Navigating Projects in DroneDeploy

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The DroneDeploy interface streamlines your data organization experience by grouping all flight plans, maps, media, and reports associated with a location into one project. This makes it easier to find the data you’re looking for, re-fly the same location and share complete reality capture through one project. 

Create a New Project

  1. Begin your mapping journey by hitting the "New Project" button.

  2. Select your project’s precise location, the location will be based on your current location at first, so you may need to search the address using the search function.
  3. Once you've pinpointed the spot, ensure it's centered on the map view and click "Create project here."
  4. Infuse your project with a bit of order by giving it a name that reflects its purpose.
  5. Once you create a site, you will be taken to flight planning so that you can plan your first flight for that project. If you already have a dataset to upload, you may also go straight to the upload tab to create your first map.

Quick Upload

If you're simply uploading data without Ground Control Points (GCPs), the Upload icon is your go-to. Using this feature automatically generates a project based on the imagery's EXIF data, saving you precious time.

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When uploading your GCPs to your dataset, it's best you create a project at the address and upload imagery. Our quick upload button will not offer you the option to add GCPs at the time of upload. More details on adding GCP's to a processed map here

Create a New Flight Template

You can use several different types of flights for your project. For example, if you want to create a basic map of the whole project or a corridor map, a panorama and a video, you can create and save multiple flight templates for your project, all of which can be re-flown.


  1. To create a new flight template, select the plus button
  2. Then select the type of flight template you want to create and adjust your flight geometry and settings.
  3. Once you've created multiple flight templates, you'll be able to find them in the flight template selector. You'll then be able to chain up your missions one after the other. 

More details: Desktop Flight Planning

Once you have created your project, you can plan your flight on both desktop or mobile. To get to flight planning from mobile, just click on your project within the app. You will go straight to the “Fly” tab to plan your flight, you can update the settings and set up your different flights or missions. 

More details: Mobile Flight Planning

Upload Data to a Site

  • Once you have flown your first flight, you'll be able to upload after your flight, or will be able to resume uploading your dataset later via your Desktop.
  • Head to the project and then click on the "Upload” tab. Find the pending upload that corresponds to the flight you completed and click it. More details: Resume upload. 
  • If you want to upload images from a flight that you didn’t fly with DroneDeploy or from different flights within the project, click on "New upload" under the "Upload" Tab: 

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  • Once you have selected your images, click on open and then upload images. You will then receive an email telling you when your map has finished processing.

Explore Your Map

  • Easily navigate back to your project by clicking on it from the dashboard, seamlessly accessing your new map on the “Explore” tab.
  • Enjoy the familiar functionality of map tools, though some apps may not be accessible.
  • Effortlessly explore multiple maps within your project using the calendar date picker or the forward and back arrows.


  • Share your map effortlessly by clicking the “Share” button and generate a specific map link.
  • Alternatively, foster collaboration by inviting members to the map via their email.

    More details: Data sharing



  • Navigate to the Reports tab to access Annotation or Progress Photo reports, allowing you to explore insights across different dates.
  • Share or print reports seamlessly to deliver polished insights to stakeholders.
  • From the Reports tab, you can navigate to various report options.

    More details: Reports

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  • Exporting map data remains straightforward, with the Export button conveniently located at the bottom of the page.
  • Customize export options to suit your needs, ensuring a seamless transition of map data.

    More details: Exporting your Data and Data Export Formats

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Access Help

On most screens, you can find help located at the bottom of the sidebar. The help options will be tailored to be relevant to what you’re looking at.

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