How to Put iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR into DFU Mode [Process is Same for iPhone 8/8 Plus]

Whether you want to change firmware or troubleshoot a complex issue, you may require entering DFU mode on your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR. Dive right in to discover the right way to get it done!

Whenever I encounter complex issues, the trick that I never fail to miss out when nothing seems to work is — “DFU” (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode. And most of the times, it does click in troubleshooting the adamant problems. Apple has slightly tweaked the process of entering DFU mode on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone XR (as well as iPhone 8/8 Plus). Considering how significant it is, I thought it would be nice to create an upfront guide about putting the iPhone X series on DFU mode.

So, the next time you come across annoying issues like iPhone stuck on Apple logo, touchscreen unresponsiveness and more; you shouldn’t fail to give this trusted savior a try. Let me help you get started with it!

How to Enter DFU Mode on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR (as well as iPhone 8 and 8 Plus)

Note: Make sure your computer is running the latest version of iTunes.

Step #1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step #2. Now, turn off your iPhone as usually. (Go to Settings → General → Shut Down → Swipe the slider to the right.)

Step #3. Press and hold the On/Off button on the right side of your device for 3 seconds.

Step #4. Then, press and hold the volume down button on the left side of your device while still holding down the side button.

Step #5. Keep holding both buttons for 10 seconds.

Note: If you see the Apple logo on the screen, you will have to follow the steps as mentioned above again. Hence, make sure not to hold the buttons for too long.

Step #6. Next, release the On/Off Button but continue to hold the volume down button for about 5 seconds.

Note: If you see “Plug into iTunes” screen, it means you have entered your device in Recovery Mode. You will have to follow the steps all over again. Therefore, make sure not to hold the button for too long.

Step #7. If your device’ screen stays black, that means it has successfully entered DFU mode.

Check out the alert from iTunes saying it has detected your iPhone and will allow it to be restored.

How to Find out Whether Your iPhone Entered DFU Mode or Not

  • If your iOS device’ screen shows an Apple logo, you haven’t followed the steps correctly and have rebooted the device instead. You have to start all over.
  • If the iOS device’ shows an iTunes logo, you didn’t follow the steps correctly and instead entered the device into Recovery Mode. Now, you need to restart your device to get out of Recovery mode and begin the process again.
  • If iTunes doesn’t pop up a message saying that an iPhone has been detected and can be restored, that means it didn’t enter DFU mode.
  • If your iOS device’ screen doesn’t stay black, that means it’s not in DFU mode.

How to Exit DFU Mode on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR ( as well as iPhone 8 and 8 Plus)

Once your iPhone has been successfully restored, it will get out of DFU mode itself.

But if you entered DFU mode on iPhone mistakenly and want to exit it, simply restart the device by holding down the power button and volume down button until you see the Apple logo.

Wrapping up

I hope you can now get the most out of DFU. Let me know your thoughts about it.

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