How to force restart iPhone 14, recovery mode and DFU

The iPhone 14 lineup has arrived and with that, it’s easy to learn how to access the utility modes should you encounter any issues. Read on to find out how to force restart iPhone 14, use recovery mode, perform DFU as well as when to use these different options.

In many cases, if you are seeing unexpected behavior from your iPhone, a simple restart will do the trick. This just turns your device off and on again (press and hold the side button and one volume button > swipe to turn off or settings > general > turn off > swipe to turn off).

However, if you can’t do that, here are your next steps…

How to force restart iPhone 14, use recovery mode, or DFU

Note: The steps below also work for iPhone 8 and laterAnd the Including iPhone SE gen 2

Force restart iPhone 14 and 14 Pro

This is the best option if your iPhone touch screen is not working and/or you can’t turn it off/on normally to fix a frozen or unresponsive device:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button
  3. Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears, then let go
  4. Your iPhone should restart shortly

Recovery Mode for iPhone 14 and 14 Pro

Use recovery mode if a force restart doesn’t work or if you see a blue or red screen while your iPhone restarts or freezes during startup:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC with a Lightning cable
    • Choose trust on the iPhone screen to allow connection to your computer, then open Finder in macOS Catalina and later or iTunes for PC / macOS Mojave and earlier
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
  3. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button
  4. Press and hold the side button until you see the recovery mode screen (computer + cable icon)
  5. Select your iPhone in the left sidebar of the Finder window
  6. Now you can choose to update or restore your iPhone
    • Selection Modernization Your computer will try to reinstall iOS without deleting your data, choose Restores It will wipe your iPhone and install a fresh copy of iOS

DFU for iPhone 14 and 14 Pro

In rare cases when recovery mode does not work, entering Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode might be the next step. This is usually something an Apple Genius technician/technician will do but you can do from home.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC with a Lightning cable
    • Choose trust on the iPhone screen to allow connection to your computer, then open Finder in macOS Catalina and later or iTunes for PC / macOS Mojave and earlier
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button
  3. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button
  4. Press and hold the side button for 10 seconds
  5. While still holding the side button, press and hold the volume down button for 5 seconds
  6. Release the side button and hold the volume down button for an additional 10 seconds
  7. No computer icon when entering DFU mode – When you enter it correctly, your iPhone screen should remain black. If the Apple logo appears, it means that you did not perform the operation correctly
  8. Follow the prompts on your computer to complete the device firmware update
  9. You can exit DFU mode by performing a force restart

Other cases

  • If you can’t force restart or enter recovery mode or DFU mode because you have broken buttons, stuck in Activation Lock, or can’t charge your iPhone, enter Contact Apple Support

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