How to Force Restart, Enter DFU, Recovery Mode on iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Max

Apple’s latest line of smartphones, the

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

have similar general design of
last year’s

iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

In that regard, the physical buttons have inherited the same range of functions, such as turning on and off, forcing a restart, entering DFU mode, entering recovery mode, activating Emergency SOS, and temporarily disabling Face ID.
In this article, I’ll walk you through step-by-step how to perform the button combinations of all of the above mentioned functions, together with details of what
Each one does and why you may need to use them one day.

‌iPhone 11‌ Button Basics

If you look at the screen of your new iPhone, you will see that there are two volume buttons located on the left side, and one Side button located on the right side.
Taking into account there is no Home button, the above mentioned three side buttons work in combination to carry out all of the essential functions.If you have recently upgraded to the newest iPhone 11 range of smartphones from an iPhone 8 or earlier, there are a few changes that you might want to familiarize yourself with. This is due to the fact that, Apple
has done away with the Home button on the latest iPhone models and some actions such as
taking a screenshot

have been changed since you don’t have a Home button. In addition, if you want to know how to turn on and off iPhone 11 or the iPhone 11 Pro, forcing a restart, entering DFU mode, entering
recovery mode, activating Emergency SOS, and temporarily disabling Face ID.
we’re here to tell
you just that. So let’s dive in to see the instructions.

How to Power on iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • To turn on iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, simply press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
    . In case the Apple logo doesn’t show up on the screen, the device may require to be charged first– plug it into a power
    Sourse using Apple Lightning cable, and allow it to charge for a few minutes before giving it one more try.

In case your iPhone doesn’t power on after charging it, try performing the button combination for
exiting DFU mode.
Should that fail completely, you may need to take it back to Apple to check that the device isn’t defective.

How to Power off ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max

  1. Press and hold the Side button in combination with either the Volume Up or Down button until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ option appears on the screen.
  2. Now simply perform the ‘Swipe to Power Off’ operation and wait for the iPhone to power off.

That’s pretty much it. You don’t have to do anything else. If you want to turn the device back on, simply press and hold the Side button until the
Apple logo appears on the screen.

This is how you turn off iPhone 11. As we have just mentioned, the process is simple, quick and similar to what you are already accustomed to on your iPhone XR,
iPhone X or the iPhone XS.

How to Activate Emergency SOS on ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11‌ Max

Activating Emergency SOS in iOS 11 or later, you can swiftly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts. In this regard, you should only use it when you’re in danger or facing an authentic emergency. Note that you’ll need to enter your
iPhone’s passcode to reenable Face ID and unlock your iPhone after performing Emergency SOS. Here is how it works:

  1. Press and hold the Side button in combination with either of the Volume buttons of your iPhone
  2. Continue holding down the Side button and volume button as the SOS emergency countdown begins.
  3. You can also swipe right on the Emergency SOS switch to activate the call immediately.

How to temporarily Disable Face ID on ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌

With the launch of iOS 11 and successive updates, Apple has made it rather simple to temporarily disable its biometric authentication features and force the entry of a password
in order to access an iPhone. This is true both for Touch ID on the iPhone 8 and older, as well as Face ID on iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone
XR, and iPad Pro (2018).

Quickly disabling Face ID can be beneficial for a couple of reasons, but mainly if you’re suspicious that someone will try to intrude into your iPhone without your
consent. This could include police, crooks, or even just snooping family members.

How to temporarily disable Face ID

  1. Press and hold the Side button in combination with either of Volume button.
  2. Tap the Cancel button that appears at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Enter your password the next time you want to unlock your iPhone or iPad Pro. Face ID will continue working just as usual.

Troubleshooting Functions

Apple changed the process of activating the following troubleshooting functions with the launch of the ‌iPhone 8‌ and iPhone X, so if you upgraded from
a device that pre-dates these 2017 models, it’s important to acquaint yourself with them should you encounter a problem.

Force Restarting ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌

Now and then, your iPhone or iPad might suffer some form of a software glitch. It can be an iOS update gone wrong, unresponsive app, or just an iOS or iPadOS
bug that won’t disappear.

Force restarting is most useful when your iPhone or iPad is stuck and unresponsive. When you can’t even
turn off
 your device, try force rebooting it—it usually resolves the issue.

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Now, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears, then release the Side button.

 The display will momentarily turn dark as the iPhone shuts down and reboots. Keep holding the side button until the Apple logo appears, and after the restart is complete, the screen will activate once again.
Using the force restart process stops you from having to shut the iPhone down completely, which takes several more steps.
In case you want to shut the iPhone down entirely, you can do so by navigating to the General section of the Settings app, scrolling down to the bottom, and tapping on
Shut Down option.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌

Sometimes things just go wrong. It isn’t always someone’s error, and there isn’t always a solution. When that’s the case with an iPhone, you normally try entering
Recovery Mode and hope that a fresh installation of iOS can fix things. And usually, fingers crossed, it does the magic. However, if you are using an
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max,
you might not know precisely how to go about it.

Fortunately, the process is very easy. At least, it is if you know exactly how to go about it. But fear not, because I’m going to walk you through the process of putting
your iPhone into Restore Mode.
Here’s what you need to do to enter Apple’s Recovery Mode on an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max device.

  1. Connect your iPhone 11 to your Mac (or a PC via Lightning to USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes on your computer. If you are using macOS Catalina, you’ll simply need to have a Finder window open. RIP iTunes
  3. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  4. Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  5. Quickly press the Side button and keep holding it until you see a screen showing a Lightning cable.
  6. You should release the Side button after you see the ‘Connect to iTunes’ logo and text.
  7. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC, and you’ll see a message acknowledging that your connected iOS device is in Recovery Mode. You’ll
    then be presented with options to update or restore your iPhone’s software.

How to Exit Recovery Mode on ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌

If you want to exit Recovery Mode, just disconnect your iPhone from your computer and then do the following:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button on your iPhone.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button on your iPhone.
  3. Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
  4. Your iPhone will then start up as normal.

    How to Enter DFU Mode on ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌

    The forced restart procedure described above can help if an iPhone is freezing, throwing up errors, or has stopped responding completely. DFU mode (standing
    for Device Firmware Update) on the other hand restores an iPhone if a restart or entering standard Recovery Mode doesn’t solve the problem you’re experiencing.

    DFU mode is the last step on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad troubleshooting ladder.

    Whether you want to jailbreak, un-jailbreak, update from an expired beta, or need a solution when nothing else is working, Apple has a solution for you:
    Putting your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode can be your last, best hope for success.

    DFU mode can help you get your phone back into working state, putting your iPhone into a state where it can still communicate with iTunes on Windows or
    Mac and be restored, but it won’t trip the bootloader or iOS, in case your software has become royally borked. This allows your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    to be restored from any state. DFU mode requires a bit of timing and can take practice to get right: If at first you don’t succeed, don’t be afraid to
    try again.

    Before trying to put your iPhone into DFU mode, ensure you are running the latest version of iTunes installed on your Mac or windows PC.

    1. Turn on your iPhone if it isn’t already.
    2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via Lightning to USB cable.
    3. Open iTunes on your computer, and make sure that your iPhone shows up in the list of devices.
    4. Quickly press the Volume Up button immediately followed by the Volume Down button.
    5. Next on, press and hold the Side button (or power button) until your iPhone’s screen goes black.
    6. Let go off the Side button and then hold down both the Side button and Volume Down button simultaneously for a period of about five seconds.
    7. Now let go off the Side button, but keep pressing the Volume Down button.
    8. Chill for about five seconds for iTunes to recognize DFU recovery mode has been enabled.
      1. You will be presented with a message dialog indicating “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes”.
        In case the message doesn’t appear, repeat the steps above.
        Once you’ve closed the iTunes recovery prompt you can proceed to restore your iPhone back to initial factory settings by choosing Restore iPhone on the iPhone
        Recovery Mode screen. Once restored, your iPhone will automatically exit out of DFU mode and boot up to its activation screen.

        How to Exit DFU Mode

        In case you enabled DFU mode and want to manually exit out of it, here is how to go about it..

        1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button on your iPhone.
        2. Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
        3. Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo shows up on your iPhone’s screen.

        Your iPhone must now have exited DFU recovery mode.

        Restarting Other Devices

        Don’t have one of above mentioned iPhones? Make sure to check out our guides on how to force restart other Apple devices, listed below:
        How to Force Restart or Hard Reset iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

        How to Force Restart iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

        How to Force Restart iPhone 6s and Previous Models and Enter DFU Mode

        How to Shut Down or Force Restart 2018 iPad Pro

        How to Reset or Force Restart Your Apple Watch

        How To Force Restart a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro
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