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 Visitor (not verified)
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Thank you!
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Thank you so much
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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My phone had froze on the same thing for over an hour. I can't turn my power off because I have to slide the screen and it won't work. What do I do?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Wait for the battery to run down, then plug it in to a power source to turn it back on.
LEON (not verified)
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IF YOU HAVE A BROKEN POWER BUTTON AND YOU CAN'T TURN ON YOUR PHONE HIT THE RESTORE IN ITUNES. WAIT FOR IPHONE TO TURN ON. THEN UNPLUG THE USB CABLE. THEN DOWNLOAD TINY UMBRELA AND CLICK ON EXIT RECOVERY MODE .
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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My Iphone is Disabled, the lock button is broken, and I need to reset it. I had a iPhone 5c and I just broke it. How can I reset it. It wont work through iTunes either because it has a pass lock on it. What do I do? Please help?
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Re: How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button

What exactly do you mean by "disabled" ?

Matty B (not verified)
Re: Turn On an iPhone with broken power button
Yes, this information is great and was helpful to me. It's all well and good to be able to turn it off but when the power button is broken, good luck turning it back on. Mine is broken too but it does come back on when I plug it into my computer. Scared the heck out of me the first time because I thought I'd never get it to come back on.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: Turn On an iPhone with broken power button
A properly working iphone plugging into a properly working power source will always turn it on. If it does not turn on, there is something wrong.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I bought this phone not knowing the power button didn't work so what can I do to reset it

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