How to put your iPod Touch or iPhone Into DFU mode

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Similar to recovery mode, DFU mode enables you to perform specific tasks on your iOS device, such as gaining root access, troubleshooting problems with the operating system and downgrading your firmware. Short for device firmware upgrade, DFU mode makes the display on your iOS device black and is indistinguishable from the device being turned off. For this reason, it's important to save your data by backing up the device before entering DFU mode.

  • Turn on your iOS device, connect it to your computer using its USB connector cable, and open iTunes if the program doesn’t start automatically.

  • Right-click the device icon and select “Back Up.”

  • Press and hold the power button for three seconds. The power button is located on the top edge of the device.

  • Press and hold the home button for 10 seconds without letting go of the power button. The home button is located on the face of the device.

  • Release the power button and continue holding the home button for 30 seconds until the device goes black.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you hold both buttons down for EXACTLY 10 seconds.
  • If you don't get it the first time, try it again!
  • Incorrectly performing a process for your iOS device while in DFU mode can potentially cause an error forcing you to wipe the device and restore the firmware.
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