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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Iann - December 9, 2014 at 2:38am
Does this only work with a Mac?
mojohaas - December 26, 2014 at 5:02pm
This works with any computer that you can download iTunes onto. I have a Dell, a HP, and a Sony vaio and it works for all of them.
kriagmore - December 1, 2014 at 4:00am
For the record, my ipod touch is 5th gen, and my laptop 10.6 . And when I followed through with the instructions it worked until I got an error message of 4005, and basically my laptop's version of itunes was not up to date, although it said it was. Currently the latest version is 12.0.1. And my laptop was reading "This version of itunes (11.4) is the current version", which is incorrect and misleading. So I switched to my later model - and it works. Ensure that your stuff is up-to-date or it won;t work.
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