How to Turn Off an iPhone Without the Power Button

Updated November 2015 for iOS 9

To use Assistive touch to turn off your iPhone without the power button on iOS 9 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

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iOS 7, iOS 8, and iOS 9 update:

Turn turn off your iPhone with no top pwer button using Assistive Touch on iOS 7, IOS 8, & iOS 9:

  • 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 iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9 as it was for iOS 6

How to turn the phone back on:

Plug it in to a power source and the phone will turn back on.


Great ! It really works fine. And after you just turn it back on by plugging it on power source. Thank you very much for this useful tip.

I have an i phone 3g the buttone does not work to turn it off, even when i squeeze the top of the phone together. Is there any other way apart from waiting for the battery to drain to turn off the phone?

did you read all the words on the page above, and try all of those options?

So if i Turn it off you garentee it will turn on when i plug back in?

[quote=Anonymous Visitor]So if i Turn it off you garentee it will turn on when i plug back in?[/quote]

I think the word you are struggling with is guarantee. And yes, I guarantee that if it does not turn back on when you plug it in, you will get back all the money you paid me for this advice.

Thnk you for the assistive touch info thats awesome...but what can i do if the settings screen is frozen and i can get to the assistive touch option? I really do not want to restore phone because it takes hours! Let me know if there is anything else i can do? thanks!!

oops i meant I cant get to the assitive touch screen because my settings screen is frozen...

if your screen is frozen and the power button is broken then the choices that come to mind are to let the battery die then plug it back in, restore it, or buy a new one..

If my power button is broken and I turned it off using the above method, how do I turn it back on?


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