If you’re trying to learn as much as possible about your new Google Pixel 3 then you should also check the basic Android operations that can be completed on the new Android platform that comes pre-loaded on your device. And since we already covered processes such as making a hard reset and reaching recovery mode, today we should discuss about a similar topic in term of accessing the hidden mods on your Pixel 3. Thus, in that respect we will detail the methods that can be used for entering fastboot mode on your smartphone, so do review all the guidelines explained in this tutorial.
Before showing you how fastboot mode can be entered on the Google Pixel 3 we will shortly describe this mode and the reasons why it should be required. Then, we will review the risks that might be involved when fastboot mode is used and we will also remember the essential pre-requisites that should be applied first. And, in the end the actual reboot methods will be presented.
As already pointed out, the fastboot environment is featured by default within the Android core system. That makes our reboot operation safe and secured – reaching this mode is a basic Android operation, supported by your OEM so you won’t have to use complex or risky programs and you don’t have to worry about losing your phone’s warranty while following this step by step guide. However, the fastboot mode cannot be reached from built-in settings – the environment cannot run when the Android mode is on, so that’s why a reboot operation must be completed.
In fastboot mode you can obtain important details about your Google Pixel 3 – some hardware details along with software particularities. Moreover, in fastboot mode your smartphone can be further recognized by flashing programs and by other similar tools that usually are running on a computer. Shortly, this mode will be needed when you will want to manually update your device or when you will want to tweak its default Android UI – for example, reaching fastboot mode is a must when you want to unlock your Google Pixel 3 bootloader, when trying to set up a custom recovery image or when wishing to gain root privileges.
As you can observe, knowing how to put your Google Pixel 3 into fastboot mode is quite important especially if you’re an advanced Android user who is always willing to try the latest apps, processes and features and who is also ready to apply the latest customizations, optimizations and tweaks.
Anyway, do note that some of these extra-operations can affect the data which is stored on your smartphone. So, as you can tell, a backup is recommended before each tweaking initiative. In our case, we recommend a backup before learning how to go into fastboot mode. Don’t worry, saving your personal data, info, accounts and files can be done without hassle and within minutes – all you need to do is to use some dedicated backup and restore solutions: for example, you can use an external storage devices, you can choose to sync files with your Google account, you can use built-in cloud storage services or you can go to Google Play and download already tested backup and restore apps.
Charge your smartphone before starting the methods detailed below – at least verify the power that’s there left on your Google Pixel 3 as if there isn’t enough juice left your device can get turned off while you try to access the fastboot mode. A sudden shut down can brick the Android system, so if you’re not careful enough you can end up in experiencing software related problems on your phone. Our recommendation is to plug in the charger if the power left is lower than 50%.
Quickly Boot Google Pixel 3 into Fastboot mode
Method 1 – use the hardware buttons
- For being able to apply this first solution your device must be turned off – thus, press the Power button once and choose ‘power off’, or press and hold the Power key until the shut down operation is completed.
- Next, press and also hold down the Power and the Volume Down buttons.
- Hold down these buttons until the fastboot mode is displayed and when it does release the keys.
- That’s all; you’re now in the desired mode.
Method 2 – use Android SDK and initiate a dedicated adb command
This second solution will require a computer, where the Android SDK toolkit must be installed – just use our dedicated tutorials and learn how to set up adb on MAC OS X / Linux or how to set up Android SDK on Windows. Of course, on the computer that will be used the Google Pixel 3 drivers must be flashed. Moreover, on your smartphone you have to check the USB Debugging feature which is located within Developer Options – for becoming a developer you will first have to tap repeatedly on Built Number (after 7 or 10 taps the ‘you are a developer’ message will be displayed). When done, tart to apply the next steps:
- Connect your smartphone with your computer; use your phone’s USB cable in that respect.
- On your PC go to the Android SDK folder and there open a cmd window – you can do it by holding down the Shift keyboard key and by right-clicking on any blank space; from the list of options that shows up choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Now, in the cmd window type ‘adb reboot bootloader’ and press Enter.
- The fastboot mode should be automatically rebooted on your Google Pixel 3.
Method 3 – set up a specialized third party app from Google Play
The last solution talks about a dedicate app that can be downloaded from Google Play. There are different tools available in this respect but be careful as some might require root access enabled on your Google Pixel 3. For example you can get and run the Quick Boot app – just follow on-screen prompts and choose which mode you want to enter.
So, there you have it; all the methods explained above should take you and your Google Pixel 3 into fastboot mode. If you have further questions or if you experienced issues while following our guidelines don’t hesitate and contact our team. Also share your experience with us and with the other users who are ready to follow this step by step guide by using the comments field available below. Enjoy and don’t forget to search through our ‘how to’ page in order to find similar other tutorials and Android related tips and tricks compatible with your Google Pixel 3.