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

Video thumbnail for youtube video How to enter DFU mode and what is it?

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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  • Igor Igorass

    Don’t buy Apple devices. It’s shit which spy you every day. CIA watching you.

    • IphoneKid

      Dude, whatever… If thats true then do you know how MUCH data the CIA gets from us? They’d have to data mine that shit like btitcoin to ever get valuable information. Idiot

      • blank

        Umm… Its the NSA you idiots. And you clearly have no idea how much information they can wade through in a second to get to the juicy parts

  • Petros

    This video was very helpful. Thanks alot!

  • eGirl

    You should be returning that phone to its rightful owner. Hope they track it (easy to do) and get it back, loser

    • _krod

      previous iPhone user told me to keep the phone, how can i restart it?

  • cozzy

    whats his name ?

  • justin

    my ipod wont enter DFU mode I have tried multiple times and when I use the iTunes method it wont read my device help!!!

  • wasanappleguy

    You have encountered Apple’s new anti-theft feature. You can have it, but you cannot use it until the owner logs in and turns off Find My iPhone. The Apple Store might be able to find the true owner based on serial number.

  • Nine Tails

    turn off the iphone and then keep pressing the home button plug it into itunes wait for few seconds and itunes will show that it has detected an iphone in recovery mode, this method always work

  • camden

    my iphone 6 plus wont turn on and i think its in dfu mode and everyone says to hold the power and home button until the apple logo comes on but that doesnt happen i have held it for so long and nothing happens!!! please help!!!!!!!!!!!!