Drones are becoming more popular, and technology is improving rapidly. Many drones can now be used to track you around using the Follow Me feature. This feature is not available on all drones. You might be curious if the DJI Mini 2 Follow Me mode exists.
The DJI Mini 2 doesn’t have the Follow Me mode like other DJI high-end drones. To keep it small, compact and limit the weight to 250 grams, DJI has removed many sensors including ones used to enable the Follow Me mode.
The DJI Mavic Mini 2 does not have a Follow Me feature. It is still a really great starter drone. Especially with the take-off weight limited at 250grams, you don’t have to register it with the FAA and can fly out of the box. Some features are limited to keep the drone light enough, including the most frequently used Follow Me. However, with a nice hack that I will tell, you can use it to follow you around, much like the high-end DJI drones.
What is Follow Me mode?
DJI’s drones have one of the most impressive features. They can follow an object or person in a continuous flight path and take videos. Some drones only allow the camera to track an object or person as it flies. With DJI drones “Follow Me” mode, the drone follows the object’s path while the camera locks onto it.
What is the Follow Me feature exactly? The drone can follow the subject and take videos. The drone can follow the subject while they are moving around and taking photos with their camera. This happens even though the person is not controlling the drone.
How Follow Me mode works?
The great thing about the Follow Me feature is that it allows the drone to take photos and videos while you do other things that require your hands. You can use the Follow Me feature whenever you’re doing activities like biking, surfing, or skateboarding. You can have the drone shoot you as you’re doing your activity without worrying about flying the drone, taking manual photos, or recording videos.
How does the Follow Me feature work exactly? When the Follow Me mode is on, the drone is actually following the Mavic Mini remote controller or your phone GPS coordinates. As you move around, your GPS coordinates change and are fed back to the drone, which then follows the new coordinates and thus, it ‘follows’ you around.
How is Follow Me different than Active Track?
If you have been using DJI drones, you might have used their Active Track feature as well. With the Active Track feature, you designate a person or point of interest (POI) using the drone camera, and then the drone follows the locked POI around. This is different from Follow Me. In Follow Me, the drone is locked onto your phone or controller GPS and is not dependent on camera image recognition.
While Active Track and Follow Me may have different methods, they both work with the same principle: the drone must follow an object. The Active Track requires the object to be in camera view while the Follow Me works even if the person goes away from the view. Both have their pros and cons.
DJI Mini 2 does not have the Follow Me feature, but it does have the Active Track feature. Why is this relevant? We are getting to it below.
Does the Dji Mini 2 Follow Me Mode Exist?
The DJI Mini line of drones is famous for its small and compact size and less than 250-gram threshold weight. The 249gram weight limit is carefully achieved to exempt these drones from mandatory FAA registration so that you can fly them without having to sign up with the FAA.
Although they are not in the category of toy drones, they still lack a few advanced features you might find in other high-end DJI drones. One of them is the famous Follow Me feature that we are talking about in this article.
Why DJI Mini 2 does not have Follow Me feature anyway?
The Follow Me feature requires extra sensors to execute the function safely. Extra sensors mean extra weight. So, to keep the drone under the FAA weight limit of 250 grams and exempt it from mandatory registration, the DJI design team has stripped away any hardware that is not a ‘necessity to achieve the weight limit. This includes the much-needed obstacle avoidance sensors on the front and sides to safely enable the Follow Me mode.
The DJI Mini line has been stripped down to the extent that it lacks many features that could have been very useful. The DJI Mini drone can still be used for other purposes. Even though they lack a Follow Me feature, these drones still function well. You will also learn that you can still use the drone to mimic the Follow Me feature but in a completely different way.
Apart from these complementary features, the drone is otherwise packed with features that make it an attractive option among beginner drone enthusiasts. I had written a complete review of Mavic Mini 2 when it came out.
DJI Mini2 Follow Me hack using Litchi App
Although the DJI Mini 2 doesn’t have the Follow Me feature, that doesn’t make it a bad drone. You can still get your Mini 2 following you around in a manner similar to the Follow Me function, but instead of using GPS enabled lock, you will be relying on image processing via Active Track mode.
To do this, we will use the Litchi App that has the Follow mode in its flight mode. If you haven’t used Litchi App, it’s similar to the DJI Go App but easier to use and with some extra features. Remember that this “follow” is based on image processing technology and is not using your phone GPS location to follow you. In essence, it works pretty similarly, but the underlying working principle is quite different.
To enable this, go to the Follow flight mode in the Litchi app and select FOLLOW from the list. The rest of the steps are pretty self-explanatory. You might need a clear area to avoided any collision since the Mini 2 does not have any obstacles avoidance. Also, the best results are achieved if you wear closed that have high contrast with your background so that the drone can easily track you around without confusing you with the background.
Watch this video to see how the Litchi app FOLLOW actually work and how effective it is.
It does attempt to mimic the Follow Me function, but it’s not exactly one. If you make a mistake or lose track of the drone, it will stop following and instead will make the circular motion it was intended to make. It is therefore very patience-intensive and requires a lot of trial-and-error.
You don’t have to practice this trick, and you don’t feel like it’s worth it to trick your DJI Mini 2 with the Follow Me feature, you might consider the DJI Air 2.
Although the Air 2 weighs slightly more than the Mini 2, the Follow Me feature is available, and it is nearly as small and light as the Mini 2. You will need to register your DJI Air 2 with the FAA to use it. This is the only cost you’ll have to make, other than paying more for a more expensive drone. The Mini 2 is smaller and lighter than the DJI Air 2. It’s a reasonable price for a drone with better specs and more features.