If you want to perform dedicated operations on your Motorola Moto G5 in order to tweak or customize its Android OS and its performance you will most likely have to enter fastboot mode. This mode will help you obtain more details about your smartphone and will put your device into a state that can be recognized by dedicated third-party programs.
So, if you have or want to learn how to enter fastboot mode on the Motorola Moto G5 you can now use this tutorial. Along with the actual steps you will also learn why and when fastboot mode is required and which are the pre-requisites that must be completed before anything else.
Fastboot mode is a dedicated environment that can be entered on your Moto G5. This mode is running independently from the Android mode so it can offer access within the core system of your smartphone. Reaching fastboot is an official operation that can be completed without problems. However, you cannot enter this mode by using built-in settings; instead you need to follow certain reboot sequences.
As mentioned already, fastboot mode will put your Moto G5 into a dedicated state. In this state third-party programs and other similar software can recognize your device. Shortly, the fastboot mode will be required if you will want to apply manual operations such as: updating or downgrading the Android OS, gaining root access, flashing custom recovery images, unlocking the bootloader and lot more.
So, this mode can help you in different situations, whether you have to keep everything updated, if you need to fix soft related problems, or if you want to tweak everything for improving general performance.
As outlined, entering fastboot mode is a basic operation. You won’t lose your phone’s warranty while completing the steps from below and you will be able to apply these steps even if you already managed to tweak your Motorola Moto G5 – you can successfully use this tutorial even if your smartphone is rooted, installed with a custom ROM firmware, running on an unlocked bootloader, flashed with a custom recovery image and so on.
You can access fastboot mode without previously making a backup – your data won’t get corrupted or anything like that while the reboot process is completed. However, if you want to use this mode on your Motorola Moto G5 for tweaking the Android OS, the best will be to secure everything that means something for you – certain custom operations might wipe the data that wasn’t there from day one. You can save almost all your files by choosing dedicated backup solutions: sync your data with your Google Account, use built-in cloud storage platforms or download dedicated apps from Google Play.
Charge your Motorola Moto G5 before starting the steps explained below. You can enter fastboot mode even if the power is lower than 30%, but if you plan to apply any other operation from fastboot, you need to charge your device first. If the charging process isn’t ensured your handset might get turned off right while you try to tweak its Android OS. Unfortunately, if that happens you can end up in soft bricking your smartphone. That’s why you need to be careful – of course, don’t forget to plug in the charger if the power left is lower than 50%.
How to Reboot Fastboot Mode on Motorola Moto G5
This first solution will use the Moto G5 hardware keys. But first, power off your smartphone: press and hold the Power key for a few moments or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’. Then, follow:
- Wait a few seconds while the switch off process is completed.
- Next, press and hold the Volume Down button for 2 or 3 seconds.
- While still holding down Volume Down, press and release the Power key (you can also release the Volume Down button).
- That’s all; in the end fastboot mode should be displayed on your Motorola Moto G5.
This second solution can be completed from a computer. On that computer the Android SDK toolkit must be first installed – learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux or learn how to install Android SDK on Windows. Additionally, the Moto G5 drivers should be flashed on your PC. On your phone you have to check the USB Debugging option, a field that can be found under Menu – > Settings. If Developer Options can’t be accessed, first go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Finally, resume the next steps:
- Power on your Moto G5; also, switch on your computer.
- Then, connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
- There, open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key, while doing that right click on any blank space and then choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Now, in the cmd window type ‘adb reboot bootloader’ and press Enter.
- Wait a few moments while the fastboot mode is being reached on your Motorola Moto G5.
- That should be all.
This is a more intuitive solution, but it will work only if your Motorola Moto G5 is rooted – yes, it will imply in using a third party app from Google Play which can go all the work for you. So, go to Google Play and download the Quick Boot tool for example. Install the software on your phone and run it in the end. From that point, follow on-screen prompts and choose to enter the desired environment.
Good work. You now know how to reboot fastboot mode on the Motorola Moto G5. You can initiate different tweaks for customize and optimize the Android OS that powers your device. You can also use other similar tutorials for learning how to enter recovery mode, make a hard reset, clear app data cache, gain root access, unlock the bootloader or flash a custom recovery image – all these guides along with other Android related tips and tricks are available through our ‘how to’ section.