Apple has changed the smartphone industry since the original iPhone had launched back in 2007. Apple’s iPhone has retired Nokia who was the global phenomenon back in days because iPhone runs on iOS.

Now, iPhone comes with advanced options like Recovery mode and DFU mode. Today we are going to cover the DFU mode feature and reveal information about DFU mode that only a few people know about it.

What is DFU Mode?

The full form of DFU Mode is Device Firmware Update, and DFU mode is different from the recovery mode, and they both serve a different purpose. When you put your iPhone in DFU mode, then the iTunes will skip iBootloader, or (if your smartphone is Jailbroken) Jailbreak loader.

Device Firmware Update mode allows you to select the iOS, Unlock your SIM, and other things, while recovery mode only updates the iOS firmware.

In this mode, you have more options, and features than the recovery mode, where Apple iTunes will update the current firmware or updated firmware if it’s available to solve the problem. The DFU mode also serves another purpose, and it can fix problems that recovery mode unable to fix it.

How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode?

You are an iPhone 7, or below user, then follow these instructions to put your iPhone in DFU mode.

The Apple has removed the home button from iPhone X, and the power button located, and the name change to the sidebar button, so the procedure is slightly different on iPhone X. We will later show you how you can put iPhone 8, and iPhone X on any of the modes.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to iTunes because the process has changed for iPhone 7, and 7 Plus.

Step 2: Now, you have to hold the Volume down button, and then hold the Sleep/Wake button until the iPhone restarts.

Step 3: Your iPhone will go black for a few seconds, then let go of the Volume down button, and Sleep/Wake button.

Step 4: You should be able to see the Apple logo, and then you have failed to put the iPhone in DFU mode.

Step 5: If the screen is black, and the iTunes detects that the iPhone is in recovery mode, then mission accomplished.

Apple has updated the techniques so that this method won’t work on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X series. The side effect of the method is that the volume will go down to zero because you are holding volume down button throughout the entire process.

So, make sure to turn up the volume when you restart your iPhone.

How to get out of DFU Mode?

It is extremely easy. You have to hold the volume button, and sleep/wake button until the connect iTunes message goes away keep holding the buttons.

Tips: What to do if iPhone was stuck on DFU mode and never turn back? Here is the solution to fix iPhone stuck in DFU mode. It is quite impressive.

How to Put iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X in DFU Mode?

Apple has removed the home button on iPhone X, and they have changed the location of the Sleep/Wake button, so the technique has also changed, and we are going to show you step-by-step.

Make sure to connect your iPhone X, or iPhone 8 to iTunes, and make sure that your iTunes detects your smartphone via lightning cable.

Note: The sleep/wake button name has changed to side button.

Step 1: You have to pay attention here. First, press Volume Up button for a second, then press on Volume down button and then hold the Side Button for ten seconds.

Step 2: The iPhone X screen should go black, and that’s when you have to HOLD the Volume Down button.

Step 3: You have to hold the Side Button for five seconds, then let go of the Side Button, and then keep holding the Volume Button.

Step 4: Keep holding the Volume Button until a message pops-up that iTunes recognized the device in recovery mode. Remember, no Apple logo will show up, and the screen will remain black.

Step 5: You can confirm if the device is in DFU Mode, or not by taking a closer look at the recovery mode options, where “Restore iPhone options” available, and “Check for update” is greyed out.

We know that iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X technique has become tricky.


You can get out of the DFU Mode by pressing Volume Up, Volume down, and then keep holding the Side Button until the iPhone kicks out of DFU, or recovery mode, and boots to your iPhone home screen. Let us know what difficulties you have faced during the process in the comment section below.