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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Anonymous (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button
Anonymous Visitor wrote:
Any ideas?
yes, it's broken buy a new phone.
Anonymous (not verified)
turning off my iphone with the button broken
thank you i needed this!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button
thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button
We know how to switch the iphone off but the power button doesnt work so with out the option of slide to turn off.
Kidding me? (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button

Why the fudge would you do step 1? We already know we can turn off the phone by letting the battery drain. That's what happens when a battery drains. Are you freakin kidding me?

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

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

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button
All you have to do is hold down the lock screen button in the assistive touch
Tabby (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button
I have that lil square but can't find the turn off phone slider in the settings ? And if that works how do you turn phone back on?
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Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button

What lil square are you referring to? Did you watch the video and do what it says to turn off with assistive touch?
After you turn it off, just plug it back into a power source to turn it on.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
iPhone won't turn on
Hi, can anyone help me please? I have a broken lock button as well however when I plug in the phone to charge and to connect to itunes it won't switch on as others recommend it. All I have is the apple logo flashing but the phone won't start. Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button
Thank you!

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