Discover the Parrot Jumping Sumo, a connected robot with a strong personality. With it, each element of your surroundings becomes a challenge. 

First, you need to download the free app (Freeflight 3) on your smartphone or your tablet.


Please launch FreeFlight 3 app with internet connection (Wifi or 3G), then go to the menu “Update” . If a new version of the firmware is available, it will be detected and downloaded automatically.

Then, when you will reconnect to the Jumping Sumo wifi, you can launch the downloaded update file.

To download the firmware on your computer, go to our support web pages : http://www.parrot.com/support/parrot-jumping-sumo
Choose the latest version, click download and put the file into a Mini-usb key. Then, just connect the mini-usb key to your Jumping Sumo to make the update and leave your robot a short moment until it restarts.

  • Insert the fully charged battery
  • Activate your Wi-Fi on your tablet or smartphone
  • In the network menu, select “Jumping Sumo”
  • Upon connection, its LED turns green and it moves: Your Sumo Jumping is ready!

Now, open the Freeflight 3 app.

Check if your Jumping Sumo is updated and start piloting by tapping “start” button on the home screen.

If your smartphone does not support connection to the 5GHz Wi-Fi band, you have the option of manually switching the network generated by the Parrot Jumping Sumo to the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band without using the application. To do this, press down for 3 seconds on the On/Off button.


Freeflight 3 has a minimalist and intuitive new interface. On the piloting screen you can find:


  • A left joystick to move forward and backward
  • An emergency button if you want to stop the jumping instantly
  • Custom animations menu
  • Swipes that allows you to turn very fast
  • Jumps
  • Position button (Jumper/Kicker/Autobalance)
  • Camera/photo
  • Settings



Jumping Sumo is very easy to pilot

To make your robot drives forward or back, just slide your thumb on the left joystick.



To control the direction of the Jumping Sumo, tilt your smartphone or tablet to the left and the right. You can turn very fast if you go likes this and be precise if you tilt very slightly.

To make a quarter turn in less than a second, swipe with your finger on the right side of the screen.

Also, swipe your finger up and down (on the right side of the screen) to make a 180 ° turn (u-turn).

  • To jump with your Jumping Sumo, simply press this icon on the top-right of the screen.
  • To perform a long jump, press the “long jump” icon

It is also possible to jump during movement. For this, pre-charge the jump by sliding “long jump” icon on the left. Then trigger the jump by tapping the long-jump button while the drone is moving.


Jumping Sumo has adjustable wheels for 2 piloting experiences:

The wheels open give Jumping sumo a greater stability in high-speed.

But if you re-tract them, it enhance agility and allows you to drive through narrow areas.


Jumping Sumo has 3 piloting modes: Jumper, Kicker and Autobalance.

By pressing once on this button change-positionthe Jumping turns back. And staying press on this button, the drone switches to autobalance mode that allows you to ride on uneven surface such as carpet, bed…

You can use the power of the Jumping to kick objects. To do this, sets the jumping backwards and precharge a jump before an object. Finally activate the jump to shoot in it.



Several fun animations are prerecorded in the jumping sumo. To activate them, go into the animation menu and select one. Then, the drone will run it automatically!

Here is the first tricks that you can already do:

  • Spin
  • Tap
  • Slow shake
  • Metronome
  • Etc…

These animations can be performed while the drone is moving.

Sans titre


In the settings menu, you can:

  • Change the name of your drone for easy recognition
  • Choose the sound of the animation and the sound volume
  • Modify max speed
  • Modify max turn speed
  • Modify neutral rotation speed



You can also record videos and take pictures! To do this, connect any micro USB key that has at least 100Mb available to the head of the Jumping Sumo.

  • To take a photo, click on the “Photo” icon on the piloting screen.
  • To record a video, click on the “Rec” icon at the top of the screen, to stop the video simply press the icon a second time.

You can download your videos and photos from the Photo Gallery via WiFi onto your Smartphone or Tablet. Select the video or image you want to save and click Download. You can also connect the mini USB key to your computer.


The “road map” allows you to schedule a course with acrobatics .

  • To make a road plan, select in the homescreen of the app “Road Plan”.
  • To add actions, swipe the icons in the list to the right of your screen. To change variables (duration, length ..), click on the items in the list. The simulated path appears then on the left side of the screen. To start the course, click on the “play” icon.




iOS 7.1 or later: http://www.parrot.com/usa/compatibility/apple/Android : http://www.parrot.com/au/compatibility/android/
iPhone 4SNexus 7 Tab
iPhone 5Samsung Tab Pro
iPhone 5CMotorola Moto E
iPhone 5SSamsung Galaxy S4
iPod Touch 5GNexus 5
iPad miniHTC One M8
iPad 3 RetinaLG G2
iPad AirLG G3
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro
Samsung Grand 2
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia E1
Samsung Galaxy S3

SUPPORT : http://www.parrot.com/support/parrot-jumping-sumo/



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115 thoughts on “How-to-pilot Jumping Sumo

  1. Is there a way to steer the jumping sumo other than using the 90 degree turns? I’d like to be able to have more fine-grained control than that.

    1. I’d love to see this too, better control. Use tilt movements to do the 90/180 and have a right thumb stick or just a 4 way (like pocket Nintendo style). I use mine at work for inspections

      1. Funny, you posted this 5 months ago. Still no charger. It sure is going to be sad when you become known as the first mainstream drone manufacturer out on the scene for your craft, and then be the first one to go bankrupt, just because you couldn’t provide any good customer support. Let me know when you have to sell the company, Im sure I could find a couple engineering and business interns to fix all these rudimentary issues your company has. —Fun products though

    1. The whole robot is a charger… But do what Parrot says and buy the charging port. That’s what I did and considering when I’m driving mine I don’t drain the battery very fast I can just alternate batteries when one gets flat.

    1. Hi,
      Please try the following instruction :
      If your smartphone does not support connection to the 5GHz Wi-Fi band, you have the option of manually switching the network generated by the Parrot Jumping Sumo to the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band without using the application. To do this, press down for 3 seconds on the On/Off button.

  2. Hi, I saw a parrot comercial on youtube and the jumping sumo haf somekind of clip wich allowed it to carry a chocolatebar. Where can I get the “carry-clip”?

  3. Hi!
    in your video. Jumping sumo had a hook to grab objects, but there is not in the package.
    Coming later this piece?

    Best regards

    1. the small wheel inside the Sumo that retracts the jumping arm is plastic and flimsy and its integrity is almost always compromised after a few jumps, im hoping that Parrot will start making them out of aluminum or some other light metal

  4. Hi, I have a jumping sumo, When doing the high jump the spring goes back in and click repeatedly and does not jump..help needed Thanks

    1. Take the top of the body off, underneath is a round disk. That disk is broken and the metal arm is slipping out of it not allowing it to jump. The rebuild kit is $20. I had to do the same thing.

  5. Is it possible to operate jumping sumo with the iPhone 6 and / or iPhone6 ​​plus? And if that is not possible, when will it be?

  6. Hi, where do you get the rebuild kit? I just opened my drone today, used the jump feature 4 times, and now it does everything but jump. Doesn’t really seem like a $160 dollar item.

    1. I had the same issue with jumping and replaced the unit. The replacement’s jump feature broke also, but still enjoyed driving it around until now the right wheel has stopped working. Double bummer.

  7. Our one does not jump so I will take it back to the shop on Monday. Sadly I see that this is a known problem and Parrot have not answered on how to do anything. If it is a known problem it should be recalled but Partot keep selling them! Shame!

  8. My jumping sumo doesn’t steer, I can make 90 and 180 turns, but if I tilt the iPad the sumo can’t turn and it keeps going straight.

  9. Hey Parrot, I got a sumo recently and it’s great! But after a long jump the right wheel, facing the sumo, won’t spin anymore and the left one is fine. It didn’t jump into anything at all it was on carpet. What’s wrong with it, the axle seems bent because the wheel isn’t straight either? Can I fix it myself or will a warranty cover it? Thanks

    1. Same problem. I returned it and exchanged it for some other R/C thing but I regret it… I MISS MY JUMPING SUMO!!! What Ive should’ve done is ordered every single part from parrot x5 so I can make a Sumo fix-kit. I am getting another sumo TOMMOROW. *excited*

  10. Hi guys, my son’s jumping sumo stopped spinning the right wheel, left still okay. Anything we can do or just sending back? No accident happened, just after charging the battery right wheel does not move anymore. Many thanks for help

    1. I kinda had the same problem. The sumos wifi didn’t come up in the network list. I used an apple phone and only one wheel worked. So I went to the store and they said I needed to reset it. Did so and then it could connect again and the wheel worked fine.

    2. My Problem was similar. The right wheel didn’t work but then I switched it into reverse (making the right wheel work by the motor) and switched it back to forward which is only temporary as you will go slow forward and if you let go of the digital joystick thing and go forward, the wheel will stop working

  11. My jumping sumo goes extremely slow going forwards but really fast backwards. When I try to jump it has to try a few times to retract the spring. It seems like the speeds switched. How did this happen??

  12. Hi there my sumo has stopped making sound. is that because I am using an iPhone 6? Also the right wheel is a bit wobbly. Please respond and help

  13. Hi when I woke up this morning I tried using my drone but the right wheel stopped working, so I took it into Harvey Norman and got a new one. I took it home set it up and pressed the jump button. And of course it dosnt jump. So that’s 2 duds now! PLEASE HELP!

  14. My jumping sumo’s network won’t show up on my phones wifi, due to incidient of me pressing forget network which was the jumping sumo’s network. Is the a solution?

    1. If your smartphone does not support connection to the 5GHz Wi-Fi band, you have the option of manually switching the network generated by the Parrot Jumping Sumo to the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band without using the application. To do this, press down for 3 seconds on the On/Off button.

  15. I can’t get any visual on my screeen and I cant click on camera icon. Tried using micro usb and still nothing. What am I doing wrong?

  16. My sumo can do High Jump. But It can not do Long Jump with this error message “Jump Motor Blocked”.
    What should I do ?
    Refund online website ?

  17. I got a Jumping Sumo for my birthday. The next day, I used Jump and it suddenly was stuck or something. It wouldn’t jump anymore. I went back to the shop where I bought it and they gave me a new one. A few hours later, I jump again and it breaks again…
    The Jumping Sumo is really nice to play with, but breaks so fast. Especially the Jumping mechanism.

  18. I got a Jumping Sumo for my birthday. The next day, I used Jump and it suddenly was stuck or something. It wouldn’t jump anymore. I went back to the shop where I bought it and they gave me a new one. A few hours later, I jump again and it breaks again…
    The Jumping Sumo is really nice to play with, but breaks so fast. Especially the Jumping mechanism.

  19. Hi, my jumping sumo’s right wheel stopped working, I haven’t crashed it. If I give it a oust it sometimes worked for a bit but then stoppes again.

  20. i can flip my phone in both three axis the robot doesn’t turn, even with max turn speed and min neutral rotation speed I can only make live 90* turns and planned turns

    1. I have the same problem with my Samsung Galaxy TAB 2 10.1 and Parrot Jumping Sumo. It works with Samsung Galaxy S6 or with iPhone, but not with TAB. The TAB works ok, also in other games with “device flip functionality”… Is here anyone else with such problem? Do anyone have any solution? I’ve already tried to flash TAB with different FW, but the problem is still the same…
      Please help!

  21. My mini drone doesn’t jump, appeared with a message saying the jumping motor is blocked. Help please…

  22. Hello i have a htc desire 816 with lollipop and i have a parrotjumping sumo drone ,i can’t make moves inclining my phone ,but my accelerometer phone is ok. My drone is updated and my phone too. I have checked with another phone and drone has responsed precisely to phone inclining movement. Please help me to enjoy my jumping sumo ❤

  23. Dear parrot, Once I have connected the sumo to my iPad I will go into the freeflight3 application and it will either not show the free ride option, or show it. If it is shown then I go into the free ride menu and it will show the controls but will have nothing but a black screen behind it and then disconnect in 3-5 seconds

  24. Hi parrot i recently got a sumo jumping drone an as i was doing a long jump it executed it fine then i tried a high jump and it retracted the kicker as normal but then i got an error on my screen saying jump motor blocked i checked and nothing was blocking it and it still wont high jump but it will long jump no problem

  25. My tablet is not connecting with jumping sumo because it has not compatibility. It is samsung galaxy tab E. What can i do about it?

  26. Why doesn’t tilting the iPhone or iPad work? Should be able to use it to control the drone, but it doesn’t do anything… I can only use 90 and 180 degree turns…

  27. Hi, can someone provide me a viable place to find a micro usb key, required for video taking. I can’t find a good one.

  28. How come I can’t see live stream from my jumping sumo onto my smartphone? But the controls are there, and I can take pictures. I just csn’t see the live stream.

  29. Hi.im new here and my jumping sumo’s kicker wont work. Each time i press the jump feature,im hit with a retardedly annoying noise and it dont like it one bit! Can i get some help from the Parrot minidrone staff or something.

  30. i cannot change the name of my sumo . when i change it in freeflight 3 , i type the name but it comes always to the original name

    ( jumpingSumo-xxx_XXX ) pls help

  31. Nice tutorial, you explained it pretty good. But, for someone who doesn’t already own this model, I feel like there should be more information regarding some of its features. For example, after I read your article, I decided to do some additional research, and found out that the little jumper has 3 Viewing modes that accompany the 3 piloting modes: The Jumping Mode allows the drone to jump with the camera facing forward. The Kicking Mode swings the camera upward before jumping, and the Balancing Mode makes the camera face the ground. Found this, and more information here: http://mydronelab.com/reviews/the-parrot-mini-drone-jumping-sumo.html

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