How to Boot Android Phone into Download / Recovery / Fastboot Mode

This knowledge based informative post is fully dedicated to all the Android devices users out there. May be you are using an Android phone or tablet, you may be a first timer/basic/advance Android user, that doesn't matter. If you got an Android device then you should know some certain important things about your device. And booting Android phone into Download / Recovery / Fastboot mode is one of the important thing you should know.
Boot Android Devices into Download Fastboot Recovery Mode

These different android modes are used to customize, modification, repair, software installation, and solve certain system related issues. And these modes are differ from different Android phone brands. By pressing certain key combination, anyone can access these Android modes on their Android devices.

There are tons of how to's and tutorials are available on how to boot into download mode or recovery mode or Fastboot mode for different android phone brands/models. Purpose for this specific post is to bring all the key combination for different brands to boot into different modes in a single page. Doesn't matter which Android phone you have, you can any time drop in this post and find key combination to boot into various modes for your android device.

You'll find key combination or procedure to boot into different Android modes for popular Android brands like- Samsung, Sony, HTC, Google Pixel, Nexus, Asus, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oppo, Vivo, One Plus, Xiaomi, Huawei Honor etc.

Note: Some settings under different modes require advance knowledge to handle. So, play with settings if you are 100% sure what you going to do. We are not responsible, if anything happens to your device.

So, lets get started.
Download Recovery Mode for Samsung Devices

Download/Recovery Mode for Samsung Galaxy Devices:

Samsung Galaxy devices having Home button: Except newer flagship phone, all Samsung devices have physical Home button. This key combination works only on Samsung Galaxy phone/tablet having home button.
  • Download Mode/ODIN Mode: Switch off your phone, press and hold the Volume Down, Home and Power keys together (hold  for few seconds until a warning screen appear). Now press the Volume Up key to boot into Download mode or ODIN mode.
  • Recovery Mode: First switch off your device, then press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys together (hold for few seconds until Samsung logo appears). Within few moments your device will boot into Recovery mode.
Samsung Galaxy devices having Bixby button: Newer Samsung flagship phone comes with Bixby button. Key combination almost the same as above, just Bixby button replaces the Home button.
  • Download/ODIN Mode: Power off your phone, press and hold the Volume Down, Bixby and Power buttons at the same time (hold until a warning screen appear). Then press the Volume Up button to boot into Download mode.
  • Recovery Mode: Power off your phone, press and hold the Volume Up, Bixby and Power buttons altogether (hold few seconds until Samsung logo appears). Tap on the screen to boot into Recovery mode when you see Android logo having exclamation mark. 
Samsung Galaxy devices having no Home & Bixby buttons: if your Samsung phone doesn't have Home and Bixby buttons then follow this key combination to boot into Download and Recovery mode.
  • ODIN/Download Mode: Switch off your phone. Do it by holding the Volume Down, Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously for few moments. Release keys when you see a screen having Android logo with exclamation sign. Now press the Volume Up key to enter Download mode.
  • Recovery Mode: First press and hold both the Volume Keys and Power key altogether. Release the Volume Down key when the screen turns off. Continue to hold Volume Up and Power keys until the device enters Recovery mode.  
Fastboot Recovery Mode for Google Nexus Devices

Fastboot & Recovery Mode for Google/Nexus Devices:

Follow this instructions to boot into Bootloader/Fastboot and Recovery mode on all Google phones such as Google Nexus (Nexus 6, Nexus 6p, Nexus 5x, Nexus 9 etc) devices and Google Pixel (Google Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 3 etc) phones.
  • Fastboot Mode: Switch off your phone. Now press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys together until you see the Fastboot screen.
  • Recovery Mode: First boot your phone to Fastboot mode by following the above instructions. Now in Fastboot mode, press the Volume Down key 2 times to select Recovery and then press the Power key to confirm the selection. Now press and hold the Power key when you see broken Android on screen. Finally press the Volume Up key once and your device will boot into Recovery.
Fastboot Recovery Mode for Motorola Phones

Fastboot/Bootloader and Recovery Mode for Motorola Phones:

Follow these instructions to boot into Fastboot and Recovery mode on Motorola phones.
  • Fastboot Mode: Power off your phone. First press and hold the Volume Down key and then Power key (hold both the keys for few seconds). Release buttons when you see the screen turn on. Your phone should be in Fastboot mode now. (Note: For few newer Motorola phones such as- Moto C Plus, Moto G6 etc, use Volume Up key instead of Volume Down key).
  • Recovery Mode: At first, boot your phone to Fastboot mode by following the above instructions. Now in Fastboot mode, press the Volume Down button to select Recovery and the press the Volume Up button to confirm the selection. Now press and hold the Power button when you see broken Android logo on screen, then press Volume Up key to boot into Recovery mode.
Fastboot Bootloader Recovery Mode for HTC Phones

Bootloader/Fastboot/Recovery Mode for HTC Phones:

The following instructions to boot into Fastboot, Bootloader, Recovery mode will work for almost all HTC phones.
  • Bootloader Mode: Power off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys at the same time for few seconds. Release the Power key when the phone starts (continue holding the Volume Down key). Release the Volume Down button when you a white screen, you are now at Bootloader mode.
  • Fastboot Mode: First boot your phone into Bootloader mode by following the above instructions. In Bootloader screen, use Volume keys to scroll up and down and select Fastboot with Power button. (Note: For some models, Bootloader mode itself act as Fastboot mode). 
  • Recovery Mode: Follow same instructions as above, just select Recovery instead of Fastboot.
Flash Fastboot Recovery Mode for Sony Xperia Phones

Flash/Fastboot/Recovery Mode for Sony Xperia Phones:

The below key combinations to boot into Flash, Fastboot or Recovery mode will work for almost all Sony Xperia Smartphones. You need a PC/Laptop to boot.
  • Fastboot Mode: Switch off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down key and connect the phone to PC/Laptop using USB cable. If you can see a blue LED, then your phone is in Fastboot mode now.
  • Flash Mode: Same as above, just use the Volume Up button instead of Volume Down button. Green LED indicates that your phone is in Flash mode. 
  • Recovery Mode: Turn on your phone. Quickly press the Volume Up or Volume Down button repeatedly for two/three times when you notice LED turning on.
Download Factory Fastboot recovery Mode for LG Phones

Download/Fastboot/Factory and Recovery Mode for LG Phones:

Different LG phone models pair with different key combination to enter various modes. Some models need PC/Laptop to boot into different modes. We have listed here key combination for most commons and latest LG phones.

For LG G5 Users:
  • Download Mode: Power off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Up key and connect the phone to PC using USB cable. Hold the key until the phone boot into Download mode.
  • Recovery Mode: Turn off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys together. Release both the buttons as soon as you see LG logo on screen and again press and hold both the buttons until the phone boots into Recovery mode.
  • Factory Mode: Switch off your phone. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. Release the Power button when the LG logo appears on screen but keep holding the Volume Down button. Now press the Power key once, release the Volume Down key when you see Factory mode on screen. 
For LG Phones Released after LG G5 Smartphone:
  • Download Mode: Same as the LG G5 phone, follow the same instructions as above.
  • Fastboot Mode: Power off phone. Press and hold the Volume Down key and connect the phone to PC using USB cable. Release the button when you Fastboot mode on screen.
  • Factory Mode: Same as LG G5 phone, follow instructions from above.
Fastboot Download Mode for OnePlus Phones

Fastboot and Recovery Mode for OnePlus Phones:

The following instructions works for almost all OnePlus Smartphone such as- OnePlus 6 and 6T, OnePlus 5 and 5T, OnePlus 3 and 3T etc.
  • Fastboot Mode: Switch off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together. Go off Power key when the LG logo appears on screen and continue holding the Volume Up key until you see Fastboot mode on screen.
  • Recovery Mode: First boot into Fastboot mode by following the above instructions. Now in the Fastboot mode, navigate to Recovery using Volume keys and press the Power button to select it. (Alternatively- Power off phone, press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys until OnePlus logo appear).  
Fastboot Recovery for Huawei Phones

Fastboot/Recovery Mode for Huawei Phones:

The following instructions will work for almost all Huawei phones including Huawei Honor series. Huawei and Honor phones like- Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 10, Huawei P20, Huawei Honor 8, Huawei Honor 8 Pro, Honor 9, Honor 10 etc.
  • Fastboot Mode: Switch of your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time until you see Fastboot mode on screen. (Note: If you are using a PC, just press and hold the Volume Down key and connect the phone to PC using USB cable).
  • Recovery Mode: Power off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together. Release both the buttons when you see Huawei or Honor logo on screen.
Fastboot Recovery Mode for Asus Zenfone Phones

Fastboot and Recovery Mode for Asus Phones:

The following button combinations will work on almost all Asus Zenfone smartphones including newer Zenfone Max Pro M1, Zenfone 5Z, Zenfone Max Pro M2 etc.
  • Fastboot Mode: Power off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power keys together until you see Fastboot mode on screen.
  • Recovery Mode: Power off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. Release the Power key when you see Asus logo on screen but keep holding the Volume Down button. Release the Volume Down button when your phone enters Recovery mode.
Fastboot Recovery Mode for Xiaomi Redmi Mi Phones

Fastboot & Recovery Mode for Xiaomi Phones:

The following instructions to boot into Fastboot and Recovery mode will work for almost all Xiaomi phone. All Xiaomi phones including Xiaomi Redmi series and as well as Xiaomi Mi series. The guide also applicable for Mi Pad versions.
  • Fastboot Mode: Switch off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. Release both the buttons when you see the Fastboot mode.
  • Recovery Mode: Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together while your phone powered off. Release both the keys when you see language selection screen. Navigate to your desired language using Volume keys and press the Power button to select language. Your phone should be in Recovery mode now.
Fastboot Recovery Mode for Vivo Phones

Fastboot/Recovery Mode for Vivo Phones:

Older Vivo phones and some newer Vivo phones have different button combinations to boot into Fastboot and Recovery mode.

For Newer Vivo Phones like- Vivo V9 Pro, Vivo Y83 Pro, Vivo Y81 etc.
  • Fastboot Mode: First switch off your phone. Now press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together for few seconds. Release both the buttons when you see Fastboot mode on screen.
  • Recovery Mode: First boot into Fastboot mode by following the above instructions. Now in Fastboot screen, navigate to Recovery Mode using the Volume keys and press the Power button to confirm selection.
For older Vivo phones like- Vivo V11, Vivo Y93, Vivo X23 etc.
  • Fastboot Mode: Power off the phone. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys together for few moments. Release buttons when you see Fastboot mode.
  • Recovery Mode: First boot into Fastboot mode by following above instructions. Use the Volume keys to navigate to Recovery Mode and Power key to select it.
Fastboot Recovery Mode for Oppo Phones

Fastboot/Recovery Mode for Oppo Phones:

The following instructions to boot into Fastboot and Recovery mode will work on almost all Oppo Smartphones out there.
  • Fastboot Mode: Power off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power keys together for few seconds until you see Fastboot mode.
  • Recovery Mode: Power off your phone. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons together. Release the buttons when you see Oppo logo on screen.
Download Fastboot Recovery Mode for Nokia Phones

Download/Fastboot and Recovery Mode for Nokia Phones:

To boot Nokia phones into Fastboot, you need to connect the phone to a charger or a PC using USB cable. Follow the below instructions.
  • Download/Fastboot Mode: Power off your phone. Now connect the phone to a charger or connect to a PC using USB cable. Now press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons. Release the buttons when the phone vibrates. Your phone should be in Download mode now. 
  • Recovery Mode: Switch off your phone and connect the phone to a charger. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power keys together when you see battery indicator on screen. Release both the buttons when you see the Android logo on screen. 
The above guide will continue to update with new devices time to time. Some of the key combination to boot Android phone into Download, Fastboot, Recovery mode, may not work on certain models. Please drop in comment if you find any difficulties to to do. If there is any wrong key combination written mistakenly in the guide, then please do mention in comment too.
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