DFU mode has often been recommended to help solve their problems when Apple users troubleshoot their iPhones, such as erasing data, removing password from locked screen, and etc. But what is DFU and how to put iPhone in DFU mode? Such questions are strange to most newbies so that they have difficulty in addressing the problems by themselves. This article will offer a clear introduction of DFU mode and complete instructions to enter or exit DFU mode.

Part 1. What is DFU mode

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DFU, an abbreviation of Device Firmware Update, allowing all devices to be restored from any state and you can make low-level changes to the software running the device. When an iOS device is in DFU mode, the device is powered on but the operating system is not running.

Generally, people use DFU mode to:

Remove an expired beta version of the iOS, which may crash often and cause data loss.

Jailbreak the iDevice so that they can operate the system and related settings more freely.

Downgrade the version of the iOS running on the device because the newer version has caused some apps not to work correctly.

Factory reset the device because of insufficient memory.

Remove the locked screen on account of passcode forgotten, unable to enter password on broken screen, etc.


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Joyoshare iPasscode Unlocker supports removing 4 passcode types from iOS device screen, including Face ID, Touch ID, 4-digit password and 6-digit password. In addition, it has a wide range of compatibility of iDevice models and the latest iOS 12 version, enabling you wipe off passcode from the oldest iPhone 4 to the recent iPhone XS/Max/XR.

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Part 2. How to enter/exit DFU mode

As time passes, Apple Inc persistently develop new technology to improve user's experience and the appearance of iDevice also changes. Accordingly, the method of entering and exiting DFU mode are different for different Apple products.

At first, you need to connect the device to a computer using a USB cable and open iTunes. Make sure that you're using the latest version of iTunes. Then select the corresponding method for your device.

Device Type Entering Method Exiting Method
iPad, iPhone 6s and below, iPhone SE, iPod touch 1. Hold down both the Home button and Lock button;
2. After 8 seconds, release the Lock button while contributing to hold down the Home button;
3. Nothing will be displayed on the screen when the device is in DFU mode. If open, iTunes will alert you that a device was detected in recovery mode.
Hold the Home button and the Lock button until the device reboot
iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus 1. Hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button;
2. After 8 seconds, release the Side button while continuing to hold down the Volume Down button;
3. Nothing will be displayed on the screen when the device is in DFU mode. If open, iTunes will alert you that a device was detected in recovery mode.
Hold down the Side button and Volume Down button until the device reboot
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X 1. Quick-press the Volume Up button;
2. Quick-press the Volume Down button;
3. Hold down the Side button until the screen goes black, then hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button;
4. After 5 seconds, release the Side button while continuing to hold down the Volume Down button;
5. Nothing will be displayed on the screen when the device is in DFU mode. If open, iTunes will alert you that a device was detected in recovery mode.
Quick-press the Volume Up button, then quick-press the Volume Down button, then hold down the Side button until the device reboot
Apple TV 1. Hold down the Menu button and Down button simultaneously for 6-7 seconds;
2. Press Menu option and Play option simultaneously right after reboot, until a message pops up in iTunes, saying that it has detected an Apple TV in recovery mode.
Hold down the "Menu" and "Down" buttons on your remote until the Apple TV reboot

If you read this article carefully, “how to put iPhone in DFU mode” will not bother you again. What I need to remind you is that although Joyoshare iPasscode Unlocker can help you easily and quickly force device in DFU mode, please make sure that you have backed the important data up before using it.

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Jul 16, 2019 5:08 PM

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