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.


If it is stuck/frozen and your power button doesn't work, your only option is to let it drain and die, then plug it into a power source.

Thank you, i had already saw the previous comments hahah and realized i just repeated the other past comments. Just was being one of the people who freaked out and asked before reading hahaha.. But i appreciate it.

My iPhone randomly turned off last night. When i plugged it into my laptop the phone lit up and the apple logo came on for about 10secs and then the phone goes of again, just keeps on doing that so i connected it to the wall. I thought i prevailed as the phone booted and wanted me to connect to itunes for a restore, great my phone works again NOPE problems continued when i disconnect the charger to plug into my laptop, the phone goes straight off. HELP please and my Home Button doesnt work :(

It's broken. Time for a new iPhone.

Thank You, i Thought that might be the case :(

As someone who works in tech support for iPhones, I have NEVER seen this fix to turn the device off and on with a broken power button (and I do get a lot of calls about this). Thank you for that information!!!

Thank you very much, very helpfull,...

how long should the plug into wall take

assuming the battery is not dead, it should turn on and start booting up within a few seconds of plugging it in to a power source.
If the battery was dead, it could take a while (15-45 minutes or so)..


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