SOLVED! - Fastboot Devices Not Showing

About Fastboot devices not showing, there is a good chance that the Fastboot driver is out-of-date and you should update it. If the issue persists, it’s strongly recommended that you check the USB cable for signs of damages. Depending on your findings, you should consider finding a new USB cable to connect the devices together. Continue reading to be able to get the most out of your Android phone. 

What Might Have Gone Wrong 

For your information, Fastboot only works as expected if the Fastboot driver is up-to-date. That means if you neglect driver updates, Fastboot would go haywire and Fastboot devices not showing is one of the consequences. You recently updated the Fastboot driver? Then the USB connecting the devices must not be in good condition 

A List Of Solutions

Update The Fastboot Driver

  • Step 1: Download the latest Fastboot driver to your computer, extract the downloaded ZIP file and save the extracted folder on your desktop.  
  • Step 2: Put your phone in Fastboot mode then connect it to your computer. 
  • Step 3: Right-click Start menu, pick Device Manager and expand Other devices.
  • Step 4: Locate your phone, right-click it and pick Update driver.
  • Step 5: Select Browser my computer for drivers, choose Browse, pick the extracted folder and click Next. After the update finishes, make your way to Device Manager and see how things turn out. Assuming that you don’t mess up, the name of your device should be changed from Android Phone to Android Bootloader Interface. All you have to do now is to open Command Prompt and run the Fastboot command. 

Note: On occasions, you need to boot into Safe Mode before updating the Fast Boot driver.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Update & Security and choose Recovery.
  • Step 2: Hit Restart now under Advanced startup.
  • Step 3: In Choose an options screen, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Step 4: Press either 4 (F4) to boot into Safe Mode or 5 (F5) to boot into Safe Mode with Networking.
  • Step 5: Update the Fast Boot driver. 

Take A Look At The USB Cable

Your phone is connected to your computer via the USB cable so the cable plays a key role in establishing connection. If the cable is damaged, your computer would have a hard time detecting your phone and the Fastboot command would fail as a result. For good measure, you should examine and inspect the cable from one end to the other. If you notice damages, don’t hesitate to replace the cable. 

What Are The Applications Of Fastboot?

Fastboot is usually used to unlock bootloaders, update software, and even repair “damaged” phones. That being said, if you don’t possess the required knowledge, Fastboot could increase the odds of corrupting the software on your phone. In fact, many smartphone manufacturers nowadays make it hard for their users to access the Fastboot functionality normally. However, in most of the cases, you should be able to reach Fastboot with relative ease. 

Is Fastboot The Same As Recovery Mode?

Not exactly the same. While it’s possible to use Fastboot for all sorts of tasks, Recovery Mode is dedicated to addressing issues on your device. Of course, in times of need, you should be able to use Fastboot to flash Recovery ROM. All things considered, you could think of Fastboot as an alternative to Recovery Mode on your Android phone. 

Will Fastboot Erase Data?

No, Fastboot will not erase your data if you only use it. Still, if you run the wipe command in Fastboot, data on your device is going to be completely deleted. 

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