recovery mode vs dfu mode

Chances are that if you own a smartphone there will be a point in time when it will be nonresponsive due to software problems. For iOS powered devices there are two key terms commonly used when rebooting such devices. You might have heard people throwing the terms DFU mode and recovery mode around and have had trouble differentiating them. You might even have used one or both of such modes for data recovery. This article outlines all the key aspects you should know about DFU mode vs. recovery mode and their application in restoring your iPhone.

Part 1. Recovery Mode - What You Need to Know


In this part, you're going to learn some basic knowledage about iOS recovery mode, including the definition of this term, when will you use it and how to put your iPhone into recovery mode, etc. Here we go.

1.1 What Is Recovery Mode?

It is commonly referred to as the "second stage loader". This is because the iPhone recovery mode helps you recover your device when it refuses to respond. It starts the phone and puts it in the bootloader mode which is normally called iBoot. During flashing of iPhones with new Operating Systems they are first put into iBoot mode. It responds to USB connections with a computer even when you had initially blocked such connections as numerous iOS restrictions are bypassed in this mode. There are only a few commands that your iPhone will respond to when on this mode.
iphone recovery mode

1.2 When to Use Recovery Mode?

The following scenarios are advisable causes for you to use recovery mode:
    • The iPhone screen displays the Apple logo without the inclusion of a progress bar and becomes unresponsive for several minutes.
    • iTunes recognition is hampered on the device or it signals that it is in recovery mode.
    • Your phone displays the connect to iTunes screen.
There are other rare occurrences that call for you to initiate the recovery mode such as:
    • iPhone resetting when you have completely forgotten your passcodes. The device will erase all data and start afresh as a new device.
    • You do not have the passcode to remove the device from the USB restricted mode.
    • A previous jailbreak prevents you from installing an upgrade.
    • You want to clean up the OS after a jailbreak.

1.3 How to Enter/Exit iPhone Recovery Mode

Follow the steps below to enter the recovery mode in your iPhone device:
    • For iPhone 6s and earlier versions the process involves use of the Home button on your device's screen. You should follow these steps:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to a computer that has the iTunes application and launch the app.

Step 2: Firmly press without releasing the Home button as well as the Lock button on the side or top of the device.

Step 3: Keep the buttons pressed even after the screen displays the Apple logo and only release them when the recovery mode is displayed.

recovery mode iPhone 6s and earlier
    • For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus their process as they were the first iPhone versions without mechanical Home buttons. You should enter the recovery mode using the following procedure:

Step 1: Connect your device to a computer and launch the iTunes app on the computer.

Step 2: Simultaneously press the Volume Down and Side buttons without releasing.

Step 3: Press the buttons on after the Apple logo is displayed and release after display recovery mode on the screen.

recovery mode iPhone 7
    • For iPhone 8, X and newer versions, the process of pressing the buttons should be swift in the following manner:

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer after connecting the phone.

Step 2: Press and release the button for Volume Up.

Step 3: Repeat the pressing for the Volume Down button.

Step 4: Press without releasing the Side button even after the iPhone displays the Apple logo.

Step 5: Release the Side button when the screen display says recovery mode.

recovery mode iphone 8 and later
Software update and restore options are available which you can use to fix your iPhone. To exit the recovery mode press the same buttons you pressed to put it into recovery mode until it starts rebooting.
Note: If you think this process is a little bit complicated, you can use Joyoshare UltFix to enter recovery mode in one click for free. All you need to do is to connect your phone to the computer and then launch the Joyoshare UltFix app.