I'm trying to unlock the bootloader of my device, Cherry Mobile Fuze, which is a port of Micromax A96.

As seen on the screenshot, is it normal that the ADB displays a device that is different from the device being displayed by fastboot?

ADB and Fastboot displays different devices

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    That's nothing unusual. Most devices use different IDs in normal/fastboot/recovery mode to indicate the mode they're in. Try lsusb in each mode, and you will see the corresponding data: manufacturer_id will be the same in all 3 modes, but the device_id part will differ.
    – Izzy
    Nov 19, 2015 at 9:31
  • Anytime. I guess I should have made that an answer: AFAIK it's a general rule, though I cannot speak for all devices of course. I will post it as answer now, so you can "accept" it (tick the check-mark next to it) – and other visitors can see this is answered.
    – Izzy
    Nov 19, 2015 at 14:49

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Short answer

Fastboot, (recovery) and your "normal Android" are different systems, each using their own configuration and "device serial".


That's nothing unusual. Most devices1 use different IDs in normal// to indicate the mode they're in. You can cross-check that with the lsusb command on your Linux shell prompt, which reflects this by different device IDs. On top of that, some devices even use different IDs depending on what "normal mode" you've activated. To give an example, here's what my LG P880 presents:

  • 1004:61c5 when in charge-only normal mode
  • 1004:631c with MTP enabled
  • 1004:631e with PTP
  • 1004:61f1 using the "LG Software protocol" (to connect with their PC counterpart, which is Windows only)
  • 1004:61fe when in tethering mode

Easy to guess: the 1004 remains the same (it's the "manufacturer ID"). But the number behind the colon changes – so the device presents itself with different "product IDs".

However, this should not reflect on the "Serial" – as the device serial in all those 5 cases is taken from the same place (build.prop of the system running in "normal mode"), which is bound to the currently running ROM. Now what happens if you switch to "fastboot mode"? That's not related to the running OS at all (put in "easy terms", you could compare this with a PC's "BIOS" or, more correctly, the "Grub" bootloader). So fastboot doesn't know about the ROM's serial number, and thus uses its own. With it's somehow similar – in our comparison, you chose a different entry in Grub and thus booted a different system.

1: in fact, all devices I've tried, so I don't know of any exception – though with the amount of different devices available, I cannot guarantee there is no exception at all

  • That's what I was particular with. I was wondering why the device's serial aren't identical when I am at adb and when I am at fastboot.
    – Ephramar
    Nov 20, 2015 at 4:04
  • Now, when go to fastboot mode (using Linux terminal). The device just shows > FASTBOOT mode .... No other information on display. When I execute sudo fastboot oem unlock. The terminal just show ellipses
    – Ephramar
    Nov 20, 2015 at 4:10
  • Well, @Ephramar, that's a different issue for a separate question. At SE, we have the policy of one question per post :)
    – Izzy
    Nov 20, 2015 at 10:09
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    Haha. Sorry. I honestly haven't read about that. I'll be accepting this one as an answer. Thanks for the help :)
    – Ephramar
    Nov 22, 2015 at 6:20

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