DFU mode is a special iOS mode of operation used to update or restore iPhone or iPad device. Most often it is necessary only in emergency cases when the device could not be updated or has a critical error that prevents it from functioning normally. Using this mode involves connecting the device to a computer.

In this article I will tell you how to put iPhone 7 or 7 Plus into recovery mode.

How to Put iPhone 7 in Recovery Mode?

Starting with the very first iPhone model, DFU mode could be activated by holding the power button and the Home key when starting the device. The new iPhone models introduced by Apple in 2016 got rid of the mechanical Home button, it was replaced by a touch area with a Taptic Engine tactile response mechanism, and it became impossible to use the usual key combination to activate the DFU mode. Obviously, all subsequent Apple devices will gradually inherit this technology, so Apple has changed the combination to activate DFU mode.

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iPhone 7 (Plus) Recovery Mode

For iPhone 7 restore mode, you need a computer, the original Lightning cable and the installed iTunes application. It is available on all Macs, but if you have Windows, then install it manually by first downloading iTunes from the official Apple website. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone 7 via USB. Put your smartphone in recovery mode by following these steps:

  • On your iPhone 7, press the power button and “Volume Down”;
How to Put iPhone 7 in Recovery Mode?
  • Hold them until iTunes reports that the connected device is in recovery mode;
  • In iTunes, select “Update”;
  • After that, the iPhone will begin installing iOS;
  • If at the end nothing changes, then in this case, try to click the “Restore iPhone” button, but as a result, the data on the phone will be lost;
How to Put iPhone 7 in Recovery Mode?
  • Before you begin, make sure that you have a backup in the cloud.

How to Understand that the iPhone did not switch to Recovery Mode? 

  • If the Apple logo is on the screen;
  • If the iTunes logo lights up on the screen;
  • If iTunes does not see the connected iPhone;
  • If the iPhone screen is not black.

In all these cases, you need to repeat the procedure for transferring the device to DFU mode. Upon successful recovery, iPhone exits DFU mode on its own. You can manually remove it from this state using the same key combination: holding the power button and volume down button.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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