Smartly managing maintenance and restoration procedures on your new Google Pixel can be easily done only if you first learn a basic Android process: entering the bootloader mode. Through this environment you can initiate and complete various stock and custom operations so if you are an advanced user or if you want to become one, first of all you should check all the guidelines from this tutorial. Don’t worry, I resumed everything that’s related with the bootloader mode so even a newbie will be able to handle this dedicated reboot operation.
The bootloader is there by default. It is a dedicated mode that can be anytime accessed on your Android based device. However, since through this environment you can perform various customization procedures, it is also hidden by default – an inexperienced user might manage to brick something while using the bootloader mode. Anyway, reaching the bootloader mode on the Google Pixel is easy, but only if you know exactly what to do – and that’s why I am here to assist you.
So, right from the start there are some aspects that must be clear for you:
- Rebooting your Google Pixel into bootloader mode is an official operation that can be anytime applied on your phone.
- You won’t lose your phone’s warranty while using the steps from down below and you don’t have to use complex or risky tools while trying to complete this operation.
- Reaching bootloader mode can be done even if you already tweaked your Google Pixel.
- Thus, the steps from below can be safely used whether your smartphone is rooted, locked, running on stock or on custom recovery image, powered by a locked or unlocked bootloader or installed with the stock or with a custom Android firmware.
Usually, by using the bootloader mode you can access the other environments that are featured on your Google Pixel – for example, you can go into recovery mode. But, the bootloader mode will be also required when you will want to manually update or downgrade your Google Pixel with the stock / official Android OS. So, from this perspective, the bootloader mode can be used when you try to manually troubleshoot your device – re-installing the stock Android OS can fix different issues such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating issues, total blackouts, screen freeze, signal strength problems and so on.
On the other hand you might have to enter the bootloader mode while trying to complete other custom operations such as: rooting your Google Pixel, installing a custom recovery image, flashing a custom ROM software and so on.
As you can notice, there are so many situations in which this tutorial might come in handy. So, that’s why you should bookmark this page before doing anything else.
Now, if you are planning in rebooting the bootloader mode for completing another process, before doing so make a backup on your Google Pixel – that’s the only way in which you can save your personal data, info, accounts and files (during some procedures your data might get corrupted or even wiped out). So, just use your favorite backup and restore solutions and secure everything that’s important for you.
Don’t forget to charge your phone if that’s required or else, right from nothing, your Google Pixel might get turned off – in some situations, if that happens, various software related issues might be caused. Thus, check the power that’s left and if there is not enough juice under the hood (less than 50%) charge your handset before doing anything else in order to avoid further unpleasant situations.
How to Reboot Bootloader Mode on Google Pixel
- Start by powering off your smartphone – long press the Power key or press the Power button once and then select “power off”.
- Wait while the shut down process is completed.
- Then, press and hold the Volume Down button for 2 or 3 seconds.
- While still holding down the Volume Down button press the Power key for a moment and then release both keys.
- The bootloader mode should be now displayed on your Google Pixel.
This is a more complex solution that can be used if you are also considering in completing other additional processes. So, a computer will have to be used – there you need to install the Google Pixel USB Drivers and the Android SDK utility: if your computer runs on Windows you can use this tutorial and if you have a MAC OS X / Linux device then you can use this guide instead. Also, on your smartphone you must become a developer (just tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number) as then you must check the USB Debugging option which can be found under “menu – settings – developer options”. After completing these pre requisites you can follow the next steps:
- Power on your smartphone.
- On your computer go to the Android SDK folder.
- Connect your Google Pixel with your computer via USB cable.
- On your computer open a Command Prompt window (you can do so by following: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space).
- In the cmd window type: “adb reboot bootloader”.
- That’s it; the bootloader mode should be automatically displayed on your Google Pixel.
If your Pixel is rooted you can use a third party app from Google Play. Through this app you can easily reboot your device into bootloader mode. So, download the Quick Boot tool and when done run the app on your phone. Then, follow on screen prompts and enter the desired Android mode.
That’s all for today; therefore you should now know how to reboot your Google Pixel into bootloader mode. Tell us how the steps from above worked for you and also share what other operations you might want to learn for your new Pixel. We are here to assist you as soon as possible.