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How to Enter DFU Mode of iPhone

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DFU mode is generally used for jailbreaking iPhone, iPad or iPod. Besides, sometimes when you need to downgrade or upgrade the Firmware on your device, DFU mode is needed. Also, restoring iPhone in DFU mode is often the last resort for troubleshooting iOS problems. Therefore, you'll be sure to see this term again and again. Many people have confusions on how to enter DFU Mode on iPhone.

Now, here is a detail tutorial of how to enter DFU Mode on iPhone. Considering that you may lose data after restoring iPhone in DFU mode or lose data if the iPhone is stuck at DFU mode, I will also introduce a simple way to you to recover the missing data in DFU mode.

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How to Enter DFU Mode of Your iPhone

Put iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/5/5s/4 in DFU mode:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the PC via the USB cable and make sure iTunes is running.

  2. Turn off your iPhone by holding down the "Power" button and then swipe the slide to power off confirmation slider to the right.

  3. Hold the "HOME" button and the "POWER" button at the same time for 10 seconds, and then release the power button but keep holding "HOME" button.( If you see the "Plug into iTunes" screen then you held it too long and will need to start again.)

  4. If the screen stays black, that's it! Your iPhone should now be in DFU mode.

Reminder: If you see any "Plug into iTunes"  or Apple logo on your device, you have pressed the buttons for too logo and may have entered Recovery Mode, but you're not in DFU mode. 

DFU Mode VS Recovery Mode

Put DFU mode in iPhone 7/7 Plus:

Since the physical Home button is killed on iPhone 7. To enter DFU mode on 7/7 Plus:

  1. When iTunes is on, plug in your iPhone 7/7 Plus to computer.

  2. Power off the iPhone 7.

  3. Press and hold "Power" + "Volume Down" button for 10 seconds.

  4. Then release the "Power" button and keep pressing the "Volume Down" button for 5 seconds.

  5. Release the button when the screen is totally black. Now you have put your iPhone 7 in DFU mode.

Put iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/11/11 Pro in DFU mode:

  • Connect your iPhone to computer and Turn off the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro.

  • Quickly Press the Side button for 3s when the iPhone is in black screen.

  • Simitaneously press Side button and Volume Down for about 10 seconds.

  • Release the Side button and keep holding the Volume Down button. If your iDevice is detected, please release it.

If the above method doesn't work, you can try:

  • Connect iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/11/11 Pro to computer. Launch iTunes.

  • Quick press Volume Up and release. Press Volume Down and release immediately.

  • Hold down the Side button until the iPhone screen turns black. 

  • Press and hold Side + Volume Down buttons for 5 seconds. 

  • Release Side button and keep holding Volume Down button until iTunes shows that iPhone needs to be restored. 


How to exit DFU mode: If you get stuck in DFU mode and need to get out, just hold the "Power" button and “Home” button simultaneously for at least 15 seconds until the Apple logo appears. You iPhone will reboot and now it is out of DFU mode.

Enter DFU mode with broken home button: Normally, you can't put iPhone 6/5/4 in DFU mode with broken home button. Fortunately, there are computer programs that allow you to enter DFU mode on iPhone with the help of a computer. But you should be very careful about choosing the safe program. And don't take a risk if you don't know how the programs work.

How to Recover Lost Data from iPhone Directly

You must know how to enter DFU Mode on iPhone now. I hope these step by step tutorials are useful for you. As it is mentioned at the beginning, you may lose data in DFU Mode, or you may lose data in daily life when you use iPhone. Here, I am going to show you one solution to recover your lost data of iPhone: using FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.

If you haven't got a trial version of iPhone Data Recovery, you can try to download it as below.


   Step 1: Connect your iPhone to PC

Start iPhone Data Recovery at first and connect your iPhone to computer later.

Connect Your iPhone to PC First

Step 2: Start scanning

After connecting your iPhone, you only need to click the "Start Scan" button to scan your iPhone.

Scan Your iPhone to Prepare Recovering

Step 3: Preview and recover the lost data selectively

After scanning your iPhone, you can preview all lost data in the listed result, including photos, videos, notes, bookmark, SMS, contacts, calendar and more on your device. Mark down all you desired when previewing, and the click the "Recover" button to restore lost data from iPhone.

Preview Your Deleted Photos of iPhone

There are also two other ways - "Recover from iTunes Backup" and "Recover from iCloud Backup" for you to recover the deleted data easily.

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery – a kind of helpful software that empowers you to recover deleted photos, text messages, contacts, notes, videos etc. from your devices. I hope it can help you like a friend when you are in need.


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