[Apple Way] How to Put iPhone 7/7 Plus into DFU Mode
DFU mode is a mode on your iPhone that allows you to perform several types of actions on your device without loading the operating system. There are many situations where you need this mode so that you can perform your intended task, but it seems many users are not aware that there exists a mode called DFU on their iPhones. Hence this guide that will teach you how to put iPhone 7 in DFU mode.
Once your device enters this mode, you can execute various actions on it and the following guide will also tell you what the mode is, when to use the mode, and what you can do if your iPhone gets stuck in the DFU mode for whatever reasons. Basically, this is a comprehensive guide to using the DFU mode iPhone 7.
- Part 1. What Is DFU Mode on iPhone 7?
- Part 2. How to Put iPhone 7 Into DFU Mode?
- Part 3. When to Use iPhone 7 DFU Mode?
- Extra Tip: iPhone 7 Stuck on DFU Mode? Here is the Fix
Part 1. What Is DFU Mode on iPhone 7?
Before you put iPhone 7 in DFU mode, you will want to learn what is DFU mode iPhone 7 so you know exactly what it is and where you should use it on your device. This section should explain it all for you.
DFU stands for Device Firmware Upgrade which is a mode that users can enter without loading the bootloader or the operating system on the device. To give you a real-world example, say you want to do something with the iOS operating system on your iPhone but you won't be allowed to make core changes to the system without first unloading it. DFU mode does that for you.
While your iPhone is in DFU mode, it can still interact with the iTunes app on your Windows PC or Mac. And since the iPhone can interact with iTunes, you can restore your device using any of your backups stored on your computer.
Part 2. How to Put iPhone 7 Into DFU Mode?
Now that you know what all the DFU mode can do on your iPhone, you may be interested in finding out how you can put your iPhone 7 into DFU mode. Both the modes are different, and the following should teach you how you can put your iPhone 7 into the DFU mode.
Step 1: Plug-in your iPhone to your computer using a lightning cable.
Step 2: On your iPhone, press and hold down the Sleep and Volume Down button for about ten seconds.
Step 3: After ten seconds, let go of the Sleep button but keep the Volume Down button held down for another ten seconds.
Step 4: Open the iTunes app on your computer and it will say ""iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes."
Your iPhone should now be in the DFU mode for you to perform actions on it.
Also read: Put iPhone X/XR/Xs in DFU Mode.
Part 3. When to Use iPhone 7 DFU Mode?
Now that you know how you can reboot your iPhone into the recovery and DFU modes, you will probably want to know how you can use these modes and when you should use them.
The DFU mode on an iPhone is used when you want to perform certain tasks on the operating system of your device. This includes flashing a downgraded or an upgraded firmware version, jailbreaking the device, and making other tweaks to the core system files on the device.
The mode can also be used when your iPhone won't turn on as the mode allows the device to interact with iTunes.
Extra Tip: iPhone 7 Stuck on DFU Mode? Here is the Fix
As you can see in the above section, it's easy to reboot your iPhone into the DFU mode. However, there are cases when users are not able to get their iPhones out of the DFU mode. If your iPhone is stuck in the DFU mode and you are unable to come out of it, the following is what you do.
EnterTenorshare ReiBoot, a software that allows you to fix numerous kind of issues on your iOS based devices. One of the features in the software allows you to get your stuck iPhone out of the DFU mode and the following shows how.
Step 1: Download and run the software on your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer and click on Repair Operating System in the software.
Step 2: On the following screen, click on the button that says Start Repair and then click on Download to download a firmware package for your device.
Step 3: It will begin to repair your iPhone once the firmware is downloaded. Your iPhone should now be repaired and be out of the DFU mode.
We hope the above guide teaches you what iPhone 7 DFU mode is, how you can reboot into it, and when to use it on your iOS enabled device. You have also learned what to do in case your device gets stuck in the DFU mode and won't come out of it.