How to put iPod touch / iPhone into DFU mode

A small guide on how to put your iPod touch / iPhone  into DFU mode. Works with all G’s of iPod touch / iPhone

What is DFU: Device Firmware Upgrade

Step 1: Turn off your iPod touch / iPhone completely and connect to PC / mac

Step 2: Hold down the Power button for 3 seconds

Step 3: Without releasing the power button, also hold the Home button for 10 seconds

Step 4: Without releasing the home button, release the power button and keep holding the Home button  for 20 seconds.

Itunes will identify that you are in DFU mode.

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154 thoughts on “How to put iPod touch / iPhone into DFU mode

  1. had the same problem ipod touch after jailbrake keps restarting it self….if this will work i´ll be hapiest man in the world… :)

  2. Thansk heaps – I just used these instructions to fix my 11 yr old daughter’s ipod touch that was stuck in recovery mode. She went to bed super sad, thinking it was stuffed but she’ll be stoked in the morning!

  3. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! This saved me a trip to the Apple Store!!! No other article explained how to do this.

  4. hii.. a message on my ipod that “ipod is dissabled connect to itunes ” but after connecting it to itunes .. itunes refuse to connect becuase there is some notification like ipod is locked with passcode first unlock ipod then connect . after that i was keep on searching on net and there is another way to restore ipod with holding power and home buttons but the main problem is that power/sleep button of my ipod is not working .. so can anyone please help me …please !!

  5. i am having major issues! this does not work i dont understand..does the ipod have to be off while pressing the buttons if so how is it possible if it is connected to the computer either way it turns on..and when i tried these steps while the ipod was on it still doesnt work it just asks me “slide to power off” please someone help me i just cant seem to put my ipod in DFU mode

  6. Hey everyone!

    I own an 8GB iPod Touch which had iOS4.
    I run Windows XP (pro) on my PC.

    I tried to update it to iOS 4.3 using iTunes.
    It downloaded the stuff and showed “Updating software”.
    In the middle of it all it gave me a notification saying -
    ”iPod could not be updated. an unknown error occurred (1601)”

    Now my Pod’s a brick! it doesn’t do anything, isn’t even detected on iTunes. It just shows the ‘connect to iTunes’ screen when i plug it in!

    I tried to put it in DFU mode and restore, but it gave the same error!
    I have reinstalled iTunes (latest) and rebooted my PC twice. Nothing has worked.
    what should i do, i don’t have an authorized dealer nearby.

    Can I still jailbreak it or get some functionality outta it?
    Please help me ASAP.

    Any help on what to do would be appreciated.
    PS I’m a real n00b, sorry…

  7. what do i do when dfu fails? my touch screen still does not work this really sucks is it water damage or something fucked up on the inside let me know please

  8. That did not work for me. the iReb file just throws up an error message and says it has to close unexpectedly. Still can’t get iTunes to recognise my iPod touch (3rd Gen), even though I tried DFU which allowed iTunes to recognise the device but and that failed halfway through. Now iTunes does not recognise it again.

  9. Hi, I’ve been trying to jailbreak my son’s ipod touch (8gb) for the last 3months UNSUCCESSFULLY and it is honestly DOING MY HEAD IN – my son cannot stand the fact that his ipod has been taken over by his lunatic mother who refuse’s to part with it til it’s done!!!
    I would not only appreciate it-I would actually reward the person who is willing and kind enough to give me step-by-step (VERY EASY & SIMPLE) instructions on how I can jailbreak his ipod, what programs/firmware I need to download, links for these downloads (free downloads) and pics/vids to further assist me of what my comp screen & ipod will (or SHOULD) show me after each step .. Yes … That is how clueless & frustrated I am atm !!!!!!!

  10. So far so good, my iPod touch was flashing between password screen and blinking circle. I am finally able to restore. Thank you!

  11. i need help its not working i did everything but really need help my sister is really mad and im going to get into trouble anybody need help this didnt work!!!!!

  12. Thank you very much for this helpful post. I was able to restore my daughter’s iPod. She did however lose all her apps, yet was able to restore all of her music and movies. Life saver!!!

  13. i use an ipad2 and i forgot the passcode,after several trials,it stated ipad is disabled connect to itunes,but the laptop i last synced it with isnt available,and i connected it to another itunes but its saying i unlock it first and i dont know the passcode,what do i do pls?

  14. Thank you!
    Instead of sending my iPod to repair and paying a silly cost, I fixed it myself.
    I am so grateful :)

  15. Fantastic post but I was wanting to know if you could write
    a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Kudos!

  16. thank you so much, have been trying for days to sort out niece’s ipod and this seems to be working

  17. WOW! I spent all day doing other stuff that I found all over the internet and this finally worked!! So simple, thank you so much!!

  18. Hello, after doing this, i get this notice: itunes cant reach server fpr update because i am not connected to the internet! but i am connected, what now?? please help!

  19. I did this because my ipod sayed ipod disabled connect to itunes and then when I did it, it says installing driver or something (Cant remember full name) then it sayed installation failed and my ipod wont turn on ):

  20. i did this it keep sayin the same stuff. error 3194 like the other way i tried to restore it. now it wont turn back on

  21. you rock, my friend!!
    thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i wonder why apple website can’t come up with something brilliant & simple like this!!!!!

  22. Well it was shosing the usb going into the itune i tried the above instructions and now its completly OFF, wont do anything!! What do i do?

  23. well well well… this sure works… tried all the other apple stuff, none did it.
    DFU worked… it did the trick. thank you!

  24. thanks dear. my iphone was neither charging nor turning on, and even itune was unable to detect it. but using your trick i am now in a process of restore. well done. hopefully it will recover my iphone. great job

  25. Thank you. iPod is now working. Unfortunately the same game was downloaded onto the iPad. I have tried the same thing but iPad doesn’t power off. When connected to iTunes it says an error has occurred.
    Any advice would be much appreciated.


  26. it WORKED this ipod has been broke for 2 yrs and this fixed it how bout that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Please help I have the same problem as Faiz did on june 13 2011 at 1.27am please help its my daughters ipod and she is driving me nuts i cant do anything to restore it

  28. i download offline update without using itunes..i tried to update using dfu mode..but wen i switched ma ipod touch again, its still the old version :(
    will someone please hel me en tell me how to install the offline update!

  29. CAN you help? Updated ipod gen 4 on request of settings. Did this, but wiped EVERYTHING OFF! Now i am unable to load any apps, as i need operating systems 4.2.2, and i only have 4.2.0. Any ideas or is it snookered?

  30. Thank you very much. Tried many things I found on the web to get my son’s iPod unlocked when it became disabled and nothing worked but this! Thank you very much!!

  31. OMG this just saved me, the instructions on the apple web site werent working for me but your steps did the trick. Appericate it!

  32. is it supposed to go into recovery mode now after i unlocked it? i followed the instuctions but didnt want to lose everything.

  33. my i pod 3g does not working.i tried to charge it many sign of power… me……


  35. Didn’t work, still disabled. All this did was try to send me into recovery mode. I’ll try it again, what do I have to lose?

  36. I attempted it once and it didn’t work…I thought I’d give it another go and it worked….so very happy, thanks!

  37. After trying the iOS 6.1 update my iPod 4G was frozen. Following your steps I was able to recover. Luckily I had made a backup just before the 6.1 upgrade.

  38. After following these instructions, I left the iPod plugged in my LapTop for a about 10 minutes, I downloaded the iTune and installed it, in the meantime I also went and downloaded the Download iOS 4.1 For iPod Touch 4th Generation (4G) and it was not installed again in my iPod from the iPod did not allow me to reinstall iTune, I retry to install it 4 times and then I clicked ignore, then by itself the iPod just showed up the already in use menu and nothing was lost, leaving the iPod connected while downloading its driver help to keep the iPone working itself out, don’t be inpatient and nothing was lost. I’d backed up all my daughter’s pictures by pure coincidence before following your instructions. Backing up your work before a major repair is the right way to avoid the upsetting time of losing precious memories. Thank you for your appreciated help.

  39. I did that and heard my computer making noises so i assumed it was working but nothing else happened after….. WHAT DO I DO?!
    Please help!

  40. my iPod Touch 4g (jailbroken) stopped working&is frozen….. It keeps restarting/rebooting by its self. I cant do dfu mode or anything, because my home button is broken. It works SOMETIMES. please help!

  41. I have reset & restored this iPod 4th gen numerous times, the computer sees the iPod to restore & reset but the screen on iPod still is black. Power button, home button do nothing for the iPod .

  42. oh my god! thank you sooo much i have a 2nd Gen iPod touch, and it was running on like, 2.2.1 or something, now its on 4.2.1 !(: THANK YOU

  43. thanks i recently found a iPod touch 5th generation and it was lock best guide to unlock thanks

  44. Thank you so much! This worked amazingly! Anyone who says it doesnt work either doesnt have this problem or isn’t doing it right, coz it worked amazingly for me! Thanks again, I though my iPod was a-goner!

  45. Installed iOS 7 (Not the clean way) on my iPhone 5, worked well for a while, decided to downgrade back to 6.1.4 due to battery issues. Connected my phone to iTunes, and my phone and itunes completely locked down. THANK YOU for helping me get out of it. THANK YOU


  47. I just followed this process, and now my iPod screen is totally black, even the recovery mode screen doesn’t appear. I’m so discouraged. I made an entry on the Apple discussion forum (as BeachcomberNC) this morning and then found this link, thought it would help. It appears that it only made it worse. The whole problem started when I was doing an IOS update, locked up. Now I can’t even get the screen to come on. Any clues or suggestions? Apple kept insisting I run the update, my iPod was working with no problems at all. So I ran the update and now my iPod is unusable. Please see my discussion forum entry for details, or email me, and I can expound. I need help, live in an area with no Apple store, and it’s not covered under warranty. Thank you!

  48. Thank you Thank you Thank you !!!! My sons ipod was locked and with your help we unlocked it.

  49. Everything I do for my sisters iPod touch 5th generation doesn’t work the kids played it till it was dead and now it won’t charge I thank it’s the charger but not sure it’s not been near water or anything can someone please help me with this problem

  50. I have a iPhone 4 and when I go to turn the volume up or down with the buttons it doesn’t show ringtone like it did when I first got the phone and I also have problems with my speakers only on works I was told that one speaker is like for games and the other is for the ringtone but ya and to turn my ringtone down or up I have to go to settings then go to sounds and turn it down or up that way can someone tell me what’s wrong??!!

  51. I need help my iPod is locked or something with i go to get into it it has a pic of a wire and saying iTunes what do I do.

  52. Awesome! My kids “broke” my ipod touch by trying the password too many times. This worked! Now if I can keep the kids off it!

  53. i have put my phone in DFU mode and and for some reason i cant restore it back because of various problems like cannot connect to the server and so an… can you help me…

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