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How to Turn Off an iPhone With a Broken On/Off Button – 2017 Guide

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Defective buttons is a common problem that many smartphone owners face. After months, or even years, of usage, it is only natural that the smartphone wears out. What if your power button wears out, and no longer functions as it is supposed to? Every smartphone, including the iPhone, has an on/off button. Holding down that button allows you to either turn on, or turn off the iPhone. If that button is defective, you might get scared that you can no longer turn off your iPhone. However, there is a different way to turn off your iPhone. In this article, you will learn how to turn off (and on) an iPhone that has a defective on/off button.

Turn Off an iPhone Without Using the On/Off Button

If your iPhone has a defective on/off button, you can no longer use it to turn off your device. Even if that may be so, there are other ways of turning off your iPhone, without actually having to use the on/off button. The amount of methods that you can use does depend on the model of iPhone that you have, as well as the iOS version that you are running on it.

A common question that gets asked is: can I turn my iPhone back on if I have a defective on/off button? Luckily, you can. If your iPhone is turned off, and the on/off button does not work, all you have to do is connect your iPhone to a charger. Once the iPhone starts charging up, you will automatically see the Apple logo appear on your device. This means that your iPhone is now starting itself up. This trick works on any iPhone, running any iOS version.

Turn Off an iPhone Without Using the On/Off Button in iOS 11

iOS 11 is one of the most common iOS versions that is currently being used on iPhones and iPads. If you own an iPhone or iPad that is running iOS 11, follow these steps to turn it off:

  • Go to “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap on “General” and scroll all the way down
  • You will see a button called “Shut down”
  • Tap on the “Shut down” button
  • The regular slider will appear
  • Turn off your iPhone by moving the slider

Turn Off an iPhone Without Using the On/Off Button through AssistiveTouch

By using AssistiveTouch, you are able to turn off your iPhone without using the on/off button. If the above-mentioned method doesn’t work for you, follow these steps to turn off your iPhone by making use of AssistiveTouch:

  • Go to “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap on “General”
  • Tap on “Accessibility”
  • Select the “AssistiveTouch” feature
  • Tap on the AssistiveTouch circle

What the next steps are really depends on which iOS version you are running on your iPhone or iPad. Follow these steps to turn off your iPhone or iPad by making use of AssistiveTouch:

  • In iOS 11, go into AssistiveTouch and select Device > More > Restart. A confirmation will pop up, asking you if you want to restart your device. Tap on “Restart”.
  • On an iPhone 7 running iOS 10, go into AssistiveTouch and tap on “Device”. Hold your finger down on “Lock Screen” and simultaneously press your “Volume Down” button.
  • On older devices that still have a physical “Home Button” and aren’t running on iOS 11, you will need to do it slightly differently. Go into AssistiveTouch and hold down your “Home Button” while simultaneously pressing on your “Volume Down” button.

Naturally, this means that AssistiveTouch is a very handy feature that can be used when your “Home Button” is broken as well. AssistiveTouch can also be used when you’re experiencing issues with other buttons on your iPhone or iPad.