How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode

Sometimes, in order to restore your iPhone firmware using iTunes, you need to put iPhone into Recovery Mode. But if recovery mode doesn’t work for you and you could not restore you iPhone, then you need to Put your iPhone in DFU Mode. Lets learn how to enter iPhone in DFU Mode in order to restore its firmware.

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What is DFU Mode

DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. Unlike Recovery Mode, DFU Mode doesn’t load the firmware/OS currently installed before restore attempt. DFU mode will be considered as a last resort to restore if a restore using Recovery Mode doesn’t work and you are getting error while restoring you device.

How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode

Step 1
Open iTunes and connect the iPhone via USB.

Step 2
Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.
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Step 3
Continue holding the both buttons for exact 10 seconds. Then release the Sleep/Wake. Keep holding the Home button until iTunes pops up that it has found an iPhone in Recovery Mode.
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Your iPhone screen will look like this:
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***NOTE***

It may take a few attempts to get your iPhone into DFU mode. Generally, I hold down both buttons then release the Wake/Sleep button just before I think the Apple logo would appear. If you are still holding both buttons down and you see the Apple logo you are holding them down for too long!

30 comments… add one

tom August 19, 2009, 5:15 am

nice post my friend, as you said after the step3 i got message on my itunes that its in recovery mode. So i restored, but still it s in recovery mode, because when i tried to jailbreak its stopping in between. So please tell me after the step 3 seeing the message on the itunes what do i need to do to get DFU mode?? Thanks in advance

lee August 19, 2009, 6:04 pm

Just switch the iphone off and use redsn0w to jailbreak, redsn0w will guide you through the DFU mode as you go.

god September 23, 2010, 2:19 pm

the guy can not use that if hes not using a mac pc. read the info before giving anyone advice

Dane October 13, 2009, 1:39 pm

iPhone DFU Mode Animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aES6bEY18F4

zain April 18, 2012, 12:48 pm

it says the video is private .. cannot view it dude …

uttegrakest October 23, 2009, 11:51 am

Thanks for guiding me through how to put iPhone in DFU MOde

anon October 30, 2009, 11:27 pm

The redsn0w DFU instrctions are different, and do not always worked. That’s what happened to me, and these instructions got it working for me. Thank you

andre January 8, 2010, 10:45 am

my iphone refuses to go on dfu..i know how to put it on dfu coz i already did those steps when i was upgrading my 1.1.4 to 2.0 2.2 and 3.0 i have 2g iphone…but now it doesnt seem to work i was trying to jailbreak and unlock on OS 3.0 using redsnow but it cant i mean it wont go into dfu even when im in itunes its not reading… any thoughts about this or help is highly appreciated…thank you…

Bryan July 17, 2010, 5:29 am

Pretty good instructions. I also found this how-to video helpful to walk me through the steps: http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-put-unresponsive-iphone-into-dfu-mode-259739/

jimberieJ July 20, 2010, 12:51 am

thanks u saved me alot of money :) I thought the iphone was fuked

Sithron July 24, 2010, 9:42 pm

I just tried this and im getting error 3194, i have a 3gs version 4.0 and i only have to the shsh for 3.1.2. i tried to downgrade but im getting an error

BABIGIRL August 14, 2010, 2:13 am

OMG!! Thank u soooo much, u saved me big time! I thought was phone was going to have to be repaired! TY!!!!

JasonLim September 1, 2010, 10:33 pm

Thanks!! It worked! I’m trying hard to downgrade from 4.0.2. Need a jailbroken iPhone

kito October 21, 2010, 1:42 pm

My iphone lock, I buy iphone 1 day ,I connent Iphone to Itunes,and I update version. Help me please. I would live to use mobilephone.
Device: iPhone3G 4.0 (8A293) Model: MB489J/A Name: kitolsv UUID: A8745D388EF61CC412C84473B0C5E9EC56DC4CB3 Baseband: 05.14.02 – 6.4_M3S2

Dipesh Kotecha November 2, 2010, 6:02 am

I got my iphone locked since i upgraded to version 4.1 when syncing with itunes..Please help me to jail break and unlock it..

sequi March 1, 2011, 3:02 am

hello sir and mrs, i need your help with my iphone 3g.before i sold my ipod touch i was geting wi-fi connectoin with yhe internet that i’m using on my PC(wireless) but i bhought an iphone 3G and i’m trying to connect wi-fi is not finding the wireless of my PC… i went on youtube to learn or get more information but until now i my iphone 3G can’t find any wireless connection and im so tired please help me to find a solution please…

pesslovany June 5, 2011, 7:26 pm

I do it like this: 3sec power then 10sec power and home then relase power and wait till pc dont do noise like connetct then relase all buttons, this instructions are strange….

snead_09 June 16, 2011, 3:48 am

I’m trying to break my phone. I cant do it I need some help.

Fredo June 22, 2011, 12:22 pm

Use a hammer!
If you want help, the least you can do is provide proper information so that other people can help. If you do not show any interest in learning, no one will help.
For next time, try something like:
Hi, I have an iPhone 3GS running OS 4.1 I don’t want to update to 4.3.3 but I want to Jailbreak. I tried this, this and that and the results were these… Am I doing something wrong? Am I missing something?
Thanks for helping!

^^ this should, generally, make someone want to help you and not think you’re a total id10t!

Good luck!

idontcareimjustmadiwastedtime July 6, 2011, 12:10 pm

YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT YOU HAVE TO TURN THE DEVICE OFF BEFORE PUTTING IT IN DFU MODE.. KINDA IMPORTANT, I SPENT HOURS TRYING TO DO IT AND WAS WONDERING WHY IT WASN’T WORKING

MrPiickle July 7, 2011, 12:43 am

No, this guide is for getting from “Restore Mode” to “DFU”.. It’s works a treat, I just done it…

greatkenji August 14, 2011, 5:22 pm

how to restore my ipod without updating?

MrPiickle October 20, 2011, 8:16 pm

Search the IPSW of the software you want and do a shift-restore.

blaine October 20, 2011, 4:26 am

Thanks, Worked great for my iphone. I used the manual way.

Rhys November 30, 2011, 10:56 am

Have iphone 3gs trying to restore in recovery and dfu mode it gets right to the end and comes up with error (-1) what can i do?

sylvester December 31, 2011, 2:14 am

itried to do update my iphone3gs to 4.3
yh but it block my fone
bt i need the 4.3 doe
how am i gonna get it

sylvester December 31, 2011, 2:15 am

can u show me how to get 4.3 on my iphone 3gs
without being blocked

candy ken March 17, 2012, 2:38 am

my phone went off when trying the DFU mode.what should i do next

candy ken March 17, 2012, 2:52 am

my went off when try to trying to get my iPhone into DFU mode

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