How to Put an iPhone Into DFU Mode

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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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Neil - April 22, 2014 at 2:31pm
I couldn't get the video to work but the instructions helped me a lot. I ended up using a tool I found at It has a diagram, countdown and instructions.
George - April 19, 2014 at 12:18am
What do I do if I recently just JailBroke my iPhone 4 and its just the Apple Logo it stays for 10 or 20 seconds then it gets of and comes back 2 seconds after. Can anyone help me please??????
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S. Rao - January 19, 2014 at 8:19pm
I have a jailbroken iPhone3GS. Something went wrong ..and it wont even power on.Screen remains 100% dead. No light. No apple logo. However, i am able to get into DFU mode .. and when I ask iTunes to "Restore iPhone": .. it goes through the motions of trying to restore/recover. And ends with the following message - "The iPhone cannot be restored. An unknown error occurred (3194)"
Doombringer - January 11, 2014 at 7:55am
still not working!
gregglee - January 17, 2014 at 3:36am
ive done a master reset on a iphone 5s three times thru itunes and dfu and its still asking me for the previous owners information. Can anyone help me with this????
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