The iPhone power button is used to turn the device on and off, lock the screen, hard reset, restore it and more. If this important switch stops working for you, there are some solutions you can try before taking it for repair. Let’s start by learning more about the reasons behind and see how to fix an iPhone power button not working
Possible reasons why the iPhone power button does not work
- The iPhone case causes power button interference.
- A considerable amount of dirt has accumulated around the button.
- The unit suffered a sideways fall, resulting in physical injury.
- A software error that causes the power button not to respond.
If the power button is completely damaged, the only option is to have it repaired. But if it is stuck, slow or semi-functional, you can do it this way.
- Restart iPhone using AssistiveTouch
- Try adjusting the click speed of the side button
- Visit the Apple Store for repair options
. Restart iPhone using AssistiveTouch
Since the power button is not functional, we need to use the Assistive Touch or Settings app to turn off the iPhone (and then turn it on again).
To turn off the iOS device, open Settings app, and press General. Scroll down and press Turn off. Drag the slider to the right.
Wait a minute or two. Now try using the power button to turn on the iPhone. Does it work?
If the power button did not work, connect your iPhone to the charger or a computer to turn it on and follow the suggestions below.
2. Try adjusting the click speed of the side button
Does the Side Button work on iPhone X and later models with Face ID, but not as convenient as you like? You can adjust double and triple click speed to see what suits you better.
- To open Settings app and press availability.
- Scroll down and press Side button.
- Choose one of the three options – ‘Default, ”Slowly, ”Slowly. ‘
3. Visit the Apple Store for repair options
Finally, if nothing helps, it means it’s time to take your device for physical inspection and repair. You can start by contacting Apple Support and fixing an appointment at your nearest Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.
Note: Be sure to back up your iPhone as in the Apple Store, they will probably delete everything.
Use AssistiveTouch: A temporary solution
This is not a solution to fix the non-functioning power button, but rather a solution that allows you to use the device and perform almost all actions conveniently, even if the said physical button is damaged.
You can enable AssistiveTouch from Settings app → availability → Touch → Helping touch. We have a detailed guide that shows you how to edit your actions and get the most out of it.
These are some of the useful things you can do when the iPhone power button stops working. I hope this short guide helped you and provided a clear picture to tackle this issue.
We also have a guide that will tell you what to do if the iPhone home button does not work. In the same spirit, if Touch ID does not work properly, be sure to follow our detailed guide.