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Put iPhone into DFU Mode/Recovery Mode


If you are an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad user, you must have heard DFU Mode and Recovery Mode and need to put iPhone iPhone into DFU Mode or Recovery Mode. But many people have no idea what these two modes are exactly about and why we need DFU and Recovery Mode. This page will explain all the information for you. If you are troubled by this problem, please read no more than this article.

What are DFU Mode and Recovery Mode?

DFU, stands for Device Firmware Update, is used to change the firmware on the device. While the Recovery Mode is a built-in features of your iDevice that you can active to restore or repair your iDevice.This mode need to be used when your operating system has become corrupt, which can happen as the result of a failed update, or a failed backup. Both of these two modes are two ways to restore, upgrade or downgrade your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

Difference Between DFU Mode and Recovery Mode

By no means DFU and Recovery Mode are same things. In DFU mode, your device is kind of forced to restore. In Recovery Mode, it doesn't always have to restore. The main difference between DFU and Recovery Mode lies in iBoot. The DFU Mode bypasses the iBoot so you can downgrade the current firmware while the Recovery Mode use iBoot during restoring or upgrading your iPhone. iBoot is the bootloader on iPhone OS devices that makes sure that you are flashing a firmware version greater than or equal to a current one.

When Shall We Need to Put iPhone into DFU Mode or Recovery Mode

Here are some situations when your iDevice come across and you cannot fix it, you might need to use these modes.

* Reset iPhone/iPod touch/iPad when you forget passcode

* Downgrade Firmware version

* Upgrade iOS firmware

* When iTunes Returns errors like 1013, 1603

How to Enter DFU Mode and Recovery Mode on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch?

Part 1. How to Put iPhone/iPad/iPod touch into DFU Mode

Step 1. Make sure you have downloaded latest version of iTunes. Turn on your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch and connect it with Mac/Windows computer. Run iTunes when your iDevice is connecting.

Step 2. Hold the Home button and Power button simultaneously for 10 seconds. If Apple logo appears, you've held them too long and will need to start again.

Step 3. When your device turns off completely, just release Power button but keep on pressing Home button for about 5 seconds.

Step 4. When the screen is black, your iPhone/iPod/iPad is in DFU mode now.

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Part 2. How to Put iPhone/iPod touch/iPad into Recovery Mode

Step 1. Just open iTunes on your Mac/Windows computer.

Step 2. Make sure your device is OFF and UNPLUGGED with computer.

Step 3. Hold down the Home button and Power button on your iDevice until it is powered off.

Step 4. Now press and hold the Home button and plug your device with PC.

Step 5. Keep holding the Home button as you will see an Apple logo appears by "Connect to iTunes". Leave the Home Button now as you have successfully entered Recovery Mode.

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