How To Put Your iPhone Or iPod touch Into DFU Mode

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iPhone DFU modeIf you’ve had your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for quite a while now, then you must have surely heard of or read on the web about “DFU mode”. Of course, if you have no experience whatsoever tinkering with your iOS device, then this might sound overly complicated to you. But once you get to know the concept and learn how to enable it on your iOS device, it will all start to make sense and become much easier.

DFU mode (Device Firmware Update mode) is mostly used when you wish to Jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Activating this mode becomes necessary to bypass the standard restoring procedures and load custom firmware on your iOS device. Another very popular use of DFU mode is when you wish to downgrade your iPhone from its current iOS version.

Note: Do not mistake DFU mode for Recovery mode. Both are very similar but not the same. To learn more about it, read this post where we discuss Recovery mode it in detail.

Here’s how to enable DFU mode on your iPhone, iPad or iPod  Touch:

Step 1: On your PC or Mac open iTunes. Then, with your iPhone or other iOS device turned ON, connect it to your computer using its USB cable.

Connect iPhone to iTunes

Step 2: Press and hold BOTH the Home and Power buttons at the same time.

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iPhone Power and Home Buttons Pressed

Step 3: When your iPhone turns off completely, release the Power button BUT KEEP ON PRESSING the Home button for 10 more seconds. The screen on your iOS device should remain blank at all times.

iPhone Home Button Pressed

Step 4: On your PC or Mac you should see a pop up on iTunes saying that your device is in Recovery mode and has to be restored. This indicates that your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch has successfully entered DFU mode and is now ready to be restored.

iTunes Recovery mode

After this, you should click OK and restore you iPhone using the Shift+Restore method.

Note: It might take you more than one try to get your iPhone into DFU mode.

Let us know in the comments if this method worked for you or if you run into any problems while following it. We’ll be glad to help.

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  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS WAS THE ONLY THING THAT HELPED ME RESTORE MY IPOD TOUCH!

    • http://www.guidingtech.com/ Alvaro Bernedo

      Glad to help. Stick around the site or suscribe to our news feed for more articles like these.

  • Leslie1833

    How many times does it take normally? I have done it 6 times and still it keeps flickering in and out of the apple logo screen after the new hardware loads.

    • http://www.guidingtech.com/ Alvaro Bernedo

      It is not easy for some. The first time I tried to put my iPod Touch in DFU mode some years ago it took me almost an hour. Keep trying :)

  • Irvin

    I FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTION I THE WAY BUT I STILL CANNOT GET MY IPOD TOUCH TO BE RECOGNIZE BY ITUNES ON MY PC. I CANNOT GET OUT OF RECOVERY MODE. PLEASE HELP ME AM WORRIED

  • ange

    i used this to restore but for some reason my music sounds like it has no vocals at all or very little at all so i put the same songs on my i pod nano and they sound fine. does anyone have an idea why this would be?

  • Jodi

    Hi..my sons password does not work and we have no back up as its new but has lots of app data.. I was successful in getting it in DFU mode and did the shift click restore but all that happens is a screen opens up to select a file..not sure what is supposed to happen next…

  • the B.G

    Thank you! It took a few tries but I finally got it to stop going crazy blinking on and off. I’m just glad I don’t have to buy a new one! :)

  • julie

    So its supposed to restore? can you get your stuff back?

  • Betty

    What is the “shift+restore” method?

  • Tony

    What if error 1602 shows up, and no matter what you do it won’t go away? :/ Different cables, different usb ports… Tried it all…..

  • tina

    my iphone is locked and i dont know the code if i do this will i lose everything

  • anonymous

    thanks