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How to force reboot or recovery, DFU mode on iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus

diciembre 1, 2019

Due to the absence of the home button on the iPhone X, many normal functions that included the use of the home button were transferred to other buttons, including the power and volume buttons. Apple has not only made these changes to the iPhone X but also to the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Now, the previous methods you used (or still use in iPhone 7 and below) to force your iPhone to reboot or put it in recovery mode or DFU mode will not work with iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. Although, it is not necessary to perform these functions on a regular basis, it is good to know how to perform them. So, whether you are a potential buyer of iPhone X or a current owner of iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, here is how you can force reboot or activate recovery mode and DFU on your new iPhone:

Note : the power button of the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X now officially known as a side button. So, don't get confused when I mention the side button in the tutorials below. The same process for iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X then user iPhone 8 for all instances and purposes from now on.

Force Restart iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

At first the process may seem a little complicated, but if you follow the steps clearly, you will be able to do it without any problem. To force reboot (hard reset) of the iPhone 8, press and release the Volume up button, press and release the Volume down button and then press and hold the side button until the iPhone restarts (restart), then release the side button. The trick here is to perform all three steps in quick succession. You may need to hold down the side button for up to 10 seconds to restart the iPhone.

Put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in recovery mode

Put the phone in recovery mode a bit more complicated than just restoring it. So, follow the steps carefully.

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC using the lighting cable.

2. Now, we will repeat the steps we used in the forced restart . Press and release the Volume up button, press and release the Volume down button, then press and hold the side button until your iPhone reboots (restarts). However, you will not release the side button again.

3. Release the side button after viewing the connection to the iTunes logo on the iPhone display.

4. Now start iTunes on your computer and from here you can choose to update or restore your device.

Put your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in DFU mode

Getting your iPhone 8 into DFU mode is even more difficult than putting it into recovery mode. So, I'd like to suggest that you first read the steps and then try it on your device.

1. We will start with the connection of iPhone to our computer using the Lightning cable .

2. Now, press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume down button and then press and hold the side button until the screen goes black.

3. While the screen still black, quickly press and hold the Volume key down for 5 seconds, then release the side button, but hold the Volume button down for another 10 seconds and then release. Remember that the screen should remain black in this whole process, so if the phone restarts, you will have to repeat the whole process until you get the right one.

4. Hopefully your iPhone screen is still black. Now, start iTunes and you should see a message saying "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You need to restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes." If you see this message, your iPhone 8 will now be in DFU mode.

Exiting recovery mode and DFU mode

If your iPhone has any problems, you should follow the instructions on the screen and restore or update the device to solve it. However, if your iPhone has no problem and you were just trying to verify if this process works or not, it's very easy to get out of recovery and DFU mode

  • Exiting the recovery mode

Get out of recovery mode fairly easy. That's enough press and hold the side button until the "Connect to iTunes" logo disappears and the phone restarts. Once, the device has been restarted, out of recovery mode.

To exit DFU mode, just press and release the Volume up button, press and release the Volume down button and then press and hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears (which indicates that the device is restarting).

Force reboot and activate recovery and DFU mode on iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X

As you can see, Apple has complicated the process a bit, but not so difficult once understood. You just need time that your button presses correctly. The main problem for me that you will now have to remember two series of processes, one for iPhone 8 and later and the other for iPhone 7 and later. I think Apple should change and bring a uniform process for all its iOS devices. But this is my opinion, share yours on the subject in the comments section below.


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