How to enter Recovery and Fastboot (download) mode in Nokia phones

Recovery and Fastboot mode in Nokia Android

Nokia Android phones use a slightly different method to reach the fastboot or recovery mode. In this post you will learn the key combinations and ADB commands to enter the recovery mode & download (fastboot) mode on Nokia phones.

The same steps work on all Nokia Android smartphones. These include – Nokia 1, Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 2, Nokia 2.1, Nokia 2.2, Nokia 2.3, Nokia 3, Nokia 3.1, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 3.1 Plus C, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 5, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 5.1 Plus, Nokia Nokia 6, Nokia 6.1, Nokia X6 (Nokia 6.1 plus), Nokia 6.2, Nokia 7, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 7.2, Nokia 8, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia X71..

Enter Recovery mode on Nokia

The recovery on Nokia Android phones is same as what you can expect from a typical stock recovery. It supports the following functions:

  • Apply update from ADB
  • Apply update from SD card
  • Wipe data/factory reset
  • Mount /system
  • View recovery logs
  • Run graphics test
  • Reboot to bootloader

Key combination (except for Nokia X.2/X.3 & newer devices)

  1. Shut down your Nokia smartphone.
  2. Connect a USB cable (charger or PC) and wait for the device to start charging.
  3. Press and hold Volume Up & Power key(s) together. Release the power button upon vibration, but keep the volume key pressed.
  4. Your Nokia phone should boot into recovery mode. If you see a “No Command” screen, then follow the steps in the next section.

For Nokia X.2/X.3 & newer devices

  1. Follow the later part of the post to enter Fastboot mode.
  2. Select Recovery Mode option in the Fastboot menu.

No command screen after entering recovery

After entering the recovery, you’ll generally see the No command screen with a dead Android bot and a warning sign. There’s nothing wrong if you see it. To proceed further:

Press and hold Power key and quickly press and release the Volume Up key. Release the power key when you see the recovery options.

To navigate in the recovery:
Touchscreen does not work in recovery mode. So, use the volume up/down key(s) to highlight the relevant option. Then use the power key to select it.

ADB command to reboot in recovery mode

You can also send the following command via ADB to reboot your Nokia to recovery mode. Developer options and USB debugging needs to be enabled in phone settings for this to work.

adb reboot recovery

If you reach a “No command” screen, then follow the steps mentioned in the previous section.

Exit recovery mode

To exit from the stock Nokia recovery, simply choose “Reboot system now” option in the recovery.

Enter Fastboot (download) mode on Nokia

Download mode on Nokia Android smartphones is equivalent to the fastboot or the bootloader mode. You can send all fastboot commands that are supported by Nokia phones. These include bootloader unlock, booting a custom recovery or any other fastboot function.

Key combination

  1. Shut down your Nokia smartphone.
  2. Connect the charger or USB cable and wait for the device to start charging.
  3. Now, press and hold Volume Down + Power key(s). Keep the keys pressed until the device vibrates again and you see Download Mode written on the top left of the screen. On Nokia X.2/X.3 & newer phones, you’ll see a proper fastboot menu instead.

Reboot to bootloader using ADB

The easier way to reach download mode on Nokia is using adb command. If you have connected your Nokia to the PC, then use the following ADB command to reboot the device to fastboot/bootloader mode.

adb reboot bootloader

Use recovery to reboot to bootloader

You can also use the recovery mode to reboot the Nokia device in fastboot mode. Just select the “Reboot to bootoader” option from the recovery mode.

To exit the download mode

You can exit download mode on Nokia by issuing the following fastboot command. This should reboot the device normally.

fastboot reboot

Alternatively, you can use the key combination to soft reset the Nokia phone to exit the download mode.

Press and hold Volume Up & Power key(s) for 10-12 seconds until the device vibrates and restarts.

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