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My friend dropped her iPhone 3GS in water (lol) and now her home button does not work. I know there are ways around using the home button and she does not want to spend the money on a new one or have it fixed but it has to be jailbroken. Is there any way to put the phone into DFU mode without having to use the home button, maybe through software or command prompts? (the phone has never been jailbroken and can't downgrade to 3.xx because there are no SHSH blobs)

asked 15 Jun '11, 00:06

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closed 28 Dec '13, 03:17

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spockers ♦♦

The silica gel will work, but it could take days. If it were me, I'd take it apart and dry it manually, because having moisture in there for an extended period is bound to cause other issues. If you don't have the tools for that, then go the silica gel route (or dry rice). Keeping it in a very warm place (but not too warm) should speed things along.

(16 Jun '11, 10:58) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image

The question has been closed for being "old" by spockers, 28 Dec '13, 03:17

It as been checked before, DFU mode can only be entered using the hardware buttons.


answered 15 Jun '11, 00:54

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That's what I thought the ansure would b. If their was it would prob b built in most jailbreak tools

(15 Jun '11, 06:54) talleymaster talleymaster's gravatar image

Well, this answer is not technically true -- IIRC, if there is sufficient damage/corruption of iOS and the firmware, the phone will boot into DFU mode. However, this does require a complete restore -- so unless you're using a custom IPSW, that won't help you.

(17 Jun '11, 03:41) Micha Micha's gravatar image

@Micha if you deliberately damage the installed iOS then i think your phone will boot into recovery mode and not DFU. The only other mentioned method is here however i don't see how this will help as it includes customizing an ipsw file and restore to it, but how can you restore to customized ipsw if you do not put the device into Pwned DFU mode?! you still need the home button for this.

(17 Jun '11, 10:05) knightz4u knightz4u's gravatar image

If you do this, it won't require a pwned DFU mode, it will work just fine with a normal restore, shouldn't it?

It will still accomplish the same thing -- it will be in DFU, therefore it can be put into Pwned DFU, therefore it can be custom-restored to.

(17 Jun '11, 10:56) Micha Micha's gravatar image

My understanding is that a change to an ipsw will be detected at the start of the restore process. As I understand it if the phone is not in Pwned DFU then it will detect firmware changes and reject the restore, therefore you cannot restore to an "edited" firmware ipsw unless you get into Pwned DFU in the beginning.

(17 Jun '11, 11:41) knightz4u knightz4u's gravatar image

The process you link to does say the itunes error will cause DFU, but thats not the Pwned DFU that is a requirement now, if nothing else it's worth a shot to see what happens.

(17 Jun '11, 11:45) venusanann venusanann's gravatar image

I'd take the back cover off, you need to get the mousture out before it does more damage.

(17 Jun '11, 12:11) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image

i have not been on in a while. but the phone is done we tryed the rice and now she claims the phone keeps going into recovery mode or to the screen where its looking for activation from itunes. so i told he the only thing she can do now is send it in to be rapaired or sell it for parts

(12 Jul '11, 00:35) talleymaster talleymaster's gravatar image

Does it boot to springboard and then just go into connect to iTunes? Have you tried restoring it? Water damage makes phones do weird stuff.

(12 Jul '11, 00:38) therealcmac therealcmac's gravatar image

When electronics like a cell phone end up in water ... I usually recommend people try to draw the moisture out of it. One way is to take a plastic container and fill it with dry white rice, put the phone in it, cover it and let sit for a couple of days. Even better if you can find a supply of silica gel. If moisture is affecting the button this may bring it back ... I also can't imagine not being able to use the home button on my iPhone!


answered 15 Jun '11, 19:59

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thanks for the help

(15 Jun '11, 20:21) talleymaster talleymaster's gravatar image

If you don't know the iphone history it might still be worth running it through TinyUmbrella, you have nothing to lose, all it needs is 4.0/4.0.1 shsh's then you can use jailbreakme


answered 15 Jun '11, 07:36

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i dont know but was thinking today if i cant get the silica gel 2 work good ideal by the way. what about useing xcode to enable multitasking gestures does that use dfu mode i would have to find somebody with a mac or could i use windows to do this if its possible?


answered 15 Jun '11, 20:18

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That wouldn't work because the gestures wouldn't do anything while the device isn't on, so they can't help.

(15 Jun '11, 20:45) PersianShinobi PersianShinobi's gravatar image

i can still turn the phone on its only the home button that is not working or i dont understand what u r saying

(15 Jun '11, 20:49) talleymaster talleymaster's gravatar image

@PersianShinobi he can get the 3GS working an don with out the home button. Using the following process he can easily work around getting out of screens back to the home page with out using a home button.

  1. Go into Settings –> General –> and tap Passcode Lock and set up a passcode on your iPhone.
  2. When you are in an app and you want to back out just press your power button twice –> slide to unlock
  3. Then tap Emergency Call –> tap the left arrow key at the bottom left
  4. Then input your Passcode and you are out to the app and at your home screen.
(15 Jun '11, 20:49) iphonefixer iphonefixer's gravatar image

@iphonefixer The way I read it, he/she wants to jailbreak the phone, but since the home button doesn't work it is impossible to enter DFU mode.

(15 Jun '11, 20:54) PersianShinobi PersianShinobi's gravatar image

ok my bad i thought you were talking my ansure about xcode just to enable mutigestures (not to jb but to use insted of home button)

(15 Jun '11, 20:56) talleymaster talleymaster's gravatar image

i just tryed what the steps u posted on my iphone 4 and it worked great thanks for the info

(15 Jun '11, 20:57) talleymaster talleymaster's gravatar image

Oh, no sorry I thought you wanted to use them to jailbreak the phone. But anyways yes, you could use multitasking gestures instead of the home button.

(15 Jun '11, 21:00) PersianShinobi PersianShinobi's gravatar image

@talleymaster ha I guess they can't get into DFU mode with out hardware home button ha, lol, funny me.

(16 Jun '11, 00:31) iphonefixer iphonefixer's gravatar image

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