How-to Exit From DFU Mode on iPad

How-to Exit From DFU Mode on iPad?

exit dfu mode iPad

Exitting the DFU mode is easy, you can follow the steps below and exit from DFU mode within seconds. If you’re not sure if your iPad is DFU or recovery mode, see the difference DFU and recovery mode here.

Exit Black Screen DFU mode on iPad is just the same step if you want to get out of DFU mode iPhone. No difference at all.

Watch the Video: Exit from DFU mode on iPad

STEPS to exit DFU mode without computer

Hold the Power Button,
Press the Hold the Home Button for 15 Seconds and,
BOOM your out of DFU Mode on your iPad!

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Difference Between DFU Mode and Recovery Mode

Have you ever got word of Recovery Mode and DFU Mode? It’s special state of iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) that allow you to perform software restore through iTunes. The simple difference between Recovery and DFU Mode is whether the iBoot (iOS Bootloader) is loaded or not as soon as your iDevice is booting up.

Recovery Mode is used to upgrade your iOS firmware while DFU Mode is required to downgrade firmware or install custom iOS firmware.

What is iPhone Recovery Mode

Recovery Mode can be used whenever you need a regular iOS firmware restore / upgrade (iOS upgrade now can be done over-the-air on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch). Recovery Mode for iPhone allows you to restore iOS firmware version, in case the installed firmware on device is crash. When you turn on your iDevice into Recovery Mode, the iBoot is loaded and prevents you to downgrade iOS firmware. Besides, you are unable to restore custom IPSW as your device in Recovery Mode.

When your iPhone or iPad or iPod touch entered Recovery Mode, you will see Connect to iTunes screen on your iDevice.

Recovery Mode screen
Recovery Mode screen

What is iPhone DFU Mode

DFU (Device Firmware Update) Mode is needed if you want to downgrade firmware of your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and also when you need to install custom IPSW. The DFU Mode on your iDevice doesn’t load the iBoot meaning that finito, no more verification whether you are downgrading firmware or not. Thus with no iBoot loaded while in the DFU Mode, you’ll be able to downgrade firmware (required SHSH Blobs tho) or restore custom IPSW (required PWNED DFU Mode).

DFU Mode is necessary for people who depend on jailbreaking and unlocking. If you intend to downgrade iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch firmware after an accidental upgrade, you can put the device into DFU mode (Pwned DFU mode, specifically) or if you create a custom firmware for your iPhone to preserve the baseband, you may use the DFU mode to install the custom firmware.

When your iPhone or iPad or iPod touch enters DFU Mode, you won’t see anything on your device’s screen, it would only be blank (black screen).

Difference Between Recovery Mode and DFU Mode

Difference DFU Mode and Recovery Mode
Difference DFU Mode and Recovery Mode

So, the main difference between DFU and Recovery Mode is that, during the Recovery Mode iBoot is loaded which means that you can only upgrade the firmware on your iDevice and during DFU Mode iBoot is not loaded which allows you to downgrade the firmware on your iDevice or install a custom firmware.

Both DFU and Recovery mode will result in iTunes displaying the same alert:

iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.

iTunes alerting Recovery Mode popup
iTunes alerting Recovery Mode popup

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Enter DFU without Home Button (How-to Guide)

Enter DFU without Home Button (How-to Guide)

iPhone Home Button

The tutorial provided below will show you how-to enter DFU without Home button. In case you got an iPhone with broken home button and hardly entering DFU mode for that reason, this guide would be very helpful for you.

With the new feature in redsn0w, you can easily enter DFU mode without pressing home button at all by using a custom IPSW file, helpful for those who has broken or unresponsive home button. What DFU IPSW feature actually do is creating custom IPSW (iOS firmware file) that will cause the device to enter DFU mode at the end of iTunes restore mode then you can restore the IPSW to your device to help you entering DFU mode without need to press Home + power buttons as normal DFU steps.

You device doesnt need to be jailbroken. Enter DFU mode by simply restoring the created DFU IPSW.

Follow these steps to enter DFU mode without home button. You may also do this to enter DFU without power button (in case your power button is broken, which is rarely happen).


  • Download redsn0w 0.9.14b2
  • Download IPSW of your current iOS version

Steps to create custom DFU-mode IPSW to help you Enter DFU without Home Button

  1. Download all required files and put them in a new folder in Desktop.
  2. Extract redsn0w 0.9.14b2 you have downloaded in the same folder

  3. Set Windows compatibility for redsn0w and run redsn0w as administrator

  4. From redsn0w main menu, click Extras → Even More → DFU IPSW

  5. A DFU-mode IPSW workaround pop-up appears to explain what it does. Click OK.

  6. Now you will be asked to select IPSW you have downloaded earlier. Select the file and click Open

  7. While the process starts, you just need to wait while redsn0w creating custom DFU-mode IPSW

  8. Once finished, a pop-up alert appears to let you know that custom DFU-mode IPSW file has been created with the file location.

  9. All you need to do now is saving this custom IPSW file in a safe place so you can easily find it every time you need to enter DFU mode without home button.
  10. And now, how-to use this file to help you enter DFU mode without Home button?

    Simply connect your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad with the broken home button → Open iTunes → Create Backup of your device first (Right Click on the device in iTunes → Backup)

    Right click iTunes then Backup
    Right click on iTunes then Backup
  11. Make sure that iTunes has finished backup your device now you can click on the device → Summary Page; hold down shift key on keyboard (Option/Alt key on Mac keyboard) and click Restore button on iTunes

  12. You will now be asked to select DFU-mode IPSW which created on previous steps. Select the file and click Open

  13. Once your device has been restored, it should be dumped into DFU mode now with black screen remain (without the iTunes logo on the screen) and you can use it as you wish (Jailbreak / Downgrade Baseband / etc).

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If you have followed the steps carefully but still unable to enter DFU mode without home button, please post your problem on the comment section below.

How-to Exit DFU mode on iPhone

This tutorial will guide you how-to exit DFU mode on iPhone, no matter which model, iPhone 2G (first generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4. It also applies to other Apple devices, such as iPod touch, and iPad.

exit iPhone DFU Mode

When the iPhone in DFU mode, the iPhone screen will remain black as it turned off. But, if you hold down the power (sleep/wake) button for a few seconds to turn the iPhone on, it will not turned on.

In order to get the iPhone out of DFU mode, you just need to follow this guide:

Hold down the power (sleep/wake button)
iPhone Sleep/Wake button


Hold down the home button
iPhone Sleep/Wake button

You must hold down both buttons together until an apple logo appear on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad screen. Once apple logo appears on the screen, you can release both buttons and let the iPhone booting.

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