I’ve been talking about a number of different boot modes that are available on the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and the S10e. Things like Safe Mode, Recovery Mode, and even Fastboot Mode are on virtually all Android devices. However, you should know that Samsung doesn’t use Fastboot Mode which means it’s not accessible on the S10 series.
I just wanted to write up a quick tutorial about Fastboot Mode and the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones. Most Android devices have this Fastboot Mode built into the OS. It’s also referred to as Bootloader Mode but it technically means the same thing for both devices.
It has become increasingly referred to as Fastboot Mode because you boot into it to use the Fastboot.exe file for various actions. This includes unlocking the bootloader, installing a fresh set of factory images, flashing a custom recovery and more.
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I also already showed you how to unbrick the Galaxy S10 series and install a fresh set of factory images onto the device.
Samsung didn’t use Fastboot Mode for either of these actions because there isn’t one on their devices. For things like unlocking the bootloader, we just do that within the Android OS. When installing a custom recovery (or factory images), we do that via Download Mode with a program called Odin.
So, if you are wanting to boot the Galaxy S10 into Fastboot Mode for a particular reason, then you need to change your way of thinking. Instead, you’ll want to look at what you want to do and figure out how to do it on the Galaxy S10, S10+, S10 Lite, or S10e. As mentioned above, we can still do the same things on these devices. . .they are just done in a different way.
This will likely only come as a surprise to those who are new to Samsung devices (or possibly Android as a whole). As always, let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.
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