How to Put iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch In DFU Mode With A Broken Home Or Power Button

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Are you unable to put your iOS device in DFU mode because the Home or Power button is broken? Or simply having trouble putting your iOS device in DFU mode? No worries, few weeks back iPhone Dev team released a new version of Redsn0w that allows you to put your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in DFU mode without the need of the Home or Power button.

In this article, we will take you through the step-by-step procedure to put your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in DFU mode using Redsn0w on Mac or Windows.

Step 1: Download the latest version of Redsn0w from this link and save it in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: Download the latest iOS firmware file (.ipsw) for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch from here: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Step 3: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder and then launch the Redsn0w application.

Windows users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 4: After launching Redsn0w, click on the Extras button.

Step 5: Then click on the Even more button.

Step 6: Now click on the DFU IPSW button.

Step 7: You will be prompted to select an IPSW. Use the file browser to select the .ipsw file that you had downloaded in Step 2.

Step 8: Redsn0w will start creating a DFU mode IPSW file.

Step 9: After the IPSW file has been created, you will be notified. Click on the Ok button. Please note that the IPSW file will be created with prefix ENTER_DFU_.

Step 10: Now launch iTunes (please ensure that it has been updated to the latest version).

Step 11: Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when it appears in iTunes under Devices. (If you haven’t backed up your iOS device, then back it up by right clicking (or Control-clicking) on the device and clicking on the Back Up menu option.)

Step 12: Select the Summary tab. Then hold down the Option key (Windows users hold down on the Alt key) and click Restore.

Step 13: Select the DFU mode IPSW file (.ipsw file with prefix ENTER_DFU_)

Step 14: After your iOS device has been restored it will be automatically put in DFU mode (the screen should be completely black). You can now use our step-by-step guides to jailbreak your iOS device or restore it with the appropriate iOS firmware file.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.underwood.796 Brian Underwood

    help… power button dont work. currently doesnt have a sim card. just wanting to use this 3g as an ipod for now. when plugged into itunes it doesnt show me crap, just says insert sim card. how can i get passed that into dfu?

    • Thomas Cline

      put any gsm sim card in it thats what i do for mine

  • ryan

    i did this but when i connect it to jailbreak, redsnow says its in wtf mode what do i do?

    • Skan

      select in Redsnow/ extra/even more/preferences/ auto-exit WTF mode

  • william

    I get an error when installing the firmware(dfu one) Q_Q

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      What error message do you get?

      • Ram Ram

        error (37)

      • deepesh

        err 37

  • diefirefly

    when i try to restore it an error pops up saying an unknown error (37)

  • denzel

    how do i remove it from dfu mode? i tried jailbreaking my ipod and redsn0w did work and now my computer wont recognize my ipod, same ting happened with my iphone

  • Makan620

    I have iPhone 3gs which is currently upgraded to ios 6. After upgrading the phone to ios 6, I am currently stuck on the activation screen which keeps failing. So I tried activating it through iTunes but it comes up with a message saying simcard not inserted etc… Also my phone power button is not working so how can I enter dfu mode whilst not able to power off the phone or not having restore option on iTunes. Please help contact me on zahirmakan@hotmail.co.uk

  • bigM

    i ve done ..i follow that instruction but i always fail,,but when i open redSnow no respon after I push power botton to sho off the red snow began start ,,,thanks

  • Emalkay

    i have recovery mode :<

  • http://www.facebook.com/Firefly.Awayy Amy Masiker

    Error 37 =

    • Leco

      when you have the error 37 code, just click ok and your iphone will go off. the itunes will now detect your iphone in dfu mode

  • wryawyr

    ERROR 37 ARRRHHHGH

  • detree12

    itunes says that the firmware isn’t compatible with my ipod. any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vKayDii Malene Kruse

    Is this tethered or untethered ?

  • http://twitter.com/karlitavenegas Karla Venegas

    I keep getting “USB communication error”, any ideas?

    • Sauly

      Change the USB port u are using

  • Chawapuwap

    I did everything step by step and got the 3194 error code. Now my phone is stuck going back and forth from the apple logo to the spinning wheel. What went wrong and what do I do?

    • Clownboat

      im getting the same error code but luckily mine wasn’t jumping from spinning wheel to apple logo, it just did a fresh reboot, any idea what that error code meant?

  • jm

    please help!! my phone is stuck on black screen and can’t do anything cos my power button is broken. email me jmaganon@gmail.com . thanks!

  • miggyboi

    My iPod is already in infinite loop so iTunes cannot recognize my device. My power button is also broken. How can I bring it to DFU mode then?

  • Tyson

    I used redsn0w to try and jailbreak my iPod 4g. i have no lock button and i used the .ipsw with the DFU and now my iPod cant get out of DFU mode. :/ it isnt showing up on itunes or anything. could anyone help me?

  • Danny Meaclem

    i have a iphone 2 or 3 g with no sim and i need jailbreak to hack so i dont nned a sim i cant restore of reason but my buttions are broken any help

    • hassam

      put your phone in recovery mode through recboot or limera1n
      and you are good to go

  • mora

    I downloaded ios 7 beta 2 and my phone was stuck at the activation error my lock button doesnt work and im trying to put it into dfu but i cant hit restore

    • Rmoneslifestyle

      did get a fix? i have the same issue……my ipad is stuck on ios 7 beta activation screen. When my ipad is connected to ITUNES it doesnt pass the “activation error screen (so thers no Restore/update option) & i cannot restore to DFU with REdsn0w cause my Home button doesnt work!!!! ………………………………………………………………………………….is there any way i can put my ipad to DFU mode with a single click?

      • Alzain Ali

        use recboot to kick your device into recovery then restore to ios 6 :)(

  • Rmoneslifestyle

    i have the same issue……my ipad is stuck on ios 7 beta activation screen. When my ipad is connected to ITUNES it doesnt pass the “activation error screen (so thers no Restore/update option) & i cannot restore to DFU with REdsn0w cause my Home button doesnt work!!!! ………………………………………………………………………………….is there any way i can put my ipad to DFU mode with a single click?

    • hassam

      put your iphone in recovery mode through limera1n
      thats how i did it
      had the same problem

  • harmoniaeris

    how do i launch it on itunes when it says “simcard is not supported”

  • th1sd00dftw

    i found a locked ipod and its home button its broken how can i restore it?

  • joey

    don’t bother with this method. just download recboot. It instantly takes your iphone in and out of DFU.

  • Roger Arango

    doesn’t work when the iphone is
    locked with password

  • kikin solalv

    I have ipod touch 4 I forgot the passcode also power button is broken itunes doesn’t recognize

  • david

    My ipod is disabled and the home buttons missing. How can I get it to DFU mode?

  • Mineblock

    I did this and now I want to get out of it HOW I NEED HELP!

  • jamey

    Thanks, wish I would have read the comments before I tried 5x with no success