How to Boot Android Devices in various modes (Fastboot/Recovery/Download)

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Boot Android Devices into various modes (Fastboot/Recovery/Download)

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.

An Android device is a myth to the unknown, when I got my first Android smartphone (LG Optimus One – an excellent and rare piece of work by LG), I was astounded to find out that in how many different modes it could boot. I know it sound like a complete layman, but back then it actually was so. With time, not just the hardware and software has been revised, but also the resources, which act as a great source of knowledge for learners.

Today, almost 95% of the How-To or Guide articles require you to reboot your Android device into Recovery, Fastboot or Download mode for the procedure to carry out. Rebooting into these modes can either be carried out universally for any Android device by the unified adb commands listed below.

  • Recovery Mode:
     adb reboot recovery
  • Fastboot/Bootloader Mode:
     adb reboot bootloader

But, it’s not always necessary that you’ll find a PC/Laptop nearby to perform this action. So, your respective OEM have already bothered to provide you with an alternative, you can do it by pressing a few key combinations while your phone is completely turned off. Generally, we provide these combinations in every article wherever necessary, but it is always a nice idea to accumulate everything at one spot.

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.

Now, before you proceed any further, it is necessary to install adb and fastboot on your PC. Use this guide to setup the required. Also enable USB debugging, you can follow our instructions here.


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How to Downgrade Firmware on Android Devices


Disclaimer:

Please note that you will be able to boot your device in Custom Recovery only if it is rooted. We don’t hold any responsibility for any damaged devices. Understand the risks involved and proceed only then.

Also, this guide is progressive and will become lengthy with time, depending upon the number of devices we will add. 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, kindly drop a comment at the end of this article and we will be happy to help you.


Bootloader/Fastboot and Recovery Mode for Nexus Devices


»Nexus One

  • Bootloader/Fastboot mode: Power off the device. Press and hold the  Trackball and Power button simultaneously.
  • Recovery mode: While in Bootloader mode, highlight RECOVERY with the volume keys and select using the Power key.

»Nexus S

  • Bootloader Mode: Power off the device, press and hold Volume Up and Power keys.
  • Recovery Mode: While in Bootloader mode, use Volume keys to highlight Recovery and select it using the Power button.

»Galaxy Nexus & Nexus 10

  • Bootloader Mode: Power off the device, press Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons altogether.
  • Recovery mode: While in Bootloader mode, use Volume keys to highlight Recovery and select it using the Power key.

»Nexus 4, Nexus 5 & Nexus 7

  • Bootloader Mode: Power off the device, press Volume Down and Power buttons altogether.
  • Recovery Mode: While in Bootloader mode, use Volume keys to highlight Recovery and select it using the Power key.

 


Download & Recovery Mode for Samsung Devices


These instructions are applicable to almost all Samsung manufactured Android devices. If you feel that your Samsung Device follows a different criteria, mention it in comments and we shall update it in our article.

  • ODIN/Download mode: Power off the device. Press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power keys altogether.
    [For Galaxy Tabs: Press and hold Volume Down and Power keys. Press Volume Up button when prompted with a security warning]
  • Recovery mode: Power off the device. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons altogether.
    [For Galaxy Tabs: Press Volume Up and Power keys, release the keys when the Samsung logo is displayed]

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:

 

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:

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!

 
  • Mada Craiz

    Now, before you proceed any further, it is necessary to install adb and fastboot on your PC. Use this guide to setup the required the link under this guide says

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  • 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?

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  • 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