How to Enable / Disable DFU and Recovery Mode on iPhone X, iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

If you own an iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 In addition, the process to enable DFU mode and recovery mode on these devices is different from previous models. The main reason behind this difference is the absence of the Start button in these models. But you do not need to worry or panic, the process is quite simple and straightforward.

The process to enable and disable DFU / Recovery mode on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is also similar to iPhone X and iPhone 8. You can follow our step-by-step guide to enter DFU mode on the series models 7 of iPhone.

For all other previous models, the process is different due to the presence of the real Start button. In case the Start button on your iPhone does not work correctly or breaks on a previous model, even then you can enable DFU mode on the iPhone using this guide.

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For an average user, it makes no sense to know what the difference between these is Two important modes on iPhone For advanced users, especially those who want to install a custom application and play with the real software on which the iPhone is running, the difference between recovery mode and DFU mode does matter.

Recovery mode: When or put an iPhone in recovery mode, means that the device is now ready to accept the new firmware. This mode is generally used to install the improved version of the iOS firmware or restore the existing firmware version.

The recovery mode, in fact, activates the iBoot process that verifies the integrity of the software with the Apple servers. It is the iBoot system (boot manager) that verifies if the firmware is still signed by Apple and is compatible with that of the current device.

The recovery mode is confirmed after the appearance of the iTunes logo + lightning cable on the iPhone screen.

DFU Mode: The DFU mode, which is the abbreviation of Device Firmware Update Mode, is different from the recovery mode because it also ignores the iBoot system of iOS devices. It provides more control to users to manipulate the firmware installation process in some way.

When the device is in DFU mode, it shows a completely empty screen without any logo or text. The DFU mode is generally used to install the previous version of the iOS firmware or to downgrade the iPhone's firmware.

How to put iPhone X, iPhone 8 in DFU mode:

It is very important that you follow the instructions that are mentioned below. carefully, otherwise, it will enter recovery mode or end with a restart.

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  1. First, start iTunes on your PC or Mac computer and connect your iPhone with a USB cable.
  2. Turn off your iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus model by pressing and holding the side button (power button) and then sliding the slider to the right. (You can also go to Settings> General> Turn off the device to turn it off.)
  3. Press and hold the side button for 3 seconds and do not release it.
  4. While holding down the side button, now also press the button to lower the volume.
  5. Keep both buttons pressed for the next 10 seconds.
  6. Release the side button but press and hold the button to lower the volume for the next 5 seconds.

If the iPhone screen remains black, and alert appears in iTunes on your PC, you have successfully enabled the DFU mode on iPhone X. However, if the screen shows an iTunes logo + lighting cable, it means that you have mistakenly placed your iPhone X in recovery mode. You need to restart the entire process to reach the DFU status.

How to disable DFU mode:

The existing DFU mode on iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is quite simple. Press and hold the side button and the volume down button until you see the Apple logo. That's. Successfully came out of the DFU mode.

How to enable recovery mode on the iPhone X and later models:

If you want to put your iPhone X in recovery to update it or restore the existing firmware version, here are the steps.

  1. Connect your phone with the PC using the USB cable.
  2. Start iTunes. If it is already open, close it first and then turn it on again.
  3. Press and quickly release the button to increase the volume, then press quickly and release the button to lower the volume. At the end, press and hold the side button. The phone will reboot in recovery mode.

How to exit recovery mode:

Getting rid of recovery mode is very simple. Unplug your iPhone from the PC and press the side button to start your device normally.

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