How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button


Update September 2013 for iOS7

To use Assistive touch to turn off your iPhone without the power button on iOS7 scroll to the bottom for instructions

Based on the number of questions and comments posted in our forums, turning off or restarting an iPhone with a broken power button (the top button) seems to be a common question and issue.  So here is our quick-list of ways that you can restart your iPhone or turn off your iPhone if your power button is broken or not working.

Broken iPhone - No Power Button !How to Restart an iPhone with no top power button (no jailbreak):

Any of these methods will resart your iPhone without using the Power Button on top

  1. On the iPhone tap SETTINGS, General, Reset, Reset All Network Settings (note that this will erase VPN and WiFi settings or passwords) 
  2. Wait for the battery to drain
  3. Plug in your iPhone to your Mac/PC with iTunes and choose "restore" (not recommended but it does the job)

How to turn off an iPhone with no power button or a broken power button (no jailbreak):  

  • Enable Assistive Touch:  Tap SETTINGS, General, Accessibility, AssistiveTouch (near the bottom) and tap AssistiveTouch to ON.  You will now notice a small dark square with a circle in the middle (you can move this square anywhere).  Tap the dark circle to open the assistiveTouch menu, then tap Device and tap and HOLD the Lock Screen icon.  This will bring up the iPhone's Power-Off slider - no need for a power button any longer!  **Voted Best Method to turn off an iPhone with a broken power button

How to turn off an iPhone without the power button (Jailbroken):

  • Install SB Settings, "Shutdown", or "Lock" to power off the iPhone 
  • Enable Assistive Touch described above

 

How to turn on an iPhone with no top power button:

Now you've got your iPhone turned off, but if your power button is broken how do you turn it back on?  

  • Plug the iPhone into a power source such as your computer or iPhone wall-charger

Watch the video version of this page:

iOS 7 update:

Turn turn off your iPhone with no top pwer button using Assistive Touch on iOS7:

  • Enable Assistive Touch in Settings | General | Accessibility | Assistive Touch
  • Tap the round Assistive Touch button
  • Tap "Device" 
  • Tap and HOLD "Lock Screen" - after holding for approximatly 5 seconds, the "slide to power off" option will appear

This is basically the same as it is in iOS7 as it was for iOS 6

 

 

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Thank you, always resetting network settings up till now which is a pain.
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Thanks for the tip folks, much appreciated. New phone? Not a grown person's comment.
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Turn iPhone Off Without the Power Button
Thank you sooo much!
Tracey (not verified)
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Thank you so much for helping me you techno boys are my saviour every time xxx
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Turn Off iPhone Without the Power Button
Just wanted to say thanks for this post! I just tried it on my iPhone 5 and it worked perfectly, both turning it off and on. phew, that was a load off my chest. Smile
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Hold down the lock phone button within the assistive touch
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So if you phone does die with no lock button you can just plug it in to turn it on?
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Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button

if the battery runs down and the phone shuts down, plugging it into a power source will turn it back on (after a few minutes).

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UPDATE: Apple Replacing Defecting Sleep/Wake Buttons on iPhone 5

 UPDATE!!

If you have an iphone 5 and the sleep wake button has stopped working, Apple may replace your iPhone for FREE!

Apple has recognized a defect in some iPhone 5 models and has created a new website to help you find out it yours is defective and to help you get it replaced!

From the Apple website:

Apple has determined that the sleep/wake button mechanism on a small percentage of iPhone 5 models may stop working or work intermittently.  iPhone 5 models manufactured through March 2013 may be affected by this issue.

 

See: iPhone Sleep Wake Replacement  <--

El (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I swear I read some place to hold down the home button on the Assistive Touc window and all it did was bring up Siri, extremely frustrating. Your video explained that it is the Device > Lock Screen buttons that must be used. Smile

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