How to put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode

Whether you want to jailbreak, un-jailbreak, update from an expired beta, or simply update when nothing else is working, putting you iPhone or iPad into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode can be your last, best hope for success.

DFU mode, as opposed to Recovery Mode, requires a bit of timing and can take practice to get right, so if at first you don't succeed, don't be afraid to try and try again.

How to put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode

  1. Plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into your Mac or Windows PC and make sure iTunes is running.
  2. Hold down both the Sleep Button (on top of your device) and the Home Button (on the front underneath the screen).
  3. Keep them both held down from about 10 seconds. (If you see the Apple logo, you've held them too long and will need to start again.)
  4. Let go of the Sleep Button but keep holding the Home Button for about 5 seconds. (If you see the "Plus into iTunes" screen than you held it too long and will need to start again.)
  5. If the screen stays black, that's it! Your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad should now be in DFU mode.

At this point iTunes will show you an alert saying it's detected your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and it needs to be restored.

If you're curious as to the difference between DFU mode and and Recovery Mode, Ally Kazmucha explains it this way:

Recovery mode will implement iBoot (basically a portion of the bootloader than runs an integrity check) which will not allow you to downgrade your device. DFU mode will still talk to iTunes but it bypasses iBoot which will then allow you to downgrade firmware.

If you're having trouble and need any extra help, check out our Jailbreak Forum.

Have something to say about this story? Share your comments below! Need help with something else? Submit your question!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

More Posts

 

12
loading...
0
loading...
5
loading...
0
loading...

← Previously

Zero Punctuation on iPhone games [NSFW video]

Next up →

iPhone 4 No. 1, iPad No. 3 on Top 10 Obsessions of 2010

Reader comments

How to put your iPhone or iPad into DFU mode

34 Comments

You should also mention in the post, that in DFU mode, the screen will be black.
If you see the iTunes logo and cable, then you're NOT in DFU mode, as I've seen a lot of people confused about this.

How about when the power button is not working? Tried several options, for example RecBoot, but my iPhone 3G still gets stuck at the apple logo. iTunes won't recognize it either. Bummer.

This article is all wrong. You have to wait to see the apple logo to let go of the sleep button and you have to continue to hold the home button until iTunes says it detects an iPhone/iPad in recovery.

There is an app called LAST DFY r5[beta 5] that will automaticly put ur iOS in DFY mode flair you. Im pretty sure it's for Mac only but it's pretty old so u never know If they updated and added a wiinsmdows version. If not and u still have problems manually getting in dfu mode google dfu apps for windows and there is most likely a version for windows. Also if it jbing or downgrading fw's and get an error code at the end of the process u can use tiny umbrella to kick ur device out of recovery mode( or if ur on Mac 10.5x get "reboot" it works flwalessly and has come in handy many times(especially 2day lol.) any question feel free to contact. I'm really good with iOS/iPhone tweaks/troubleshooting. Hope this helps.
Sent from my iPhone

Hi I have 8gb iPhone 4s and the other day the sound on it stopped working. I could only listen to music if there were headphones plugged in, sometimes it won't ring when someone calls, but mainly it is the issue of not being able to listen to music without headphones, but once I plug headphones in sometimes when I unplug them the music will work for a minute then go silent again.... Is there anything you could tell me that would help me fix it please.

@BrianHardwick - Did you ever get this figured out? I have very similar issues all of a sudden on my 16gb 4s - sound will only play when I plug in headphones, doesn't always seem to ring, is totally hit or miss on text tones, sometimes even cutting them off if it plays them at all. Driving me crazy...can't trade it in for six months yet. Don't really want to be doing anything to brick the thing, or do any hardware replacing!

" sry for the spelling mistakes lol. But it's called "recboot" ( get the enter and exit one. GL. And enjoy! Also by the way my buddy has a iPhone 3G 4.2.1 can sone1 in my situation tell me what's the best option( or what worked the best for them? Thanks in advance. Im not a noob and have been hacking 4 yrs now(havent been keeping up with 3g) but short cuts r always appreciated &
welcomed.
Sent from my iPhone!

just follow the instructions on installing the redsnow
make sure it is off
press the sleep button 1st for 2-3sec
then without releasing the sleep button
press and hold the home button for several sec
then without releasing the home button
release the sleep button

fiz o jailbreak da 4.3.3 e não ta amarrado, ta funcionando normalmente.
Observação: fiz com Redsnow 9.06 rc17
I did the jailbreak of 4.3.3 and not tied ta, ta functioning normally.
Note: I made Redsnow 9.6 RC17
Falo de Manaus- Amazonas Brasil, me ajudaram muito obrigado.
Talk of Manaus, Amazonas Brazil, helped me very much.
Aprendi direito com tantas dicas.

Any guys know how can jailbrake or downgrade (without SHAH) ipad 2 (A5) wifi with ios 5.1 ?

how do i put my phone in DFU mode if i tried to download ios7 and it tells me the device isnt registered?

Hi guys! I'm newbie here. I currently downloading the update for my ipad. I just wanna ask if, is it ok if suddenly my ipad is disconnected to itunes? But it is still downloading the update.. Hope for your reply...

Joemari Dela Cruz...have you gotten a response about this yet? I too had the same issue and when I go to restore everything to my phone, I also get a message saying the phone has disconnected from iTunes and it will not fully restore everything. None of my music, photos, apps, anything. I did not back up to the iCloud feature, straight to the computer.
I am using a different computer than the one my phone was initially set up on a few years ago (it's an iPhone 4) so I wonder if this has anything to do with it.
I hope someone has some suggestions. I'd really like to at least be able to get some of my photos of my kid back on there.

Joemari Dela Cruz...have you gotten a response about this yet? I too had the same issue and when I go to restore everything to my phone, I also get a message saying the phone has disconnected from iTunes and it will not fully restore everything. None of my music, photos, apps, anything. I did not back up to the iCloud feature, straight to the computer.
I am using a different computer than the one my phone was initially set up on a few years ago (it's an iPhone 4) so I wonder if this has anything to do with it.
I hope someone has some suggestions. I'd really like to at least be able to get some of my photos of my kid back on there.

My IPhone is now in dfu mode but when it starts restoring, it still won't let me. It says the same error thing. Now my IPhone is stuck in dfu mode and won't let me restore

i put my cell on charging last night. it was at 0% but it displayed the charging icon though so i let it charge for 2 hours. after i came back to see it, the cell was dead. the screen was all black. on pressing the power button it displayed none. i tried everything to fix it. the hard reset too, but it didnt respond. itune is also not recognizing it so i can not restore it from there. i also toggle the ringer button up and down along with that hard reset. i also cant put in DFU as my iphone is totally unresponsive. please tell what is this? what should i do?

iphone5: ios7.1.2 (jailbrokewn)