for.
iPhone OTG for Spark

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Flighty
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I use IOS ( iPad), with OTG,, it works just fine for me..
2018-2-25
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Flighty Posted at 2018-2-25 11:49
I use IOS ( iPad), with OTG,, it works just fine for me..

So OTG is eventually back for Spark? Great then, I must have missed that information.
2018-2-25
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Wachtberger Posted at 2018-2-25 12:29
So OTG is eventually back for Spark? Great then, I must have missed that information.

Just for IOS (unofficially).  Still not for Android.
2018-2-25
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tonyyng Posted at 2018-2-25 12:53
Just for IOS (unofficially).  Still not for Android.

But some progress at least :-)
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-25 11:26
Yes. The OTG from the remote to the iPhone is a must. It makes your movements much faster and easier to manage.
This link is the one I purchased for my Spark remote/iPhone. Pretty high quality, and just what you would be looking for.
iPhone OTG for Spark

Just for the record, OTG for Android was disabled back in an earlier firmware update, still?
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-25 13:47
Just for the record, OTG for Android was disabled back in an earlier firmware update, still?

It wasn't disabled by firmware, just the app, DJI scrambled the data sent by the controller to the app to force us to use WiFi ...

I still use OTG with fully functionality for Android...

BUT
for that to work, you must download an old version of the app that was working with OTG

I am currently using 4.1.15 and I will ONLY UPDATE THE APP AGAIN IF DJI stop scrambling OTG data on purpose in newer app versions.
2018-2-25
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-25 11:26
Yes. The OTG from the remote to the iPhone is a must. It makes your movements much faster and easier to manage.
This link is the one I purchased for my Spark remote/iPhone. Pretty high quality, and just what you would be looking for.
iPhone OTG for Spark

Ordered the cable on your recommendation, thanks.
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When DJI stop supporting OTG cable I sold my Spark
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FelBRax Posted at 2018-2-25 14:32
It wasn't disabled by firmware, just the app, DJI scrambled the data sent by the controller to the app to force us to use WiFi ...

I still use OTG with fully functionality for Android...

Thanks for the info. I suspect the firmware updates may be improving the functionality of the Spark?
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Lucas775 Posted at 2018-2-25 16:24
When DJI stop supporting OTG cable I sold my Spark

My thoughts are the hard wire connection is obviously stronger but hey I got to 10,000 feet without using an OTG cable?
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-25 19:32
My thoughts are the hard wire connection is obviously stronger but hey I got to 10,000 feet without using an https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8VkiY2nlic&t=2sOTG cable?

You are probably one of the chosen ones to get that .
2018-2-26
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Lucas775 Posted at 2018-2-26 03:10
You are probably one of the chosen ones to get that .

I use a Samsung S7 place it into Airplane Mode and turn off Bluetooth if that makes any difference?
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djiuser_byP15HYVLQSn Posted at 2018-2-25 15:38
Ordered the cable on your recommendation, thanks.

You're welcome!
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-26 06:23
I use a Samsung S7 place it into Airplane Mode and turn off Bluetooth if that makes any difference?

You don't need to go into airplane mode, but it is recommended to turn off wifi and bluetooth. If you do not, your phone may automatically connect to the remote and disable the OTG connection.
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-26 07:08
You don't need to go into airplane mode, but it is recommended to turn off wifi and bluetooth. If you do not, your phone may automatically connect to the remote and disable the OTG connection.

I don't use the OTG cable for the Spark.
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drewhoover
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-26 07:10
I don't use the OTG cable for the Spark.

Do you use a remote with your Spark?
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-26 07:15
Do you use a remote with your Spark?

Yes I do. I am on the most recent Firmware.
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-26 07:25
Yes I do. I am on the most recent Firmware.

I recommend the OTG cable because it improves the quality of the entire flight through the GO 4 app. But it is up to you to not use the cable. It is only at most $10...
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-26 12:48
I recommend the OTG cable because it improves the quality of the entire flight through the GO 4 app. But it is up to you to not use the cable. It is only at most $10...

I have Samsung adapters and when my OTG cable is inserted it works but there's NA for battery power and other key indicators...
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I've been using the DJI OTG cable my Spark and the DJI goggles just fine. I have noticed many people post that OTG does not with their android.  I found my Samsung Galaxy 5S  with DJI GO 4 app version 4.2.6 still works with my Spark. Wf-Fi and bluetooth were both off. There seems to be quite a bit of inconstinsty with the OTG cable and what it works with.
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-26 14:07
I have Samsung adapters and when my OTG cable is inserted it works but there's NA for battery power and other key indicators...

Interesting. I'm not sure what to tell you then... maybe other users would be able to help as well.
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-26 19:07
Interesting. I'm not sure what to tell you then... maybe other users would be able to help as well.

What kind of range do you get with the OTG cable?
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I think range wise does not depends on whether you are on OTG or not as it depends on your RC to AC WIFI connection strength and quality (and of course FCC and CE rules).

OTG will definitely help the video latency aspect  between RC to device. My 2 cents.
2018-2-26
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midwest Mike Posted at 2018-2-26 19:07
I've been using the DJI OTG cable my Spark and the DJI goggles just fine. I have noticed many people post that OTG does not with their android.  I found my Samsung Galaxy 5S  with DJI GO 4 app version 4.2.6 still works with my Spark. Wf-Fi and bluetooth were both off. There seems to be quite a bit of inconstinsty with the OTG cable and what it works with.

And you have battery, telemetry data all there on Android ?

For most OTG android users it works, just has no display of vital flight info.
2018-2-27
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drewhoover
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davidmartingraf Posted at 2018-2-26 19:21
What kind of range do you get with the OTG cable?

About the same from when the phone is connected to the remote, via wifi.
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-27 07:36
About the same from when the phone is connected to the remote, via wifi.

At what range (with the OTG cable) do you notice the transmission is starting to break-up?
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I am pretty sure OTG does not increase range...OTG only improves the signal between the mobile device and RC.  Early on when the Spark first came out there were issues on connection between the RC and some mobile devices (because there were so many out there).  After a multitude of app updates, DJI has been able to resolve nearly all of those issues.  I have never flown with OTG.  I've flown in Europe, Hawaii, and continental US and never had a problem between the iPhone and RC.  Again, that's all OTC helps with.  The connection between the RC and drone is what determines how far you'll get range wise...and OTG doesn't come into play.
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Rustic17 Posted at 2018-2-27 09:25
I am pretty sure OTG does not increase range...OTG only improves the signal between the mobile device and RC.  Early on when the Spark first came out there were issues on connection between the RC and some mobile devices (because there were so many out there).  After a multitude of app updates, DJI has been able to resolve nearly all of those issues.  I have never flown with OTG.  I've flown in Europe, Hawaii, and continental US and never had a problem between the iPhone and RC.  Again, that's all OTC helps with.  The connection between the RC and drone is what determines how far you'll get range wise...and OTG doesn't come into play.

Quite right and well stated. , OTG only improves connectivity between RC and Mobile Device.
2018-2-27
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tonyyng Posted at 2018-2-25 12:53
Just for IOS (unofficially).  Still not for Android.

Why not for Android. It is a fact that the Spark cannot fly the distance that is advertised using WiFi in Europe. This is very disconcerting as a customer, false advertising.
What can one do?
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Leonb63 Posted at 2018-3-24 15:27
Why not for Android. It is a fact that the Spark cannot fly the distance that is advertised using WiFi in Europe. This is very disconcerting as a customer, false advertising.
What can one do?

Just downgrade the DJI GO 4 app to 4.1.15 (or 4.1.14 if your phone does not support 5,8GHz and you want to be able to choose the band for yourself everytime you power on the Spark). Unfortunatelly, after almost 6 months since they broke it it is still the only way how to use the OTG cable.
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drewhoover Posted at 2018-2-26 07:07
You're welcome!

I use an S7 Edge and have been through 3 different OTG cables.  None work!
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djiuser_c6FwuHWPM7th Posted at 2018-3-25 16:14
I use an S7 Edge and have been through 3 different OTG cables.  None work!

ON 4.1.15??
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djiuser_c6FwuHWPM7th Posted at 2018-3-25 16:14
I use an S7 Edge and have been through 3 different OTG cables.  None work!

Has any of the cables ever worked before? Or you got one, didn't work, got another, that one also didn't work, and so on...
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Jos A Posted at 2018-3-26 01:36
ON 4.1.15??

Whatever the latest update is... I'm somewhat new to this but not inexperienced with tech
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djiuser_c6FwuHWPM7th Posted at 2018-4-9 03:49
Whatever the latest update is... I'm somewhat new to this but not inexperienced with tech

The latest update is not what you could have gotten out of this topic.
Simple: The latest DJO Go4 (4.2.8) DOES NOT show flight parameter live on the display, if otg connected
The LATEST version, that shows (is fully usable) in OTG mode, is 4.1.15

And what kind of OTG cable have you used?
If it was a usual adapter cable, did you plug the adapter side in the RC or in the Phone?
The adapter side need to be in the RC
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For myself the latency is much better with a cable connection (IOS) but I can't see any difference in range. I live in the US and get very good range with the RC as long as I am not in an area with a lot of radio signal interference. Even in my subdivision where there are a lot of WiFi access points I still easily get several hundred yards without any dropouts. I'm still quite satisfied with my Spark although I can understand where the owners in other countries can be frustrated.
2018-4-9
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My flights improved a lot with the OTG. I had quite a few bad flights when relying on Wi-Fi, really uncomfy ones. Before the OTG the spark hardly got to 600 meters.
With the OTG and a much better phone (iphone 7 plus) flights are reeeeealy stable. Last weekend I was able to fly my spark 3.8km with no problems at all. Rock Solid!


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I downgraded my software for my android to 4.1.15 and tried the OTG cable...  it didn't work for me.  
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