How to put iPhone & iPad into DFU mode?

DFU mode can help you get your phone back into working order, putting your iPhone into a state where it can still communicate with iTunes on Windows or Mac and be restored, but it won’t trip the boot loader or iOS, in case your software has become royally borked. This allows your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be restored from any state. DFU mode requires a bit of timing and can take practice to get right: If at first you don’t succeed, don’t be afraid to try again.

  • How to enter DFU mode on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Max
  • How to put your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR into DFU mode in iTunes
  • How to put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X into DFU mode
  • How to put your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus into DFU mode
  • How to put your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus into DFU mode
  • How to put your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus into DFU mode
  • How to put your iPhone SE into DFU mode
  • How to put your iPhone 5s or earlier into DFU mode
  • How to put your iPad into DFU mode
  • How to put your iPad Pro 2018 into DFU mode

How to enter DFU mode on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Max

  1. Connect your iPhone 11 to your Mac (or a PC with iTunes installed) with a Lightning to USB cable.
  2. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  3. Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  4. Press and hold the Side button for 10 seconds until the iPhone’s display turns black.
  5. While continuing to hold the Side button, press and hold the Volume Down button for 5 seconds, and then release the Side button while you continue to hold the Volume Down button for an additional 10 seconds. If these steps are performed correctly, the display should remain black with no text or logos.
  6. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC, and you should see a message stating that “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.” You’ll then be presented with an option to restore iOS on your iPhone.

For more details, watch our hands-on video walkthrough embedded above that showcases how to enter DFU mode on your iPhone. (original sorce)

How to put your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR into DFU mode in iTunes

Using either your Lightning to USB or Lightning to USB-C cable, connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC. The iTunes program should automatically launch on your computer, but if not, manually launch the app as you normally would, then make sure your iPhone is connected (you should see the phone icon in iTunes appear next to the media dropdown as well as under “Devices” in the sidebar).
With your powered-up iPhone still connected to your computer with iTunes open, perform the following in order.

  1. Quick-press the Volume Up button.
  2. Quick-press the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the Side button until the screen goes black.
  4. Release the Side button once the screen blacks out.
  5. Quickly press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons together for 5 seconds.
  6. After 5 seconds, release the Side button without letting go of the Volume Down button.
  7. Continue holding down the Volume Down button for at least 5 seconds.

The key to that final step above is to pay close attention to your computer, if an iPhone recovery prompt from within iTunes pops up, release the Volume Down button and check your iPhone’s display. If the screen is black, it means you’ve successfully entered DFU mode.

How to put your iPhone X or iPhone 8 into DFU mode?

With the reassignment of more-common button combinations to Apple’s SOS mode, DFU mode is a bit different on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X than previous generations. Here’s how to do it!

  1. Plug your iPhone X or iPhone 8 into your Mac or PC.
  2. Make sure iTunes is running.
  3. Turn Off your iPhone X or iPhone 8 (if it isn’t already).
  4. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side of your iPhone for 3 seconds.
  5. Press and hold down the volume down button on the left side of your iPhone while still holding down the On/Off button.
  6. Keep holding both buttons down for 10 seconds. (If you see the Apple logo, you’ve held them too long and will need to start again.)
  7. Let go of the On/Off Button but keep holding the volume down button for about 5 seconds. (If you see the “Plug into iTunes” screen, then you’ve held it too long and will need to start again.)
  8. If the screen stays black, that’s it! Your iPhone should now be in DFU mode.

How to put your iPhone 7 into DFU mode?

If all else has failed, you may need to restore your iPhone; if it won’t restore normally, you’ll need to put it into DFU mode.

  1. Turn Off your iPhone 7 if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Plug in your iPhone 7 to your Mac or PC.
  3. Make sure iTunes is running on your Mac.
  4. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side of your device for 3 seconds.
  5. Press and hold down the volume down button on the left side of your iPhone 7 while still holding down the On/Off button.
  6. Keep holding both buttons down for 10 seconds. (If you see the Apple logo, you’ve held them too long and will need to start again.)
  7. Let go of the On/Off Button but keep holding the volume down button for about 5 seconds. (If you see the “Plug into iTunes” screen, then you’ve held it too long and will need to start again.)
  8. If the screen stays black, that’s it! Your iPhone 7 should now be in DFU mode.
  9. At this point, iTunes should show you an alert saying it’s detected your iPhone 7 and will allow it to be restored from scratch or a backup.

Reminder: If you see any logos on your device, you might be in Recovery Mode, but you’re not in DFU mode. If Recovery Mode works, great. If not, try for DFU Mode again.

How to put your iPhone 6s or earlier, iPad, or iPod touch into DFU mode?

These instructions work for all iPhone models before iPhone 7 (iPhone 6s and earlier, including iPhone SE), along with all models of iPad and iPod touch.

  1. Plug in your iPad or iPod touch to your Mac or Windows PC.
  2. Make sure iTunes is running.
  3. Turn Off your iPad or iPod touch if it isn’t already.Press and hold down the On/Off button on the top of the device for 3 seconds.
  4. Swipe the slide to power off slider to the right.
  5. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the top of your device for 3 seconds.
  6. Press and hold down the Home button on the front of your device while stillholding down the On/Off button.
  7. Keep holding both buttons down for 10 seconds. (If you see the Apple logo, you’ve held them too long and will need to start again.)
  8. Let go of the On/Off Button but keep holding the Home button for about 5 seconds. (If you see the “Plug into iTunes” screen, then you’ve held it too long and will need to start again.)
  9. If the screen stays black, that’s it! Your iPad or iPod touch should now be in DFU mode.

At this point, iTunes should show you an alert saying it has detected your iPad or iPod touch and will allow it to be restored.

How to put your iPad Pro 2018 into DFU mode

  1. Connect your iPad Pro 2018 with PC by using USB cable.
  2. After that click in the following combination of keys, press Volume up once then Volume down once and push the Side button.
  3. If the screen switchs off hold down Volume Down for about 5 seconds now let go of the Power key.
  4. If you are alerted by iTunes saying that it has detected a device in Recovery Mode let go of Volume Down.
  5. Great!

Reminder: If you see any logos on your device, you might be in Recovery Mode, but you’re not in DFU mode. If Recovery Mode works, great. If not, try for DFU Mode again.

Original source: https://www.imore.com/how-to-iphone-ipad-dfu-mode

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