How to put your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in DFU mode

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What is DFU mode?

If you want to get into jailbreaking (or already have), one of the things you’ll want to know how to do is to put your device into DFU mode.  DFU stands for Device Firmware Upgrade and you’ll be sure to see this term again and again in the jailbreaking community.

DFU mode is a state that allows you to put your iPhone to interface with iTunes, but does not load iOS operating system or boot loader. That’s the main difference between DFU mode and recovery mode.

What is DFU mode used for?

DFU mode can be used for multiple things including upgrading firmware, downgrading firmware, and even rebooting your tethered jailbroken device. So, here’s a step by step tutorial on how to do it.

How to enter DFU mode:

  • Plug your device into your computer
  • Turn off the device by holding the Sleep/Wake or Power button and swiping it off
  • Hold the power button for 3 seconds
  • Begin holding the Home button without releasing the Sleep/Power button for 10 seconds
  • Release the power button and continue holding the home button until you get a popup from iTunes that your device is recognized as being in recovery mode.

That’s it, you’re in DFU mode.  If you get stuck in DFU mode and need to get out, just hold the power button and home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.

Here’s a video walkthrough on how to put your iOS device in DFU mode below:

This process works for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad so no matter what iOS device you’re using you can use this tutorial.

Broken Home or Power button:

If you’ve a broken power or Home button then check out this tutorial to put your iOS device in DFU mode.

How to exit DFU mode:

If you want to exit DFU mode, hold down the Sleep/Wake or Power button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

Let us know how it goes in the comments.

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  • ddmvmskjv

    nuthing works

    • Luke Garcia

      Have you tried a tool called Tenorshare ReiBoot?
      I used it and it worked perfectly!

  • Tyson

    when I try to put my ipod 4th gen into dfu mode, it does the badading type thing, but it repeats it really quickly again after.

  • bob

    hi but my iphone 5s is stuck on the apple logo and if i conect it to the laptop and then turn it off it will turn back on so i cant connect it into dfu mode.

    • bob

      try rebooting it and once the apple logo disappears let go of the power button but keep holding the home button and make sure your iPod/iphone are connected to your computer.

      • Ben

        thank you

        • Tralalalu

          Hold both at the same time.

  • Mike

    thank you so much for this page. i thought my phone was stuck and my boyfriend found this page and it saved me a lot of money lol. i was ready to head out and buy a new phone ASAP

  • ridma

    this was not succesful

  • Traphiks

    i cant get into dfu mode any more help please

    • Prince

      Follow the procedure properly
      Read is twice u wil able to

  • joey

    i cant enter dfu mode lock button broken stuck on apple logo after jailbreak ios 7 help

  • Jonathan

    plug your iPhone device to the computer, it will automatically start/on your iPhone once you see the apple logo then immediately press the home button until it will detect recovery mode ( it will show a pic of the usb and itunes logo asking you to plug) then you will see in your computer that is detecting the driver for Recovery Mode then it will auto open iTunes restore…….. MAKE SURE YOU PLUG-IN THEN PRESS HOME BUTTON. hope it helps :)

  • Don Locke

    Jailbroke iphone5 stuck on apple logo,will not turn off using power button,if I hold power and home down logo goes away but comes right back on,help

    • Cang

      that happens to me you are going to have to go on your computer and it will say you need to restore.

    • jojo

      hi please help me i want to remove i cloud lock on iphone 5 ….
      how can i unlock my device ?

  • Anonymous

    SOOOO i did everything first time it was working but then it kept on saying that it was stopped because of whatever reason… i tried doing it again and i think its in recovery mode but the iTunes isn’t registering it. I’m positive its not the charger…?

  • Djz Maaan

    It,s work thanx Man ::-* On My Iphone 5

  • fdsa

    Frozen on apple logo screen? Cant enter dfu mode..:/ Reply asap..

  • odaeng

    Can I jailbreak my phone if I am stuck at activation code? I bought phone not knowing it’s in activation mode and what worse is I dunno the old owner apple id and the shop seller who sold the device to me doesn’t wanna return my penny back. SO I’m stuck with this paperweight.

    • saurav

      I m in the same situation …..what will u done with ur phn

      • odaeng

        I’ve already sold my phone to a guy..he claimed that he could bypass the activation code using a software. I didn’t ask on details about that.

    • cozzy

      heey i have the same exact problem. i found a iphone 5s on the train and when i went to reset settings and started the whole thing again it said to put in the apple id and password but i dont know the previous owner and i really want to keep this phone because i lost my iphone 4 a while back. plzzzzz someone help me

  • Daniel

    You can put it in dfu mode, but your iphone has to be dead(uncharged). when you plug in the charger hold the home button at the same time. Wait until the apple logo pops out and then hold the home button again, that shold put it in dfu mode. (worked for me)

  • TheGottig

    It doesn´t work. Tried everything but itunes stopped the restore and told me there was a problem. I guess I should wait until it has zero battery. This page is useless.


    somebody help me!! i got it into dfu but when i restore it says error 9006, i dont know what is wrong!! i even tried downloading the software and using shift plus restore and nothing works, Help!


    Press the home button FIRST and hold along with the sleep button right after until it turns black. Then after the Apple logo pops up, release the sleep button and continue to hold the home button until an iTunes logo to Firewire/Lightning Connector shows up. Restore, and that’s it. Just retry Evasi0n7 or just wait for the evad3rs to update and fix this issue.

  • niki

    i just wana ask is it posible i put pfone in dfu mob i need rly vry much .but my wake/sleep button dont work

  • saurav rana

    my iphone locked I cn not activate it phn wants the apple id or password and I have nt these two so nw wht cn I do

  • SAFI

    PLZ Help!!!!
    I updated my iPhone 5s to ios 7.0.6 yesterday during updating my iPhone went off and after that i cant on it, screen is totally black but iTunes says
    iTunes detect iPhone in recovery mode…. restore it. please help me out of this i have a lot of photo i cant restore it plz plz

  • Tombon12

    it tottaly works on my iphone4s ios 7.1

  • marie

    once the popup on itunes say im in recovery mode, do i click on something or leave it alone?

  • distraught

    so every step has been successful up until itunes recognized the device. i clicked on restore ipod n it shows cannot contact ipod software update server n asks me to make sure that my network settings is ok. what’s up with that? um in china atm, so has my location got anything to do with this? would really appreciate a quick helpful reply. thank you.

  • Rachel

    this worked for me! thank you so much!

  • VirgoandLyra

    Hi! Can this jailbreak thing works on lates version iOS7? Like an iPod Touch 5 if it is still stuck at activation code? My cousin bought an iPod5 not knowing the activation code or the icloud password and the seller who sold the unit to her cannot be contact anymore. T_T Were new to Apple gadgets so we’re finding some answers here. Please help us.

  • ryan l

    So I found a iPhone 5 and I am trying to use it but I am stuck at activation mode how can I get passed it

  • rakesh verma

    not working

  • Maria

    yes so my home button dosen’t work and its disabled how can i do this without it

  • Tommy S

    It says “waiting for reboot” and then it turns on all the way, back to the unlock screen. But on my computer it stays frozen at “waiting for reboot” with a full loading bar, yet nothing happening

    • Name

      Is your phone working, if so.. just ignore your iTunes

  • vashti

    hi i tried the turn off the dfu mode for my 4s but when i plug it into itune it doesnt pop up???????????????

  • vashti

    i tried holding the power n home buttom but it show my battery dead n i plug it into my itune n yet nothing i need HELP>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • aakshay

    I found an iPod-touch 5th generation on the roadside …… well… i tried opening it but its battery was down… so I went over to my place and connected to a charger for 30 minutes.. Then , I connected that i pod touch to my mac and set it on the recovery mode… I started the i pod again… configured it but it is still asking me to sign with the iCloud id of the previous user… which i don’t really have…. i really want this i pod ….. what should i do???
    Please suggest a method to remove his iCloud id and put in mine so that I can use the device.

  • Taha Bemoussa

    but my ipod is locked because i forgoted my apple id how i can jailbreak it

  • Bob

    Im trying to jailbreak my ipod touch 4th generation and when it asks to put in DFU mode, i followed the instructions however it continuously says no device detected. What should i do?

    • Helper

      Is iTunes updated?

  • Leslie

    I need to reset my iPhone because I do not know my password. Please help

  • aman

    Helped me. Thanks much :)

  • Amin

    Just download whitd00r

  • imacydiagurl

    hi is rebooting the same way as dfu mode?

  • Doataz

    i know how to do this but for some reason the iphone 5s i have keeps reboothing no matter what i do ill hold till the apple logo goea away amd keep holding home letting go of power and within 3 seconds apple logo is up and its rebooting please help

    • Gautam

      Is it a jailbroken device? Are you trying to restore it because it is going into a reboot loop or for some other reason?

      • Doataz

        it is not jailbroken i just bought the phone from someone i already verified the esn was clean and not reported stolen but its passcode locked and i know putting into dfu mode is the only way to restore it so i can use it on my account

      • Doataz

        and when i try to put it in dfu mode it automatically reboots i dont know if im doing something wrong but ive done it before but for some reason its not working on this one

  • Anil Kumar


  • Anil Kumar

    i wants to restore my Ipad 2, after apple logo appears with white line below, it shows waiting for ipad and but it won’t work coz after putting it for many hours, it still shows waiting for ipad. can some one help me out.

  • Anil Kumar

    is some one there, who can help me out

  • summer

    Can I still use this to downgrade to ios 7.1.2?
    because ios 8 only came out in nz a couple nights ago and the firmware says its not compatiabel..

  • ashley

    whenever i plug my phone into the computer it is in the dfu mode but it stil comes up restore and update and halfway thru the update it will quit

  • Shan

    I can get my ipad into recovery mode but when I try to reset it up it, it is asking for my apple password associated to the ID. I don’t remember my password which is why I reset it. What do I do??