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How to Enter DFU Mode on iOS Devices

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Generally speaking, before you start unlocking your iOS device using ApowerUnlock, you need to connect your device to PC. However, you may fail to connect your device to PC as you cannot enter the screen and tap “Trust This Computer” when you’ve forgotten the screen passcode. In this case, you can try to enter DFU Mode or Recovery Mode manually to get your device successfully detected by your computer.

To learn how to enter Recovery Mode manually, you can check this post. To learn how to enter DFU Mode on iOS device, just check through the guide below.

How to enter DFU Mode on iOS device

1. What is DFU Mode?

DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. DFU mode is a state that you can put your iPhone into where it can connect with iTunes, but does not load the iPhone operating system or any other files, and this is what it really differs DFU mode from the more simple recovery mode.

2. Enter DFU Mode on Apple A9 and older devices

Follow the steps below to enter DFU Mode on Apple A9 and older devices, including iPhone 6s and below, iPhone SE, iPod Touch 6 and below, and iPad other than the ones listed below.

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer using a lightning cable.
  • Press and hold the Home button and Side button.

    enter DFU Mode on iPhone 6

  • After 8-10 seconds, release the Side button while holding the Home button. ( If the Apple logo appears, the Side button was held down for too long.)
  • Then your device will enter DFU mode successfully. If your device shows a screen telling you to connect the device to iTunes, retry these steps.

3. Enter DFU Mode on Apple A10 devices

Follow the steps below to enter DFU Mode on Apple A10 devices, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 2018, iPod Touch 7.

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer using a lightning cable.
  • Press and hold the Side button and Volume Down button.

    enter DFU Mode on iPhone 7

  • After 8-10 seconds, release the Side button while holding the Volume Down button. (If the Apple logo appears, the Side button was held down for too long.)
  • Then your device will enter DFU mode successfully. If your device shows a screen telling you to connect the device to iTunes, retry these steps.

4. Enter DFU Mode on Apple A11 and newer devices

Follow the steps below to enter DFU Mode on Apple A11 and newer devices, including iPhone 8 and above, iPad Pro 2018, iPad Air 2019, iPad Mini 2019.

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer using a lightning cable.
  • Quick-press the Volume Up button.
  • Quick-press the Volume Down button.
  • Hold the Side button until the screen goes black, then press and hold both the Side button and the Volume Down button.

    enter DFU mode on iPhone 8

  • After 5 seconds or so, 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.)
  • Then your device will enter DFU mode successfully. If your device shows a screen telling you to connect the device to iTunes, retry these steps.

Once you enter the DFU Mode on your iOS device, you will be able to connect your device to PC successfully, and ApowerUnlock can recognize your device then. Also, you can try to enter Recovery Mode alternatively, which will also direct you to connect your iOS device to PC successfully.

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Posted by: Ada Reed on to ApowerUnlock, Follow me on Twitter. Last updated on September 18, 2019

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