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.


Thanks for the tip this was great. I would have never figured this out.

This is really great and wonderful!!

Thanks you helped so much

now how do i turn it on, if the lock button doesnt work

Read the part on the page above where it says in large bold letters "How to turn on an iPhone with no top power button" about one-inch above where you typed your question.

And what do I do if I'm in a situation without a charger? How would I turn it on, say, in a business meeting? Or, I'm at a bar, about to get a girl's phone number, and it freezes, time to restart! Only problem, I can turn if off, but not back on. Is there any way with either assisted touch, or an app, to simply just hit a restart button for it to reboot up again after turning off?

So uh, I used that assisted touch thing to turn it off. One issue now... HOW DO I TURN IT BACK ON??? LOL

Oh nevermind, that is the one section of your whole thing I missed, just saw it, don't know how I didn't know that -___-

I agree with every else. This was very helpful. But, is there a way to refresh the iPhone without turning it off ?

If by "refresh" you mean restore or reinstall iOS, then YES (I think)..
Restores and upgrades restart the iPhone, but they don't require you to press the power button - at least not the times I've done it.


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