iPhone or iPad in DFU mode
iPhone or iPad in DFU mode

Unfortunately , Apple devices are not infallible, and have failures that can leave us out of control without knowing what to do. But there is always a solution with an electronic device, and Apple keeps a way to repair a software problem on our iPhone or iPad by entering it in the “recovery mode” or DFU mode, a mode that will allow us to restore our iOS devices in a way simple by connecting it to iTunes.

Normally we will have to introduce our device in DFU mode when iTunes does not recognize it, if the screen has been blocked with the Apple logo for several minutes or simply when we do not see the screen to connect to iTunes. That is, all problems related to the software can be solved by putting the devices in DFU mode to restore them.

So you can put your iPhone or iPad in DFU mode

The first thing is to have all the necessary tools. The main one is a computer, either a Mac or a PC with iTunes always installed in the most updated version . iTunes must be closed, and once done we will connect our device to the computer and open iTunes.

Once the iPhone or iPad is connected, we will proceed to force the restart by pressing a series of buttons, which will vary depending on the terminal that we are using. It is important that you do not release these buttons until the Connect to iTunes screen appears on your device.

The combination of buttons depending on our terminal is as follows:

  • iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: we will quickly press and release the volume up button, then the volume down button and finally we will keep pressing the side button until we see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  • iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: we must keep the side buttons and volume down at the same time until we see the Connect to iTunes screen.
  • iPhone 6s or earlier, iPad or iPod Touch: we will press the start and side buttons at the same time until the Connect to iTunes screen appears.
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Once we have pressed this combination of buttons at once in iTunes we will get a dialog box with two options: Update and Restore. First we must select the Update option so that iTunes can reinstall the operating system without removing our personal data. If this process does not work, we must re-enter DFU mode and unfortunately restore the computer losing all of our personal data, although we expect you to be proactive and make backups often.

Leave us in the comments box what do you think of this tutorial. Have you ever had to put your device in recovery mode?

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