A DFU Restore, as fancy as it may sounds, isn’t as fancy as much as it is not uncommonly used.


Now let’s say your iPhone suddenly has a  problem that you can’t fix yourself and you decide to pay a little visit with the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple Store or a Apple Authorized Service Provider so that you can have them fix your iPhone.


They will try to do a couple of things that you might have already done yourself back home like restarting the iPhone, performing a hard reset and so on. But there’s one particular trick that they’ll do that will restore your iPhone back and fix every problem it might have had without a single chance of it failing. 


And that is where you’ll find them putting your iPhone into DFU Mode (Device Firmware Update).


So why take the trouble to travel all the way there and as well as be charged a very expensive service charge just so that they can perform a simple five step process that fixes your iPhone that you could have done back home in your underwear?



What does a DFU Restore do?

It is the deepest type of restore that you can do for your iPhone.

When you perform a DFU Restore, it fixes your iPhone by restoring the very code that builds up/controls both the software and hardware of your iPhone.

It’s as simple as that. 🙂


A Word of Warning.

There’s always the chance that something could go wrong. If your iPhone is damaged in any way especially if it is water damaged then performing a DFU Restore may break your iPhone. So be sure to check your iPhone thoroughly for any signs of water damage (which I’ll guide you step-by-step methodically in every guide at Saint) before resorting to a DFU Restore. If your usable iPhone was to have minor problems then it can become completely unusable if the DFU restore fails because of water-damage.



What you’ll need.

  If you can, make sure to back up your iPhone to your iCloud or better yet your iTunes. 


Awesome. Let’s dive right in.



How to Put iPhone in DFU Mode : 5 Steps


Step 1:  Go ahead plug your iPhone into your computer and open up your iTunes. (it doesn’t matter if your iPhone is on or off)


Step 2:  Next, press and hold your Power button and your Home button (if you’re on iPhone 6S or below) or your Power button and your Volume Down button (if you’re on iPhone 7 or Higher) together for 8 seconds. 


Step 3:  You’re doing great! Now after 8 seconds, release the Power button but continue to hold down on your Home button (if you’re on iPhone 6S or below) or your Volume Down button (if you’re on iPhone 7 and above) until iTunes says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

how to put iPhone in DFU ModeStep 4:  Now all you have to do is just let go off your Home button or Volume Down button that you were holding down. Your iPhone’s screen will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it is not, then don’t worry! Just try again from the top.


Step 5:  Finally, just restore your iPhone using iTunes. 


Voila. That’s it!  



How to Put iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X in DFU Mode : 5 Steps


Your iPhone doesn’t need to be off before you put it in DFU Mode.


Step 1:  Go ahead quickly press and release your Volume Up button then quickly press and release your Volume Down button and then quickly press and hold down on your Side button until you find the screen goes black.


Step 2:  As soon as your iPhone’s screen turns black, press and hold down on your Volume Down button while continuing to hold down your Side button.


Step 3:  You’re almost done! Now after 5 seconds, release your Side button but continue to hold down on your Volume Down button until your iPhone shows up in iTunes.


Step 4:  Finally, as soon as you see your iPhone appears in iTunes, release the Volume Down button. 



If you find the Apple logo is appearing on your iPhone’s screen, then that’s because you held down the Volume Down button for a little too long. Don’t worry! Just try again from the top.


Voila! Piece of cake.



Share this guide with anyone, your friends or your family if they’re looking to learn how they can put their iPhone into DFU Mode to restore it and have it fixed.
They’ll appreciate it. 🙂



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