How to Boot Moto Z/Moto Z Force into Bootloader, Fastboot & Recovery Mode

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Motorola’s answer to the modular approach taken by LG with their G5 when they launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force was pretty unexpected. The ability to add modules or ‘Moto Mods’ as they call it was pretty impressive. But it’s usually the case when you do get a new device that you get the urge to start modding it.

As we have seen in almost every device before you can start you’d first need to know how to navigate around the bootloader and recovery settings, given below are 2 methods you can use to access the bootloader and recovery menu of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force.

Via ADB

One of the simplest methods to boot any device into recovery mode is by using ADB (Android Device Bridge) using your PC. Simply make sure you have ADB/Fastboot installed on your PC. For those who aren’t familiar with ADB and fastboot, Please refer to our detailed guide on How to Setup ADB and Fastboot on Windows within Seconds.

  • Also, ensure that you have the necessary Moto installed (Download here).
  • Once you have confirmed that you have ADB up and running, connect your Moto Z/Moto Z Force using the USB cable and type the command:
adb devices
  • Next type the command:
adb reboot recovery

This will boot it into the recovery menu.

To access Fastboot mode. Once you enter the Recovery menu there will be an option that says ‘Restart into Fastboot mode’.

Via Hardware Keys

Another method to access the Recovery mode if you don’t have access to any nearby PC or you PC doesn’t have ADB/Fastboot installed is by using the Hardware button combination

  • Simply turn off the device.
  • Start the device while holding the Volume Down+Power Key.
  • Keep pressing until you are greeted with the Recovery Menu screen.

And that’s it! These are the 2 methods to access the Recovery Menu and Fastboot mode on the Moto Z/Moto Z Force. Happy Flashing!

If you faced any problems while fulfilling the steps do let us know in the comments section below.

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