How to enter, access as well as boot to fastboot mode on Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. Essential for developers, enthusiasts and power users, fastboot mode is a versatile boot-mode that lets users flash system files to the phone. Also utilized to install official Google factory images, this mode serves as a base for numerous third-party modifications as well. Before we begin explaining the s, it is important to mention that for accessing fastboot mode, you don’t need to install or modify anything on your device.
Pixel devices are generally quite popular with app developers as well as third-party mod-ers. Due to this, there are various utilities available for the device. However, most of these such as custom ROMs, custom recoveries and others rely on fastboot mode for installation. This makes knowing how-to access fastboot mode pretty essential. If you have previously accessed fastboot mode on an older Pixel or any other Android phone, this should be similar. Lastly, simply accessing fastboot mode would not void the warranty but flashing third-party mods through it, however, will.
What is the Fastboot Mode?
In simpler words, Android has this maintenance mode (Fastboot) natively built into it for diagnostic and upgrading purposes. If we look into details, this is a mode designed for re-partitioning the phone, accessing vital system data and manually flashing the firmware. Usually, this mode is meant for developers but if you find yourself okay with experimenting than there is no such danger in accessing Fastboot.
With Fastboot, you can easily flash certain parts or a full system. There are key parts to Android OS, the modem, bootloader, and system. These parts can be upgraded or changed manually via a computer that recognizes the phone and has the Fastboot software.
Other than installing the firmware, there is nothing else you can do yourself. Except, there is a neat trick only specific to Google devices. To access other system modes, you first have to access Fastboot. Meaning, if you are aiming for the recovery mode, you still need to access Fastboot first.
Booting into this model is verified by Google and there is no risk of losing the warranty. But, if you try flashing different firmware or firmware which aren’t authorized by Google, you could end up with a useless phone and total warranty loss. This is exactly why we will advise if you are not good with computers or the protocols laid by Android, you shouldn’t connect your phone to your PC while in Fastboot mode.
NOTE: Screenshots below may be of a different Google device, but should have a similar screen on your phone as well. The following can be used to enter Fastboot mode on the Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL – all variants.
Method 1: How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL
Here is a quick -by- instruction on how to enter Fastboot Mode on your Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL phone. If this is your first time with a Google Android phone, follow the following carefully:
1 – Turn OFF your Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL.
2 – Now press and hold the Volume Down and Power button for 5-6 seconds then release.
3 – The phone will now boot into fastboot mode. This is your Fastboot screen, you can now connect your phone to your PC and access it via the Fastboot tool.
Method 2: How to Enter Fastboot / Bootloader Mode on Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL using Android SDK
1.1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install it. Also, set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK.
1.2 – Download ADB / Fastboot – AndroidSDKPlatformTools separate package and install it on your computer. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere on your computer.
- Windows: Download platform-tools-windows-latest.zip
- MacOS: Download platform-tools-darwin-latest.zip
- Linux: Download platform-tools-Linux-latest.zip
2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL and connect it to your PC.
3 – Go to the Fastboot/Bootloader mode now. How? If you did 1.1 then Navigate to the android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). And if you did 1.2 then simply go to where you downloaded/extracted the package. Open the folder and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).
4 – Type in the following command and press Enter.
adb reboot bootloader
6 – Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL will switch off and then boot into the fastboot mode.
That’s it. You are now in the Fastboot Mode. If you wish to return to the normal boot, just select the first option. Keep in mind, Volume Down and Volume Up acts as scrolling while the Power button acts as the Click/Select button in this mode.