Almost each manual process that you want to apply on your Google Pixel XL might require the bootloader mode. So, since it is a basic and essential Android operation, through which you can customize, optimize, restore and tweak your smartphone, I decided to detail the reboot process for you. Therefore, by using the lines from this step by step guide you can now learn how to safely and quickly reboot the bootloader mode on your Google Pixel XL.

The bootloader mode is the environment by which you can control your Google Pixel XL and the Android OS that comes pre loaded on your phone. This is the core system from which you can choose what to do next: to apply updates, to downgrade back to a previous version of Android, to tweak the Android software, to backup the system and lot more. So, if you want to learn more about your smartphone and about its capabilities you must first learn how to operate the bootloader mode.

Now, the bootloader mode will be used when you will have to manually update or downgrade your Google Pixel XL – thus, when an OTA can’t be used for completing those operations. This is the most important aspect that is related with the bootloader mode as through an update process you can smartly manage other situations. For example, by re-installing the stock Android firmware you can troubleshoot the most common Android software related problems – I am mainly talking about boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, screen freeze, total blackouts, signal strength problems, heating issues, battery drain and so on.

Also, the bootloader mode must be used if you want to go to recovery mode, another environment through which you can access and modify the default Android software that powers your Google Pixel XL.

Finally, the bootloader environment is essential even when talking about custom operations such as gaining root, flashing a custom recovery image, unlocking the bootloader or installing a custom kernel.

Thus, the best is to bookmark this page as there are different situations in which you might have to use the steps from down below.

Now, in case you are wondering, entering bootloader mode is an official operation, supported by Google. This mode is featured by default and can be accessed without using risky procedures or third party apps. However, a dedicated reboot process is required as the bootloader mode is hidden and can’t be accessed through the built-in settings – this is a factory precaution as an inexperienced user can mess things up if he doesn’t know how to manage stuffs from bootloder.

Well, that’s almost everything you need to know about the bootloader mode. If you want to be safe and secured regardless the operations you are planning to apply from the bootloader environment first backup your Google Pixel XL. The backup should save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and anything else you might have to use afterwards. So, take all the time possible and place your personal files in safe hands.

Do note that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Google Pixel XL. Don’t try the steps from below if you own any other Android based device. Moreover, charge your phone first if you want to avoid other unpleasant situations – in most cases if your handset gets switched off while a certain process is running, software related problems might be issued. So, plug in the charger especially if the power is currently lower than 50%.

How to Enter Bootloader Mode on Google Pixel XL

Method 1

  1. You have to start the reboot procedure with a shut down operation. So, switch off your Pixel XL by long pressing on the Power key or by pressing once on the same button and by choosing “power off”.
  2. Now, wait while the shut down process is successfully completed.
  3. Then, press and hold the Volume Down button for a few moments (2 or 3 seconds).
  4. While still pressing this button press and hold (for only a moment) the Power key; then, release both buttons.
  5. That’s it; the bootloader mode should be now displayed on your Google Pixel XL.

Method 2

If you are an experienced user and if you are also planning in performing a dedicated operation then this second method is more recommended for you. A computer will have to be used and your Google Pixel XL and its USB cable must also be there. Of course, on your PC first install the USB drivers and then flash the Android SDK toolkit – on Windows, Android SDK can be easily installed if you follow this guide while on MAC OS X / Linux you should use this tutorial instead. Finally, on your Pixel XL you have to check the USB Debugging Option which is located under “menu – settings – developer options”. Note: if developer options isn’t there you first have to go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number until you get the ‘you are a developer’ message. Then, follow:

  1. Power on your Google Pixel XL.
  2. Then, connect your smartphone with your computer – establish the connection with the help of your phone’s USB cable.
  3. On your computer navigate towards the Android SDK directory.
  4. There, open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
  5. In the cmd window type “adb reboot bootloader”.
  6. That should be all – your Google Pixel XL will be automatically rebooted into bootloader mode.

Method 3

This is the most intuitive solution in which you can enter the bootloader mode. However, your Google Pixel XL should be rooted or else you won’t be able to use a dedicated tool from Google Play. If your device is rooted, go to the Market and download the Quick Boot app. Run the tool and follow on screen prompts in order to boot into the desired mode.

Congratulations. That’s all which means that you now know how to enter bootloader mode on your Google Pixel XL. Enjoy and stay close for further step by step guides.

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