How to Enter and Exit DFU Mode on iPhone/iPad

--Wednesday, Dec.21, 2016

DFU Mode is short for Device Firmware Upgrade Mode, which allows iPhone/iPad to be restored from any state. Therefore, if you're confronting any systematic problems, DFU Mode is a great helper. If you'd like to not trudge a long way to Apple Store asking for help, you should learn about DFU Mode, which enables you to address any state at home by yourself.  

Facts: How Much Do You Know about DFU Mode?

What is DFU Mode?

DFU Mode allows users to put iPhone/iPad into where it can interface with iTunes but does not load the iPhone operating system or boot loader. That enables users to alter and select the desired firmware to install onto iOS device. For instance, you would use DFU mode if you want to re-install a previous version of iOS, jailbreak your iPhone or unlock your SIM. Compared with Recovery Mode, DFU Mode is for dealing with systematic issues, like updating/downgrading, jailbreaking and other while Recovery Mode is for data restoration and software update.

What is DFU Mode?

DFU Mode comes in handy when you're under the following situations:

1. Fail to access iPhone/iPad, such as iPhone/iPad is stuck in Apple Logo screen, iPhone/iPad cannot stop rebooting, iPhone/iPad becomes unresponsive and so on. In these cases, you should try enter the Recovery Mode at first. If it fails, DFU Mode is the second choice. (iOS System Recovery is also recommended.)

2. Try to jailbreak iPhone/iPad or unlock SIM card. During the process of jailbreaking and SIM unlocking, users will need to get access to DFU Mode in order to continue the process.

3. Want to downgrade iOS on iPhone/iPad. Most iPhone 6 users report that iOS 10 causes many problems on the device, so they'd like to have it downgraded. Note that Recovery Mode can't downgrade iOS.

Situation for DFU Mode

Tutorial: How to Enter DFU Mode on iPhone/iPad?

Make sure that you've installed the latest version of iTunes, and then follow the following steps to get your iPhone/iPad into DFU Mode.

For users who are using models latter than iPhone 7/7 Plus:

Step 1. Plug your iPhone/iPad into the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Power off the device.

Step 3. Press and hold the "Power" button for 3 seconds.

Step 4. Press and hold the "Home" and "Power" buttons for 10 seconds.

Step 5. Release the "Power" button but keep holding down the "Home" button.

After about 15 seconds you will be prompted by iTunes saying that it has detected a device in Recovery Mode.

For an iPhone 7/7 Plus users:

Step 1. Connect iPhone 7/7 Plus via USB cable to the iTunes on computer.

Step 2. Turn off the device.

Step 3. Press and hold down the "Power" button for three seconds.

Step 4. Hold the "Power" button and "Volume Down" button together for 10 seconds.

Step 5. Release the Power" button but keep pressing the "Volume Down" button until it prompts that your iPhone is in Recovery Mode.

Note that make sure the device screen is blank and no logos are present. Or it's not the DFU Mode.

Enter DFU Mode on iPhone/iPad

Tutorial: How to Exit DFU Mode on iPhone/iPad?

It seems a bit complicated to enter DFU Mode, right? However, it cannot be easier to exit the DFU Mode on your iPhone/iPad.

The normal method to exit DFU Mode:

Press and hold down the "Home" and "Power" buttons at the same time until the Apple Logo appears. The steps are exactly as same as the way you hard restart the iOS device.

Exit DFU Mode on iPhone/iPad

However, if you fail to exit DFU Mode due to any reason. Some readers told me that they found their iPhone/iPad frozen in DFU Mode when trying to jailbreak/downgrade the device. Though these are rare cases, you should know how to deal with this situation in case that it comes to you one day.

iOS System Recovery, as its name tells, is a professional tool developed to address a variety of iOS systematic issues, such as iDevice is stuck in Recovery Mode/Apple Logo/Blank screen, iPhone/iPad is frozen and unresponsive and so on. Let's check how it works.

Step 1. Connect iPhone/iPad to Computer

Download and install iOS System Recovery on computer. Next, launch the software and connect your iPhone/iPad via USB cable to it. Select "More Tools", and then choose "iOS System Recovery" option. Hit the "Start" button to continue.

Note that there is also an advanced Mode available. However, it would wipe out all your data in order to fix your device back to normal, so use it only if the normal mode fails.

Start iOS System Recovery

Step 2. Download Fixing Package

At the next page, you will be ask to confirm the information of the connected device. If correct, please tap "Download" to start downloading the repair package.

Note that if you're too busy to finish the whole process, you can download the package in advance. Please copy the URL and download it by yourself.

Download Fixing Package

Step 3. Get out of DFU Mode

When the downloading process completes, the program will by default start the repairing process, and you might have to wait until it's done. Even you have no knowledge of any tech novelty, you can just finish it by following the instructions.

Exit DFU Mode

After reading this article, do you get a further knowledge of DFU Mode? If you want to downgrade your iPhone/iPad, you can enter DFU Mode. Don't forget to back up the current files in advance. If you are facing any problems, check out the related answers and solutions on iFoneTips.

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