DFU Mode On iPhone X: How To Enter It & Restore! (Works For iPhone 8 / 8 Plus Too!)

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Two Apple experts show you how to enter DFU Mode on the iPhone X and perform a restore. These steps also work for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus!

To enter DFU Mode on iPhone X:

1. Press and release the volume up button.
2. Press and release the volume down button.
3. Press and hold the side button until the screen goes black.
4. When the screen goes black, continue holding the side button and begin holding down the volume down button. Hold both buttons for about 5 seconds.
5. After 5 seconds, release the side button, but keep holding the volume down button until your iPhone X appears in iTunes.

Congratulations, you’ve entered DFU Mode on iPhone X!

If you have an iPhone 7 or older, watch our video about how to put older iPhones into DFU mode:

Check out our article about iPhone DFU mode here:


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  1. I watched probably fifty videos and this took a few tries because I kept getting the "iTunes could not connect to the iPhone “iPhone” because an invalid response was received from the device." error message. But i kept trying and it worked thank you so much!!!

  2. I did DFU mode to my iPhone because the battery dies very fast, I dont know why?, maybe because I jailbreaked my iPhone, and NOW after doing DFU mode my iPhone wont activate, WHY? It says:

    "your iphone could not be activated because the activation server cannot be reached" (ios 12…) through wifi…. And if I try to activate through iTunes (PC) It says: Your iPhone won't activate because information could not be obtained from your device… So do you have any SOLUTION for THIS? Please HELP?

  3. well, I've done this completely 3 times and I keep getting the 4005 error. My phone is stuck on the apple logo due to updating my software through my computer. Huge mistake. I have the latest version of itunes. I don't know why it won't work. Last time this happened I took my phone to the apple store and they did the same thing and it worked. Can't figure out why? Help!

  4. I have forgotten my passcode and ive tried over and again but i keep getting the message that the iphone couldnot be restored bcos the disc i am using is full. Pls help