1 Nov

Before we start, i want to explain that there are 2 kind of firmware that is used by xiaoyi.

Flashable firmware and update firmware.

Flashable firmware will be written fully to the partition, but the update firmware only extract some neccesary files to home directory.

The flashable firmware usually have size between 5MB to 8MB, while the update firmware have size between 1MB to 4MB.

Now, in this topic we only speak about the flashable Firmware. Before we flash it, you need to prepare:

1. MICRO SD CARD minimum class 10, capacity 4GB-32GB, with partition type FAT32.

2. Micro sd Card reader ( if your PC/laptop dont have this capabilty or you cellphone dont have sdcard slot).

NB: if you use cellphone and planning to use micro sd card reader, make sure the cellphone support USB OTG, otherwise it wont work.

3. Original Cable or a normal Usb cable that can deliver 5V – 1A power without too much reduction. (original Camera cable is recommended)

4. Adaptor that has output 5V – 1A. (original Camera Adaptor is recommended).


Here are the steps to flash it.

1. Download the firmware.

2. Put the firmware into the root location of SDCARD.

3. Don’t forget to safe eject the sdcard from your PC/cellphone before you unplug the sdcard (dont ignore this step, data integrity is needed in this step).

4. Turn off the camera ( you need to do this whenever you plug in or plug off the sdcard from/into the camera).

5. Insert the sdcard into the camera.

6. Turn on the camera and watch the camera  reaction.

7. Don’t interrupt the flashing process until it is done.

Successfull flashing is indicated by following reaction:

– For dome cameras, the camera’s LED will blink yellow light slowly instead rotating the camera’s head.

– For other cameras than xiaoyi ant y3, they will imidiately blink yellow for about 1-3 minutes.

– For xiaoyi ant y3, it will check the firmware file for about 10-30 seconds before start blinking slowly for about 1-3 minutes.

If the flashing is failed, you need to read this article:

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