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 | 6823906 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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Juan Torres - May 4, 2015 at 6:44pm
after putting an ipad in dfu mode when it resets will it still ask for previous apple id?
Cris McClure - May 10, 2015 at 2:44am
hey I just got an iPod touch 5th generation and it was my but he's ex-girlfriends when they broke up she gave it back to him but never told her iTunes password how do I get around that and restored to factory settings any idea?
Dr.Hyde - April 23, 2015 at 1:46am
how can u do it if screen has passcode and is cracked/unresponsive and have no idea what the itunes account info is cause person it was bought from is looney tunes?!
CStokes - April 6, 2015 at 8:30am
This solved my "ipod touch upgrade ios 2.2.1 to 4.2 error -1" problem I have had for more than a year. Thank You. Remember to backup your latest state of the IPOD.
Michelle0322 - April 3, 2015 at 2:28pm
I have my iPhone unlocked so I can use it for any carrier, will doing this DFU on it discontinue the unlock?
jacqueline - April 1, 2015 at 7:39am
Its working!! Thanks so much. every detail in this post was apt and essential so thanks for not leaving anything to chance!
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