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How to use Tello drone with a bluetooth game controller

Publish Date:
Jan 27, 2019
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The RYZE Tello drone is a small and fun entry point for a lot of people kicking the tires about drones and getting familiar with them. But as a person who is really into drones, I also love this tiny drone for flying around my house indoors - just zipping around going between furniture and doing flips with it is seriously fun. It was even more fun after I connected my bluetooth controller!

The Tello drone allows you to control it with an apple compatible game controller - which I happen to have thanks to my passion for Geometry Wars. Setting a game controller up with the RYZE Tello is really easy. I'm using a SteelSeries Nimbus, but if you're on a budget - you could try the SteelSeries Stratus. The nimbus works with iOS and Apple TV, while the stratus works with iOS devices.

To connect the RYZE Tello to the controller:

First, download the Tello app from the app store.

Connect your bluetooth controller to your device.

You may need to install the helper app specific to your controller, I had to download the "Nimbus" app. It was free.

Connect the Tello to your device via Wi-Fi.

To do this, turn on the tello, open your system preferences, wifi and select the wifi network that starts with "Tello-xxxx".

That's literally it.

Here are the Tello controller settings:

Take off / Land: R2 + Y

Take Photo: R1

Record Video: L1

Flip Forward: L2 + D Pad Up

Flip Backward: L2 + D Pad Down

Flip Left: L2 + D Pad Left

Flip Right: L2 + D Pad Right

Devices compatible with the RYZE Tello drone:

iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular.

Have fun flying! It's much easier than the on-screen touch controls and really unlocks more precision living room furniture maneuverability and flip capability!

About the Author:

Keith Knittel

I'm a designer from Cleveland, Ohio and love to shoot photos & videos. I made my first website in 2004 to show friends photos & videos (before YouTube/Flickr were things) and have been shooting and designing ever since! I have a deep passion for making and helping others create.

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