How To Turn Off iPhone Without Using the Power Button
Smartphones are becoming more complex every year, and you may have noticed a developing trend. On today’s phones, there are always at least two ways to do the same thing, usually more. For instance, there are a couple of ways you can delete apps or cached data, a few ways to reset your phone, and so on.
This is because the complexity of smartphones makes them prone to hardware and software glitches. These can make it impossible to complete simple tasks. For situations like these, iPhones and all other smartphones released in the past few years give you different paths you can take to reach the same destination.
How do you turn off your phone if you can’t work the power button anymore? Fortunately, it’s not difficult to work around a damaged power button to shut off and power on your iPhone.
This is a very versatile feature that makes iPhones easier to use. If it’s activated, you have a way to turn off your phone when your power button gets stuck or stops responding.
Here’s how to activate it:
- Open settings
- Go to General
- Go to Accessibility
- Scroll down and locate AssistiveTouch
- Tap and move the toggle to enable it
This gives you a backup method for powering down your iPhone without using the power button. It enables you to open a Power Off slider on the top of your screen to initiate a shutdown.
It also allows you to lock the screen, rotate it, adjust the volume, and more. It essentially gives you the opportunity to initiate the phone’s button functions without having to press the physical buttons.
Enable AssistiveTouch on iPhone X or Newer
This can be done even easier on the iPhone X. If the Accessibility Shortcut is turned on, you can control the AssistiveTouch feature by tapping the side button three times. Or, you can press the Home buttons three times.
You can even play with the click speed and adjust it from the Accessibility menu: General > Accessibility > Side Button – from here, you can choose between the Side and Home buttons, set the click speed, reset it to default values, etc.
Power Off Using Assistive Touch Menu
Now that you activated the feature, how do you use it?
Look for the app icon with a white circle. It may be on top of other apps at the bottom of your screen, or it can be blurred out or transparent. The icon depends on the iPhone model.
After tapping the circle, you will open up a new menu. You can use this for many things, including:
Tap the Device option and then tap Lock Screen. You can use the Home button to wake your iPhone afterwards.
From the same Device menu, you want to tap and hold on the Lock Screen icon until the Power Off slider appears. Slide to initiate the shutdown.
Use the Menu
Another easy way to turn off your iPhone is to go through the settings options:
- Go to settings
- Tap General
- Select Shut Down
- Slide the slider once it pops up on screen
Note that this only works on some iPhones. If you have an iOS version older than 11.0, it won’t work without updating the OS first.
How to Power the iPhone Back On
Another question comes to mind when faced with a misbehaving sleep/wake button. Turning off your smartphone is relatively simple. But how do you power it back on if the button is still unresponsive?
A cool thing about iPhones is that they can be powered on by plugging in the USB charger. Connect to your computer or laptop, and your phone will turn back on when it starts to charge. If you just use a wall charger, this may not work.
A Final Thought
Stuck buttons happen a lot and, and it’s not always because of the debris that accumulates due to poor maintenance. The AssistiveTouch feature allows you to still use your iPhone comfortably without having to go to a service center right away.
This feature allows you to control all the other buttons as well, with the exception of the home button. You can use it when your volume buttons are acting up. However, you can’t send your phone into recovery mode by holding button combinations on the touchscreen. Another downside is that you still need a USB cable and a computer nearby, if you want to power up your device.