Some tricky problems of your Apple device may trouble you a lot, it needs you to put your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into DFU mode. It probably is the last resort you could use to troubleshoot your device problems. Under these 2 circumstances below, you should utilize DFU mode to fix your devices back to normal state.

  • Unable to update or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch system

  • Device totally crashes down, no function works

Put iPhone in DFU Mode

What’s Apple DFU Mode?

DFU stands for Device Firmware Upgrade, it is a state that allows users to connect iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes without loading iOS system. Simply to say:

“DFU Mode allows all devices to be restored from any state.” from Wiki.

If you want to learn more about DFU Mode and some knowledge about it, you could check: What’s Apple DFU Mode?

How to put your iPhone into DFU Mode?

When your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is broken down or unresponsive, you may need to put your device into DFU mode to restore it. Now, we would like to show you how to put an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into DFU mode:

How to put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, or iPhone X into DFU Mode

How to put your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus into DFU Mode

How to put your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus into DFU Mode

How to put your iPhone SE into DFU Mode

How to put your iPhone 5s or earlier into DFU Mode

How to put your ipad, ipod into DFU Mode

How to Exit DFU Mode

1. How to put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, or iPhone X into DFU Mode

Put iPhone in DFU Mode

With the successive upgrade of Apple's devices, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, and iPhone X have changed much of the procedure how to shift into DFU mode, then let’s see how to get it done?

Devices included: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, iPhone X.

  • a. Connect your iPhone to a computer with USB cable
  • b. Start iTunes on your computer and upgrade iTunes to the last version
  • c. Power on your iPhone 8 or iPhone X to be ready to enter DFU mode
  • d. Quick press and release the Volume up Button, and then quick press and release the Volume down Button, and then press and hold down the Power Button on the right side of your iPhone
  • e. And soon after device turns off, press and long hold the Volume down Button with holding down the power button at the same time for 5 seconds
  • f. And then release the Power Button but still keep holding down the Volume down Button. (If the apple logo comes out as below, it means that you have held them too long, unfortunately, you need to start over again.)
  • g. Keep holding the Volume down Button until the prompt appears as below on your computer screen.(If the “Plug into iTunes” icon appears on the screen, that means you’ve held Volume down button too long, you need to start over again).
    Put iPhone in DFU Mode
  • h. It’s done. Your iPhone 8 or iPhone x should have been in DFU mode now.

2. How to put your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus into DFU Mode

Put iPhone in DFU Mode

In all versions of Apple’s iPhone, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus designed with quite different external button layout, so there are some changes in the steps to enter DFU mode. Here are the specific steps.

Include Device: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus

  • a. Use the USB cable to attach your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus to a computer.
  • b. Running iTunes on your computer and upgrade iTunes to the last version.
  • c. Power off your iPhone7 or iPhone 7 plus to be ready to enter DFU mode.
  • d. Long press the Power Button for 3 seconds.
  • e. And then don’t release the power button meanwhile press and hold down the Volume Down Button for 10 seconds.
  • f. Then release Power Button but keep holding down the Volume down Button for another 5 seconds.
  • g. And then release the Volume down Button.
  • h. It’s done. Your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus should have been in DFU mode now.(Your iPhone screen turns black, if it lights on, you need to start over again).

3. How to put your iPhone 6s or earlier version, iPad, or iPod touch into DFU Mode?

Put iPhone in DFU Mode

Before Apple iPhone 7 was released, all iPhone versions, iPad and iPod Touch share exactly the same steps into DFU mode as below.

Devices included: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6s plus, iPad 1-6, iPad mini 1-4, iPad Air 1-2, iPad Pro, iPod touch1-6.

  • a. Connect your device to a computer with the USB cable.
  • b. Start iTunes on your computer and upgrade iTunes to the last version.
  • c. Power off your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be ready to enter DFU mode.
  • d. Long press the Power Button and the Home Button at the same time for 10 seconds.
  • e. And then release the Power Button.
  • f. Keep Holding the Home Button down until you see a prompt as below on your screen.
    Put iPhone in DFU Mode
  • g. It’s done. Your device should have been in DFU mode already.( Your device’s screen must be in black, if it lights on, you need to start over again)

4. How to Exit DFU Mode?

Compared to entering in DFU mode, exiting DFU mode is much easier. Now, let’s learn how to get ou of DFU mode in each device.

For iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, or iPhone X: Quick press and release the Volume Up Button, then quick press and release the Volume Down Button, then press and hold down the Power Button until your iPhone starts to reboot.

For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus: Press and hold down the Power Button and the Volume down Button in the same time until your iPhone starts to reboot.

For iPhone 6 or earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold down the Power Button and the Home Button in the same time until your device starts to reboot.

Summary:

Above steps are the instructions for how all Apple’s devices enter or exit DFU mode, if you want to learn more about Apple device maintenance, such as how to restore your device in DFU mode (including data rescue and erase during iOS recovery process), please refer to another article: How to recover iOS system?