How to Put Your iPhone or iPad into DFU Mode

iPhones and iPads are pretty good at recovering automatically when they experience issues. Still, there are times when they need a helping hand. We’ve talked before about some basic troubleshooting steps for when your device won’t power on—performing a hard reset and restoring iOS itself—but the final step on that troubleshooting journey, when nothing else works, is the Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode.

Whether you’re jailbreaking, dealing with an expired beta version of iOS, or have just fallen afoul of that latest software update, you might find yourself in a position where your iPhone or iPad refuses to respond. For those situations, getting your device into DFU mode and then performing an iOS update or restoration via iTunes might be your only recourse.

While it’s not a complicated procedure, it can seem daunting. For one thing, the method for entering a device into DFU mode changed when Apple launched the iPhone 7 and then changed yet again with the iPhone 8.

And we’d like to stress this once again: This procedure should be a last resort in your troubleshooting process. You’re going to wipe all the data on your device and then either start over or load a backup. You do have a backup, don’t you?

Step One: Connect Your Device to Your PC or Mac and Open iTunes

You’ll also need to make sure you’re using the latest version of iTunes on your PC or Mac and that you have a Lightning cable handy. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable and open iTunes. This part will remain the same no matter which iPhone or iPad you are restoring.

Step Two: Mash Some Buttons

After connecting the device, you’ll perform a series of button presses to enter DFU mode. The buttons change depending on what version of iPhone you’re using (or if you’re using an iPad).

On iPhone 8, X, XR, XS, XS, and Newer Devices

Press and then release the Volume Up button. Press and then release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button until the iPhone displays a screen with the iTunes logo.

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How to Instantly Share Files with AirDrop on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

When it comes to instantly sharing files between iPhones and iPads, AirDrop is the easiest and quickest way to get things moving. Here, we explain how to get started with AirDrop and become a file-sharing pro.

Sharing files across devices is something you can do all manner of ways, whether that’s via email, an online storage provider like Dropbox, or an instant messaging service like WhatsApp. These are all valid options, but if you’re an iPhone or iPad user, there is one way that beats all others for speed, reliability, and above all else, simplicity. Using the built-in AirDrop feature, which Apple introduced with iOS 7, you can share anything from photos and videos to text documents and presentations without ever connecting a cable or entering any information. The whole process of sharing a file takes just a handful of taps.

AirDrop Compatibility and Prerequisites

Apple added AirDrop to iPhones and iPads along with the release of iOS 7. That means to take advantage of it, you need an iPhone 5 (or newer), an iPad 4th generation (or newer), or a Mac running macOS Lion 10.7 (or newer).

If you meet those requirements and still have trouble sending or receiving files with AirDrop, make sure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both turned on. These are prerequisites for sending and receiving and AirDrop won’t be available if they’re turned off.

If you are sending a file to someone, but they’re not recieving it on their end, make sure that they either have you in their Contacts (if AirDrop is configured to only accept files from contacts) or that AirDrop is configured to accept files from everyone.

To do that on an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings > General > AirDrop and choose one of the options there.

If you are using a Mac, select Go > AirDrop from the menu bar on your Mac and ensure that AirDrop is enabled. On that same page, you can also select who can discover you via AirDrop—contact only or everyone.

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