[Detailed Guide]How to Put iPhone 8/iPhone X in DFU Mode

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Myra Updated on Jun 25, 2019 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Unlike putting iPhone in Recovery Mode, which enables you to re-install your iOS operating system, putting iPhone in DFU mode makes it possible for you to change your operating system. That's why when you need to downgrade your iOS version, it's necessary for you to put your iPhone in DFU mode. If you are using an iOS version with bugs you can't put up with, you may want to downgrade it to the previous version when there is no improved iOS system available. Thus this article is written to detail the method to put iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X in DFU mode. The ways to put iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 in DFU mode are also provided in case you need them. Read on to get more details.

How to put iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in DFU mode

How to put iPhone in DFU mode

To make sure the process goes smoothly, you'd better equip your computer with the latest version of iTunes. What's more, putting your iPhone in DFU mode will erase your iPhone data. To avoid data loss, you are recommended to back up your iPhone to the computer first before your iPhone enters DFU mode. Last but not least, since it's very easy to make mistake during the process, you may need to go over the steps first before you perform the method on your iPhone.

Tip 1: Put iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus/iPhone X in DFU mode

Step 1: Connect your iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus/X to your computer and lauch iTunes.

Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Side button (Sleep/Wake button) until you get a black iPhone screen.

Step 3: When your iPhone screen goes black, release Side button only and then quickly press and hold both Side and Volume Down Buttons for 5 seconds.

Step 4: Then release Side button only and hold the Volume Down button for another 5 seconds.

Step 5: During the process, pay close attention to iTunes. When you see a small window in iTunes telling you iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode, release the Volume Down button and check your iPhone screen. If it's black, fortunately, you have put your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in DFU mode successfully. While if it's not, for example, it's the "connect to iTunes" screen, you have to repeat the steps above to enter DFU mode again.

Step 6: If you have put your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in DFU mode successfully, click OK and then choose to Restore iPhone. When it's completed, your iPhone will exit DFU mode automatically.

Tip 2: Put iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus in DFU mode

Step 1: Connect your iPhone 7/7 Plus to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Press and hold Sleep/Wake button (Side button) until a slider appears. Drag the slider to shut down your iPhone.

Step 3: Then hold and press both Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button for 10 seconds.

Step 4: Keep holding Volume Down button only for 5 seconds after the 10 seconds.

Step 5: If your iPhone screen remains black, you are now in DFU mode. And iTunes will tell you that it has detected your iPhone. (To exit DFU mode, you just need to turn off your iPhone.)

Tip 3: Put iPhone 6 or earlier in DFU mode

Step 1: Connect your iPhone 6 or earlier to your computer and run iTunes.

Step 2: Hold and press Sleep/Wake button (Side button) until you see a slider on the screen. Drag the slider to switch off your iPhone.

Step 3: Press and hold both Sleep/Wake button and Home button for 10 seconds.

Step 4: Then keep holding Home button only for another 5 seconds.

Step 5: If your iPhone screen stays black, your iPhone is in DFU mode now. At the same time, a window in iTunes will pop up and tell you iTunes has detected your device. (To exit DFU mode, you just need to turn off your iPhone.)

How to back up your iPhone files to protect your important data

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Sounds great? Install MobiMover on your Mac or PC, then follow the steps to make a backup of all your iPhone content.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows or Mac OS systems with a USB cable. Tap "Trust" on your iPhone screen to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover on your computer, and select the "Phone to PC" to help you back up iPhone data to Window PC. On the right pane, click "Next".

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Step 2. MobiMover enables you to transfer all the iPhone files at once, including photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more. The default storage path is C:\Users\Owners\Desktop. You can customize a location by yourself in advance. Now choose the desired files you want to back up, and click "Transfer". 

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Step 3. Wait patiently until MobiMover finished all data migration from your iPhone to your computer. Once done, you can view, edit, keep, or delete the content as you like.

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