I can run adb commands on my Nexus 4 and they work fine but when my device is in the bootloader and I try to list the device with,

fastboot devices

my device is not listed. I was having problems with adb on my Windows 7 VM due to driver issues, so I switched to OSX because it does not require any drivers.

I think I may have corrupted my bootloader and recovery in my previous attempts to root my phone with a toolkit(I know I should have done it manually).


Is it possible to reinstall my bootloader or a recovery using just adb i.e. without using fastboot?

  • That might be possible if you find some images to load via the revocery's install update.zip from sdcard feature (just as a hint what you might want to look out for; I don't have a Nexus, so I'm not 100% sure). – Izzy Sep 19 '13 at 6:48
  • My recovery was corrupted too, I couldn't reach it. Anyway, the problem resolved itself. I didn't do anything different other than add the adb and fastboot commands to my bin folder. – makenova Sep 19 '13 at 19:22
  • You might want to add that as an answer (so others can see there's a solution), and accept it lateron. – Izzy Sep 19 '13 at 19:54

The problem with my device not showing up with the fastboot devices command resolved itself. I was then able to flash a custom recovery.

The only thing I did different was, I rebooted my computer and symlinked the adb and fastboot commands in my bin folder.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.