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How to update Bluetooth firmware on MōVI Pro/XL and MIMIC/Pilot

iOS 11 and iOS 12 updated Bluetooth specifications and introduced compatibility issues with the original version of the MōVI Bluetooth firmware. This guide walks through steps to update the Bluetooth firmware to the latest.

App Update Method

Update Bluetooth firmware from MōVI Pro App on an iOS 11 or iOS 10 device. Otherwise see “SD Card Method” section.

  • Connect to device and go to Monitor > Updates.
  • Tap ‘update’ or ‘revert’ and continue with ‘update’ or ‘revert’ in next screen.
  • There will be a popup titled ‘iOS 11 Connectivity’. Select the ‘Bluetooth’ option and follow instructions.

SD Card Method

MōVI Pro / XL

Step 1 – Get the SD card

  • Remove the SD card from MōVI and open its contents on your computer

MōVI Pro SD Card Slot

MōVI XL SD Card Slot

Step 2 – Put the Bluetooth firmware on the SD card

  • Get the Bluetooth firmware file from https://freeflysystems.com/support/movi-pro-support
  • Add (or replace) the ‘ble_fw.bin’ file to the SD card. It should go inside:
    • For MōVI Pro: sd card root > freefly > movi_pro > loader
    • For MōVI XL: sd card root > freefly > movi_xl > loader

Example screenshot of folder location

Step 3 – Update the firmware using the SD card

  • Place the SD card back to MōVI (Ensure that it is fully inserted)
  • Remove all MōVI batteries
  • Press and hold the two side buttons (see image below), then insert only one of the batteries. You can release buttons once you see LED turn on.
  • Wait until LED stops blinking (should take less than a minute)
  • Update is successful if LED turns green. If it is red, see the ‘Potential Issues‘ section below.
  • Remove the battery and you are all set!

MōVI Pro Bluetooth update buttons

MōVI XL Bluetooth update buttons

MIMIC / Pilot

Step 1 – Get the SD card

  • Remove the SD card from MIMIC and open its contents on your computer

Step 2 – Put the Bluetooth firmware on the SD card

Step 3 – Update the firmware using the SD card

  • Place the SD card back to MIMIC (Ensure that it is fully inserted)
  • Insert the jumper cable. Be careful not to bend the pins when you insert.
  • Press and hold the two side buttons (see image below), then remove the jumper cable. You can release buttons once you see LED turn on.
  • Wait until LED stops blinking (should take less than a minute)
  • Update is successful if LED turns green. If it is red, see the ‘Potential Issues‘ section below.
  • Press and hold power button for 4 seconds and MIMIC will turn off. You are all set!

MIMIC Bluetooth update buttons

MIMIC jumper cable

Potential Issues

Below are the potential issues you might run into. If the below suggestions still do not help, please contact support@freeflysystems.com

SD Card not inserted This is the most likely scenario. Ensure that SD card is fully inserted.

SD Card is faulty We found that some SD cards don’t work with some computers. If this is the case, we recommend finding another SD card to try. SD card must be 16GB or smaller.

SD Card is Full Make sure you do not have any random Non-MōVI related files, and/or ‘Data Logging’ files on the card, that would fill the card up to the point it was full.

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