How To Put The iPhone X / 8 in DFU Mode : Easy Method – Putting older iPhones (iPhone 7 and below) into Device Firmware Update (DFU) Mode is a straightforward process. However, with the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, things have drastically changed.
What Is DFU Mode?
Device Firmware Update (DFU) Mode on iDevice allows users to do low-level changes to the software running on the gadget. When an iOS device is in DFU mode, it is powered on, but its hasn’t booted up or loaded the operating system yet. Users can make changes to the operating system because it is not yet running.
When To Use DFU Mode?
When troubleshooting an iPad, an iPhone or an iPod Touch, users normally use the Recovery mode. This is true when the device is stuck in a loop after an iOS update. The device may also not run properly because of corrupted data thus recovery mode is also used to correct the problem.
Device Firmware Update (DFU) Mode is used to :
- Jailbreak or un-jailbreak a device.
- Uninstall an outdated (beta) version of the operating system.
- Downgrade the iOS version installed on the device.
- Do a low level restore on the iDevice using ipsw files.
Users who encounter errors with their apps or device after updating to a newer iOS version may need to use DFU mode, as mentioned, to restore functionality to their gadgets.
How To Put The iPhone X / 8 in DFU Mode – Easy Method
You can follow the steps below to put your iPhone X or iPhone 8 into DFU Mode. It is advised that you read and understand the whole procedure below before attempting anything.
Please note that aside from your devices (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X), you will also need iTunes running on a Mac or PC and a Lightning Cable to connect your device to your computer.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X to your computer using the cable provided. iTunes should open automatically and detect your device. If not, open it manually.
Step 2. Completely turn off your device but make sure that it is still plugged in into your computer and iTunes is still running.
Step 3. Press and hold the Side button (Power Button) on the devices for three seconds. You should see the Apple boot up screen. While holding the side button, press the Volume down button and hold both buttons down for ten seconds.
Step 4. The system will detect that these buttons are pressed for the specific time period and the boot up screen should disappear.
Step 5. With the ten seconds up, release the Side button but continue pressing the Volume down button for five more seconds. iTunes should open a message saying it has found a device in recovery mode. Check your device’s screen to see if its entirely black.
The video below shows another easy method to put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X into DFU mode.
After you’ve finished whatever it is you need doing on your iDevice in DFU mode, you can turn off the device and turn it back on again to exit Device Firmware Update Mode.
In times when “Recovery Mode” is not enough to fix or to tweak your iDevice, it good to know how to put iPhone X / 8 into “DFU Mode” for greater control and more “troubleshooting” options. Our guide above will show you the easiest way to do this.
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