With these instructions, users can enter Fastboot mode on Xiaomi’s Redmi 6 and 6A smartphone. New budget smartphones from Xiaomi arrive with MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. If you are looking to manually update your device or are trying to install custom mods such as root or custom recovery, you would need to access fastboot mode and this is the perfect guide to learn how to. Android packages in maintenance modes in all of its revisions to make it easier for up-gradation and overall upkeep of software. One of these modes is the fastboot mode. Once you learn how to access fastboot mode on Redmi 6 or Redmi 6A, you would need Fastboot utility on your computer to make proper use of it.
More often than not, people think of fastboot as something that has to be first installed but that isn’t the case. As discussed previously, fastboot is part of Android’s source code but the procedure of accessing it differs from device to device. For Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A we have two methods that you can use to enter this specific partition, you can follow the one you find the most easiest and convenient. Steps for accessing Redmi 6 / 6A fastboot mode are listed right ahead.
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 Xiaomi 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 Xiaomi and there is no risk of losing warranty. But, if you try flashing different firmwares or firmwares which aren’t authorized by Xiaomi, 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 Xiaomi device, but should have similar screen on your phone as well. The following steps can be used to enter Fastboot mode on the Xiaomi Redmi 6 / 6A – all variants.
Method 1: How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Xiaomi Redmi 6 / 6A
Here is a quick step-by-step instruction on how to enter Fastboot Mode on your Xiaomi Redmi 6 / 6A phone. If this is your first time with a Xiaomi Android phone, follow the following carefully:
Step 1 – Turn OFF your Xiaomi Redmi 6 / 6A.
Step 2 – Now press and hold the Volume Down and Power button for 6-6 seconds then release.
Step 3 – The phone will now boot into fastboot mode. 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 Xiaomi Redmi 6 / 6A 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 ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools separate package and install on your computer. Download 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 Xiaomi Redmi 6 / 6A 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 6 – Xiaomi Redmi 6 / 6A 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.
I hope this tutorial was helpful for you.