How to Connect the DJI Mini 4 Pro to a Computer (Video)

Released September 2023, the Mini 4 Pro is currently DJI’s newest release drone. But that has not stopped it from rising up the charts in terms of units sold and ownership.

Like the Mini 3 Pro before it, the Mini 4 Pro is a favorite Mini drone amongst seasoned drone operators, content creators, and everyone in between.

This article and the included YouTube video will discuss why a Mini 4 Pro owner may want to connect the Mini 4 Pro to a computer and will also serve as a step-by-step guide walking through connecting the DJI Mini 4 Pro to either a Windows-based computer or a Mac.

Why Connect the Mini 4 Pro to a Computer?

Although many DJI Mini 4 Pro owners may never have an immediate need to connect their Mini 4 Pro to a computer, there are two main reasons why someone would want to do so. These are:

  • To directly transfer videos and/or photos to a computer
  • To access the DJI Assistant 2 (Consumer Drones Series) software

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DJI Assistant 2 Software (Consumer Drone Series)

As mentioned, although not an immediate need just yet, as the DJI Mini 4 Pro just released, there will be Mini 4 Pro owners who will need to connect the Mini 4 Pro to their computers to access features and utilities found within the DJI Assistant 2 (Consumer Drone Series) software.

The DJI Assistant 2 (Consumer Drone Series) software is used to:

Once the Mini 4 Pro is connected to your Windows PC or Mac, you can use the DJI Assistant 2 (Consumer Drone Series) software to perform the aforementioned functions.

Note: If you currently have the DJI Assistant 2 software for an Air 2S, that version is not compatible with the Mini 4 Pro. You will need to download and install the DJI Assistant 2 software from the Mini 4 Pro downloads page.

Shortly, we will be walking through connecting the Mini 4 Pro to a computer.

» MORE: DJI Assistant 2: A Complete Guide (Step-by-Step)

Transfer Photos and Videos

With the same 1/1.3-inch 24 mm camera as the DJI Air 3, the Mini 4 Pro is capable of taking excellent photos (12 MP and 48 MP).

Likewise, in the video department, the Mini 4 Pro shoots excellent video, up to 4k 100fps. In addition, footage can also be shot in the D-Log M, a 10-bit color profile, and a 10-bit HDR profile (HLG).

The question on many new Mini 4 Pro owners’ minds is, “How do I access all of this content”?

» MORE: How to Transfer Videos from DJI Fly App to Computer (Step-by-Step Guide)

SD Card Readers

A useful method for accessing the content (pictures and videos) on a Mini 4 Pro’s external SD card is through the use of an SD card reader.

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An SD card reader allows you to remove the SD card from the Mini 4 Pro, insert the card into the reader, plug the reader into a computer, and then view and edit the information directly from within a directory on your computer.

» MORE: How to Format SD Cards in DJI Drones (Quick Steps with Photos)

For those who do a lot of photo and video editing, this way of accessing the information on the SD card is convenient.

You will not have to find a spot in your work area to house the Mini 4 Pro and then plug it into the computer via USB-C cable.


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Directly Connecting to a Computer (PC or Mac)

Although there are alternative ways to access photos and videos from the Mini 4 Pro as mentioned, it still might be necessary to directly connect the Mini 4 Pro to a computer, such as when pictures and videos have been stored directly in the tiny internal 2 GB storage found onboard the Mini 4 Pro.

Image Credit: Dan Bayne/Droneblog

To connect your Mini 4 Pro to a PC or Mac:

You’ll need the USB to USB-C cable that is included with the Mini 4 Pro. Thankfully, DJI has USB-C cables included in all of the Mini 4 Pro combos, including the Mini 4 Pro and RC-N2 only combo.

  • Step 1: Connect the Mini 4 Pro USB to USB-C cable to your PC or Mac. You’ll want to plug the USB side into an empty USB slot on your computer.
  • Step 2: While the Mini 4 Pro is off, plug the USB-C end into the Mini 4 Pro.

» MORE: How to Connect the DJI Air 3 to a Computer (Video)

If connecting the Mini 4 Pro to a computer to access pictures and video:

  • Step 3: In a trend copied down from the Air 3, there is no need to power on the Mini 4 Pro. When it connects to a computer via USB-C, the internals are immediately accessible.

Your computer, whether Windows PC or Mac, should recognize the Mini 4 Pro storage.

If using a Mac, the Mini 4 Pro’s internal drive will create a shortcut on the desktop, which you will be able to double-click and access through Mac Finder.

If you have an SD card in the Mini 4 Pro, this will also be created as a shortcut on the desktop.

If using a Windows PC, you will have to access the data on the Mini 4 Pro’s SD card or the Mini 4 Pro’s internal storage and SD card through either Windows or File Explorer, depending on which version of Windows you are running.

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If connecting the Mini 4 Pro to a computer to work with the DJI Assistant 2 (Consumer Drone Series) software:

After following the above Steps 1 & 2

  • Step 3: Launch the DJI Assistant 2 software
  • Step 4: Log in to the DJI Software using your DJI account credentials.
  • Step 5: Unfold the Mini 4 Pro’s arms and legs. Remove the gimbal cover and then turn on the Mini 4 Pro by pressing the power button once, and then holding the power button.
    • Your computer, whether Windows PC or Mac, should recognize the Mini 4 Pro storage as well.
  • Step 6: The DJI Assistant 2 software will then transition to a screen that shows your Mini 4 Pro. Simply choose it, and then you will be able to update firmware, as well as other options and utilities.

Connecting the DJI RC2 (or RC-N2) Remote Controller to a computer

Like with the Mini 4 Pro, it may become necessary to connect the DJI RC2 or RC-N2 remote controller to your PC or Mac to work with the firmware in the DJI Assistant 2 software.

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  • Step 1: Connect the Mini 4 Pro’s USB to USB-C cable to your PC or Mac by plugging the USB side into an empty USB slot on your computer or USB hub.
  • Step 2: While the remote controller is off, plug the USB-C end into the RC.
  • Step 3: Open the DJI Assistant 2 software.
  • Step 4: Log in to the DJI Software using your DJI account credentials.
  • Step 5: Turn on the RC by single pressing the power button once, then press and hold the power again until the RC beeps and turns on.
    • The DJI Assitant software will then see the remote controller and switch over to the connected devices screen.
  • Step 6: Choose the remote controller model that you are using, and you will be brought to the Firmware Update screen.

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