How to Put an iPhone Into DFU Mode

Posted May 2, 2008 at 9:01pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6587710 views
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DFU means Device Firmware Update. If a restore using Recovery Mode doesn't work you will want to use DFU Mode as a last resort. When placing your iPhone into DFU Mode it does not load the OS before attempting the restore.

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To put the iPhone into DFU mode so you can do an iTunes firmware restore follow these steps:

Step One
Open iTunes and connect the iPhone to your Mac.


Step Two
Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.


Step Three
After exactly 10 seconds release the Sleep/Wake button. Continue holding the home button until you iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.


The iPhone screen will remain black like this:


NOTE***: It may take a few attempts to get your iPhone into DFU mode. Generally, I hold down both buttons then release the Home button just before I think the Apple logo would appear. If you are still holding both buttons down and you see the Apple logo you are holding them down for too long!

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Mica Jonah - 21 hours ago
how about if our sleep/wake button is broken? how can we have it in a DFU mode?
luke jr - October 14, 2014 at 11:34pm
this didnt work for me because i tryed it and it keeps popping the itunes icon up and i need help grrr
alexxis - September 24, 2014 at 5:36am
i dont understand why my 4s will not restore with itunes and im getting very angry. ive been doing this for 2.5 hours now and still NOTHING. error 2005 has shown up as well as other errors. UGH :(:(:(
sachin900 - September 18, 2014 at 7:24pm
this worked thanks...............
gv - September 3, 2014 at 9:46pm
thank you ! very much this helped me a lot :)
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