Overview: This article is totally dedicated on how to enter different iPhone models and iPad in DFU mode and how to DFU restore iPhone and iPad. Along with it, we have also discussed what DFU mode is and many other things related to DFU mode.
What Is DFU Mode?
DFU (Device Firmware Update) is a special mode built into the iOS device operating system. It is an advanced recovery mode because DFU mode fixes many issues that are found in the software and on device firmware.
In DFU mode, iOS device is switched on, but your operating system is not booted up. Therefore, you can change the operating system. In this mode, your iDevice will interact with iTunes/Finder on Windows and Mac computer without automatically updating your iOS version.
DFU mode is also used to upgrade or downgrade iOS version, jailbreak iPhone/iPad or un-jailbreak your iPhone/iPad, and update from beta version.
This is a great option to fix rule out software issues and restore iPhone/iPad that is stuck on Apple logo, unresponsive, or buggy. The steps to boot iPhone and iPad is tricky and need exact timing and various steps.
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Is DFU Mode Erase Data From iPhone/iPad?
If you use DFU mode to install something or restore your iPhone or iPad then all data will be deleted from the smartphone. It is the same as the iPhone restore solutions in which you also lose your device data.
It totally wipes your iOS device by deleting all pictures, videos, SMS, apps, all settings, etc. Once you DFU restore your iPhone or iPad, you need to set up your phone to use it. Hence, you should backup all important data before putting your iPhone/iPad in DFU mode and restoring DFU.
Before you put your iPhone and iPad in DFU mode, you should do a few things. So let’s know what you need to do.
What To Do Before Entering iPhone/iPad In DFU Mode?
Before you start the steps to restore your iPhone or iPad using DFU mode, you need to do a few things and then move to the steps.
These are the things that you need to follow:
- Backup your iPhone or iPad because DFU restore will wipe all your device data.
- Don’t disconnect your iPad/iPhone when iTunes or Finder is in the process of reinstalling system software and firmware.
- Install the latest version of macOS or iTunes on your Mac or Windows.
- Avoid using DFU mode to restore iPhone or iPad that is water damaged because this will not work.
Note: Remember that using DFU mode to jailbreak iPhone/iPad or downgrade iOS cancels the warranty and it can damage your smartphone.
The key combination for putting your iPad and iPhone models in DFU mode is different. Hence, we have provided particular steps for entering and restoring DFU mode.
So let’s look at the steps one by one.
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How To Put iPhone 7 Or Older Models Of iPhone In DFU Mode And DFU Restore It
Steps To Put iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, Or Older Models In DFU Mode And DFU Restore It
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer using USB cable and then launch iTunes if you have a Mac running macOS Mojave 10.14 or a PC. And launch Finder if you have a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15 or newer. You can keep your iPhone on or off as it doesn’t affect the process.
Step 2: After this, press and hold the Wake or Sleep button and Home button (iPhone 6s and below) or the Volume Down button (iPhone 7) simultaneously for 8 seconds.
Step 3: Now leave the Wake or Sleep button but keep holding the Home button (on iPhone 6s and below) or Volume Down button (on iPhone 7) unless your iPhone displays in iTunes or Finder.
Step 4: Next, leave the Home key or Volume Down key. If you successfully entered DFU mode then your iPhone’s screen will be completely black. If the phone’s screen doesn’t goes black then you need to repeat the same steps from starting.
Step 5: Then restore your iPhone via Finder or iTunes.
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How To Enter iPhone 8, X, 11, 12, Or Latest Model In DFU Mode And DFU Restore It
Steps To Put iPhone 8, X, 11, 12, Or Latest Model In DFU Mode And DFU Restore It
Step 1: Quickly press and leave the Volume Up button, repeat the same with Volume Down button.
Step 2: After this, press and hold the Side button unless the iPhone’s screen turns black.
Step 3: Now, press and hold the Volume Down key while keep holding the Side button.
Step 4: After 5 seconds, leave the Side key but keep holding the Volume Down key unless your iPhone appears in Finder or iTunes.
Step 5: Once it displays in iTunes/Finder then release the Volume button. Now, your iPhone is in DFU Mode.
Step 6: Now your iPhone using iTunes or Finder.
Note: If you see the Apple logo displaying on your iPhone’s screen then hold down the Volume Down key for too long. Follow the whole steps again from starting and try again.
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Step 1: Power off your iPad and connect it to your Windows or Mac using USB cable. Launch iTunes/Finder on your computer.
Note: Macs running macOS Catalina and later will need Finder and PCs and Macs running macOS Mojava or previous will need iTunes.
Step 2: Now, press and hold the Side key on your iPad for 3 seconds.
Step 3: Keep holding the Side key and then press and hold Volume Down. Hold both keys for 10 seconds.
Step 4: Next leave the Side button but keep holding the Volume Down for 5 seconds.
Step 5: Leave the Volume Down key. When your iPad’s screen is illuminated but blank, now your iPad has entered DFU mode.
We hope the steps which are mentioned above were helpful for you to put your iPhone and iPad in DFU mode and DFU Restore. We have provided the separate steps for putting iPhone and iPad in DFU mode according to iPad and iPhone model. So, simply follow the steps and enter your iOS device in DFU mode and fix the problem.
Max Field is a founder of recoveriphone-data.com. He is an iOS lover and loves to write tips, tricks, fixes for errors, data recovery solutions and more related to iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes and iCloud.