How do I install Aloft on a CrystalSky monitor?

Note: This is not currently available for the DJI Smart Controller or built-in monitors like on the P4P+.

Applicable to:
DJI CrystalSky 5.5” (CS550)
DJI CrystalSky 7.85” (CS785/ CS785U)
CrystalSky version: v02.06.06.00

  1. Latest CrystalSky Firmware needed (DJI’s instructions):
    a. Download correct version for your monitor (bottom of the page). b. Unzip/Extract the files onto a Micro SD Card.
    i. Need the .bin file, not the .zip c. Insert SD Card into CrystalSky. d. On CrystalSky, go to Settings > Update.
    i. Click menu (3 dots) in top right corner ii. Select Local Update e. Select uploaded version, and tap Local Update f. Tap Update again
    i. Some apps have Issues installing on the 5” CrystalSky due to screen limitations. ii. The monitor will restart and install firmware update iii. Will receive Note: Updated to version v02.06.06.00 message upon startup.
  2. Turn on Developer mode a. Settings b. About Device c. Tap System Version 7 times
    i. “You are now a developer” message will appear d. Press back, and select Developer Options
    i. Make sure developer mode is turned on at the top ii. Scroll down to USB debugging and ensure enabled
  3. Get Aloft .apk onto the CrystalSky (multiple options)
    a. Use a GDrive link provided by the Aloft team b. Micro SD Card transfer c. Transfer via USB Cable from PC
    d. DropBox (link or app if installed)
  4. Go to Explore
    a. Select file location b. Tap to install

Not seeing your drone connected? Android (CrystalSky OS) makes you select a default app preference when connecting your monitor to the remote controller. It is recommended to connect the drone and controller before connecting to CrystalSky, so the device will recognize the new connection. Upon plugging into the monitor, you will be prompted to “Choose an app for the USB device.” Select Aloft, and you have the option to set this Always or Just Once.

If you do not receive this pop-up and cannot connect to your aircraft, please try going to Settings > Apps > All (top-right) > Select DJI GO 4 / DJI PILOT > and choose Clear Defaults under “Launch by Default.” Now try plugging the cable back in to trigger this prompt.
If you’re still experiencing installation issues, a complete factory data reset may be required. Please be sure to remove any needed files prior to resetting to prevent data loss.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Backup & Reset
  3. Factory Data Reset
    a. Reset Device
  4. Follow Aloft installation instructions again

To remove Aloft (formerly Kittyhawk) from the CrystalSky

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Apps
  3. Select All (in the top right corner)
  4. Select Aloft
  5. Choose Uninstall (recommend clearing Cache first if you plan on reinstalling Aloft)