How to put iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max into recovery mode (DFU)

When there are problems with the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, which happens less frequently, they may need to be entered into recovery mode to restore the devices. Recovery mode is often used to eliminate system problems and errors. Recovery takes place through iTunes.

If you switched to a new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max from an old model with a Home button, then the process of putting the iPhone into recovery mode will be completely different for you. However, before proceeding to the instructions, let’s see what the recovery mode differs from the DFU mode.

DFU mode

DFU is short for Device Firmware Update. This is a special mode that allows you to connect your iPhone to iTunes on a Mac or PC, without invoking the iBoot process. Since the method bypasses iBoot, DFU mode can be used to update iOS, roll back and even reboot devices with jailbreak tied. When the iPhone is in DFU mode, its screen is completely black.

Recovery mode

Unlike DFU mode, recovery mode invokes the iBoot process. The process verifies that the user installs a firmware that is either compliant or newer than the current one. When the iPhone is in recovery mode, the iTunes connection icon will appear on the screen.

How to put iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max into recovery mode

Step 1: First, update iTunes to the latest available version. If the program is currently running, close it.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max to a Mac or computer.

Step 3: You need to force restart your smartphone connected to the computer.

How to put iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max into recovery mode


To do this, press the Volume Up button, then immediately the Volume Down button, and then hold down the Power button until it reboots on the smartphone.


This screen indicates that your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max has been successfully entered into recovery mode.

Step 4: iTunes will notify you that the device is in recovery mode and will offer to restore or update it.

  • Choose Refresh to reinstall iOS without losing data.
  • Choose Restore to remove all data from your device and upgrade to the latest available version of iOS.

Step 5: After upgrading or restoring, use iTunes to customize your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.

To exit the recovery mode, disconnect the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max from the computer and hold down the power button to turn on your smartphone as usual.


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