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How to Turn On iPhone 8 Or iPhone X DFU Mode When Recovery Mode Doesn’t Work

What do you know about iPhone X DFU Mode? After the release of the iPhone 8 or iPhone X series, Apple made some modifications to the way a forced restart is performed. Not just this but also the way that devices just add into DFU mode. These modifications remain in place for Apple’s new iPhone X series. These are iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR devices.

However, a forced restart also is used when the iPhone is freezing, showing bugs, or also stopped responding fully. DFU mode stands for Device Firmware Update. Alternatively it back up an iPhone if a restart or standard Recovery Mode can’t fix the issue you’re experiencing.

DFU mode enables the device interface via iTunes, update the firmware, and back up the OS without automatically downloading the last downloaded model. It’s essential for installing previous models of iOS if a beta continuously hangs your phone. Or else if a jailbreak goes worst.

How to Turn On DFU Mode

Before following the steps below, you must know that you have the latest model of iTunes installed on your PC.

Step 1:

Initially, enable your iPhone if it isn’t already.

Step 2:

Now connect it to your PC via a Lightning to USB cable.

Step 3:

Then launch iTunes on your PC. Also, check that your iPhone is shown on your devices list.

Step 4:

On your iPhone, hit the Volume Up button immediately that is followed by the Volume Down button.

Step 5:

Then, hit and hold the Side button (or power button) until your iPhone’s screen changes into black.

Step 6:

Then release the Side button and then again hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button simultaneously for a total of 5 seconds.

Step 7:

Now leave the Side button, but continue to hit the Volume Down button.

Step 8:

Wait for five seconds for iTunes to recognize DFU recovery mode has been turned on.

You must view a dialog box saying “iTunes has analyzed an iPhone in recovery mode. You must back up this iPhone before you can use it with iTunes”. If you don’t view the message, then repeat the steps mentioned above.

After you closed the iTunes recovery prompt you can move ahead and back up your iPhone back to factory settings by choosing Restore iPhone on the iPhone Recovery Mode screen. Once backed up, your iPhone will automatically leave DFU mode and boot up to its activation screen.

How to Exit DFU Mode

If you turned on DFU mode and want to manually exit out of it, here’s how it’s done.

Step 1:

Hit the Volume Up button on your iPhone and instantly release it.

Step 2:

Hit the Volume Down button and release it.

Step 3:

Hit and hold the Side button until the Apple logo seems on your iPhone’s screen.

Now your iPhone exited DFU recovery mode.


Here’s all about ”iPhone X DFU Mode When Recovery Mode Doesn’t Work”. Is this article helpful? Have you ever face any issues while enabling DFU mode? Have you found any other alternative that we can’t cover in this article? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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