How Do I Restart An iPhone Without The Power Button? The Fix!

You want to restart your iPhone, but its power button is broken, jammed, or stuck. Restarting an iPhone is a two-step process in iOS 10, and in iOS 11 (due to be released this fall), you can restart your iPhone by hitting one button in AssistiveTouch. In this article, I’ll show you how to restart an iPhone without the power button!

If Your iPhone Is Running iOS 10

If your iPhone is running iOS 10, restarting an iPhone without a power button is a two-step process. First you’ll need to turn off your iPhone, and then you’ll turn it back on by plugging it into power. This isn’t the same as a hard reset, but it accomplishes the same thing.

This should answer one question that a lot of people have: If your iPhone turns off and the power button doesn’t work, you can always turn it back on by plugging your iPhone into any power source. 

Make Sure AssistiveTouch Is Turned On

In order to restart an iPhone without the power button, you’ll need to turn on AssistiveTouch. AssistiveTouch creates a virtual Home button that appears on your iPhone’s display, giving your iPhone all of its functionality even when its physical buttons are broken, jammed, or stuck.

To turn on AssistiveTouch, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch. Then, turn on the switch next to AssistiveTouch (you’ll know it’s on when the switch is green and positioned to the right).

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Finally, the virtual AssistiveTouch Home button will appear on your iPhone’s display, which you can drag anywhere on your iPhone’s screen.

How To Restart An iPhone Running iOS 10

To restart your iPhone using iOS 10, tap the white circular AssistiveTouch button Assistive Touch Button on the screen to open the AssistiveTouch menu. If you don’t see the button, go back to the previous step and make sure AssistiveTouch is turned on.

Next, tap Device, and then press and hold the Lock Screen button in AssistiveTouch just like you would hold the physical power button on the side of your iPhone. After several seconds of holding the Lock Screen button, you’ll see slide to power off appear on the screen. Use your finger to slide the power icon from left to right on the screen and wait for your iPhone to turn off.

To turn your iPhone back on, plug it into any power source, just like you do to charge it. The Apple logo will appear on the screen after a second or two and your iPhone will turn on.

If You’ve Updated Your iPhone To iOS 11

The ability to restart an iPhone without the power button was introduced with the iOS 11 software update. To update iOS on your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap General -> Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install. The update process may take awhile, so be patient!

How To Restart An iPhone Without The Power Button In iOS 11

  1. Tap the virtual AssistiveTouch button.
  2. Tap the Device icon device icon assistivetouch.
  3. Tap the More icon more icon assistivetouch.
  4. Tap the Restart icon restart icon assistivetouch.
  5. Tap Restart when the alert appears on your iPhone’s display.
  6. Your iPhone turn off, then back on after about 30 seconds.

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I’ve Got The Power!

You now know how to restart an iPhone without the power button! If your power button is broken, make sure to check out our article on stuck iPhone power buttons to learn about your best repair options. Feel free to leave us a comment down below if you have any other questions about your iPhone, and don’t forget to share this article on social media.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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2 years ago

thanks alot of iformation

2 years ago

My iphone’s touch screen isn’t working and I cant get my phone to shut off. I can’t open apps and stuff through Siri, and I can’t shut it off. My volume buttons haven’t been working and I can’t force restart my phone. I was wondering if you knew how I could fix this problem? Thank you.

3 years ago

my iphone 11 is frozen and it wont let me touch anything and it wont shut off how do i fix this

3 years ago

This works! Thank you.

KC Nolram
3 years ago

iphone is stuck on apple logo loading screen for 30 mins and cant use the power button since it is broken

5 years ago

This is Cool!

6 years ago

thanks a lot for sharing

7 years ago

Is this another fake feature like the “SOS” mode? you told us about?