How to Transfer Files from DJI Mini 3 and 3 Pro to Computer, Phone, or Tablet

There are different ways to transfer photos and footage made with the Mini 3 or 3 Pro and store them on various devices: computer, phone, or tablet. Using QuickTransfer the download is very fast, up to about 25MB per second, it can even be done while the drone is flying

Most of the basic operations and settings of the Mini and 3 Pro are found in my article Mini 3 Pro beginner’s guide

I have made other in-depth analyses of some specific tasks fro the Mini 3 and 3 Pro

If you prefer to watch this as a video, you will find my YouTube version at the end of this article

Transfer Files to a Computer

From an SD Memory Card

the simplest way to transfer your files to a computer is to use a mini SD card

The Mini 3 accepts mini cards with a capacity of 256GB, vs 512GB for the Mini 3 Pro. In most cases, a 128GB mini card is more than enough

Video by Vicvideopic

To transfer the files we need an adapter from mini SD to SD and a card reader that attaches to the computer via USB, they are both very affordable

Some computers have an SD card slot, in which case the card reader is not needed

When the card is connected to the computer a folder named USB Drive will be visible. Open it in a new window, then open the file DCIM and finally, the folder named 100Media containing the footage and photos

We can then drag the files to the desired storage location, in most cases a hard drive

From the Internal Storage

The Mini 3 and 3 Pro have a modest internal storage of 1.25 GB. It can store a decent amount of photos, but only a couple of minutes of footage

Internal storage of the Mini 3 Pro
The internal storage of the Mini 3 Pro

The only reason to use the internal storage is when we forget to bring an SD card, or when the internal memory card fills up while shooting photos or footage

The good news is that it is possible to transfer the files very quickly

Let’s start with a computer. Maybe we have brought a laptop on location, so we can quickly transfer the files to the hard drive, format the internal storage, and shoot more footage

The procedure is the same as when using a desktop computer at home

USB mode is available in the Camera tab of Settings
USB mode is available in the Camera tab of Settings

The Mini 3 and 3 Pro tend to overheat when not flying

In the tab Camera of Settings, turn on the option for USB mode. The aircraft will enter a low-power state to prevent overheating

The remote controller can be switched off, as it is not needed for the transfer of the files

Video by Vicvideopic

Connect the drone to a USB slot in the computer by using the USB C cable supplied with the drone

Switch on the drone and a folder with the content of the internal memory of the drone will be available, the structure of the folders is the same as we have seen previously

Transfer Files to a Phone or Tablet with Quick Transfer

From a Memory Card

To transfer the photos and video from the drone to a remote device, a smartphone, or a tablet, it is possible to use the Quick Transfer mode, faster than the simple download

The remote controller is not needed, but DJI Fly app must be installed on the remote device

Video by Vicvideopic

I will be using a tablet, but the procedure is the same if using a smartphone

After opening the wings, switch on the drone and then launch DJI Fly app. On the lower left corner, a message will prompt you to Switch to QuickTranfer Mode

After hitting Switch, a prompt will appear to join the WiFi network of the aircraft

After hitting Join the tablet is connected to the drone, and the battery level of the aircraft is shown together with a button to access the album, by tapping on it the photos and videos contained in the SD card of the drone will be shown

If there is no memory card inserted in the Mini 3, the content of the internal memory will be shown

On the top left of each thumbnail, there is an icon with a downward arrow, by tapping on it we access a preview of the clip or photo containing the same icon at the bottom right

By tapping on it the clip is downloaded

We can return to the previous screen displaying the thumbnails through the arrow on the top left. At the top left of this screen, the progress of the download is shown

Using QuickTransfer the download is very fast, up to about 25MB per second. The 1.25 GB of internal storage of the Mini 3 can be downloaded in less than a minute in ideal conditions without strong interferences

By tapping on the icon at the top right of the screen it is possible to download several files at once by selecting them and then hitting the download icon

By tapping on Batch Select, all the files will be selected for download

From the Internal Memory

If we have forgotten to bring an SD card with us, we can use the small internal storage of the Mini 3 or 3 Pro containing a couple of minutes of video or about 40 photos

Once the memory is full we can bring the drone back home, use Quick Transfer to download the content to the remote device in about a minute, format the internal storage and have another go, and repeat until we have battery left

The RC N1 controller with a tablet (photo by Vicvideopic)
The RC N1 controller with a tablet (photo by Vicvideopic)

With the RC N1 controller, Quick Transfer can be used while flying

By tapping on the icon below the shutter we access the album and then the second icon from the right at the top brings us to quick transfer mode

After downloading the files we can leave QuickTransfer mode by tapping the same icon which will turn white from yellow

We can then format the internal storage and resume shooting videos and photos

The RC controller with a built-in screen (photo by Vicvideopic)
The RC controller with a built-in screen (photo by Vicvideopic)

The RC controller with a built-in screen, cannot access QuickTransfer mode while flying

More details about the RC controller with a built-in screen are in my dedicated article 

If You Prefer To Watch This As a Video


I am Vittorio Caramazza, aka Vicvideopic, the founder of this website and author of all the posts. I am a videographer and photographer contributing to several stock agencies. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Lightroom. I have 10 years of experience with dron videography and photography. I was struck by drone syndrome in 2013. I have owned and tested in depth the following drones: Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Air 2, Air 2s, Autel Evo Nano Plus, Mavic 3, Mini 3 Pro, Mini 3. My home has turned into a breeding ground for drones. I am the owner of two YouTube channels specializing in Videography and Photography, with a focus on drones My main channel is VicVideopic (in English): My other channel is Drone Mitico, the Italian version.: I am currently based in Sicily (Southern Italy), but I tend to move quite often. After all, this is one of the main benefits of being a digital nomad…

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