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How to Boot Android Devices in Fastboot, Recovery and Download Mode

posted by Shreyas Kukde

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Whether you own an Android Smartphone or a tablet device, whether you are a noob, basic or advanced user, you need to be aware of certain things about your device. Booting your device into Odin/download/fastboot/ bootloader or recovery mode (stock or recovery) is  a piece of knowledge you must have.

There are hundreds of Android devices out there manufactured by different OEMs. As a result, there is no universal method for entering download/fastboot/recovery mode for all devices. The key combinations differ even for the devices made by the same manufacturer. At Droidviews, we always strive to provide tips, tricks and resources for our visitors that might make their mobile life easy-going and productive.

With this end at the back of our mind, we bring together the keys to boot your Android device in download/fastboot/bootloader and recovery mode at a single spot. We aim to make this article a handbook for such purposes and therefore we have made a beginning with most recognized and popular brands like Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, SONY, Asus, etc. and we plan to add more brands and devices, making this article all inclusive and, at the same time, an exclusive presentation from Droidviews.

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Disclaimer:

Please note that you will be able to boot your device in custom recovery mode only if it is rooted. We don’t take any responsibility as by rooting you already have given up on your warranty, please don’t proceed if you don’t know what you are doing.

Please be noted that this guide is a work in progress and will grow larger. Some specific device could actually have a different key combination or some device could behave differently, if you have any trouble with the following tutorial, or if you have pointed out a non working key-combo, please drop a comment and we will be happy to help you.

Download Fastboot for Android: Link

 

Download & Recovery Mode for Samsung Devices

[This will work for almost all Samsung devices]

To enter into ODIN/Download mode, do this:

  • Turn on USB Debugging/ Android Debugging
  • Turn off your Phone
  • Hold down Volume Down + Power + Home Button

[For Galaxy Tabs, press and hold Volume Down + Power]

  • Press Volume Up when prompted after the security warning

To enter  into Recovery mode, do this:

  • Turn off your phone
  • Hold down Volume UP + Power + Home Button

[For Galaxy Tabs, press and hold Volume Up + Power]

  • Release all the keys when you see the Samsung logo

To enter into Fastboot mode, do this:

[Will only work for devices which have Fastboot mode, ex. Galaxy Nexus]

  • Turn off your phone
  • Hold down Volume UP + Volume Down + Power button
  • Release when you see the Android logo

 

Exclusions:

Nexus S

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Up + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Up + Power, Highlight RECOVERY with the volume keys and select with the Power key.

Galaxy Nexus

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Up + Volume Down + Power then scroll down to Recovery Mode with the Volume Keys and select with the Power key.

Nexus 10

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume Up + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume Up + Power then scroll down to Recovery Mode with the Volume Keys and select with the Power key.

Bootloader & Recovery Mode for HTC phones

[This will work for almost all HTC devices]

To enter into Bootloader mode, do this:

  • Turn off your phone
  • Hold down Volume Down + Power button
  • Release the Power button when device starts and continue to hold the Volume Down key until you see a white screen, that’s the bootloader.

To enter into Fastboot mode, do this:

  • Turn off your phone
  • Hold down Volume Down + Power button
  • Release the Power button when device starts and continue to hold the Volume Down key until you enter into the bootloader. [For some phones, bootloader mode itself acts as Fastboot mode]
  • Scroll up or down with Volume keys and select Fastboot with the power key.

To enter into Recovery mode, do this:

  • Turn off your phone
  • Hold down Volume Down + Power button [older devices: Home + Power button]
  • Release the Power button when device starts and continue to hold the Volume Down key until you enter into the bootloader.
  • Scroll up or down with Volume keys and select Recovery with the power key.

 

Exclusions:

Nexus One

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot: (while turned off) Press and hold Trackball + Power

To enter  into Recovery : (while turned off) Press Down on Trackball + Power Highlight RECOVERY with the volume keys and select with the Power key.

HTC Legend

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot: (while turned off) Press and hold Down on Trackball + Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press Down on Trackball + Volume Down + Power Highlight Recovery with the volume keys and select with the Power key.

Fastboot & Recovery Mode for LG Phones

LG is not much friendly for entering fastboot with the key-combination and hence, will have to be done by connecting to a pc and hence it is not covered in this guide. There are some exclusions though. Booting to recovery with key-combinations is just fine.

For All Devices that do not Support Fastboot Key Combination

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

 

Exclusions:

Nexus 4

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power then scroll down to Recovery Mode with the Volume Keys and select with the Power key.

LG Optimus One P500 and Optimus Net P690

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Home + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Home + Power

LG Optimus Me P350

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Up + Call key+ Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Call key + Power

LG Optimus GT540

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Camera + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Home + Power

LG Optimus L3

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Menu button + Power

LG Optimus L5

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power and immediately followed by pressing and holding Home key.

LG Optimus G

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power then scroll down to Recovery Mode with the Volume Keys and select with the Power key.

Bootloader & Recovery Mode for Motorola Phones

Motorola Droid Razr XT 910/912

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume UP + Power, now scroll down with Volume Down key only, and select AP Fastboot with Volume Up key.

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume UP + Power, now scroll down with Volume Down key only, and select Recovery with Volume Up key.

Motorola Droid X

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume UP + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Home + Power

Motorola Droid X2

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Droid Bionic

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to AP Fastboot with Volume Down and select with Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Droid 3

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Slide out the keyboard and press M + Power, scroll down to Fastboot with Volume Down and select with Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Slide out the keyboard and press M + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down and select with Volume Up. Now hold down Volume Up + Volume Down to get the menu. Or slide out the keyboard and press X + Power

Motorola Droid 4

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to AP Fastboot with Volume Down and select with Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Defy XT535

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Up + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power

Motorola Defy Plus

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Up + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power

Motorola Xoom

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Atrix

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Atrix 2

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Atrix 4G

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power, at the “Starting Fastboot protocol support” screen, press Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Atrix HD

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to AP Fastboot with Volume Down and select with Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Photon 4G

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Razr M

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to AP Fastboot with Volume Down and select with Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Razr i

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Motorola Razr HD

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to AP Fastboot with Volume Down and select with Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold Volume Down + Volume Up + Power, scroll down to Recovery with Volume Down key, press Volume Up  to select Recovery.

Flash & Recovery Mode for Sony Phones

SONY Xperia S, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Ray

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Up, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC. You should see a blue LED. You’re in Fastboot mode now.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery: 

  • Xperia S(while turned off) Power on and when you see blue LED lit up, press Volume UP
  • Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Ray : (while turned off) Power on and keep pressing Volume Down key few times to land into recovery.

 

SONY Xperia Arc, Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo, Xperia Neo V, Xperia Pro

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Menu button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC. You should see a blue LED. You’re in fastboot mode now.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery: 

  • Xperia Arc, Xperia Arc S : (while turned off) Power on and press and hold Volume Down key
  • Xperia Neo, Xperia Neo V, Xperia Pro : (while turned off) Power on and keep pressing Volume Down key few times to land into recovery.

SONY Xperia Play

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Search button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC. You should see a blue LED. You’re in fastboot mode now.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Power on and keep pressing (depends on which recovery you flashed) Volume Down or Volume Up key few times to land into recovery.

SONY Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia Sola, Xperia Go

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Up button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Power on and keep pressing (depends on which recovery you flashed) Volume Down or Volume Up key few times to land into recovery.

SONY Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X 10 Mini Pro, Xperia X8

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Up button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery:

  • Xperia X10: (while turned off) Power on and keep the Back key pressed
  • Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X 10 Mini Pro, Xperia X8: (while turned off) Power on and keep pressing Back key repeatedly

SONY Tablets

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Power on and keep pressing Volume Up key few times to land into recovery.

Fastboot is not yet  available for Tablets

SONY Xperia Miro, Xperia Tipo, Xperia Tipo Dual, Xperia J, Xperia E

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Up button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Power on or plug into charger and keep pressing Volume Down repeatedly.

SONY Xperia T, Xperia TL, Xperia TX, Xperia V

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Up button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Power on or plug into charger and keep pressing Volume Down repeatedly.

SONY Xperia Z, Xperia ZL

To enter  into  Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Up button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into  Flash Mode : (while turned off) Press and hold the  Volume Down button, at the same time plug in the micro USB cable which is already connected to PC.

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Power on or plug into charger and keep pressing Volume Up repeatedly.

Bootloader & Recovery Mode for ASUS Devices

Nexus 7

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power then scroll down to Recovery Mode with the Volume Keys and select with the Power key.

Asus Transformer Prime TF101

To enter APX mode: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Up + Power

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power, press Volume Up within 5 seconds.

Asus Transformer Prime TF201, Transformer TF300TTransformer TF700

To enter  into Bootloader/Fastboot : (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power, now select the USB icon, press Volume Up

To enter  into Recovery: (while turned off) Press and hold  Volume Down + Power, press Volume Up within 5 seconds.

[Authors Note: This guide is really a piece of hard work (*sweating*). I would like to say again that this guide is a work in progress and I will continue to add new devices as they are launched. If you have to report a non working /malfunctioning key-combo, just comment below and we will gladly  have a look.]

About the Author

Shreyas Kukde

Shreyas Kukde is a tech and Android enthusiast, a ROM developer, a writer by heart, and a network junkie. Has his hand in Linux and Windows networking as well, but Android has always managed to stay on top of his love list. His knowledge, hard work and always ready-to-help attitude is what drives him. Current devices are Motorola Droid RAZR (GSM) and LG Optimus One.

Published by: Shreyas Kukde
  • Rajesh R

    Hi Shreya,
    My LG optimus 2x/p990 stuck in bootloop, it restarts after LG logo.
    I have tried some key combination but i can only enter in software upgrade mode and not in recovery.

    Also tried to flash rom AIO tool but it gives error after 100% done.

    Kindly suggest.

    Note : USB debugging is not enabled.

  • Walkins

    i have a dragon touch tablet. i rooted it and installed a theme but it froze. i hardbuttend it off and when i turn it back on only the logo comes up and it doesnt go anywhere….just a lit up dark screen. it also wont go into a recovery mode i need help

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  • samaA

    it worked!! tnx :)) iam using a lenovo tablet.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Well, all devices do not have fastboot mode. Samsung, for example.

  • Tian Cilliers

    try adb

  • Tian Cilliers

    Tried
    adb reboot bootloader
    adb reboor-bootloader
    Only restarts ordinary. I can get into recovery by:
    adb reboot recovery
    Thanks for reply Rakesh

  • Rohan

    i hve Galaxy ace duos and i want to unlock bootloader whenever i hold volume down+volume up+power key it doenst work….
    it just switch on….
    pls help…..

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Did you use adb commands?

  • Tian Cilliers

    give your phone to someone with windows/linux to fix

  • Tian Cilliers

    try installing adb and running:
    adb reboot recovery

  • Tian Cilliers

    hi
    i have an msi windpad primo 73. any ideas on how to access bootloader/fastboot?

  • JMS

    thx, however As I said before, i cant access recovery mode, and i am using mac.
    It is almost 24hrs googling for a solution… someone else with same issue?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews
  • JMS

    My unrooted phone gets stuck with the blue colour legend Recovery booting. I am unable to enter safe mode, any ideas? been surfing google for 6hrs with no proper answer. Thanks!

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Well that is the universal way for Samsung devices. I have tested that hundreds of times on my Note 2. What exactly you are trying to do?

  • Darcy Jackson

    That does not work at all. Every other phone I have had does it that way.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Try the method given for Galaxy devices: volume up/down + home + power.

  • Darcy Jackson

    Nothing for the Galaxy Note 2?

  • AAAA

    xperia x8 fastboot isn’t working

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