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

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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.


More device on the next page!

 
  • hwally777 .

    I have a Toto tv Lap one netbook. I used Android Device Manager to do a remote erase on my device. I now get the Toto tv logo with the message Boot into recovery mode. I’ve tried all of the methods in your list plus pushing the reset button on the back of the netbook. Any ideas?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try a data factory reset from recovery mode.

  • Antonio Schlappa Puquio

    My Transformer TF300T not pass from Asus’ logo, any idea? is a soft-brick?

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  • ro0ks

    ESI tech support states t he tablet cannot be put into recovery mode if
    it is in bootloop, they are currently working on a firmware update to
    fix the problem, only fix for now is to send it into them

  • ro0ks

    stuck in bootloop so app is out, adb wont recognize device, and Cs says send it in and we will charge you to fix…..

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You can use a reboot app from the Play store or try an adb command.

  • ro0ks

    any ideas for getting a pioneer r1 tablet into recovery with a recessed reset button and a power button ?

  • 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