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What to Do when iPhone Stuck in DFU Mode

Jun 16, 2016 3:48 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to Fix iPhone Stuck
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I was messing with a friend's jailbroken iPhone, I needed it in DFU mode to restore it but i probably did something wrong because iPhone is stuck in DFU mode and displaying a blank screen. Nothing I've done can make iTunes recognize it.

It's an unlocked iPhone 6s running iOS 10. I really can't get it to boot no matter what. It doesn't even show under USB devices currently connected.

When you try to jailbreak iPhone or update iOS 10, your iPhone might easily stuck in DFU mode and get white/black screen or white apple logo screen. Don't panic, there is actually something you can do to fix the iPhone stuck in DFU mode.

How to Fix iPhone when iPhone Stuck in DFU Mode

The solutions provided are applicable to iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and other models of iPhone alike.

Solution 1. Use Tiny Umbrella

TinyUmbrella is a combination of two earlier tools, both of which were written by semaphore. It requires Java and iTunes to be installed. (Windows users need the 32-bit version of Java, regardless of OS architecture). You can fix iPhone by using the "Fix Recovery" option with steps below.

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  • 1. Open iTunes and Tiny Umbrella
  • 2. Use the "Fix Recovery" option in Tiny Umbrella
  • 3. Immediately press and hold Sleep/Power and Home button for 10 seconds
  • 4. Release the Sleep/Power button but keep Home pressed

If it worked the iPhones screen should be black and iTunes should tell you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.

At this point, I suggest you go back to vanilla iOS by removing the Tiny Umbrella or any other Jailbreak hosts file entries and do a regular restore via iTunes.

If you attempt another jailbreak I suggest to carefully read about supported devices and firmware because JailbreakMe only supports iPhone 4 CDMA 4.2.6-4.2.8 ~ none of which you listed for your iPhone.

Note: It's likely that your iPhone data might get lost even if you've restored iPhone. Here I recommend you try iPhone Data Recovery to recover missing iPhone SE/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4 contacts, photos, text messages and more data.

Solution 2. Restart iPhone and then restore it

You can try these steps below to put

  • 1. Try another USB cord.
  • 2. Restart your computer for a try.
  • 3. Hold the power button, it might restart your iPhone.
  • 4. Update your iTunes to the latest version. Plug in your iPhone.

If iTunes can't recognize your iPhone, then in iTunes in the top left corner click help > run diagnostics. On the box that comes up, check the last two things. Click next and it should identify your iPhone and then restore it.

In this article we've learnt how to fix iPhone if iPhone stuck in DFU mode, for more iPhone knowledge you can visit iPhone Tips.

If you're looking for ways to enter iPhone DFU mode, click to see How to Enter iPhone DFU Mode.

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