How to Boot Android Devices in Fastboot/ Recovery/ 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.

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.


Also Read these Posts:

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Download Latest Google Apps for Your Android Device

Download USB Drivers for Android Devices

Tips & Tricks

Boot Device into Download/Bootloader/Recovery Mode without Pressing Hard Keys

A Comprehensive Guide to ADB and Commands

Things to Do Before and After Installing a Custom ROM

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.

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

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 TF300T, Transformer 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.]