How to Enter DFU Mode on Any iPhone and iPad Model

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You can always experience problems with your iPhone or iPad. There are situations where you will be required to put your iPhone or iPad in DFU mode. However, since it's not an everyday occurrence, users might not be familiar with the technique. If you're looking to enter DFU mode on your iPhone 11 Pro Max or older models, we're here for you.

Enter DFU Mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max or Older Models and iPad Models

Older iPhone models feature Touch ID while newer models make use of Face ID for authentication. Henceforth, they require a slightly different method. The same goes for iPad models as the latest Pro models feature Face ID while older models are rocking Touch ID. Nonetheless, you'll find everything here to enter DFU mode on iPhone 11 and older models or any iPad model.

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There are several reasons why you would want to out your iPhone or iPad in DFU mode or Device Firmware Upgrade mode. For one, if you're looking to fully reset your iPhone or iPad and install new software. In addition, you can also use it as a troubleshooting method. We have devised step-by-step instructions below for your ease.

Do take note that you will need a computer and a Lightning cable to put your iPhone or iPad in DFU mode.

Enter DFU Mode on iPhone Models With Face ID

1. The first thing that you have to do is make sure that your iPhone is connected to the computer running iTunes.

2. Turn Off your iPhone.

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3. Press and hold the Side button for three seconds.

4. When you see the Apple logo on screen, press and hold the Volume Down button. At this point, hold both of these buttons for five seconds.

4. Now, the Apple logo will disappear and the Side button can be released but keep on holding the Volume Down button for another five seconds.

5. On your computer, iTunes should show an alert to confirm that the device is in Recovery Mode and the screen on your iPhone will remain black. That's it, your iPhone is now in DFU  mode.

Enter DFU Mode on iPhone Models With Touch ID

1. Make sure that your iPhone is connected to the computer running iTunes.

2. Turn off your iPhone.

3. Press and hold the Power button on the right for three seconds.

4. Press and hold the Volume Down button on the left while holding the Power button. Keep on holding both buttons for another five seconds.

(Note: If you see the Apple logo on the screen, you have pressed for more than the required time and will be required to repeat the procedure.)

5. Let go of the Power button while still holding the Volume Down button for about five seconds. If the screen stays black, your iPhone is now in DFU mode and iTunes should show you that it has detected your iPhone.

(Note: If the "Plug Into iTunes" screen appears, it means you have pressed for more than the required time and will be required to start over)

Enter DFU Mode on iPhone 6S and Lower Models

1. Connect Your Device to a computer via USB cable.

2. Press and hold the Home button and Lock button.

3. Release the Lock button after eight seconds while continuing to hold the Home button.

4. iTunes will now detect your device in recovery mode.

(If an Apple logo appears, you have held the Lock button for too long and will be required to try again)

Enable DFU Mode on iPad With Face ID

1. Connect your iPad to the computer running iTunes.

2. Press the Volume Up button and release it.

3. Press the Volume Down button and release it.

4. Press and hold the Power button until the screen turns black.

5. Now, press and hold the Power button for three seconds.

6. Press and hold the Volume Down button while holding the Power button. Keep on holding both buttons for another five seconds.

7. Now, release the Power button but continue to hold the Volume Down button for five seconds.

iTunes should now show an alert that it has detected an iPad. This means that the iPad is now in DFU mode.

Enable DFU Mode on iPad Models With Touch ID

1. Make sure iTunes is installed on your computer.

2. Turn off the iPad and connect it to your computer.

3. Press and hold the Home button and Power button at the same time for ten seconds.

4. Release the Power button but keep on holding the Home button.

5. You should see information on iTunes that your iPad is in DFU Mode.

This is all there is to it. It's not that difficult once you're used to the operation. Approximately, all operations mentioned above are similar. You can now restore your iPhone or iPad to the latest software version, whichever is available. If you're not familiar, here's how you can turn off your iPhone 11 Pro.

That's all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the subject? Let us know in the comments if the guide has been useful to you.

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