Newbies Tips: How To Put iPhone In DFU Mode

by Ahmed Omar on September 27, 2011

Wondering how to put iPhone in DFU mode? Wondering what’s DFU mode for iPhone 4? Well, we’ve some things to show you. DFU mode points to Device Firmware Update. We’ve a small guide below to put your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch into DFU mode.

Put iPhone In DFU Mode

What’s DFU Mode:

DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode is not the same as restore mode. DFU mode bypasses the current iOS installed and allows you to upgrade or downgrade your current iOS. If you are getting errors trying to restore in iTunes, DFU mode is very likely for you.

Put iPhone in DFU mode:

STEP 1: Download iTunes and connect your iPhone into your computer.

STEP 2: Hold down the power button for 3 seconds.

STEP 3: Without releasing the power button, hold down the home button for 10 seconds.

STEP 4: Without releasing the home button, release the power button BUT KEEP holding the home button for 30 seconds.

That’s it. Let us know if we can help.

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  • Shortbchboy

    i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!  thanks alot though seriously

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  • iPodTouch3g

    I know how to put my iPod Touch 3g into DFU mode. I already jailbroke it from 5.0.1 tethered with redsn0w. I had turned it off after downloading the newest .10b1 version of redsn0w and plugging it in. I tried entering DFU mode and it wouldn’t go. Thankfully, I had semitether installed so my iPod isn’t completely broken, but would you have any information as to how to force my iPod into DFU mode any other way. I’ve been trying repeatedly for a day now, this is way more than my usual maybe five minutes.

  • 4ndr0id

    thx!!!!!!!!!!!! works perfectly! :)

  • CMaxTheGamer

    thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • CMaxTheGamer

    every time i try to jailbreak my iPod Touch 4G i just followed the instructions it gave me and it never worked!!! but recently i got an iPhone 3G S and i wanted to try one last time to jailbreak so i searched how to put an iDevice into DFU mode and I clicked this one and it worked! you made it very simple!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  • Jackbl

    try kicking it out of whatever mode you got it stuck in using tinyumbrella

  • mynamesdiane

    How do I do this with a broken home button??

  • Guest

    Very carefully… Mines barely working, main reason i jailbreaked(past tense???) I Kept trying until it worked. unless urs is completely broken…

  • pleasse hellpp meeee!!!

    kso ive tried millions of times and redsn0w says dfu mode failed even though ive done it perfectly. i was wondering if there was a better way to get into dfu mode

  • F Abia N

    god i need help i think i broke my ipod 3g i was followwing the steps but something happened and now it doesnt work and its completlly off i mean the screen is totally black what ive fone and how can i fix it!?!?!? please help!!

  • deakan

    good luck doing that as far as i kno this is the only way to put the device in dfu mode

  • Trish Madrid

    how do you get iOS 5.0.1 IPSW file?? i dont have it on my files!

  • suz

    Thank you so much! Worked on my iPod touch 4G.

  • Richie Hernandez

    while your phone, ipod or whatever you have is on, press the lock and home button at the same time for 10 secs and it should go into DFU mode

  • Cardenas519

    Thanks so much 7 hours later I finally did it!! Jaillbroke my itouch 4 gen 5.0.1 with redsnow :) I was having such a hard time with it and I think I was doing the dfu all wrong. Thanks to the post I was able to do it.

  • Deion C.

    its not working for me… trying to hactivate iphone PLEASE HELP.

  • GeNeRaLs JeDDaH

    it’s working ..good .. with me ..thanks

  • Guest

    do you have to have your ipod on or off when you start?

  • Herwit1048

    its worked. Good Job. Thanks in advance