If you recently had to enter fastboot mode on your Google Pixel 2 XL but you didn’t know how to bring this dedicated mode on your phone, you are in the right place. By checking the guidelines explained in this tutorial you can learn everything that’s related with the fastboot environment. Additionally, we will discuss about advantages, risks and pre-requisites and in the end we will detail the actual steps that must be followed for reaching fastboot mode on the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Fastboot mode is a dedicated environment which is hidden by default on your smartphone. This mode is there to offer access towards the Android core center that runs on your device. So, certain tweaks or customizations might require this mode – usually, third party apps and programs can recognize your Google Pixel 2 XL only through fastboot mode.

Additionally this particular mode can help you find out the baseband version, the product number, the Serial Number, details about the CPU and similar other details specific to your own device. These details must be required when you try to resolve a certain problem or when you have to download a new firmware, app or software.

As for the operations that can be completed only if fastboot mode is reached, here are some examples in that matter: manually apply updates; downgrade your device to stock / default Android OS; gain root access; flash custom recovery images; unlock the bootloader; add custom MODs and kernels and so on.

Fastboot mode is an environment that runs by default on your Google Pixel 2 XL. That’s why, rebooting fastboot mode is an official process that can be easily performed only if a dedicated rebooting process is completed. Now, the warranty of your phone won’t get void while you will be using the steps from below. Moreover, you won’t have to use any third party app or other similar complex program.

Before entering fastboot mode for initiating a manual process on your Google Pixel 2 XL you should make a backup. That’s the only way in which you can secure your personal info, data, accounts and files. The backup is optional, but highly recommended as certain processes can wipe everything that’s not there by default. Don’t worry, the backup can be easily ensured as you can sync your data with your Google Account, you can use built-in cloud storage platforms or you can just use backup and restore apps from Google Play (if you choose third party apps make sure you get already tested tools).

The best is that the steps from this tutorial can be successfully completed without problems even if you already managed to tweak your Google Pixel 2 XL – so, it won’t matter if your smartphone runs on a rooted system, if a custom recovery image is used, if an unlocked bootloader is powering the Android OS and who knows what else.

Charging your phone is another operation that should be completed before doing anything else. You should plug in the charger especially if the power left on your device is currently lower than 50%. If the power is low, your handset can get turned off while you try to reach fastboot mode. And if a sudden shut down happens your Android system might get soft bricked.

How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Google Pixel 2 XL

Method 1

  1. Turn off your smartphone – it’s important to wait a few moments until the switch off process is completed.
  2. Next, press and also hold the Volume Down key for a few seconds.
  3. While still pressing down this key press and release the Power button.
  4. Fastboot mode should be now displayed on your phone.
  5. Don’t panic if you can get it right from your first attempt; this method might require some practice.

Method 2

This solution is a little bit more complicated but offers advantages for those who are already planning to complete a manual operation. Anyway, before doing anything else you need to:

  • Make sure that a computer is at your disposal.
  • Your smartphone and its official USB cable can be used.
  • On your computer the Google Pixel 2 XL drivers are installed.
  • On your computer Android SDK is set up: check out how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
  • On your phone enable Developer Options – go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until you notice the ‘you are a developer message’ displayed.
  • On your smartphone check USB Debugging option – this feature is located under ‘menu - > settings - > developer options’.

Good; now you can follow:

  1. Power on your computer and switch on your Google Pixel 2 XL.
  2. Connect your smartphone with your computer; use your phone’s USB cable for ensuring this connection.
  3. On your computer navigate towards the Android SDK folder.
  4. From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then pick up ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. In this cmd window type: adb reboot bootloader.
  6. Press Enter and wait while the fastboot mode is being automatically reached on your Pixel 2 XL.

Method 3

A rooted Android system can be installed with intuitive apps from Google Play that can help you easily access the mode you want. Such example is the Quick Boot app. You can give it a try – don’t worry, it’s free distributed. So, access Google Play, download and install this tool and run it on your device. Then just follow on-screen prompts and complete the reboot sequence for reaching fasboot mode.


These three methods are the easiest ways in which fastboot mode can be accessed and used on the Google Pixel 2 XL. Do tell us how everything worked for you and share your overall Android experience with us and with the other users who are trying to tweak their devices. You can contact us easily through the comments field from down below.

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