(Answered) Does DFU Mode Delete Everything?

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DFU mode is a very powerful fix for most issues with your Apple device. However, it is confusing when your device enters DFU mode on its own.

Before you put your device into DFU mode, it is best to go through this guide and figure out whether the DFU mode will delete data on your iPhone.

What Is DFU Mode Used For?

The DFU mode is not something you would want to apply to your phone every day. Even if you run into some issues with your phone, the Recovery Mode fixes them just fine.

So in some situations, you may need the DFU mode, like the following:

  1. If you want to downgrade your operating system on the device. This is because a new update often causes glitches on a device and some people want to return their device to older settings. It is not advised in general but can become crucial if Apple leaves your phone useless after a new OS update.
  2. To jailbreak or un-jailbreak your device
  3. If you want to move on from the beta version of any device
  4. Fix your iPhone that is stuck on the Apple logo

You should be aware that it is risky to put your phone in DFU mode because you may end up losing some data or leave some files to get corrupted.

If you use the DFU mode for jailbreaking or un-jailbreaking your phone, you will end up violating the device’s warranty.

Does DFU Mode Delete Data on iPhone?

When using DFU mode to change the OS on your device or fix any other problem, there is always a risk of losing your data.

It is a similar method to iTunes restore and will delete all your device data and get your device back to its original state.

The photos, videos, and other app settings on your phone will be lost, and when you are finished, you need to restore the device from a previous backup to avoid data loss.

For this reason, we recommend that you keep your data backed up so it is easy to set up the phone once the problem is solved.

How to Put Your Device in DFU Mode?

DFU for iPhone 8 models and above and iPad Without a Home Button

  • On iPhone 8+ and an iPad without a Home button, you need to press the Volume Up button, and Volume Down button and press and hold the side /top button until the display turns black.
  • When the screen goes black, stop holding the side/top button. Now immediately press and top/side button and the Volume Down button for 5 seconds.
  • After 5 seconds, release the side/top button and keep pressing the Volume Down button. Now, wait for the computer to detect your phone to see if the device is in DFU mode.
  • Now check whether the screen is black or otherwise because the steps will have to be repeated if the DFU mode didn’t work.
  • If the device is in DFU mode, you will see a prompt saying the Finder or iTunes found an iPhone in recovery mode. The device needs to be restored before you can use it with iTunes/Finder.
  • Press OK and if you did not see the prompt, repeat the steps above. If the device shows anything other than a black screen, it is not in DFU mode. Repeat the steps again.

DFU for iPhone 7 and below, iPod touch, and iPads Featuring a Home Button

  • Open Finder or iTunes on your computer.
  • Connect your phone to the computer.
  • Press and keep holding the power button for 3 straight seconds.
  • Keep holding the power button and now press the Home button. In iPhone 7 models, press the volume down button and keep holding it for 10 seconds.
  • The screen should remain black, but if it says ‘connect to Finder/iTunes’, the device is in recovery mode.
  • Stop holding the Power button but the Home button pressed for 5 seconds. In iPhone 7 models, keep the Volume Down button pressed for 5 seconds.
  • If you don’t see anything on the screen after following the steps, it is in DFU mode. If you see the ‘connect to Finder/iTunes screen, the device is in recovery mode. Repeat the steps mentioned above.

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How to Exit DFU Mode

When you are done with the update or want to exit DFU mode, here are steps to reverse the state:

  • On iPhone 8 or later: Press Volume Down and Volume Up buttons simultaneously, then press the Side/Power Button and keep holding until the Apple logo flashes on the screen
  • On iPhone 7: press and keep holding the Power/Sleep button and Volume Down button until the Apple logo indicates that the device is back on.
  • On iPhone 6S or older: hold the home and power button together until you see the Apple logo again.

Wrap Up

DFU mode is very powerful, but not perfect. Some issues reside in the hardware of your device which can be fixed only with physical repair.

If your phone does not enter DFU mode, or the issue persists after doing a reset, consider taking the device to a service technician.  

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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