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I’m going to show you how to put your iPhone into DFU mode and then do a DFU restore. A DFU restore is the deepest type of restore that you can do with an iPhone, and it’s the last resort for any Apple technician when there’s some software problem that they can’t solve.

If you think there’s a hardware problem with your iPhone, it’s a good idea to DFU restore it first. If you are reading this article, you’re are probably trying to jailbreak your phone, which is totally fine. Or maybe you just want to put a different version of iOS onto your iPhone.

Anyway, I’m going to cover everything you need to know to perform DFU Restore.

What you need to know about DFU mode

Before putting your iPhone into DFU mode, make sure you backup your iPhone first. What you need to know about DFU restores is that the process is a little bit different for the iPhone 6s and below and iPhone 7 and above.

On the iPhone 6s and below, you need to use the power button and the home button. With the iPhone 7 and above, you’re going to be using the power button and the volume down button.

That’s because, with the iPhone 7, Apple created a new home button that isn’t a physical button. So they needed something that they could actually click in order to turn the phone off.

Let’s get to it…

How to do a DFU Restore with an iPhone 7 & Above

The first thing you need to do is:

  • Plug in your iPhone to a computer
  • You can’t put your iPhone into DFU mode unless it’s plugged into iTunes

It’s okay to use a friend’s PC to do this if you haven’t got a PC. Once iTunes is open on your PC, you can put it into DFU mode. The good thing about DFU mode is that you can basically put an iPhone into DFU mode and ignore everything else that’s going on.

So even if your iPhone screen is off or maybe the screens broken, you can still put it iPhone into DFU mode even if your phone in a critical condition.

DFU mode is definitely something worth trying before you go to the Apple Store for a repair because the technician will just do it there.

How to Put an iPhone 7 & Above into DFU Mode

  • Hold the power button and the volume down button together for 5 seconds until the screen goes black
  • If you see the Apple logo, you’ve held them too long and will need to start again
  • Then, let go of the power button and keep holding the volume down button
  • If you see the “Plug into iTunes” message, then you’ve held it down for too long and you need to start again
  • If the screen stays black, your iPhone is in DFU mode.

How to Put an iPhone 6 & Below into DFU Mode

  • Hold the power button and the home button-down together
  • Then, let go of the power button and keep holding the home button
  • If you see the Apple logo, you’ve held them too long and will need to start again
  • Then, let go of the power button and keep holding the home button down together
  • If you see the “Plug into iTunes” message, then you’ve held it down for too long and you need to start again
  • If the screen stays black, your iPhone is in DFU mode

On your PC, you’ll receive a pop up which says “iTunes has the iPhone in recovery mode, you must restore the iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”.

Remember, if you see anything on your iPhone screen (iTunes logo) apart from a black screen, you’re not in DFU mode.

The only way to be sure that you’re in DFU mode is if it shows up in iTunes. It says it detects an iPhone and your screen is completely black. There are no exceptions to this rule.

How to Update your iPhone in DFU Mode

If you just click the restore button, and this is probably what most people want to do, iTunes will ask if you sure you want to restore your phone to its factory settings. If you proceed, everything will be erased and then the newest version of the iPhone software will be installed onto your iPhone.

iTunes will go to Apple servers and it download the most recent version of the iPhone operating system. This can take 10-20 minutes depending on your internet connection and then it’ll DFU restore your phone for another 10-15 minutes, depending on your phone.

How to Restore Files in DFU Mode

If you’re jailbreaking your phone, doing something nefarious, or you’re running a beta of iOS, you need to do something a little bit differently.

You’ll need to go ahead and download the restore file by itself from the Apple server.

There’s a little trick for Mac and a little trick for PC to restore files.

  • On a Mac, hold the option key. On a PC, hold the Shift key
  • While you’re doing that, click on restore iPhone and instead of popping up with the iTunes little box, it asks if you want to restore it their way
  • Your file explorer will open so choose the file from here

You’ll receive another pop up saying “iTunes will erase and remove your iPhone to iOS and will verify the version with Apple”. Hit restore.

This is going to take a while to bear with it. Once the restore process starts, you’re going to see the Apple logo appear on the screen with a little status bar progress bar in the bottom.

Don’t get your hopes up when the progress bar finishes because another progress bar will pop up. Once this is done, your phone will turn on and it will be on the welcome screen.

I know the DFU restore process can be a bit complicated and errors do happen along the way. So feel free to leave anything in the comments.

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