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How to Use iPhone / iPad With Broken Power Button?

Having your iPhone or iPad fail on you is indeed very frustrating. One of the worst things that could happen is to have a broken power button. Whether it's stuck, unresponsive or simply no longer functioning, a broken power button can really have a crippling effect on your device usage. However, all hope is not yet lost because there is still a way to access power button functions even if you have this hardware problem. All of these can be solved by simply enabling the iOS' Accessibility feature, Assistive Touch.


How to Use iPhone/iPad With Broken Power Button

How to Use iPhone / iPad With Broken Power Button?

First things first, you will need to enable Assistive Touch so you can use the onscreen hardware buttons. In order to activate Assistive Touch, just navigate your device to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch. Enable Assistive Touch and you should see a white translucent button appear. You can reposition this virtual button any way you like but placing it in corners is ideal. Tapping on the button will bring bring up a menu which gives you access to a multitude of actions.

Assistive Touch iOS
Assistive Touch Menu

How to Lock iOS Device With Broken Power Button:

How to Lock iOS Device With Broken Power Button

For this step, you simply need to tap the virtual button, tap Device and then tap Lock Screen. Alternatively, you can also set the Auto-Lock feature so the screen will simply lock itself when left idle. This will also help you save battery life. To do this, navigate to Settings > General > Auto-Lock.

How to Switch Off iOS Device With Broken Power Button:

How to Switch Off iOS Device With Broken Power Button

Switching off your iOS device with a broken power button can be a bit tricky since the solution is not that clear-cut at first. To turn off your device, just tap the virtual button, tap Device and this time, hold (not tap) the Lock Screen icon. After a few seconds, the familiar Slide to Power Off bar should appear. Just slide the bar to switch off your iPhone or iPad.

How to Switch On iOS Device With Broken Power Button:

How to Switch On iOS Device With Broken Power Button

Now that you've switched off your device, how can you turn it on with a broken power button? Obviously, you won't be able to do this with your iDevice alone. The only solutions are to connect your iPhone or iPad into a PC or Mac or to a power source via USB charger. Obviously, you won't want to turn off your device if you have no access to a computer or charger.

How to Take Screenshots on iPhone / iPad With Broken Home Button:

How to Take Screenshots on iPhone iPad With Broken Home Button

In case you don't know, to take a screenshot, you press the power button + home button. With a busted power button, say good bye to your ability to take a screenshot. Well, not really since you can again count on the convenience of Assistive Touch. Just tap the Assistive Touch button > Device > More > Screenshot.

Bonus:

Activator Commands

If you have a jailbroken iPhone or iPad, you can overall bypass this guide and simply use Activator. Use Activator to assign power button actions to certain gestures.

Hopefully, this guide was able to help you solve your broken power button problems.

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    Lori2 years, 5 months ago

    I found how to power it down, but how do i power it back up?

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    Adrian3 years, 3 months ago

    Beauty !Thanks

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    Jhay3 years, 3 months ago

    hi, i didn’t get how to turn off the device? COuld you explain the virtual buttong & where to tap? This is useful for me.. :) Thanks! Great tutorial & feeds!

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      Patrick Gumban3 years, 3 months ago

      Hi, you simply need to tap and hold down the Lock Screen button until the slide to power off bar appears. The lock screen is found at Assistive Touch button > Device > Lock Screen. It’s the same way as if you’re holding down the power/sleep button to make the slide to power off bar appear. Let me know if this works for you.