Here is a complete guide on how to access the built-in fastboot mode on the Essential phone. Enthusiasts and power users have always resorted to custom firmwares, mods, root and other similar packages to get the most out of any Android phone. All of these packages need fastboot mode for their installation. Thankfully, fastboot mode — also read as bootloader mode — is built into almost every Android phone out there. However, to access it on each is different. The guide below shows you how to get to the fastboot mode on the Essential phone. The procedure is quite easy to implement if followed correctly. Read ahead to find how one can enter Fastboot mode on Essential Phone.
Flashing system software, custom recoveries and even custom firmwares fall under the fastboot mode. As this is a built-in mode, you don’t need any installation, but just the procedure itself. For experienced users, Bootloader mode is no difficult task but with each new phone, the procedure slightly changes and it is best to follow a guide like mentioned ahead. In case your phone is not detected by your computer at all, please make sure you have all the Essential Phone USB drivers installed.
What is Fastboot Mode?
In simpler words, Android has this maintenance mode (Fastboot) natively built into it for diagnostic and upgrading purposes. If we look into details, this is a mode designed for re-partitioning the phone, accessing vital system data and manually flashing firmwares. Usually, this mode is meant for developers but if you find yourself okay with experimenting than there is no such danger in accessing Fastboot.
With Fastboot, you can easily flash certain parts of or a full system. There are key parts to Android OS, the modem, bootloader and system. These parts can be upgraded or changed manually via a computer that recognizes the phone and has the Fastboot software.
Other than installing firmwares, there is nothing else you can do yourself. Except, there is a neat trick only specific to Essential devices. To access other system modes, you first have to access Fastboot. Meaning, if you are aiming for the recovery mode, you still need to access Fastboot first.
Booting into this mode is totally verified by Essential and there is no risk of losing warranty. But, if you try flashing different firmware or firmware which aren’t authorized by Essential, you could end up with a useless phone and total warranty loss. This is exactly why we will advise if you are not good with computers or the protocols laid by Android, you shouldn’t connect your phone to your PC while in Fastboot mode.
NOTE: Screenshots below may be of a different Essential device, but should have similar screen on your phone as well. The following steps can be used to enter Fastboot mode on the Essential Essential Phone – all variants.
Method 1: How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Essential Phone
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Fastboot Mode on your Essential Essential Phone phone. If this is your first time with a Essential Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Essential Phone.
Step 2 – Now press and hold Volume Down + Power.
Step 3 – The phone will boot into a screen with a big “Start” written on it. This is your Fastboot screen, you can now connect your phone to your PC and access it via the Fastboot tool.
Method 2: How to Enter Fastboot / Bootloader Mode on Essential Phone 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.
Step 1.2 – Download Fastboot / ADB package from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.
- Windows: Download platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
- MacOS: Download platform-tools-latest-darwin.zip
- Linux: Download platform-tools-latest-linux.zip
Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging mode in your Essential Phone and connect it to 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 – Essential Phone 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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