in

How to put iPhone into DFU Mode | Comprehensive Guide for 2021

Facing software issues with your iPhone? Does your iPhone crash a lot after a recent update? Want to jailbreak your iPhone? There is only one way to fix or perform these actions, and this is by putting your iPhone into DFU mode.

iPhones offer some of the most robust software experiences on any smartphone but even then they are not bulletproof to software issues. And this is more likely especially when a new update arrives as it can cause bugs and issues. And in such cases, you may want to go back to your old iOS version, which can be only done using DFU mode.

There are other benefits to using the DFU mode on iPhones. So read on to know more about DFU mode and how to put an iPhone into DFU mode.

How to put iPhone into DFU Mode

What is DFU mode on an iPhone?

DFU is the short form for Device Firmware Update and is used to place Apple mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, and iPods into a recovery mode so that users can make low-level software changes. These changes include downgrading iOS, Jailbreaking, software recovery, and more.

Apple devices already have a recovery mode, but the DFU mode is more comprehensive. When an iPhone is in DFU mode, it will be powered on, but it won’t be booted into the OS. This allows changes to iOS even before it’s loaded.

Loading your iPhone into DFU mode allows you to link your iPhone to iTunes. Once you have linked your iPhone to iTunes using DFU mode, you can perform functions like restoration, iOS downgrade, jailbreak, and more. You need to be careful when performing such functions as they can break your iPhone completely.

The process of putting your iPhone into DFU mode is mostly safe and even if you get it wrong, no harm will be done. But you need to know that performing actions like iOS downgrade, jailbreaking and more can delete all your files, void warrant, and in the worst case, even brick your iPhone.

It will take a few tries to successfully put an iPhone into DFU mode, so make sure to read and follow carefully. Know the risks as well before trying to access DFU mode and make changes to your iPhone’s firmware.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhones with Face ID)

If your iPhone features Face ID, then follow these methods to put it into DFU mode.

Step 1 Connect your iPhone to a Mac or PC using the Lightning cable.

Step 2 For older Macs (Mojave and before) and PCs make sure iTunes is running on them. On newer Macs (Catalina and later) make sure Finder is running.

Step 3 Switch off your iPhone. You can do this by pressing and holding the side button until the Power Off slider appears, then drag the slider to power off your iPhone.

Step 4 Once the iPhone is switched off, press and hold the side button for 3 seconds. Then press and hold both the side button and the volume down button on your iPhone for 10 seconds.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhones with Face ID)

Step 5 After 10 seconds, if you see the Apple logo, then you need to try again otherwise you can continue.

Step 6 Let go of the side button but keep holding down the volume button for another 5 seconds. Now if you see the “Plug into iTunes” screen, then you have to start over again. Timing is everything so it might take a few tries to get it right.

Step 7 If the screen is still black but looks illuminated, then your iPhone is in DFU mode now.

Now your Mac or PC would have detected your iPhone and you can restore your iPhone using them. DFU mode also allows you to downgrade iOS firmware if needed, which is something the Standard Recovery mode can’t do.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhone 8 and 2nd-generation iPhone SE)

Both the iPhone 8 and SE (2nd Gen) have the same button combinations, so they share the same steps to put them into DFU mode. If you own an iPhone 8 or SE (2nd Gen), follow the steps below to put it into DFU mode.

Step 1 Connect your iPhone 8 or SE (2nd Gen) to a Mac or PC using the Lightning cable.

Step 2 For older Macs (Mojave and before) and PCs make sure iTunes is running on them. On newer Macs (Catalina and later) make sure Finder is running.

Step 3 Switch off your iPhone 8 or SE (2nd Gen). You can do this by pressing and holding the side button until the Power Off slider appears, then drag the slider to power off your iPhone.

Step 4 Once the iPhone is switched off, press and hold the side button for 3 seconds.

Step 5 Now press both the side button and the volume down button on your iPhone for 10 seconds.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhone 8 and 2nd-generation iPhone SE)

Step 6 After 10 seconds, if you see the Apple logo, then you need to try again otherwise you can continue.

Step 7 Let go of the side button but keep holding down the volume down button for another 5 seconds. Now if you see the “Plug into iTunes” screen, then you have to start over again.

Step 8 If the screen is still black but looks like it’s on, then your iPhone is in DFU mode now.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus)

If you are someone who is holding on to an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, then you can put it into DFU mode by doing this,

Step 1 Connect your iPhone 7 to a Mac or PC using the Lightning cable.

Step 2 Make sure that iTunes is running for older Macs (Mojave and before) and PCs, and on newer Macs (Catalina and later) make sure Finder is running.

Step 3 Switch off your iPhone 7 by long-pressing the side button and then sliding the power off slider to the right when prompted.

Step 4 Once your iPhone is off press and hold the side button for 3 seconds.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus)

Step 5 Now while holding the side button, simultaneously press and hold the Home button on the front of your device.

Step 6 Hold both the buttons for 10 seconds. If your iPhone displays the Apple logo, then you have to repeat the process. But if the screen stays on and turns black, then it means your iPhone 7 is in DFU mode.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhone 6s and earlier)

iPhones are known for their longevity, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you are holding on to models that are older than iPhone 7, namely the iPhone 6s and before. To put older iPhones into DFU mode, do the following,

Step 1 Connect your iPhone to a Mac or PC using the Lightning cable.

Step 2 Keep iTunes running for older Macs (Mojave and before) and PCs, and on newer Macs (Catalina and later) make sure Finder is running.

Step 3 Switch off your iPhone by long-pressing the top button. Slide the power off slider to the right when prompted.

Step 4 Once your iPhone is off press and hold the top button for 3 seconds.

How to put iPhone into DFU mode (iPhone 6s and earlier)

Step 5 Now while holding the top button, simultaneously press and hold the Home button on the front of your device.

Step 6 Hold both the buttons for 10 seconds. If your iPhone displays the Apple logo, then you have to repeat the process. If not, you can proceed.

Step 7 After 10 seconds, let go of the top button and keep holding the Home button for 5 more seconds. If your iPhone displays “Plug into iTunes”, then you have to repeat the process. If your iPhone screen stays illuminated but black, then your iPhone is in DFU mode.

Now your Mac or PC would have detected your iPhone and you can restore your iPhone using them. DFU mode also allows you to downgrade iOS firmware if needed, which is something the Standard Recovery mode can’t do.

How To Exit DFU Mode

Once you have completed your DFU mode tasks, you have to safely exit it. This applies only to iPhones with Face ID, for iPhones with a Home button, it’s simple and straightforward. If you don’t exit DFU mode the right way, it can cause problems, so make sure to follow the steps below,

Step 1 Press the volume up button.

Step 2 Press that volume down button once.

Step 3 Now, press and hold the side button on your iPhone till you see the Apple logo. Your iPhone will now restart itself to the normal mode.

For iPhones with a Home button, you have to just switch off the device and restart it. You can do this by pressing and holding the Home/power button till the screen goes off, then press and hold either button again till the phone turns on.

Conclusion

So that’s all there is to know when it comes to the DFU mode on iPhone and how to put iPhone into DFU mode. It is straightforward but can take a few tries to get the timing right. The above article has steps for all iPhones, so make sure you follow the steps correctly. Once you are in DFU mode you can make changes to your iPhone at the firmware level, but beware of the risks.

How to Enable or Disable iCloud Music Library

How to Turn your iPhone into Flashlight

How to Change Auto-Lock on iPhone

Will Apple AirPods Pro work on iPhone 6 or iPhone 7?