iPhone Side Button Not Working? Here’s The Real Fix!

The side button on your iPhone is not working and you don’t know what to do. The side button is perhaps the most important button on iPhones without a Home button. In this article, I’ll show you a short-term solution when the iPhone side button is not working and explain how you can get your iPhone repaired!

AssistiveTouch: The Short Term Solution

When your iPhone side button is not working, you can get much of the button’s functionality by turning on AssistiveTouch in the Settings app. AssistiveTouch allows you to do things like activate Siri, use Emergency SOS, take screenshots, and lock or turn off your iPhone.

How To Turn On AssistiveTouch On An iPhone

Open Settings and tap Accessibility -> Touch -> AssistiveTouch. Turn on the switch next to AssistiveTouch at the top of the screen. You’ll know it’s on when a circular button appears on the screen.

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You can use a finger to drag the AssistiveTouch button wherever you’d like on the screen.

How To Lock Your iPhone Using AssistiveTouch

Tap the AssistiveTouch button, then tap Device. Finally, tap the Lock Screen button in the AssistiveTouch menu.

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How To Use Siri With AssistiveTouch

Tap the virtual AssistiveTouch button, then tap Siri.

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How To Use Emergency SOS With AssistiveTouch

Tap the virtual AssistiveTouch button, then tap Device. Next, tap More -> SOS.

Check out our other article to learn more about Emergency SOS on your iPhone.

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How To Fix Your Broken iPhone Side Button

Unfortunately, if your iPhone side button is not working, you’re probably going to have to get it repaired at some point. Unless you work or have worked at an Apple Store, we don’t recommend trying to fix your iPhone on your own.

The components of your iPhone are very small — without a special toolkit, it’s nearly impossible to fix your broken iPhone side button on your own. Additionally, if you make a mistake while trying to repair your iPhone, you run the risk of voiding your warranty.

Side Button Repair Options

We recommend taking it into your local Apple Store or shipping it in using Apple’s mail-in repair service. If you do take it into your local Apple Store, make sure you schedule an appointment first!

Looking On The Bright Side

You now have a short-term solution to your broken iPhone side button, as well as repair options that’ll have it fixed in no time! We hope you never have this problem again, but the next time your iPhone side button is not working, you’ll know exactly what to do. Leave a comment below if you have any other questions.

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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Daniel Brousseau
1 year ago

what settings do I go too to enable side button settings so I can use the screen tap instead of my side button because my button is broken and I can’t use it for apps or anything

3 years ago

If my iPhone X side button doesn’t work if it was to die how would I turn my phone back in again?

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago
Reply to  Sarah

You should definitely get it looked at for repair while you can before it dies! Try taking your case off to see if that helps.

3 years ago

My iPhone X can not be turned off.

Liam Shotwell
3 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

This article, ‘My iPhone Won’t Turn Off’, might be helpful for you. I hope this helps!

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