iPad Power Button Stuck Or Not Working? Here’s The Real Fix!

Your iPad power button is not working and you’re not sure why. Every time you try to press the button, nothing happens. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPad power button is stuck or malfunctioning!

Take Off Your iPad Case

A lot of the time, cheap rubber iPad cases can make it feel as though the power button isn’t working. We’ve also noticed an unfortunate trend that some rubber cases can actually cause power buttons to get stuck.

Try taking the case off of your iPad and pressing the power button — is it working now? If it is, you’ll probably need to swap out your case. If the power button still isn’t working, keep reading!

Is The Button Stuck Or Can You Press It Down?

There are two distinct types of power button problems. Either the power button is stuck and you can’t press it at all, or the power button isn’t stuck, but when you press it, nothing happens!

If your iPad power is stuck and you can’t press it, you’ll probably have to get it repaired. Fortunately, you can set up a virtual button on your iPad’s display that can hold you over until you’re ready to get it repaired. Skip down to the AssistiveTouch step to set up the virtual button!

If you can press down your iPad’s power button, but nothing happens when you do, it’s possible you’re dealing with a software problem. Anytime you press a button on your iPad, it’s the software that decides whether or not something happens on the screen! To try and fix a minor software glitch, restart your iPad.

If your iPad is running iOS 11, go to Settings -> General -> Shut Down. Swipe the power icon left to right across  slide to power off to turn off your iPad. To turn your iPad back on, connect it to any power source using a Lightning cable — it’ll turn back on shortly after.

shut down ipad from settings app

if your iPad isn’t running iOS 11, you’ll have to turn it off using AssistiveTouch. In the next step, I’ll show you how to set it up and show you how to use it to turn off your iPad!

Turn On AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch is an Accessibility setting that puts a virtual button directly on your iPad’s display. It’s a great temporary solution when the physical buttons on your iPad are broken or malfunctioning.

To turn on AssistiveTouch, open Settings and tap Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch and turn on the switch to the right of AssistiveTouch. A virtual button will appear on your iPad’s display!

turn on ipad assistivetouch

To use AssistiveTouch to turn off your iPad, press the virtual button and tap Device. Then, press and hold Lock Screen until slide to power off appears.

lock screen ipad assistivetouch

Backup Your iPad

If you restarted your iPad, but the power button still isn’t working, it’s time to put your iPad into DFU mode and restore. Before you do, let’s save a backup of your iPad. That way, you won’t lose any of your data or information when you restore your iPad.

To backup your iPad, plug it into iTunes and click the iPad button that appears near the upper left-hand corner of the window. Then, click Back Up Now.

You can also backup your iPad to iCloud by going to Settings and tapping on your name at the top of the screen. Then tap iCloud -> iCloud Backup -> Back Up Now.

icloud backup ipad

Put Your iPad Into DFU Mode

Now that your iPad has been backed up, it’s time to put it in DFU Mode and restore. Since the power button is broken, you’ll have to enter DFU mode using a third-party software program like Tenorshare 4uKey.

There’s no guarantee a DFU restore will fix your iPad power button that’s not working, so you may just want to go ahead and get it repaired rather than paying for a new software program. In the section of this article, I’ll discuss two repair options that’ll have your iPad working like new!

Getting The Power Button Repaired

When you’re ready to get the Home button repaired, you have a couple of great options. If you have AppleCare+, schedule an appointment at your local Apple Store’s Genius Bar.

A quick word of warning: if your iPad Home button stopped working after coming into contact with water or another liquid, Apple won’t touch your iPad. AppleCare+ doesn’t cover liquid damage, one of the main reasons why an iPad power button stops working.

If your iPad does have water damage, or if your iPad isn’t covered by AppleCare+, or if you want the power button fixed today, we recommend Puls, an on-demand repair company. Puls sends a certified technician directly to you in as little as 60 minutes. They’ll repair your iPad on-the-spot and give you a lifetime warranty!

iPad Power Button: Fixed!

You’ve successfully fixed your iPad’s power button, or you’ve chosen a great repair option. Next time your iPad power button is stuck or not working, you’ll know exactly how to fix the problem! If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments section below!

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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1 year ago

Can I take a screen shot without using the power button?
I found the answer! Hit the assistive touch button, then device, then more, the screen shot button appears!

Last edited 1 year ago by Suzanne
Dan L.
1 year ago

My iPad button was sticking and Apple said it was contaminated by some substance and they would not attempt to fix it. In desperation, I put a tiny drop of a corrosion preventative that is safe for electronics on it. I let capillary action wick it into the crease around the switch. I started pressing the switch repeatedly and, voilà! it came free and started working. It’s been fine ever since. The stuff I used is called ACF-50.

2 years ago

thanks, a lot of good information

2 years ago

My iPad ran out of battery so now when I put on the charger it doesn’t allow me to go on and only shows me the battery level and I cant power it on any other way how do I fix this?

2 years ago

Hi there, The assistive touch is great, but is there an option to force the iPad to ignore the power button? My iPad wants to turn itself off randomly when I am using it
and I have no control over it, because the power button isn’t working properly anymore. It’s a 12″ iPad Pro from 2016, so I’m not too surprised. Still, I would love to use it some more. Thanks for your help.

2 years ago

Hello David Lynch I love and have seen most all of your cinematic works. However I have this problem with my iPad Mini 2 Air: It’s not powering on now. It does not respond to being plugged in, or any other prompting! It had been working. Screen cracked, and sometimes it acted funny when I plugged it in to charge. Sometimes it seemed like it powered off by itself and if I plugged it in it would pop back on with inaccurate battery levels. One minute the battery would be at 94%, the next 2%!! Also, it was in the… Read more »

Colin Boyd
2 years ago
Reply to  D.C.

Hi D.C., thanks for such a comprehensive summary of the issue! It sounds like your iPad might have retained some hardware damage when it fell. Unfortunately, there really aren’t any hardware repairs we’d recommend performing at home. Your best bet would be to contact Apple’s Support team for a diagnosis and repair options.

I’m sorry we couldn’t be of more help, best of luck getting your iPad up and running again! Thank you for reading!

2 years ago

If I do make backup now what happens next ?

Colin Boyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Shahzaib

Hi Shahzaib, saving a backup will ensure that no matter what happens, your iPad’s data will be preserved safely. Even if you need to DFU Restore your iPad or get your device replaced completely, you’ll be able to restore your iPad to the exact state it was in when you performed the backup!

Sandra Wheeler
3 years ago

I dropped my IPad. It landed on the corner by the power button. The power button now cannot be depressed. I’m stuck with a “verifying update” on my IPad. I can’t get it off as I cannot sign in. I would appreciate instructions to repair it.

Tommy E
3 years ago

My iPad power button was stuck. I used the shut down in settings, but when I tried to power up, the Apple logo appears for a few seconds and then disappears/reappears/disappears, etc. any suggestions? Thanks!

3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy E

hey, i got the same problem! you just gotta plug it in a charger, it automatically turns on, just keep it charging until the lock screen appears

Tess Navarro
5 years ago

My home button and power button stopped working and Im stuck on a FB page. Cant close the app.

Andy Zheng
5 years ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH. Now I can lock my screen even if my button is stuck. Really helped.

Michael Jonathan
5 years ago

my ipad 2 is disable connect to itunes, but went i connect to itunes on my Pc now it will request respond my ipad else the pc can not be able to access the ipad and the ipad is disable i dont know what to do.