10 best drone apps for Android to help you fly



This article originally appeared on our partner site DroneRush.com
You want to fly your drone and you want to incorporate your mobile device into the experience, you’ll need to download some apps, but which should you get? Your drone manufacturer will have an app, but what else can you get your hands on? Join us for a rundown of some of the best drone apps.
We have released our big list of apps from the manufacturers — the apps you need to fly  — as well as a list of DJI GO 4 app alternatives  for DJI pilots.
Best drone apps

Airmaps
Google Earth
B4UFly
UAV Forecast
Sun Surveyor (Sun and Moon)

Litchi
Verifly
Kittyhawk
Drone Deploy
Pix4D

First, some theory. What is it you are hoping to do with your drone? Perhaps you are trying to keep it legal, making sure you can fly in a specific location, there’s an app for that. Maybe you are looking for a logging service to help track your flights, there are tools for that as well, or maybe you just want a weather report. Your needs will differ depending on your drone as well — a camera drone has different needs than a racing drone, for example.
Go ahead and run down the list to get an idea what functions a non-manufacturer app can serve for you. We hope to help you find something new and helpful.

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Google Earth

Price: Free
As you well know, the first thing you’re going to need to do with any drone (after registering it,) is figure out a place to fly it. Truth is, there are some drone dedicated mapping apps on our list today, they are great at showing where it is safe to fly. Safe places to fly is one thing, but before you get to that point, why not scour Google Earth to find exceptional places to fly. Google Earth is free for your mobile device and available on the web as well
Download on Google Play!
Related reading : Best mapping apps for Android – on Android Authority

Airmap

Price: Free
Airmap is one of those tools that does so much more than just map a potential flight location or help you keep a log of your flight. With backing by companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm, not to mention drone players like Yuneec, Airmap is rapidly becoming the de-facto tool for commercial drone flight. Don’t let their drone mapping, geo-fencing and flight logging commercial tools scare you off, utilizing the real-time traffic alerts in their mobile app is value enough. Check out Airmap for your basic needs, or for your commercial piloting business.
Update April, 2018: Airmap can now control your DJI drone! They’ve built in functionality to actually fly machines like the DJI Mavic Air, Mavic Pro and more.
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY!

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