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February 10, 2013

How to Put an iPhone Into DFU Mode

DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. Sometimes when tinkering with your iPhone or when all else fails to get it restored in iTunes you will want to try DFU mode get you out a hole. Basically what happens is that when your iPhone is in DFU Mode it does not load the OS before attempting the restore.

To get your iPhone into DFU Mode to perform a restore follow these steps


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Open up iTunes and connect your iPhone

Step 2

Turn your iPhone off

Step 3

Hold power and home buttons together for *exactly* 10 seconds

Step 4

Release the power button but keep holding the home button until the PC beeps as it would when a USB device is recognized

Step 5

You will see this message below and you are now in DFU mode so go ahead and try a restore
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Please note the iPhone screen will remain Black at all times so dont panic this is normal. If the Apple logo shows while holding both buttons you are holding them to long. If you are not getting the iPhone into DFU try adjusting the 10 seconds to 9 then 8 etc as its a game of timing.

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