iPhone X and iPhone 8: How to reboot, reset, or enter DFU mode

How do you reboot an iPhone 8 or iPhone X and how do you put it into DFU mode? Easily, it turns out!

Resetting and DFU mode are the last step on the iPhone troubleshooting ladder, and that includes iPhone X and iPhone 8. When nothing else is working, that's your go to. Reset is just a forced reboot. DFU (device recovery mode) mode puts your iPhone into a state where it can still communicate with iTunes on Windows or Mac, but it hasn't activated the bootloader or iOS.

How to reboot your iPhone X or iPhone 8

Phone X and iPhone 8 reassign the double press and hold button combination to Emergency SOS, since it's a simpler, easier, and so it will better hold up to the stress of emergency situations. But that means reboot had to move to a more complicated button combo.

  1. Quickly click and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Quickly click and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the Side button (sleep/wake, on/off).

How to put your iPhone X or iPhone 8 into DFU mode

  1. Plug your iPhone X or iPhone 8 into your Mac or PC.
  2. Make sure iTunes is running.
  3. Turn Off your iPhone X or iPhone 8 (if it isn't already).
  4. Press and hold down the On/Off button on the right side of your iPhone for 3 seconds.
  5. Press and hold down the volume down button on the left side of your iPhone while still holding down the On/Off button.
  6. Keep holding both buttons down for 10 seconds. (If you see the Apple logo, you've held them too long and will need to start again.)
  7. Let go of the On/Off Button but keep holding the volume down button for about 5 seconds. (If you see the "Plug into iTunes" screen, then you've held it too long and will need to start again.)
  8. If the screen stays black, that's it! Your iPhone 7should now be in DFU mode.

At this point, iTunes should show you an alert saying it's detected your iPhone 8 or iPhone and will allow it to be restored.

Reminder: If you see any logos on your device, you might be in Recovery Mode, but you're not in DFU mode. If Recovery Mode works, great. If not, try for DFU Mode again.