iPad DFU Mode instructions

Dec 4, 2010 - 23 Comments

ipad dfu mode DFU stands for Device Firmware Update, entering DFU Mode is how you adjust the firmware on your iPad or other iOS device. Getting into DFU mode on an iPad is the same process as entering into iPhone DFU mode (or iPod touch for that matter). It’s pretty easy, just follow the instructions below.

Enter iPad DFU Mode

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Plug the iPad into your computer
  • Launch iTunes
  • Hold down the Power button and the Home button at the same time
  • Keep holding both of these buttons for 10 seconds
  • After 10 seconds pass, release the Power button but continue to hold the Home button for another 3-5 seconds
  • When in DFU mode, your iPad screen will stay completely black. If you see an Apple logo or otherwise you did not enter DFU mode
  • iTunes will notify you that it has detected a device in recovery mode, ignore this message if you plan on jailbreaking
  • Once in DFU mode your jailbreak or firmware modifying app should take over, so follow those instructions from here on

The reason most people need to get their iPad into DFU mode is to jailbreak or to adjust the iPad firmware either through an upgrade or downgrade.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in iPad

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  1. Parakeet says:

    piece of cake

  2. vector says:

    Thanks for the tips… :-)

  3. jon says:

    I’m just curious, am i still able to get apps from the app store/ use previously purchased apps if i jailbreak my ipad?

  4. tootaa says:

    HOW LONG DOES IT STAY IN DFU MODE?

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  6. loldi says:

    holy jeez thank you for this almost had a heart attack when my iPad wouldnt activate after loading iOS 6

  7. 2fast4u says:

    My IPad 3 wont Go into DFU mode
    any help?

  8. Rohit says:

    Thanks is a small word for this tip. Can’t thank you enough.

  9. BASiQ says:

    To ANYONE getting the “please connect your device”. You are in DFU mode… Go into Recovery mode. Open Tiny Umbrella, plug in your device ON and click “Enter Recovery” works like a charm.

  10. dovydas131 says:

    but how do i turn it on cause i have no idea i accidently turned my ipad into dfu mode

  11. Mohamed says:

    Thank you…:) It worked awesome.

  12. carlos says:

    i was sold a ipad 2 and it was not restored to factory reset and i don’t have the computer that it was first syct to or the restriction passcode is there any way to bypass the restriction code

  13. Roz says:

    Genius Bar restored my iPad #1 via DFU. But at times the iPad turns off while using. What is the probllem?

  14. Mave says:

    I keep getting an error code (3194) wont detect the device (ipad)… Any help?

  15. dclantes says:

    Can’t get the timing right…Frustrating, any more ideas out there?

  16. Dw says:

    Hey guys,
    I manage to get the ipad into dfu mode(there’s this graphics showing the cable to connect to itunes),
    I’ve connected the ipad to itunes but itunes won’t detect the ipad at all.

    Any tips pls? =[

  17. Adrian says:

    Hi guys pls help me. I both an iPad4 GSM on eBay with a given firmware malfunction problem. When i connect the iPad4 GSM to my MAC and iTunes is up and running, the iPad will be recognized but but i’m getting the message to run this iPad in recovery modus which i tried but somehow after 5 min i’m getting a msg telling me that im not connected to the internet (wrong – i am) and i can not restore my iPad. Please help me. Thank you!

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