Fastboot mode, or the bootloader environment if you prefer, can be easily accessed on the new Google Pixel 2. However, if you don’t know what fastboot mode is or if you are new to the Android system, before choosing to access the fastboot mode, make sure you read all the lines from this guide – that’s the only way in which you can better understand how the Android system, and your own devices, really works.
The Fastboot environment is similar in many aspects with the recovery environment. Both are hidden by default thus can be accessed only through dedicated reboot operations, both are ensuring a virtual path through which the Android core system can be accessed and both environments can help you customize, optimize and personalize your Google Pixel 2.
Anyway, unlike recovery, fastboot mode is also providing important info related with hardware components, with the Android build and with other similar aspects which might be required in different situations. Shortly, by using the fastboot mode you can find out the baseband version, the product number, the Serial Number, details about the CPU and lot more. Additionally, fastboot mode will bring your Pixel 2 into a state that can be easily recognized by third party apps and programs, an important aspect if you plan to tweak your new smartphone.
So, you might have to reboot fastboot mode on your Google Pixel 2 if you need to repair your device, if you have to learn more about its hardware components or if you want to complete manual operations such as: installing new updates, flashing custom ROMs, installing a custom recovery image, unlocking the bootloader, removing bloatware and so on.
As already mentioned, the fastboot mode is hidden by default so you cannot navigate towards this system by using built-in settings. That’s why dedicated reboot solutions must be used instead.
The steps from below are universal solutions that can be anytime used on your Google Pixel 2 for bringing up the fastboot environment. So, this guide can be successfully used even when you use a rooted Android system, a custom recovery image, an unlocked bootloader or a custom ROM firmware.
And, as you can already tell, the fastboot mode is featured by default within the Android core system. Thus, accessing it is an official operation that can be performed without hassle. Bottom line, for completing the steps from below you don’t have to use third party apps and you don’t have to worry about anything else.
However, if you have to use the fastboot environment for completing a tweaking process, before doing so you should backup your Google Pixel 2 – certain customizations might wipe everything from your handset. So, for avoiding possible unpleasant situations you should first secure your personal files, data, info, accounts and everything else that might be required afterwards.
Don’t forget to charge your smartphone if that’s required – usually, before initiating manual operations you need to check the power that’s left on your device; if the power is lower than 50% you should plug in the charger before doing anything else. If you choose to skip the charging operation, you can end up in soft bricking your Pixel 2 – various malfunctions might be caused.
How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Google Pixel 2
- Switch off your smartphone – press and hold the Power key for a few moments or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’.
- Wait while the shut down process is completed.
- Now, press and hold the Volume Down button for 2 or 3 seconds.
- While still holding down the Volume Down key press the Power button for a short while and then release both keys.
- That should be all; the fastboot mode should be now displayed on your Google Pixel 2.
This is a more complex method because it requires a computer – yes, it’s a manual way in which you can enter fastboot mode on your Google Pixel 2. However, first of all you will need to: make sure that a computer is at your disposal of course; make sure that your smartphone and its USB cable are there too; on your computer the Android SDK toolkit must be installed – learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux; on your PC install the Google Pixel 2 drivers; on your phone enable Developer Options – tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number, just until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message; also on your handset check the USB Debugging option which can be reached under ‘menu - > settings - > developer options’. And afterwards, follow:
- On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing so right click on any blank space; then select “open command prompt window here”.
- Power on your Google Pixel 2.
- Connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- In the cmd window now type adb reboot bootloader.
- That’s it; just wait while fastboot mode is being automatically rebooted on your handset.
If your Google Pixel 2 is rooted, you can choose to use a third party app in order to complete this reboot sequence. There are different options from where to choose and most of the available apps are free distributed on Google Play. For example, you can try the Quick Boot software – download and install the tool on your phone; then run the app and just follow on screen prompts for reaching the desired mode.
Good work. Fastboot mode is now reached on your Google Pixel 2. Stay close if you want to learn other similar Android basic operations compatible with your Pixel 2 and use the comments field from below for sharing your tweaking experience with us and with the other users who are thinking in unleashing the full potential of their devices. If there are problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible. Enjoy.