How To Enable DFU Mode on iPhone X & iPhone 8 / 8 Plus

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In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to Enable DFU Mode on iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus especially if you are a fan of iOS jailbreak or want to update iOS firmware on your device. From time to time the need arises to put iPhone 8 / iPhone X in DFU mode for various reasons as shall be discussed in this post.

If you are already an owner of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X or planning to buy one in future, then you should know the process of entering your device into the DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode as it comes really handy for fixing issues and to prepare iPhone for jailbreak. The DFU mode on an iPhone helps users perform troubleshoot tasks to identify performance issues as well as to get prepare it for firmware update.

Apple has made some changes to the functioning and location of physical home, touch ID and volume button on its new iPhone models released this year. This means the process to enable DFU mode on iPhone is also different to the one on previous iPhone 7/7 Plus or earlier models.

What is DFU Mode on iPhone:

DFU mode, also known as Device Firmware Update mode, enters your iPhone in a special environment that is designed to facilitate interaction between the hardware device and the iTunes software on a PC Windows or Mac without activating the iBoot process.

In simple words, the DFU mode bypasses the iBoot process and firmware loading altogether to give user more control over tweaking device using iTunes, or the Firmware that is or about to be installed on it.

When the DFU mode is enabled it just shows a blank screen on the display which means the device is ready to interface with iTunes to restore your iPhone back to the previous version of the iOS firmware – provided it is still being officially supported/signed by Apple.

How To Activate DFU Mode on iPhone

Let’s take a look at the steps to put your iPhone in DFU mode on iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X device. As you know that physical home button on iPhone X has been sacrificed for bigger display so does the process of invoking DFU mode.


  • An iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X device.
  • Latest iTunes on Windows PC or Mac.
  • USB lightening cable for connecting device with computer.

Step 1 – Make sure your iPhone is properly connected to computer via USB cable.

Step 2 – Launch iTunes on computer.

Step 3 – Make sure iTunes is open and your iPhone is connected to a computer via USB cable before turning it off.

Step 4 – Next, press and hold the Side button on your device for around five seconds. This should take you to the Apple bootup screen.

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Step 5 – Keep pressing down both the Side buttons as in previous step and then hold down the Volume Down button at the same time for about 10 seconds.

Step 6 – As soon as the system detects that these buttons are pressed for a specific period of time it will close the bootup screen.

Step 7 – After 10 seconds, let go of the Side button but keep on pressing the Volume Down button for an additional five seconds. This should prompt iTunes to show a message that it has detected your device in Recovery mode. At this point, your device’s display should be entirely black.

That’s it. You have successfully managed to enter your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X into DFU mode.

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