Fastboot is a protocol used by Android to diagnose and flash new firmware images on an Android devices via USB. It is part of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).

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OS X utility to create stock images

Before I spoil my new HTC One. I needed a little help with the following Create a backup of the recovery Create a backup of the system Create a backup of anything that maybe required to bring the ...
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Possible to flash factory ROMs on an encrypted phone using fastboot?

I have the storage on my Nexus 4 encrypted using Android's built-in encryption feature. I'd like to update to 4.4 using one of the factory images provided by Google. If I follow the standard script ...
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Desire HD: I apparently flashed the wrong pd98img.zip, how can I fix this?

in a attempt to downgrade my Desire HD from 2.50 to 1.32 I apparently pushed the wrong pd98img.zip into my zip card. I can start the phone, but I'm greeted by some chinese characters and can't do ...
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fastboot serial number?

On occasion I've seen the serial number reported by adb and fastboot differ. Is there a way to reliably determine what the fastboot serial number will be from adb?
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Clockwork: error: cannot load 'recovery-clockwork': No error

I am trying to flash a recovery-image file into my Nexus 7 but the flashing fails know that I am working on windows and my image file is located in the same folder as adb and fastboot files are ...
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Unbrick HTC Desire

This is my output of fastboot getvar all (bootloader) version: 0.5 (bootloader) version-bootloader: 6.93.1002 (bootloader) version-baseband: 5.17.05.23 (bootloader) version-cpld: None (bootloader) ...
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Failed to get_identifier_token from HTC Desire HD with fastboot

My HBoot is HBOOT-2.00.0027, I got the following problem when I was trying to unlock my HTC Desire HD following the instruction http://www.htcdev.com/bootloader It seems HBOOT 1.0 has this problem ...
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How to recover Samsung Galaxy Fit using software that works on Ubuntu?

I tried to install the new Jelly Bean on my Samsung Galaxy Fit, but it got stuck during installation with an error on /tmp/slideloadpackage.zip. Now, my original Android OS lost. How can I recover ...
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Is there a way to boot to the fastboot mode?

I booted to the TWRP recovery for the first tiem and played with it by wipping everything using all the wipe options. Then I ended up unable to boot to the fastboot mode, normal mode or recovery mode. ...
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Android PandaBoard: Linux terminal output for debugging?

My research team is currently considering investing in a PandaBoard for Android b/c we are developing a custom kernel/sys-image and would like Linux terminal output. Does the Pandaboard give me ...
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Boot custom kernel via phone

I can currently boot a custom kernel (without flashing it) for test purposes by using fastboot on my computer via: cmd> fastboot boot customkernel.img Which works great. I've found great kernels ...
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How to install fastboot drivers?

I have a cheap clone android (benss b3) that I managed to connect to win 7 by editing the .inf file in usb drivers. Now I want to load different ROMs via fastboot. However, when I boot to fastboot ...
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Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 is not detected by fastboot under Ubuntu 14.04

When I connect my device in Download mode to my laptop, it is not detected by neither adb nor fastboot commands: fastboot devices and sudo fastboot devices returns nothing when device is connected ...
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Fastboot flash bootloader fails

I tried to install CM11 on my Nexus 10. But, I wasn't able to install the boot.img with fastboot (Rooted, CM11 flashed with Clockworkmod recovery): [root@xx temp]# fastboot flash bootloader boot.img ...
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Htc one m7 International not recognized in adb mode

I have an htc one m7 running bootloader hboot 1.56. I unlocked the bootloader via htcdev.com The bootloader now shows Unlocked My phone is recognized in adb when the phone is turned on. But when i go ...
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Is it possible to unlock the bootloader without root access?

Is it possible to unlock the bootloader without root access? If so, is there another way to unlock the bootloader without using the command... fastboot oem unlock Now, for the background stuff ...
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Recovery from fastboot

I have a Sanyo Zio that is completely non-functional but for being able to get into fastboot. Two questions: 1) I gather that the answer to this problem generally is to install a boot.img from ...
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Fastboot poweroff command

I need a way to shutdown my mate7 from fastboot .. Long press power button make the phone keep restarts again .. I need to shut it down so i can recharge it then restore to stock.
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How to enable USB Debugging in Android if forgotten pattern for screen-unlock?

I want to use some third party software to clear my device's screen unlock pattern which I forgot. They require USB debugging enabled but I don't have it enabled in my Android. How do I turn on USB ...
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adb does not reboot my Samsung Galaxy SIII I9300 to bootloader (download) mode!

My device is Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 and I did a complete factory reset. Device is NOT rooted yet. It works properly. I can do all of following with my device: Power off using device keys. Start ...
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Can I fastboot flash a factory image without flashing the recovery?

Factory Images Using Nexus 9 as an example, the flash-all.bat contains: fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flounder-3.43.0.0114.img fastboot reboot-bootloader ping -n 5 127.0.0.1 >nul fastboot ...
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Fully Wipe Nexus Device

I have a Nexus 7 2013 WiFi-only (flo) device. I rooted it and just generally messed around with it. Now I want to put it back to complete stock everything (bootloader, recovery, ROM, etc) AND ...
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Trying to restore photos from a broken S4 (AT&T), how do I go about it?

My friend broke her S4's screen, and wants to get back the photos from the internal memory. The phone does not have USB debugging turned on, so having it attached to the computer only charges it. The ...
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Prevent unauthorized image flashing

I wonder whether there is a way to prevent someone to use fastboot to flash an Android device. Indeed, while one must be able to turn on USB debug in order to run adb, the bootloader does not offer ...
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fastboot flash = FAILED (remote: invalid bootloader image)

After breaking CyanogenMod on my Nexus 5 I want to flash it with a factory image but all I get is: fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flounder-3.43.0.0114.img sending 'bootloader' (2970 KB)... OKAY ...
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Is it possible to run fastboot in a recovery mode shell (without connecting to PC)?

I have a method for unlocking the BootLoader of my HP SlateBook x2 running Android v4.3 consisting of: 1- Booting into recovery. 2- Connecting to PC via USB cable. 3- Sending the command fastboot ...
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Fastboot doesn't recognize Nexus 5 on L

I recently flashed the dev preview of android L on my Nexus 5, however, I did what is called a "dirty flash" - I just used TWRP and flashed the image as if it was a normal ROM. The result is that it's ...
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Operating system in a phone having no OS

I have sony xperia P and i was trying to install custom ROM in my phone.I copied the boot.img in the boot partition.Now my phone doesn't starts. There is no external SD card slot in my phone. How ...
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Enter fastboot commands from an Android phone

I want to do the following without a PC, just directly from an Android phone using a script / Android Terminal: Reboot into bootloader, and then enter a few fastboot commands Is this possible?
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Fastboot setserial command

I noticed that a lot of descriptions of fastboot mention a command named setserial which not available in the current version that comes with Android SDK. You can see the complete list of commands ...
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My Kindle Fire is stuck at the yellow triangle screen after installing TWRP. How can I fix this?

I followed the instructions on the official TWRP site on how to install TWRP on the Kindle Fire. So I did wget <twrp.img> adb shell idme bootmode 4002 fastboot -i 0x1949 flash recovery ...
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HTC Wildfire won't boot

My HTC Wildfire will not boot up. When I boot normally with the SD card in, I only get a screen that says "Fastboot" with the options bootloader, reboot, reboot bootloader and power down. It says to ...
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Droid2 Fastboot

How to get the droid 2 to enter fastboot? Running rooted phone, CM7 nightly 239 Power + x gets me recovery Power + Up gets me bootloader
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Nexus S downgrade with Clockwork Mod

I have a Sprint Nexus S 4G running ICS Cyanogenmod 9. I want to run 2.3.6. In CWR I've backed up, wipe/erased, wiped Calvik cache, but when I go to install my Sojus 2.3.6 file I get Installing ...
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Where does the Fastboot pull the information from?

I have a Motorola Xoom MZ601 but which is a GSM Wifi model. 3G on Xoom is not wokring currently. So I tried to debug the problem and when I did Fastboot getVars I got following info ...
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downloading 'boot.img' while using fastboot to copy ra recovery

In the process of attempting to get Cyanogen MOD onto my HTC Hero. I rooted it successfully, and can connect with ADB. I restarted the phone with the back key held down and get the fastboot screen. ...
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Xperia M dual stuck at boot screen after unlocking bootloader!

Help needed it's urgent. So I have unlocked bootloader successfully via fastboot. Everything went fine until the end without any error. So I disconnected the device from PC and rebooted it and now it ...
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ADB sideload and fastboot uses. What's the difference?

1) If i want to flash a stock rom what should I use adb sideload or fastboot. I have seen on youtube people using both of these. Are both of these similar or different. Sorry if this sounds stupid but ...
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Nexus 7 - Stuck on boot animation. Fastboot detects device but ADB doesn't

My Nexus 7 (2012, WiFi) is stuck on the boot animation. I can detect it in Fastboot but not with ADB. Is it still possible to backup the data before I wipe it? It's not rooted and the bootloader is ...
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When should I use/not use '-w' for fastboot flashing?

When should I use/not use '-w' for fastboot flashing? Say I were to be manually flashing each img in the zip of a factory image. Why one way or another? Do certain .img's need to be erased first? I ...
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Create a custom recovery from scratch

I have an obscure Android phone (Orion Pro x500a). I have another question which led me to ask another concerning custom recovery files. Since my phone is rather obscure, I can't find a custom ...
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Fastboot errors

I know most MediaTek devices don't support fastboot, but I have a Canvas Knight (MT6592) which does reboot into fastboot mode when I use adb reboot bootloader. Here, fastboot devices detects my ...
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does fastboot allow to read partitions?

I know the binary fastboot does not allow to read, only flash, partitions. But is it a limitation of the tool on the computer side, or the protocol/program on the phone? does the fastboot protocol ...
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LG G2 D802 (No Download Mode)

I have downloaded Lollipop for G2 D802. But when I flashed it, it shows fastboot mode started. I have followed a thread on XDA and flash LAF.img via fastboot but still no download mode (only ...
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LG G2 “Fastboot mode started”

Hello guys I have flahed Lollipop zip via TWRP successfully (LG G2 D802) but now phone is only booting in "fastboot mode started". I have also tried to repair download mode by following xda forum but ...
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Bricked Nexus 7 unable to be recognized by fastboot or adb

After trying to install a custom ROM (Ubuntu Raring) to my 2012 Nexus 7, it incorrectly installed and I am stuck with a devices that boots solely to BusyBox. Specifically a terminal that says: ...
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Recover bricked android device

I have an android device (YotaPhone 2 actually) that is in continuously rebooting state with android logo showing on main screen. When phone wasn't bricked then was possible to boot into official ...
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“Connect USB Data Cable” message on fastboot screen preventing recovery/reset of Nexus 6

I have a Nexus 6 that doesn't boot after a failed Android M developer preview install (worked perfectly on my Nexus 5). Booting into fastboot via power + volume down shows the device is unlocked but ...
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After using SP Flash, Phone wont boot up

Handset : Huawei Honor Holly Root : Yes I used SP Flash Tool to flash a ROM, downloaded from the Official website of the phone company. I flashed all that was given (boot, uboot, recovery, ...
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My OS Loads, but no Recovery

Handset: Huawei Honor Holly Root: Yes I am trying to install CWM recovery on this phone. I tried it using Flashify after reading guidelines from a website. Now, my stock recovery is gone. Also, ...