As an iPhone user, you may have heard about the DFU Mode. Many people confuse DFU with Recovery mode, but they are two different things. Simply put, you can say that the Device Firmware Update is an advanced form of recovery mode which can come handy in complex situations. When in DFU mode, your iPhone won’t be able to load the OS on its own, but it will still be able to interact with the iTunes.
Not only DFU allows to restore iDevices from any state, but it also allows downgrades of your current firmware. You can downgrade your iOS for troubleshooting purposes using the DFU as Apple doesn’t allow downgrading to previous versions of iOS by any other means. The DFU mode may sound intriguing for troubleshooting purposes, but it could become really frustrating if your iPhone gets stuck in DFU mode while attempting it.
It doesn’t mean that DFU mode isn’t safe and one shouldn’t attempt it for troubleshooting purposes. All it means is that if you, unfortunately, get stuck in DFU mode then coming out of it would be a bit tricky. If you are facing this issue then do not worry as this article will highlight the methods that can help you in exiting the DFU mode. Have a look at them for yourself.
Exit DFU Mode on Your iOS Device through iTunes:
There a few iOS related problems that iTunes can’t fix and be stuck in DFU mode isn’t one of them. You can easily exit the DFU mode using iTunes. The only problem involved in this method is that you will lose all your data and content. However, you can always recover data from iCloud which is much easier to bear rather than being stuck on a black screen. Here is what you need to do:
1. Launch the iTunes on your Mac/PC. You need to make sure that iTunes is running on the latest version. If not, update it first.
2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes using an original charging cable.
3. Upon connecting, iTunes will inform you that your device is in Recovery mode. Additionally, it will also present you with the option to restore it.
4. Click on the option OK followed by clicking Restore iPhone button. Hit it again to confirm your action.
5. iTunes will restore your iPhone to factory settings resulting in an exit from DFU mode.
This should be first on the list but in DFU mode’ case, restart method rarely works. However, some users got benefitted by using the force restart method and therefore, it is worth a try. You will need to force restart your iPhone to get out of DFU mode. To do that:
For iPhone 8 or Later:
Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:
Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:
Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
There are a lot of third-party tools that can be helpful if both force restart and iTunes recovery fail to deliver. The problem with third-party tools is that they usually charge you for their services. Additionally, some iPhone users do not trust third-party tools and hence find it risky to opt for them.
Given the situation, using a third-party tool is your best bet. It will involve thorough research to find a cheap yet trustworthy tool to fix the problem for you. It is recommended that you should opt for paid options in this case as the free ones can prove to be risky. Using these tools is pretty straightforward as all you will need to do is to follow on-screen instructions.
As said earlier, the DFU mode is a powerful recovery method that can be effective in worst-case scenarios. It also comes with its risks and it could be really infuriating if you end up on the wrong side of the fence. You can also contact Apple Support for advice or recommendations. Also, do not attempt the DFU mode if you aren’t sure how to execute it properly.