Here’s how to force restart and enter DFU mode on the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

By , Sep 19, 2016

iPhone Rebooting

Every so often, iPhones have a brain fart and you may have to force them to restart or use DFU mode to restore because they either stop responding or start behaving sporadically.

With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which no longer have a Home “button,” there is a new process to force restart your device or enter DFU mode. These are both essential parts of any troubleshooting process, so it’s good to know how how to do them.

You may remember that holding down the Home button and the power button on all your previous iOS devices would cause your device to restart, and this was known as a hard restart.

On the other hand, since the new Home button in the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus uses a taptic engine to provide button-like feedback and isn’t a true button, Apple moved its reset functionality over to the volume down button on the side of the handset.

Force restart iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

To force restart your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, simply press and hold the power button and the volume down button simultaneously for about 10 seconds, or until you see an Apple logo.

At this point, your device should begin to reboot, and thanks to that zippy new quad-core A10 Fusion chip inside, it shouldn’t take very long to do so.

Enter DFU mode on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

DFU mode, another process that used to require using the Home button, has also been moved to the volume down button. The new process to enter DFU mode on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is as follows:

1) Plug your device into your computer with a MFi-certified Lightning cable and launch iTunes.

2) Press and hold the power button and volume down button simultaneously until the display does dark.

3) When the display goes dark, you can release the power button and continue holding the volume down button until you see a prompt in iTunes that says your iPhone is in “Recovery Mode,” similarly to the one below:


Note: At this point, if the screen is still black, you’re actually in DFU mode, not Recovery Mode. If you see an Apple logo or a connect to iTunes logo instead, then you goofed up the process and need to restart from step 1.

At this point, you’re ready to restore your iPhone’s firmware through iTunes and this will perform a clean install of the latest version of iOS. You can also Shift/Alt click on the Restore button in iTunes to select and restore to any other firmware that is being signed by Apple.

If you wanted to exit DFU mode after this process instead of restoring, all you would need to do is press and hold the power button and volume down button simultaneously until you see an Apple logo. At this point, the device will begin to reboot.

Now that you’re aware of how to hard restart your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, as well as enter DFU mode on it, you should be prepared to handle any software issues that might occur during its service life.

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  • Jake Platt

    Thanks for this info. Wouldn’t have even crossed my mind about the old reboot method not working anymore.

  • Joaquim N.

    As far as I remember, that’s how I used to put my 10 year old 4GB iPod on DFU. Right?

    • If I recall correctly, you had to hold the centre button and lower play button to restart it. I could be wrong though.

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  • pnh

    Still waiting on your “story” about Luca Toadesco jailbreaking his new iPhone 7 with no plans to release it to the public.

    • Ernie Marin

      Why even report on that guy’s bs anymore, he allegedly JB every possible Apple device yet never releases it, or even works with other jailbreakers. I honestly find it insulting how this site praises him by giving him a voice.

      • That’s ridiculous.

      • pnh

        Mine was sarcasm. Usually they delete my comments when I say something negative about that creep in their articles.

  • linkincyde

    I wonder how will we get to “safe mode” or restarting our iphone without loading jailbreak tweaks in case iphone 7 can already be jailbroken.

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      Volume down upon restart while booting up

  • Gulam

    I believe in order to enter into Recovery mode
    – Switch off your iPhone
    – Connect lightning cable to it while holding Volume Down button until Recovery logo appears
    – Kudos you are in Recovery mode now
    – Hmm

  • Ernie Marin

    Well in all honestly, unless your iPhone is running beta or jailbroken, it’s pretty rare to even use DFU. Hell mine crashes all the time from Pangu (I have the 1.0 version which is still in Japanese, just don’t want to risk trying to change it to the English version and messing up the JB even more) but so far nothing significant has happened. However I’m more interested in just how much pressure that new button can take before breaking, since people are so used to pushing it some might do it too hard and could end up killing their iPhone, and we know just how messed up Apple is when it comes to repairs.

    • The button walks you through a haptic feedback process so you learn how hard to press it, and at that point, you should be used to pressing lighter.

  • Ruck

    Also the way you do safe mode on jailbroken devices…wonder if they will switch it for the jailbreak once it happens.

  • Repiuk

    Thanx Anthony! Always good to know this new method. Did not think about this change due to the new home button.

  • Jayy

    I was wondering about this since the news came out hat the Touch ID wasn’t an actual physical button anymore.

  • Grace

    I’m trying this since my iPhone 7 plus won’t restore from iCloud backup. I read this might help. I sure hope it does!