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Virtual Joystick

QGroundControl allows you to control a vehicle with on-screen virtual thumbsticks. These are displayed as shown below in the flight view.

QGroundControl Preferences > Enable Virtual Joystick


Thumbstick control is not as responsive as using an RC Transmitter (because the information is sent over MAVLink). Another alternative is to use a USB Joystick/Gamepad.

Enable the thumbsticks

To enable the virtual joysticks:

  1. Select the Q icon from the top toolbar

  2. Open the Application Settings

  3. Make sure you're on the General tab

  4. Check the Virtual joystick box

    QGroundControl Application Settings > Enable Virtual joystick