[How To] Force iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into Recovery or DFU Mode

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  1. Tkf1

    Tkf1 Community Development Staff Member

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    This should be used as a last resort, restoring will erase all of your data.

    Recovery Mode

    To force your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into Recovery Mode, follow these simple steps:

    1. Connect your device to your PC or Mac with the USB cable and press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button. (Slide to Power off option will appear, ignore it.)

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    2. The device will reboot, when the Apple logo appears let go of the Sleep/Wake button while still holding onto the Home button.
    3. After a few seconds you should notice that your device now has a Connect to iTunes screen. You can let go of the Home button.

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    4. Your PC or Mac may have already opened iTunes, if not you must now open iTunes to proceed.
    5. iTunes should automatically recognize your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad once the Connect to iTunes Screen is displayed, if not unplug your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and plug it back in.
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    6. Restore your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by clicking the "Restore" button under the "Summary" tab in the "Version" section.

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    DFU Mode

    To force your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode, follow these simple steps:

    1. Connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to your PC or Mac with the USB cable and turn off the device by pressing and holding the power button until you see the Slide to Power off option appear. Slide it to turn off the device.

    2. Hold down both the Home and Sleep/Wake button for 10 seconds.

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    3. Release the Power button will still holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
    4. The device's screen should now be black, you are now in DFU mode.
    5. Your PC or Mac may have already opened iTunes, if not you must now open iTunes to proceed.
    6. iTunes should automatically recognize your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad in DFU mode. iTunes will prompt you to restore the device.

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    Alternatively, if you are having problems entering DFU mode follow this simple video from iH8sn0w.


    FAQ:

    Will I lose my jailbreak if I restore?
    • Yes, you will lose your jailbreak if you restore in iTunes.
    Does restoring get rid of the jailbreak?
    • Yes, restoring will set your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad back to factory default on the latest version of iOS for your device.
    Will I lose my data if I restore?
    • Yes, as this should be used as a last resort, restoring will erase all of your data. You can however restore from a backup once the restore has been completed through iTunes or iCloud.
    My Home button/Power button is broken, how do I force my iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into DFU mode or Recovery Mode?
    • It is still possible to force your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into Recovery Mode or DFU mode with a nonfunctional Power or Home button. Follow these steps below:
    DFU Mode:

    This is a tutorial on how to enter DFU mode if your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad has a broken Home and/or Power button.

    1. Create a copy of the firmware (.IPSW) you wish to restore to and change the file extension from .IPSW to .ZIP.
    2. Extract the .ZIP and then navigate to Firmware > all_flash.
    3. In folder all_flash.xxxap.production and all_flash.xxxap.production delete file:
    • LLB.xxxap.RELEASE.img3
    4. In folder all_flash.xxxap.production and all_flash.xxxap.production rename file:
    • applelogo.xxx.img3 to LLB.m ** ap.RELEASE.img3
    Note: the "x's" are different for every firmware and device.
    6. Rename the file back from .ZIP to .IPSW
    7. Shift+Restore (PC), ALT + Restore (Mac) in iTunes to the edited firmware.
    8. Your device will restore but your iOS device will have a blank screen. You are now in DFU mode.
    9. Restore your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad again by clicking the "Restore" button under the "Summary" tab in the "Version" section.

    There is also an alternative way. In Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 (Mac, Windows) or later you can enter DFU mode without functional buttons.

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    1. Go to “Extras->Even More>DFU IPSW”
    2. Select an IPSW you'll like to restore to.
    3. You'll be asked to save a “ENTER_DFU_[version of the IPSW]".
    4. Shift+Restore (PC), ALT + Restore (Mac) in iTunes to the "ENTER_DFU_[version of the IPSW]".
    5. Your device will restore but your iOS device will have a blank screen. You are now in DFU mode.
    6. Restore your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad again by clicking the "Restore" button under the "Summary" tab in the "Version" section.

    Recovery Mode:

    This is a tutorial on how to enter Recovery Mode if your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad has a broken Home and/or Power button.

    For iOS 3.2 or higher:

    1. Download Blackra1n (Windows, Mac).
    2. Open the Blackra1n Application.
    3. Click "Make it Ra1n."

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    4. It will say 'entering recovery' and the image from www.blackra1n.com should appear on your device. BUT your device will go into recovery mode instead.

    5. Your PC or Mac may have already opened iTunes, if not you must now open iTunes to proceed.
    6. iTunes should automatically recognize your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad once the Connect to iTunes Screen is displayed, if not unplug your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and plug it back in.
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    7. Restore your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by clicking the "Restore" button under the "Summary" tab in the "Version" section.

    If you receive any errors after restoring your device, please visit the iPhone Wiki's list of iTunes errors for possible suggestions to resolve the error. Please feel free to create a new thread if you are still having problems.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2012
  2. ValleyForge

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    Come to think of it, we haven't really had something like this yet. Great idea! :D
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    Nice yet again, I need to make a guide :p then everyone will love me :)
  4. Tkf1

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    We did. But it was extremely outdated and only included recovery mode.
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    ValleyForge Well-Known Member

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    I have a suggestion, for DFU mode step 3 can take up to around ~23 seconds depending on the device, so to be safe I'd say "up to 30 seconds". That's what iReb, Sn0wbreeze, and greenpois0n do anyway, and most other tools say 15, but I've had devices take longer.

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