Here’s how you can enter DFU Mode on iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 lineup is the most advanced smartphones from Apple. Still, they are a piece of electronics with plenty of software in it. So, you never know when one of them could malfunction. Even Apple knows this, which is why, to overcome these issues, Apple has put a DFU mode in its devices. In this article, we will detail how to enter DFU Mode on the iPhone 11.

 how to enter DFU Mode On iPhone 11

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DFU mode – what is it?

A DFU mode or Device Firmware Update mode could prove a handy solution when no other trick is working. It could help to get your phone back in working condition, where it can communicate with iTunes on Windows or Mac. It basically allows the device to be restored from any state.

When you enter the DFU mode, you can download firmware if required as it skips the iBoot bootloader. Since the standard Recovery Mode runs iBoot, it means you can only restore to factory settings with the latest iOS firmware.

However, entering the DFU Mode requires a bit of expertise as you need to press and hold different buttons for a specific period of time. If you don’t succeed in the first attempt, then you should try again.

To enter the DFU mode, you will need the following things – your iPhone, a computer and a Lightning cable. Now, let’s look at the steps of how to enter DFU Mode on the iPhone 11.

How to enter DFU Mode on iPhone 11

First, connect your phone to the computer and make sure that iTunes is running.

Second, switch off the iPhone.

Third, now press and hold the Side button for about three seconds. After you see the Apple logo, press and hold the Volume Down button as well. Now, hold  both the buttons for about ten seconds.

Fourth, after the Apple logo disappears, release the Side button, but continue to hold the Volume Down button for about five seconds more.

If you perform the above steps correctly, the iPhone display will remain black with no text and logos.

Fifth, on the computer, iTunes will display an alert confirming that the device is in Recovery Mode. You will get the following message: “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”

The screen on the iPhone will remain black, and once the process is complete, your phone will enter the DFU mode. Now you can update the device through iTunes by following the onscreen instructions.

Now that you know how to enter DFU Mode on the iPhone 11, you should know how to exit the mode as well. Exiting the DFU mode is a straight forward process:

First, press and release the Volume Up button.

Second, press and release the Volume Down button.

Third, hold down the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

How to enter recovery mode?

Now that you know how to enter DFU Mode on the iPhone 11, let’s talk about how to enter recovery mode on the iPhone 11.

First, connect your iPhone 11 to a Mac or PC via a Lightning to USB cable.

Second, press and release the Volume Up button.

Third, press and release the Volume Down button.

Fourth, now quickly press the Side button and continue to hold the Side button. The device will now reboot.

Fifth, continue to hold the Side button, even after the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Sixth, after you see the “Connect to iTunes” logo, release the Side button.

Seventh, now connect the iTunes to the Mac or PC. You will now see a message saying that your device is connected in Recovery Mode. You will now get the option to update or restore the software on the iPhone.

To exit the Recovery Mode, press and hold the Side button until the Connect to iTunes logo and text disappears from the screen. After this, the iPhone will reboot back to the iOS.

How to power off/force restart iPhone 11?

Now, let’s check how you can power off the 2019 iPhones.

To power off the iPhone, press and hold the Side button along with the volume up or volume down buttons. Continue pressing the buttons until you see the text “slide to power off” on the screen. After you see the text, release the buttons and swipe right on the slide to power off. Your iPhone will now power off.

If you own an iPhone or plan on buying one, you should also know how to force restart it. A point to note is that to force restart, you should perform the following steps quickly. First, press and release the Volume Up button. Second, press and release the Volume Down button. Third, press and hold the Side button, and continue to do so until the device reboots.




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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com