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How to enter Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on Huawei Mate S [Guide]

Huawei Mate S [1]The following guide will teach you how to enter Fastboot mode on Huawei Mate S. The Fastboot mode is most commonly used for installing new software updates. The Fastboot mode on Huawei mate S is also common for flashing a custom recovery so people can install a custom ROM. Before going that far, you need to enter Fastboot mode on Huawei Mate S to unlock the bootloader. Of course, unlocking the bootloader is normally the first step to take before tinkering with the operating system with modifications.

Correspondingly, you might know Fastboot as a file that comes with ADB when we are settings up Android SDK. We are using ADB and Fasboot for this guide. The Fastboot mode is something different, and is a mode we must put the Huawei Mate S in before we can do any of the aforementioned tasks.




  1. Download Android SDK [2] from the official developers page.
  2. Learn how to download and install ADB and Fastboot with method 2 on this page [3].
  3. Open the folder where you have ADB and Fastboot.
  4. Hold the Shift key and right-click the mouse to get a new menu popping up on the computer’s display.
  5. Choose to open the command window here from that new menu.
  6. Now you are ready to start typing in some commands to get the Huawei mate S in Fastboot mode.
  7. Type the first command: “adb reboot bootloader”.
  8. You should now see the Huawei mate S switch off and reboot in the Fastboot mode.

If you are confused about why it says Fastboot Mode and Bootloader Mode during our guide, don’t be. The Fastboot Mode and Bootloader Mode are effectively the same thing, just worded differently.

You must now use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to navigate through the menu and select options. The Volume Down button will continuously scroll you through the list. Keep pressing Volume Down if you go past an option and it will eventually land on that same option again. Press the Volume Up button for confirming actions/entering the option only.