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How to Enter Fastboot Mode on the Motorola Moto Z Play

If you really want to learn more about your device, how it works and how the Android OS runs during different situations, you first have to learn an additional operation. I am talking about entering your Motorola Moto Z Play into fastboot mode, a basic process which can help you smartly optimize, customize and personalize the Android skin and its built-in features and capabilities. Thus, shortly, during the following lines you can learn almost everything that’s related with the fastboot environment, of course everything being explained for your Moto Z Play.

As already pointed out, the fastboot mode is a dedicated environment that can offer vital info about your phone – the hardware status and also some software details that can help you resolve different problems. Aditionally, since we are talking about an environment that’s hidden by default and which runs independenly from the Android mode tne fastboot software can also help tweak the Android OS – in fact, certain programs can recognize your phone only if it runs in fastboot mode.

Don’t worry, the fastboot mode is there by default. This mode comes pre-loaded on your Moto Z Play so it can be entered without problems whenever that’s required. Due to same reasons, you can reach this environment in only a few moments without using any third party apps and without having to use risky or complex programs. And of course, your Moto Z Play warranty won’t get void while you are using the steps from this tutorial. You really have nothing to worry about.

Now, usually the fastboot mode will be required when you will have to manually update or downgrade your smartphone with the stock Android firmware – in that case the computer and the flashing program will recognize your handset only if fastboot mode is there. But, the very same mode will have to be entered when completing other complex operations such as gaining root access, installing a custom recovery image, adding custom MODs, ROMs or kernels, unlocking the bootloader and so on.

It’s important to secure your personal files if you are going to use the fastboot mode for tweaking your Motorola Moto Z Play. During certain operations your files might get corrupted so it’s better to be precautious than to end up in regretting things. So, just take your time and make sure that everything that’s not there from day one is in safe hands. Note: a great way in which you can save your phone’s system is by making a Nandroid backup – keep in mind that this dedicated backup process can be applied only if a custom recovery image can be used.

Using the steps from below for entering fastboot mode is possible whther we talk about a phone that runs on stock Android OS or on a custom ROM, if the bootloader is locked or unlocked, if a custom or the stock recovery image is used and so on. From this perspective we are talking about a general guide that can be anytime used on the Motorola Moto Z Play.

Only one thing must be verified and that’s the battery life. As you can tell, if your phone runs out of juice it will get turned off right in the middle of the reboot sequence that’s explained below – in that case you risk in causing software related issues. So, avoid any unplanned problems by being precautious and by plugging in the charger before doing anything else.

How to Enter Fastboot Mode on the Motorola Moto Z Play

Method 1

  1. Your smartphone must be turned off.
  2. So, press and hold the Power key for a few moments or press the Power button once and select “power off”.
  3. Wait until the shut down operation is succesfully completed.
  4. Now, press and hold the Volume Down button for 2 or 3 seconds.
  5. While still holding down Volume Down press the Power key once and then release the buttons.
  6. That should be all as fastboot mode should be displayed on your Motorola Moto Z Play.
  7. Note that this process might require some practice so don’t panic if you cannot get it right from your first attempt.

Method 2

This is a more complex solution though it will be better to enter fastboot mode in this way if you are also planning to perform a tweaking process. Anyway, in order to succeeed with your plans, first you will have to make sure that a computer can be used. On this computer the Android SDK toolkit must be flashed – just use this guide and learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or go here and learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Also, your Moto Z Play drivers must be installed on the computer that will be used. On your phone you must enable USB Debugging option, which is found under “menu – > settings – > developer options”. If Developer Options isn’t there you will first have to tap repeatedly on Built Number (from About Phone) until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up. And then you just need to follow:

  • Power on your phone and also turn on your computer.
  • With the help of the USB cable connect your Moto Z Play with your computer.
  • On your PC go and access the Android SDK folder.
  • There open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space – then choose “open command prompt window here”.
  • In the cmd window type: adb reboot bootloader.
  • That should be all; your smartphone should automatically reboot into fastboot mode.

Method 3

If you already rooted your smartphone then you can use a more intuitive reboot process. Of course, I am talking about a dedicated app that can do all the work for you. Such example is the Quick Boot software which can be downloaded for free from Google Play. You can try it out by yourself – just download and install the software and then run it on your Moto Z Play. From there just follow on screen prompts in order to enter the desired mode.


Good job. Now you should be able to reboot your Motorola Moto Z Play into fastboot mode anytime you want or need to. Aditionally, you can use our previous tutorials if you will want to learn how to hard reset the Z Play, how to enter your phone into recovery mode or how to manually update your device to Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. Enjoy and let us know how everything worked for you by using the comments field from down below.