As an iPhone user, I have gone through the path of DFU and Recovery modes a number of times. Whenever I run into any complicated issue which doesn’t seem to be ending or threaten to render my iOS device useless, these two modes help me break the shackles.

Even though most of you may be fully aware of how to put your iPhone into DFU or recovery mode, many of you may not be aware of the difference between the two modes. Keeping in mind how significant they are, we have tried to explain their major functionality and what separates them from each other. Let’s find out!

How to Put iPhone into Recovery Mode

DFU Mode vs Recovery Mode

  • DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode puts your iPhone and iPad into a state in which it is able to communicate with iTunes; even without activating boot loader or iOS. Most significantly, it allows your device to get restored from any state.
  • If you want to jailbreak your iPhone, remove jailbreak, get rid of outdated beta or when the device is not working/completely unresponsive, DFU mode can help you out.
  • However, in recovery mode, iTunes restores your iPhone to its original factory settings but with the latest iOS and firmware.
  • If your iOS device is unresponsive or faced with any intriguing issue, updating through Software Update is not working; recovery mode can let you fix the issue.
  • When your iPhone is in Recovery mode, you will see iTunes logo and Lightning cable on the screen, indicating that you need to connect the device to a computer.
  • DFU mode lets you change and choose the firmware you wish to install on your iPhone.
  • To be more precise, if you wish to install a previous version of iOS, unlock SIM, jailbreak your iOS device, you will need to use DFU mode.
  • Just in case recovery mode isn’t working on your device in order to either troubleshoot any issue or get it back into working condition, DFU mode can help you fix the problem.
  • When your iPhone is in DFU mode, you will see a black screen with nothing on it.

How to Put iPhone and iPad into Recovery Mode

Step #1. Turn Off your iOS device. Press and hold down the On/Off button for 3 seconds.

Step #2. Now, swipe the slide to power off slider to the right.

Step #3. Press and hold down the Home button on your device. (on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, press and hold down the volume down button.)

Step #4. Now, you have to plug your iPhone into your Mac or Windows PC. Ensure iTunes is running on your computer.

Step #5. Next, you need to release the Home button (volume down button on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) when Connect to iTunes screen appears.

iTunes will show an alert saying it’s detected an iPhone in recovery mode, and tell you to restore your device.

How to Exit Recovery Mode on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Press and hold the Home and Power button for about 15 seconds till the screen goes blank.

Step #2. Now release the Home button but press the power button till it boots up.

How to Put your iPhone or iPad into DFU Mode

Step #1. First off, plug in your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC. Ensure that iTunes is running on your computer.

Step #2. Next, turn Off your device. (Head over to this post to put your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus into DFU mode.)

You need to press and hold down the On/Off button for up to 3 seconds.

Step #3. Swipe the slide to power off slider to the right.

Step #4. Press and hold down the Home button (on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, press and hold down the volume down button) while still holding down the On/Off button.

Make sure to keep holding both buttons for 10 seconds.

Note: If you hold both the buttons for a bit longer, Apple logo will appear on the screen. In this case, start the process again.

Step #5. Now, release the On/Off Button but keep holding the Home button for about 5 seconds.

Note: Just in case “Plug into iTunes” screen appears (meaning you have held it for a bit longer than needed), you will need to start the process all over again.

That’s it!

You have successfully put your iPhone into DFU mode. The screen of your device will stay black. Now, you should see an alert saying iTunes has detected your iPhone and will allow it to be restored.

How to Exit DFU Mode on iPhone and iPad

Assuming your iPhone is in DFU mode and you want to get out of it.

Step #1. Launch iTunes on your computer.

Step #2. Plug your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. Now, let iTunes recognize your device.

Step #3. Next, you need to press Home (on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, press and hold volume down button) and Power/Sleep buttons at the same time for 10s.

Step #4. Now, release the Home and Power buttons at once.

Next up, quickly press the Power button. Your device will restart and exit DFU mode.

That’s all there is to it! You can use third party tools like PhoneRescue to exit DFU mode.

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  • miamzh

    I hv updated software on 17/09/2014; later on noticed iphone5 button don’t works. pls help