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Josh Brown Oct 21, 2020

How to Put iPhone or iPad into DFU mode [Effortlessly]

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Device firmware update or DFU is a mode you put your iPhone or iPad in to update or change the firmware and iOS. It can also be used to troubleshoot in certain situations and can be accessed on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and iPhone 8.

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Why should I activate the DFU mode?

DFU mode os something typically activated by more advance users of the iPhone or iPad. You can use this mode to update or change the iOS on upper device. It can also be used in the case that the device iOS was not able to update properly. DFU mode can be used to restore the phone in this scenario.

In case you do not like an iOS update, DFU mode comes in handy while trying to downgrade to an older version of the iOS too. Furthermore, if you wish to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad or perform a SIM unlock, the DFU mode will be your best bet.

In the case of firmware, DFU mode can be used to update or change firmware. It can be used to downgrade firmware on your iPhone or iPad too, but that is contingent upon whether the older version of the firmware is still signed on by Apple.

How do I put my iPhone or iPad into DFU mode?

There are a couple of ways that you can use to put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode. We'll go through all of them one by one.

Entering the DFU mode by yourself can be a bit of a struggle, which is why we recommend taking the help of the iMazing app to be able to enter DFU mode successfully. You may have to attempt to enter DFU mode multiple times before you are able to without iMazing.

DFU mode on iPad

Let's look at how to enter DFU mode on your iPhone or iPad using the iMazing app:

Step 1: Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC

You can download iMazing from the official website using this link.

Step 2: Launch the app once the installation is completed

iPad into DFU mode

Step 3: Connect your iDevice to the computer

Once you're done, follow the instructions below depending on the model of your device:

For iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XS/11/11 Pro:

1. Use a USB cable to connect your device to your computer.

2. Quickly press the volume up button and then quickly press the volume down button

3. Press and hold the side button until your screen goes blank and then press and hold both the side button and volume down button at the same time.

4. Wait for 5 seconds and then release the side button while still holding down the volume down button.

5. Nothing will be displayed on the screen when the device is in DFU mode. If open, iTunes will alert you that a device was detected in recovery mode.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus:

1. Use a USB cable to connect your device to your computer.

2. Press and hold the side button and volume down button at the same time.

3. Wait for 8 seconds and then release the side button while still holding down the volume down button.

4. Nothing will be displayed on the screen when the device is in DFU mode. If open, iTunes will alert you that a device was detected in recovery mode.

For iPad, iPhone 6s/SE, and iPod Touch:

1. Use a USB cable to connect your device to your computer.

2. Press and hold the Home button and lock button at the same time.

3. Wait for 8 seconds and then release the lock button while continuing to hold down the home button.

4. Nothing will be displayed on the screen when the device is in DFU mode. If open, iTunes will alert you that a device was detected in recovery mode.

Some tips to keep in mind while going through this process are:

  • If the Apple logo appears while you are holding down the home button or volume down button, the lock button or side button was held down for too long.
  • If your device shows a screen telling you to connect the device to iTunes, retry all the steps for your model in order again from the beginning.

To exit the DFU mode, you simply have to press and hold the home button and power buttons until the Apple logo displays on your device.

What is a DFU restore?

If you come across a problem with your iPhone or iPad and want to restore it because your iOS has crashed. In this case you do not want to lose your data but are also unable to boot up your phone and either keep getting a blank screen or your device will keep rebooting repeatedly.

These are all indicative of a problem with your iPhone or iPad's iOS and to fix that, you have to reinstall your iOS. We can understand that in this situation, your main concern will be that you can't backup your data because your device will not start.

With the iMazing app, you can attempt a DFU restore of your iOS while possibly managing to save your phone's data. Here are the steps you need to follow to reinstall iOS on your iPhone or iPad:

Step 1: Download and install the iMazing app on your Mac or PC

If you have already downloaded it, you can skip this step. 😌

Step 2: Launch the app on your computer & connect your device

DFU mode for iPhone & iPad

Connect your device to your computer and wait until your device appears in the iMazing Reinstall iOS section and click on "Reinstall iOS".

Step 3: If Step 2 doesn't work, put your device into DFU mode

After this, you can use iMazing to reinstall iOS.

You can choose to reinstall your iOS through two options: installing it from Apple's server or installing from an image file.

To install from Apple's server, when you choose this option, the iMazing app corroborates with the Apple servers to download the latest version of your device's software automatically. After that, you simply just have to click "Reinstall iOS" for the process to begin.

To install from an image file, you need to have downloaded the latest version of your device's software from the Apple website onto your computer already. If you choose the "install from an image file" option, the iMazing app will prompt you to select the file from aa location on your computer. Once you have selected the file, you simply just have to click "Reinstall iOS" for the process to begin.

iMazing will use the option you have chosen to reinstall the iOS. It will only take a few minutes to reinstall the iOS if you have chosen the "install from an image file" option since the update is already downloaded onto your computer. With the "install from Apple's server" option, it can take a while longer since the update sized between 2-3 GB will be downloaded from Apple's server during the reinstall process.

How do I put my iPad in DFU mode without the home button?

If you want to put your iPad into DFU mode but are unable to because your home button is broken or is glitching, there is a solution to your problem. You will have to use the iMazing app in this situation to put your iPad into DFU mode.

Let's look at how to enter DFU mode on your iPad using iMazing (I bet you already installed the app):

  • Connect your device to your computer and wait for it to appear on the iMazing app.
  • Click on your device once it appears on the iMazing app and then select out of the numerous features available to you. You can easily reinstall iOS and restore your phone using the iMazing app.

How do I put my iPad into recovery mode?

If your iPhone or iPad is acting up and not functioning properly, putting your device into recovery mode might just be the solution you are looking for. Putting your device into recovery mode can help to reset and reinstall the iOS using iTunes especially when your iOS does not update properly.

Before we go on to find out how to put you iPad into recovery mode, keep in mind that it is possible for you to lose your iPad data during this process. It is a good idea to make a backup of your iPad data before starting the process using the iMazing app.

iPhone stuck in Recovery mode? Here are 4 steps to fix it - AppleToolBox

These are the steps you need to follow to put your iPad into recovery mode:

Ensure that your iTunes is updated to the latest version. To do this you can check the About section of your iTunes app to see which version you're using and if that is what is listed on the Apple website as the latest version too.

The steps after this vary depending on the model of your iPhone and iPad so we will split up the instructions accordingly.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus/X/XS/11/11 Pro follow these steps:

Step 1: Make sure your phone is powered off first. After doing that, press the volume up button and then right after that press the volume down button.

Step 2: Next, press and hold the side button and one of the volume buttons. Hold until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Step 3: Once the recovery mode screen appears, let go of the buttons and connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable.

For iPhone 6s and below and most iPads follow these steps:

Step 1: Make sure your phone is powered off first. After doing that, press the volume up button.

Step 2: Next you have to press and hold the side button and the home button at the same time. Continue to press and hold both buttons even when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Step 3: Once the recovery mode screen appears, let go of the buttons and connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable.

For iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch

Step 1: Press the volume up button and then right after that press the volume down button.

Step 2: Next you have to press and hold the sleep and wake button. Continue to press and hold both buttons even when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Step 3: Once the recovery mode screen appears, let go of the button and connect your iPad to your computer with a USB cable.

The Getaway

Putting your iPhone in DFU mode is an advanced feature that you can use for more sophisticated operations like upgrading your iOS or changing firmware. Now you know how to easily do this with just one app. Try it with iMazing — it's as simple as ABC! 🤓

Josh Brown
Josh Brown

Marketing Director at Softorino

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