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Put an iPhone or iPad into DFU mode

Put an iPhone or iPad into DFU mode

If you want to reinstall or restore iOS on your iPhone or iPad and it doesn't work in Recovery mode, you may need to put it into DFU mode.


Here's how to enter your iPhone or iPad in DFU mode:

  1. Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer

  2. First of all, launch iMazing and connect your device to your Mac or PC.
  3. Follow instructions below depending on your device model

💡 Tip: It's important to have iMazing running on your PC or Mac to allow your device entering in DFU mode.

It's not easy to enter in DFU mode and you may need to retry multiple times. If you see anything displayed on your device such as a logo, your device might be in Recovery or Normal mode, but not in DFU mode. If reinstalling iOS in Recovery mode works, that's good. Otherwise try again to enter it in DFU mode.

For iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro

  1. Connect the device to a computer using a USB cable.
  2. Quick-press the Volume Up button
  3. Quick-press the Volume Down button
  4. Press and hold the Side button until the screen goes black, then - without releasing the Side button - press and hold the Side button and Volume Down button.
  5. After 5 seconds, release the Side button while continuing to hold down the Volume Down button.
    • If the Apple logo appears, the Side button was held down for too long.
  6. 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.
    • If your device shows a screen telling you to connect the device to iTunes, retry these steps.

For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

  1. Connect the device to a computer using a USB cable.
  2. Hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button.
  3. After 8 seconds, release the Side button while continuing to hold down the Volume Down button.
    • If the Apple logo appears, the Side button was held down for too long.
  4. 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.
    • If your device shows a screen telling you to connect the device to iTunes, retry these steps.

For iPod touch 7th Gen

  1. Connect the device to a computer using a USB cable.
  2. Hold down all three of the following buttons: Home, Lock and Volume Down.
  3. After the first black screen, release the Lock button while continuing to hold down the Home button and the Volume Down button until the second black screen appears.
  4. The Apple logo appears quickly before each black screen.
  5. When Restore Mode appears on the screen you will be invited to chose to reinstall from a backup or to do a factory reset.

For iPad, iPhone 6s and below, iPhone SE and iPod touch 6th Gen and earlier

  1. Connect the device to a computer using a USB cable.
  2. Hold down both the Home button and Lock button.
  3. After 8 seconds, release the Lock button while continuing to hold down the Home button.
    • If the Apple logo appears, the Lock button was held down for too long.
  4. 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.
    • If your device shows a screen telling you to connect the device to iTunes, retry these steps.

For Apple TV 4K

  1. Plug the Apple TV into power.
  2. Wait for the Apple TV to finish loading and then unplug its power cable.
  3. Repeat approximately 3 to 5 times.
  4. After a few power cycles the Apple TV will enter and display Recovery Mode.

For Apple TV HD and earlier

  1. Plug the device into your computer using a Micro-USB cable.
  2. Force the device to reboot by holding down the "Menu" and "Down" buttons simultaneously for 6-7 seconds.
  3. Press "Menu" and "Play" simultaneously right after reboot, until a message pops up in [[iTunes]], saying that it has detected an Apple TV in Recovery Mode.

Exit DFU mode

If you want to exit DFU mode, press the Home and Power buttons and hold them until the Apple logo displays on your device.

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