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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  • In the normal situation you should have a green robot with red triangle but I have a teal robot with blue trianigle. And no matter how I press power + volume up there is no responding (G20)

  • Hi I’m trying to factory reset my Nokia G21 from recovery mode because I’m locked out (Forgot my Pin!)

    I only have 3 options to scroll:
    Reboot system now
    Enter Fastboot mode
    Power off

    If I enter fastboot mode, I have the Android logo, no menu

    What do I do?

    Can you help, please? Bearing in mind I’m not experienced, can you spell out every single step with easy broken Don simple instructions?

    Many thanks

    • Hi Tabby, unfortunately, new Nokia phones do not have a factory reset option in the recovery mode. The only way to reset a phone is to send it to Nokia for repair or by availing of our remote service (link) The reset is then done in fastboot mode using authentication. There are no user-end and free methods possible, so I will recommend that you do not waste your time trying 🙂

  • amigos me pueden ayudar a formatear mi tlf nokia g20 android one desde mi pc pero desde inicio ya que solo tengo mi cel en modo fastboot mode

  • stuck at download mode + another problem before that which is “Your device software cannot be checked for corruption. Lock the bootloader”

    • if i do [fastboot devices] it detects my phone, if i try something like [fastboot reboot] it takes me back to download mode, if i try [adb reboot recovery] it tells me “error: no devices found”, if i try [adb reboot bootloader] again it tells me “error: no devices found”. Sorry my mistake i didnt write all of that in one post.

      • Only fastboot commands work in fastboot/download mode. ADB will not work in this mode, so, the outcome is very right.

  • Hiya,
    got three Nokia 7 Plus’s (Android 10, security u/d version May 1, 2021), two of them deliver that known report ’SW version … DEVICE STATE = locked’ when entering Download mode. On the third device the display remains blank except for ’Download mode’ in top left corner, and trouble is, ’Bootloader Unlock by tm’ won’t connect in this case.
    Anyone any idea how to force the device to issue a report and offer the unlocking routine?

    • Hi, does the tool show any errors? Or only keeps waiting for the fastboot device? It seems the phone isn’t being recognized by the PC as a fastboot device. I’d suspect a malfunctioning USB port. Can you check the device manager?

      • Hi, Narender,

        Thanks for the prompt reply.

        >> Or only keeps waiting for the fastboot device
        Just that.
        >> I’d suspect a malfunctioning USB port
        Methinks, too. But port works flawlessly in MOBILedit Ent.
        (Slight twisting and turning of the socket didn’t do anything in my favour.)
        >> Can you check the device manager?
        Yep. But nothing suspicious anywhere around.

        Best regards.

        • Hi, can you see if you are able to run fastboot commands for the device in a command prompt or terminal window? Let’s say fastboot oem device-info? And in device manager, does the device show up as a fastboot device (Google Android, Bootloader interface etc)?

          • Thanks Narender for your input: adb works fine (‘adb devices’ f.i.), but fastboot (w/ thingy in d/l mode) does not by any means, no trace of the phone in the device manager. Even after a factory reset, result nought. I assume I’ve been sold a (USB) dud. Gonna use the device as is (Android 10) as long as the USB charger lasts. — Best regards.

            • Ah! Looks to be one with a repaired USB port that has some connection issues. My Nokia 8.1 behaves similarly these days. I’ll still suggest that you try your luck using a different USB cable. Maybe that helps.

  • Have you fixed this problem, my phone is doing the same thing and best part is, the top three dots of my screen pattern just stopped working now im locked out and cant get into recovery mode

  • Sao nó chạy đến màn hình có 4 dòng chữ (như dưới đây) thì không thấy thay đổi gì nữa?
    Supported API: 3
    Boot reason: (null)
    — wiping data…
    Formatting /data

  • Is there a way to recover data from my Nokia 5.1 when the screen is smashed and unreadable. Sort of like a walk throught of buttons to press like this above.

  • I have a problem with my Nokia 5.1 plus… initially it just went black written fastboot-mode on the left side bottom. Then i tried to follow some directions on how to recover from that. Then the words dissapeared… it’s been black and doesnt make any vibrations even if i try to turn it on or charging it for days now. Please help

  • My phone won’t let me go to recovery mode, I have a Nokia 2.3 and I did the steps but it didn’t work.

  • hey, my phone Nokia 6.1 is showing “download mode” when switched on. It’s not allowing me to do anything……please help

  • When trying to enter download mode (volume up + power), I only get the prompt that warns “…The boot loader is unlocked and software integrity can not be guaranteed…” Pressing the key combination again to continue only results in the phone starting normally. Entering recovery mode (volume down + power) works fine. Is there a different way to enter download mode?

    • I think you are confused. The download mode (fastboot mode) is volume down + power. And on Nokia 7.2, the method to enter recovery mod would be to different for the new phones. I have updated the post to include details about the Nokia X.2/X.3 devices.

    • That depends on what you want to do actually. Download/Fastboot mode is a flashing/configuration mode. Most of its functionality is only applicable if bootloader is unlocked.
      If you do not know what you want to do here, then you do not need to go into Download mode.

  • Hello,

    I am having an issue with my nokia, when I turn it on, it is stuck on the download mode. There is the androidone logo and “Download mode” on the upper left corner. I tried to “Press and hold Volume Up & Power key(s) for 10-12 seconds until the device vibrates and restarts” like you suggested but the device is still on this mode. What can I do else?

      • Dears

        I am having an issue with my nokia, when I turn it on, it is stuck on the download mode. There is the androidone logo and “Download mode” on the upper left corner. I tried to “Press and hold Volume Up & Power key(s) for 10-12 seconds until the device vibrates and restarts” like you suggested but the device is still on this mode. What can I do else?

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