How to Put iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch In DFU Mode With A Broken Home Or Power Button

BY Jason

Published 28 Jul 2012


Are you unable to put your iOS device in DFU mode because the Home or Power button is broken? Or simply having trouble putting your iOS device in DFU mode? No worries, few weeks back iPhone Dev team released a new version of Redsn0w that allows you to put your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in DFU mode without the need of the Home or Power button.

In this article, we will take you through the step-by-step procedure to put your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in DFU mode using Redsn0w on Mac or Windows.

Step 1: Download the latest version of Redsn0w from this link and save it in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: Download the latest iOS firmware file (.ipsw) for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch from here: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Step 3: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder and then launch the Redsn0w application.

Windows users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 4: After launching Redsn0w, click on the Extras button.

Step 5: Then click on the Even more button.

Step 6: Now click on the DFU IPSW button.

Step 7: You will be prompted to select an IPSW. Use the file browser to select the .ipsw file that you had downloaded in Step 2.

Step 8: Redsn0w will start creating a DFU mode IPSW file.

Step 9: After the IPSW file has been created, you will be notified. Click on the Ok button. Please note that the IPSW file will be created with prefix ENTER_DFU_.

Step 10: Now launch iTunes (please ensure that it has been updated to the latest version).

Step 11: Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when it appears in iTunes under Devices. (If you haven’t backed up your iOS device, then back it up by right clicking (or Control-clicking) on the device and clicking on the Back Up menu option.)

Step 12: Select the Summary tab. Then hold down the Option key (Windows users hold down on the Alt key) and click Restore.

Step 13: Select the DFU mode IPSW file (.ipsw file with prefix ENTER_DFU_)

Step 14: After your iOS device has been restored it will be automatically put in DFU mode (the screen should be completely black). You can now use our step-by-step guides to jailbreak your iOS device or restore it with the appropriate iOS firmware file.

When you disconnect or connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer, it will play a sound effect, to notify you a device has been connected.

You can use these sound effects to help you get into DFU Mode. After 10 seconds of pressing Home + Power, you should hear the first sound (disconnected sound effect). Then after another 10 seconds of holding the Home button, you will hear the second sound (connected sound effect).

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues.