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How to Restore iPhone/iPad From ‘DFU Mode’ With or Without iTunes

By Novak Bozovic / February 3, 2021

More advanced iPhone and iPad users have probably encountered 'DFU Mode' before. DFU stands for 'Device Firmware Update,' and it’s a gateway to performing all kinds of modifications to your device, including installing an older iOS version. As such, if you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing, your device might get stuck in this mode, making it unresponsive. So, let’s talk about how to restore iPhone/iPad from DFU mode with or without iTunes. 

2 Easy Methods to Restore iPhone/iPad From DFU Mode (With or Without iTunes)

There are two methods to fix an iPhone, or iPad stuck in 'DFU Mode' – and both of them will get the job done. However, what’s important to note is that using iTunes will erase your device’s contents. Using a third-party app will help you keep your data (which comes in handy if you haven't backed up your device in a while).

Method #1: Restore Your iPhone/iPad From DFU Mode via iTunes

We’ll go the "official" way first, using iTunes – as recommended by Apple. With that said, keep in mind that your device will be restored in the process, so you’ll need to set it up again (from scratch). Go through the following steps. 

Checking macOS Software Update via System Preferences
Restoring iPhone via iTunes on Mac

Method #2: Restore Your iPhone/iPad From DFU Mode via Third-Party App

For our second method, we chose to recommend Wondershare’s Dr. Fone. You'll find plenty of similar applications on the Web, but this one is perhaps the safest. It's also straightforward to use, as you're about to see. 

Wondershare Dr Fone Home Screen With System Repair Selected
Picking a System Repair Level Dr Fone
Putting iPhone Into Recovery Mode
Picking a Device Model and System Software Version Wondershare Dr Fone
Updating Firmware on iPhone
Fixing Operating System Errors iPhone Wondershare Dr Fone

That would be all there's to know about how to restore iPhone/iPad from 'DFU Mode' with or without iTunes. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post your comment below. And lastly, thanks for reading!



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