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How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode

Feb 29, 2024 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions


DFU mode has often been used as a last resort when troubleshooting your iPhone. This may be true but it also one of the most effective functions you can perform when your iPhone is experiencing certain problems. For instance, DFU mode has proven to be a very reliable solution when fixing an iPhone that simply won't start or is stuck in a restart loop.

DFU will be very handy if you are looking to jailbreak, un-jailbreak your device or even simply recover your device when nothing else is working. One of the main reasons why most people prefer DFU mode over recovery mode is due to the fact that it allows your device to interface with iTunes without an automatic upgrade of firmware. Using DFU therefore allows you to recover your device in any state you choose.

Here, we are going to look at how to enter DFU mode under three different circumstances. We are going to look at how to put iPhone in DFU mode normally, without using your home button and without using your power button.

Part 1: How to put iPhone in DFU Mode normally?

Before we start to enter DFU mode, it is important to understand that putting your phone in DFU mode will result in a loss of data. Therefore it is important to back-up your device before attempting this. If needed, you can try Dr.Fone - Backup & Restore (iOS), a flexible iPhone data backup tool which allows you preview and selectively backup and restore your iOS data in 3 steps. This way you have a solution if something goes wrong.

Steps to enter DFU mode on your iPhone.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac and make sure that iTunes is running.

Step 2: Turn off the iPhone by holding the Power button and slide to power off

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Step 3: Hold the power button for 3 seconds

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Step 4: Next, you need to hold the Home and Power (sleep/wake) Buttons for about 10 seconds

Step 5: Then, release the Power button but keep pressing the home button for another 15 seconds

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This will put your iPhone into DFU mode. When you connect the device to iTunes, a popup will tell you that iTunes has detected a device in DFU mode.

iTunes detected a device in DFU mode

N/B: You may have to try a few times before you are successful. If you get to the 3rd step and the Apple logo comes up, you have to start again because this means the iPhone has booted normally.

Part 2: How to Enter DFU Mode without Home Button or Power Button?

If for some reason you cannot use your home button or power button, you can still try to put iPhone in DFU Mode. The process is slightly more involving than the one above but it can be done.

How to put iPhone in DFU mode

Step 1: On your Desktop, create a folder that you will name Pwnage. In this recently created folder place the latest iOS firmware and the latest version of RedSn0w. You can download both online. Extract the RedSn0w zip file in this folder.

how to put iPhone in DFU mode-Extract the RedSn0w zip file

Step 2: Launch the extracted RedSn0w folder that was extracted earlier. You can do this very easily by right clicking on the .exe and selecting "Run as Administrator" from the contextual menu.

Step 3: Once the folder has been successfully opened, click on Extras

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Step 4: From the Extra's menu in the resultant window, choose "Even More"

Step 5: From the Even More Menu in the resultant window select "DFU IPSW"

iphone dfu mode-choose Even More     put iPad in DFU mode

Step 6: A dialogue box will appear asking you to select an IPSW that you can currently restore to without any hacks. Click OK to continue

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Step 7: Choose the ispw firmware file you downloaded in step 1 above and click Open

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Step 8: Wait for DFU mode IPSW to be created

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Step 9: A dialogue box confirming the successful creation of DFU mode IPSW will appear

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Step 10: Next, Launch iTunes and connect your device to your computer. Select the device in the list on the left. If you have not performed a backup recently, this would be a good time to create on. Ensure you are on the Summary and then hold down the Shift Key and Click "Restore"

Click Restore to put ipad in DFU mode

Step 11: In the next window, select "Enter-DFU ipsw from the folder we created in step One on your desktop and click "Open"

Enter iphone DFU ipsw

Step 12: This will put your iPhone In DFU mode. The screen will remain black and you may be able to jailbreak if you want depending on the firmware you chose.

Part 3: What to do if my iPhone stuck in DFU mode?

Actualy it is not always lucky to put your iPhone in DFU mode successfully. There are some users said that their iPhone have stuck in DFU mode and want to exit DFU mode. In order to solve this problem, we'd like to share you a method to exit DFU mode without data lose.

Well, here we will show you a powerful system recovery tool, Dr.Fone - System Repair. This program is designed to fix any kinds of iOS system issues and get your device back to normal. Most importantly, it can get back your iPhone data when your device stuck in DFU mode or Recovery mode.

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Well, let's check how to fix iPhone stuck in DFU mode.

Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone

Download and launch Dr.Fone firstly. Then connect your phone to the computer and select "System Repair" from the interface.

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Click "Standard Mode" to initiate the system recovery process. Or select "Advanced Mode" which will erase phone data after fixing.

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Step 2: Download your iPhone firmware

In order to fix your iOS system, we need to download firmware. Here Dr.Fone will detect your device and offer you the latest iOS version. You can just click "Start" and Dr.Fone will help you to download your iPhone firmware.

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Step 3: Fix your iPhone stuck in DFU mode

After a few minutes, the download process will be completed. Dr.Fone will continue to fix your iOS system. Usually, this process will take you about 5-10 minutes.

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So, according to the introduction above, it is very simple to fix your iPhone stuck in DFU mode and we don't need to worry this anymore.

Video Tutorial: How to Fix iPhone Stuck in DFU Mode with Dr.Fone

Part 4: What if I lost my iPhone data in DFU Mode?

Some users may forgot to backup data before entering DFU mode, then all of their data in iPhone will be wiped. This is a big loss for our users. You know the contacts, messages, photos and other files is usually very important for us. So, what should we do if we lost our precious data in iPhone DFU Mode. Don't worry, here we recommend you a powerful tool: Dr.Fone - Data Recovery(iOS). It is the world's first iOS data recovery tool which allows you to recover your iPhone messages, contacts, music, videos, photos, call logs, notes and more. If you'd like to see how to use this program to recover your lost iPhone data in DFU Mode, then you can read this article: how to recover iPhone data without iTunes backup.

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