How to Do DFU Mode on iPhone and iPad

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Need to put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode? Then you’ve come to the right place. There are several reasons why you might want to do this;  you might even need to do it if your device doesn’t want to work correctly. DFU mode creates a connection between the device and iTunes, allowing you to restore your device when all else fails.

Let’s get started

This can be tricky so be prepared to do it a few times before you get it right:

How to Place Your iPhone into DFU:

The later iPhones are slightly different from the earlier ones:

iPhone 7 and Above:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes
  2. Turn your iPhone off
  3. Hold the On/Off button for 3 seconds and then hold the Volume Down button at the same time
  4. Hold both for 10 seconds (if the Apple logo appears, start again as you’ve gone too far)
  5. Now release the On/Off button and keep holding the Volume button for another 5 seconds (if the Connect to iTunes screen appears, you’ve gone too far – start again)
  6. If the screen remains black, your device has successfully gone into DFU mode

We’re not done yet

iPhone 6 and Lower:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes
  2. Power your iPhone off by holding the On/Off button for 3 seconds and then slide right on the Power Off slider
  3. Hold down the On/Off button for 3 seconds and then press the Home button at the same time
  4. Hold them down for 10 seconds (if the Apple logo appears, start over as you’ve gone too far)
  5. Release the On/Off button and continue to hold the Home button for 5 more seconds – if the Connect to iTunes screen appears, you’ve gone too far – start again)
  6. If your screen remains black, it is in DFU mode

It looks easy

And it is, but it does take some patience to get the timing right

You should see a message in iTunes now, telling you that your iPhone has been detected. Now you can restore it

Warning

If any logos show up on your device screen, you are NOT in DFU; instead, your iPhone is in Recovery mode. If that works for you, good. If not, go back and try to get back into DFU mode again.

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