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.


Thank you so much, this helped me!

Thank you! I didnt even know what assistive-touch was!

Trying to get back on my iPad, but was told I had to turn my iPhone Off. I don't even have an iPhone just the iPad. It's also asking for my original password, and I have no idea what it is. Don't know what to do.

Thank you! It's a hassle but better than buying a new iPhone!

My iPhone 4 has a broken power button and it also has a black screen problem. Any ideas on how to reboot the phone

What if your screen doesn't work either? My power button has receded, and the touch screen just stopped working. Is there any way that you can restart the phone without the touchscreen? Oh, and, the battery practically doesn't die. I have let it sir for 2 days straight without touching it, and it is still at 73%

If you have no screen and no power button the only way to reboot it (and hopefully get the screen working) is to let the battery die then plug it into a power source.
You could also plug it into your iTunes and do a 'restore' which will force a reboot but be sure you get a backup first if you care about whatever is on it.

How to turn off I phone with smashed screen and no home button

Your only option is to let the battery run down.
Your other option is to go buy a phone that isnt trashed.

A user can also customize the assistive touch button to automatically lock the screen with a double tap or long hold. Or to do a bunch of other things. It’s a very cool feature, despite the “always on your display” esthetic.


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