Alternative Solutions for iPhone/iPad Power Button Not Working

alternative-solutions-for-iphone-ipad-power-button-not-working“My iPhone’s power button can not work well from time to time. I do not want to send it to repair, thus is there any solutions for iPhone power button not working?”

It’s very uncommon that the power button of the iPhone/iPad breaks. But when it does, it’s almost as much crippling as losing the home button. Thankfully, there is always an alternative that comes in very handy. That’s precisely what we’re looking at.

Replace Broken Power Button with Assistive Touch

AssistiveTouch is a feature that allows iOS users to control their devices with virtual buttons. With AssistiveTouch enabled, you can live without power button.

Open Settings on your iPhone/iPad, go to General> Accessibility> AssistiveTouch. Toggle on the button and a floating virtual button will appear on the screen.


Tap on the AssistiveTouch button, you can find lock screen, screenshot options that enable you to do things when power button is not working.

How to Lock Screen When Power Button Not Working

We usually lock and even unlock screen by pressing the power button, that’s reason why the button is also called sleep/wake button. Now the lock button is not working, use virtual button on AssistiveTouch menu instead.

Tap on AssistiveTouch on the screen;

Tap “Device” > “Lock Screen”;

The iPhone or iPad will be locked.


Also you can enable Auto-Lock feature on Settings, which also make it possible to lock screen with broken sleep/wake button.

Go to Settings> General> Auto-Lock. Set the iPhone/iPad to automatically lock screen after 30 seconds – 5 minutes when the device is not in use.


How to Turn iPhone/iPad on/off with Broken Sleep/Wake Button

To power off iPhone/iPad with broken power button, tap AssistiveTouch> Device and long press Lock Screen until the “slide to power off” bar comes up.

To turn on iPhone/iPad without sleep/wake button, you need to connect your device to a charger or PC/Mac using USB cable. The screen will immediately light up when the device is connected. If the device is in low battery, it would take a while for the device to power on.

How to Take Screenshot without iPhone/iPad Power Button

AssistiveTouch also allows you to take screenshot of iPhone/iPad with non-working power button.

Go to AssistiveTouch menu, tap Device> More> Screenshot to take a screenshot of the current screen. And don’t worry, the screenshot won’t have the AssistiveTouch icon on it.


With power button not working, it seems like that you should have stuck with AssistiveTouch. On the bright side, AssistiveTouch can give you more convenience other than just replacing the non-working power button. You can quickly access Siri, Notification Center, Control Center, use custom gestures with AssistiveTouch. Learn more about the use of AssistiveTouch.