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Enter Fastboot Mode on Xiaomi Poco F1

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If you’re on your way to access the Android system that powers your Xiaomi Poco F1 then you will most likely have to learn how to reboot your smartphone into fastboot mode. If that’s so, or if you just want to learn more about this basic Android operation, don’t hesitate and check out the guidelines explained below. There we will discuss about the reasons why you might have to enter fastboot mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1, we will review the risks that might be implied, we will detail the essential pre-requisites that must be first applied, and in the end we will discuss about the methods that can be followed for successfully completing this reboot process.

Fastboot mode is a hidden Android mode that can be brought on your Xiaomi Poco F1, just like on any other Android based smartphone or tablet. So, first of all, it’s a built-in mode, pre-loaded within the Android core system and which can be easily accessed without having to use third party apps or complex tools. However, fastboot mode cannot be opened from general settings as it is protected for your own safety – an inappropriate use of this mode can cause different malfunctions on your device, thus you should manage the fastboot environment with caution.

Fastboot mode will put your Xiaomi Poco F1 into a special state that will make the Android OS and UI accessible. Third party programs or official tools will be able to recognize your device only if this mode is enabled, so certain operations can be completed only after you reboot your handset into fastboot mode. And the operations that can be performed from this environment are numerous and will vary from official tasks to tweaking aspects. Shortly, here are a few examples in that respect: once fastboot mode is reached you can manually install the official firmware package on your Xiaomi Poco F1; you can also obtain further info related with the hardware components that equips your handset; you can gain root access, install a custom recovery image, unlock the bootloader and further customize and optimize built-in features, apps and processes.

As you can see, knowing how to enter and exit fastboot mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1 is quite important especially if you plan to use your Android device properly. Thus, if you are an advanced user you must learn the basics first, which imply in knowing how to smartly manage the fastboot mode menu.

Reaching and using fastboot mode are supported operations. You won’t be applying unofficial procedures so you won’t risk in losing your Xiaomi Poco F1 warranty or access to built-in apps. However, if you tweak your device than you can lose its warranty flag – it can be restored only if you choose to reinstall the stock Android OS, which will restore your device back to its factory state.

Now, before going to fastboot mode it will be a good idea to perform a general backup – this is a precaution measure required only if you plan to tweak your phone from fastboot mode: some custom operations can wipe the system of your device while other data might get corrupted. Thus, for your own protection, choose to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and everything else that wasn’t there from day one. On your Xiaomi Poco F1 the backup operation can be completed by using built-in cloud storage apps, by syncing files with your Google Account or by downloading and using already tested backup and restore tools from Google Play.

Before starting the reboot methods explained below which will enter fastboot mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1 you should verify the power that’s left on your device. A low battery power can lead to a sudden shut down, which might afterwards cause different software related malfunctions: you can even end up in soft-bricking your Android based device. So, verify the power that’s left, and if it goes under the 50% threshold don’t go any further without plugging in the charger first.

How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Xiaomi Poco F1

Method 1 – use the hardware buttons on your Xiaomi Poco F1

  1. This first solution is the classic reboot process that can bring fastboot mode on Android.
  2. For being able to initiate it, your handset must be turned off; so before doing anything else, switch off your device: press and hold the Power key until the shut down operation is completed, or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’.
  3. Afterwards, press and also hold (simultaneously) the Volume Down and Power buttons on your Xiaomi Poco F1.
  4. Keep pressing these keys until the fastboot mode is displayed on your phone.
  5. That’s all; for going back to Android mode just reboot your device.

Method 2 – execute an adb command

The second solution is a little bit more complex and it’s recommended for those who are going to apply additional operations on their devices once fastboot mode is entered. Anyhow, for this method to work you will have to use a computer and on this PC your Xiaomi Poco F1 drivers must be installed.

Also, Android SDK must be applied on your computer: you can learn how to install Android SDK on Windows by using this guide or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by using this tutorial instead.

On your smartphone you must be able to access Developer Options from general Settings; if you can’t, go to About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed – you will have to tap for 7 or 10 times until that message shows up. Next, from Developer Options you need to check the USB Debugging feature.

Finally, follow the next steps:

  • Power on your computer and switch on your smartphone.
  • Connect your phone with your computer – just plug in the USB cable in that respect.
  • On your computer go and access the Android SDK folder.
  • In that location open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then from the list that is displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  • In this cmd window you have to type ‘adb reboot fastboot’.
  • Press Enter and wait while this mode is being automatically rebooted on your smartphone.

Method 3 – use a dedicated app from Google Play

If your Xiaomi Poco F1 is rooted, you can try a more intuitive solution instead. You can use a third party app from Google Play – you can choose from different apps. For example, you can choose to download the Quick Boot software: install the tool and run in on your phone; then follow on-screen prompts for reaching the desired mode. That’s all.

A few last thoughts

So, this dedicated step by step guide should help you better understand why fastboot mode must be used, and when, on your Xiaomi Poco F1. The guidelines from above should also help you understand the types of operations that can be initiated from this particular mode and the risks that are related and that should be checked first. And, of course, the steps from above should help you enter fastboot mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1 quickly and easy without messing things up. You can share your experience with us and with other users who plan to use this tutorial by using the comments field that’s available below. If you report problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible so try to offer as much details as possible. Enjoy.