How to put your iPhone or iPad into Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode

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Put your iPhone in DFU mode. If you want to jailbreak, un-jailbreak, update from an expired iOS beta. You will need to enter DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode. DFU is a last-resort option whether you’re using the latest iPhone, such as the iPhone 13 Pro with iOS 15, or an older device. DFU mode is also compatible with the iPad and the iPod touch.

DFU mode allows you to restore your device to its original state. It puts the device in a condition where it can still connect with iTunes on Windows or Finder on Mac, enabling you to restore it, but it won’t activate the bootloader or iOS if it’s actually damaged.

You may restore your device from any condition while it is in DFU mode. Getting your device into DFU mode might be a bit challenging because it needs exact timing. Here’s how you can activate DFU mode on your iPhone.

How to put your iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 into DFU mode

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  1. Connect your Face ID-enabled iPhone to your Mac or PC.
  2. Verify if iTunes or Finder is open on macOS Mojave, Catalina or PCs
  3. If your iPhone isn’t already turned off with Face ID, do it now.
  • Press and hold the volume up button for a few seconds before releasing it.
  • Press and release the volume down button.
  • Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears.
  • Drag the slider to switch off your device.
  1. Press and hold the iPhone’s side button (On/Off) for 3 seconds
  2. Press and hold the volume down button on the left side of your iPhone while still holding down the side button.
  3. Keep both buttons pressed for a total of 10 seconds.
  4. Only release the side button (On/Off), but keep the volume down button pressed for additional 5 seconds.
  5. You’re in DFU mode if the screen remains black (but is plainly lighted).

iTunes or the Finder on your PC should identify an iPhone and enable it to be recovered.

DFU mode avoids the iBoot, you can downgrade any firmware if desired. Standard Recovery Mode uses iBoot, therefore you can only restore to factory settings if you have the most recent iOS firmware installed.

How to put your iPad Pro in Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode

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Apple has replaced the Home Button and Touch ID on current iPad Pro models with Face ID, as it has done with higher-end iPhone models since the 3rd-generation iPad Pro (2018). So it’s the same as going into DFU mode on an iPhone with Face ID.

  1. Connect your iPad Pro with Face ID to your Mac or PC via USB cable.
  2. Check to see whether iTunes (macOS Mojave and PCs) or Finder (macOS Catalina and later) is open.
  3. Ensure that the iPad Pro is switched off.
  1. Hold the Power button down for three seconds, or until the screen goes black.
  2. Press and hold the volume down button while still holding the power button.
  3. Keep both buttons pressed for a total of 10 seconds.
  • If you see the Apple logo, you’ve been holding it for too long. Please try again.
  1. Release the side button but keep the volume button pressed for another 5 seconds.
  • If the “Plug into iTunes” screen appears, you may have held the buttons down for too long and should try again.
  1. Your iPad Pro is successfully in DFU mode if the screen remains black but is lighted.

How to put your iPhone 8, iPhone SE (2nd Gen) in DFU mode

DFU mode on the iPhone 8 and 2nd-generation iPhone SE differs from earlier generations due to the reassignment of more-common button combinations to Apple’s SOS mode. On an iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 8, here’s how to reboot, reset, or enter DFU mode.

  1. Connect your iPhone 8 or iPhone SE 2 to your Mac or PC via USB cable.
  2. Check to see whether iTunes (macOS Mojave and PCs) or Finder (macOS Catalina and later) is open.
  3. If your iPhone 8 or iPhone SE 2 isn’t already turned off, do it now.
    • Quickly press the volume up
    • Quickly press the volume down
    • Press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears.
    • Slide the power off slider to the right.
  1. For 3 seconds, press and hold the On/Off button on the right side of your iPhone.
  2. While still holding down the On/Off button, press and hold the volume down button on the left side of your iPhone.
  3. Hold both buttons down for a total of 10 seconds. (If the Apple logo appears, you’ve held them for too long and will have to start over.)
  4. Release the On/Off Button but leave the volume down button pressed for around 5 seconds. (If the “Plug into iTunes” screen appears, you’ve held it for too long and must restart.)
  5. If the screen remains dark but is obviously turned on, you’re done! Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode should now be enabled on your iPhone.

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How to put your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in DFU mode

Here’s how to reboot, reset, or enter DFU mode on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus if you still have one.

  1. Connect your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to your Mac or PC.
  2. Check to see whether iTunes (macOS Mojave and PCs) or Finder (macOS Catalina and later) is open.
  3. If your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus isn’t already turned off, do it now.
  • For three seconds, press and hold the side button on the device’s side.
  • Swipe the power off slider to the right to turn it off.
  1. Press and hold the side button on the side of the device for 3 seconds after it has been switched off.
  2. While holding down the side button, press and hold the Home button on the front of the smartphone.
  3. Keep both buttons pressed for a total of 10 seconds. (If the Apple logo appears, you’ve held them for too long and will have to start over.)
  4. Your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus should now be in DFU mode if the screen remains black but is lighted up.

How to put your iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPad or iPod touch in DFU mode

These instructions work on all iPhone models prior to the iPhone 7 (iPhone 6s and earlier, including the first-generation iPhone SE), as well as all iPad and iPod touch versions with the Home Button.

  1. Connect your iPad or iPod touch to your Mac or Windows PC through a USB cable.
  2. Check to see whether iTunes (macOS Mojave) or Finder (macOS Catalina and later) is open.
  3. If your iPad or iPod touch isn’t already turned off, do it now.
  • Hold down the On/Off button for 3 seconds.
  • Swipe the power off slider to the right to turn it off.
  1. Press and hold the On/Off button on the top of your smartphone for 3 seconds after it has been switched off.
  2. While still holding down the On/Off button, press and hold the Home button on the front of your smartphone.
  3. Hold both buttons down for a total of 10 seconds. (If the Apple logo appears, you’ve held them for too long and will have to start over.)
  4. Release the On/Off Button, but leave the Home Button pressed for around 5 seconds. (If the “Plug into iTunes” screen appears, you’ve held it for too long and must restart.)
  5. If the screen remains black when lighted, you’re done! DFU mode should now be enabled on your iPad or iPod touch.

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