The Fastboot or Bootloader Mode, the name depends on each individual preference, is your tablet's sub-system part, one that you can use in order to push updates, format partitions or the entire tablet, erase files, wipe cache, and others more.

Use this guide in order to learn more about Nexus 7 Fastboot Mode, what it does, why you should use and how to correctly use it.

Fastboot commands are used to push files from your computer to your Nexus 7 tablet, or to find critical info about your device, or to erase partitions, format system, unlock bootloader and more. The Fastboot Mode menu options are destined to be used by advanced users, not by beginners, be careful every single time you will attempt to change any settings from this sub-system menu.

If you're a Nexus 7 user who wants to tinker with it, then you should know that first you need to Unlock Bootloader, then root the device, flash a custom Recovery and only after that you can install new custom ROMs, kernels, themes or any other type of customization file.

Note that you can also apply 'unlock bootloader' command using your computer, but all the data that is stored on your tablet will be completely removed. So, make sure that you have backups of all important files before starting any Fastboot task.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the tutorial and learn how to boot Fastboot Mode for your Nexus 7 tablet.

How to enter Fastboot Mode for Nexus 7:

  1. Power off the device completely.
  2. To enter Fastboot Mode you will need to press and hold Volume Down and Power, all at the same time.
    - do not release the buttons.
  3. Release all buttons when the Fastboot screen appears.
    - that's it, if you see the START option listed in the upper part of your screen you're done.

The Fastboot Mode offers you the possibility to push files via ADB, detect your Nexus tablet version, format partition, erase files, etc.

Fastboot Mode for Nexus 7 should be used only by advanced users, so you should avoid it in case you're a novice / beginner.

From Fastboot Mode you can also apply the following tasks: reboot bootloader, reboot tablet in recovery mode, boot in normal mode or power off tablet.

Booting in Recovery Mode is simple as you need to boot into Fastboot, select the Recovery Mode option using the Volume buttons and Power to confirm Recovery boot process.

In Recovery you will find the following options: apply update from ADB, wipe data/ factory reset, wipe cache partition and reboot system.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to learn how to successfully boot your device in Fastboot Mode. If you can't do it, then you can ask for extra help in comments and we will make sure to come with a solution for you.

M_Jay · 4 years ago

im also have problems here...cant even open anything just google logo until battery dead....sorry for my bad english

Rolando Gail · 5 years ago

Hi, I've just tried to upgrade my Google Nexus 7 (2012-16GB) to Android 5.1 from 5.02, and while installing upgrade, the system entered an infinite loop, showing Google logo and some no-meaning lines and drawings. Cannot turn off, unless battery dead. When tried to fastboot , it never appears. Just continue the loop. It seems as the system is not "looking" to the buttons. I have the drivers on my PC already installed, but on this mode, I cannot connect. What can I do? Pls., your URGENT help will be appreciated.

Sam · 5 years ago

I have same problem. Did u find any solution ?

Rolando Gail · 5 years ago

No, still waiting for a miracle....

Mustafa · 5 years ago

it was show no command

Andersopn · 5 years ago


Guest · 5 years ago

i am getting the error
"fast boot is not recognized as internal or external command,operable program or batch file"

please reply

Vincent Emmanuel Lee · 5 years ago

Once you have the fastboot tool, add it to your PATH environment variable

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