These tips show how to easily access Nokia 6.1 Plus fastboot mode. Officially, also referred to as download mode, this partition serves to allow for system file modification. Once booted, your device can be flashed with firmware files via a computer. This comes quite in handy when you are trying to restore to factory settings or installing an update which hasn’t arrive through OTA(Over-the-air) system. On its own, unlike recovery, there is nothing you can do straight from the device rather you would need a computer to properly make use of it. If you are new to the HMD Global Nokia ecosystem then be sure to follow the steps ahead to boot into Download / Fastboot Mode on your Nokia 6.1 Plus.
On top of the obvious update functionality, a very good use of download mode is also downgrading. If you are having issues with a new software update, you can use Fastboot to easily return back to stock with an older firmware revision. Before you begin with experimentation, make sure you have an unlocked bootloader and proper USB drivers installed on your computer. Also, we recommend you go through the guide once before implementing the steps to have a better understanding.
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 firmware. 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.
One main use of fastboot mode, ability to flash custom recovery images. Just as the firmware or stock recovery is flashed through this mode, you can also flash a custom one like TWRP through it. This is probably the most used functionality for many Android enthusiasts.
Booting into this mode is totally verified by Nokia and there is no risk of losing warranty. But, if you try flashing different firmware or firmware which aren’t authorized by Nokia, 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: The following steps can be used to enter Fastboot mode on the Nokia 6.1 Plus – all variants. For recovery mode, check: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus.
How to Enter Fastboot / Bootloader Mode on Nokia 6.1 Plus 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 Nokia 6.1 Plus 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 recovery
Step 5 – Nokia 6.1 Plus will switch off and then boot into the recovery mode.
Step 6 – Navigate downwards to “Reboot to bootloader” option via the Volume buttons and select it with the power button.
Step 7 – The phone will power off and boot into fastboot mode.
That’s it. You are now in the Fastboot Mode. If you wish to return to the normal boot, just hold the power button and volume up button simultaneously for round about 10 seconds.