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

Watch the video version of this page:



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.


My hold button is broken and my iphone died so i plugged it into thw charger and it wont turn on at all it just comes up with the charging symbol. My phone is fully charged but hasnt automatically come on, what do i do?

My phone is a jail broke 3GS my home button is broke and my iPhone is off I'm not sure what happened but it's starting to irritate me I can't get into it or turn it on is there another way I can do it ? I don't have iTunes .

did you plug it into a power source as suggested on the page above?

I have no home button and it's stuck in recovery mode. But when I try to turn the phone on by plugging it in, it just stays on a black screen. Any tips? and also how to restore ot without it giving me an error code 1015

My iphone 4 is jailbroken and just turned off out of no where wont turn back on and my top button is completely broken and nothing happens when i plug it into itunes is there a way to restart it by taking the phone apart?!

Thank you! Following the steps to turn off my iPhone was quick easy and hassle free!! I can see why it's been voted the best way

A huge thank you! Hubby's 4s power button got stuck and it's out of warranty and this article saved our day. This seems to be a big problem in all iphones and fixing it would have cost 310 euros. You saved us a LOT of money :-)

this has been a huge help since both my power and home button are broken. with assistive touch I can work my phone no hassle now (:

OMG!! Thanks for this!! My 4S sleep/awake button doesnt work anymore either and I didn't want to send it in or have to buy another phone! My phone is relatively great other than this! The little 'dot' will take some time to get used to, but I will manage! The only thing is, if you're somewhere where your phone may die or turn off, you might want to carry an extra charger to get it back on!


Add new comment