How to Enter Moto X Fastboot Mode

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You can now easily access the Fastboot Mode on your Moto X – all variants. Fastboot mode is also known as the bootloader mode, don’t get confused, both are two words for the same thing. Bootloaders are a necessary for every Android devices to function properly, on the other hand they also act as a gateway towards modifying your system partitions. In simpler words, you can basically flash firmwares through this mode. As we mentioned earlier, the bootloader is an integral part of Android therefore it needs no installation. All of the steps require to enter Fastboot Mode on your Moto X are detailed below.

Fastboot comes in handy when you need to access your recovery partition, upgrade your system software or even flash certain partitions. Fastboot mode is pretty easy to access but for new comers and new adopters of Motorola, we are posting this tutorial. In case your phone is not detected by your computer at all, please make sure you have all the Moto X USB drivers installed.

 

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What is Fastboot Mode?

Fastboot or Bootloader Mode is a simple built-in feature of Android. As there is no need of it for normal use, it is hidden and needs to be accessed with certain key combinations and commands. Basically, Fastboot mode allows for computer interaction far greater than just transferring files. With the right software, you can flash full system images and even flash/modify smaller partitions.

These partitions namely include the Modem, system (Android OS) and the bootloader. You have full access over these once you are in fastboot mode and fastboot mode only.

Fastboot is pretty restrictive, which means except installing firmwares or parts of them, you can’t do anything yourself. However, there is a unique feature only known to Motorola devices. To access all other system modes like Recovery, you need to first access the bootloader. This makes it important and necessary to know about fastboot.

Motorola verifies this mode and does not discourage customers to access it. You wont lose your warranty if you access Fastboot. Unfortunately, it also comes with noticeable dangers. If you flash the wrong files even by accident, you can end up with a heavy paperweight. We recommend you refrain from connecting your phone to your PC whilst in fastboot and experimenting with it until unless documentation of the process is provided.

NOTE: Screenshots below may be of a different Motorola device, but your phone should have a similar screen. The following steps can be used to enter Fastboot mode on the Motorola Moto X – all variants.

Method 1: How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Moto X

Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Fastboot Mode on your Motorola Moto X phone. If this is your first time with a Motorola Android phone, follow the following carefully:

Step 1 – Turn OFF your Moto X.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the Volume Down button for 2-5 seconds. While holding the Volume Down button, press the Power Button for 1-2 seconds and release.

Step 3 – The phone will display the following screen. This is your Fastboot screen, you can now connect your phone to your PC and access it via the Fastboot tool. NOTE: The following picture is based on KitKat’s Fastboot menu. If you are running Lollipop, it would be different and will consist of the word “Start” with an arrow around it.

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Method 2: How to Enter Fastboot / Bootloader Mode on Moto X using Android SDK

Step 1.1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.

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Step 1.2 – Download Fastboot / ADB package from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Moto X and connect it your PC.

Step 3 – Go to Fastboot/Bootloader mode now. How? If you did Step 1.1 then Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt). And if you did Step 1.2 then simply go to where you downloaded/extracted the package. Open the folder and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).

Step 4 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

adb reboot bootloader

Step 5 – Moto X will switch off and then boot into the fastboot mode.

That’s it. You are now in the Fastboot Mode. If you wish to return to the normal boot, just select the first option. Keep in mind, Volume Down acts as scrolling while the Volume Up button acts as the Click/Select button in this mode.

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