While the iPhone is filled with many useful features and capabilities, the ability of the simple Power button, otherwise known as the Sleep/Wake button is often overlooked. It’s through this simple button that your iPhone is turned off and on. You use this button day after day, likely not aware of the ease it provides.
That is, until it stops working. Many iPhone users have reported that their Power button sometimes, without warning, gets stuck. Though this isn’t usually cause for concern, it can be quite a stressful experience, leaving you wondering, how in the world you’ll turn your phone on if it’s been powered off, amongst many other things.
A common reason why your Power button may have stopped working, is that you were or currently still are using a phone case that had soft rubber covering your Power button. This rubber usually tends to break down with the passage of time, and may cause your Power button to suddenly get stuck.
While many users have reported no problem whatsoever despite using a soft rubber case, the trend was too common to ignore. Another reason your Power button could’ve stopped working is that your device recently suffered hardware damage through a fall or being thrown onto a hard surface. In such cases, the best option may be to take your device to the nearest Apple store in order to fix the problem, however, there are a few troubleshooting methods you can try beforehand. There’s also a temporary substitute you can use in place of the Power button. To learn more, read on and follow the instructions below.
Use Assistive Touch in Place of a Power Button to Lock Your Device
If your iPhone’s Power button is locked or stuck, you can use Assistive Touch, an accessibility feature that allows you to perform various tasks on your device with the tap of a button. Assistive Touch was initially established to help people with motor impairments, that have difficulty performing swipe, zoom, or other actions using their iPhone.
Eventually, even users who possessed no such impairment started enabling Assistive Touch on their device due to the ease at which it allows you to carry out tasks that would otherwise require more effort. In order to enable Assistive Touch, follow the instructions below,
1. Open the Settings application on your device. IT has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.
2. Tap General.
3. Tap Accessibility.
4. You’ll see a toggle button for Assistive Touch. Ensure that this toggle button is enabled. The button should be green when enabled.
Once you enable Assistive Touch, you’ll see a virtual square shaped grey button with a white circle inside it. You can place this button wherever you would like. Drag and drop the button in order to change its position. In order to use Assistive Touch as a lock button follow the instructions below,
1. Tap on the Assistive Touch button.
2. Tap on Device.
3. Tap on Lock Screen.
Feel free to mess around with Assistive Touch in order to explore what else you can do with the button. You’ll notice that you can mute your device, adjust the volume, open the Control Center, open your Notification Center, and more, with just the touch of a button or two.
How to Turn Your Device On Without a Power Button
While Assistive Touch may help you in turning off or locking your device, it won’t be as helpful when you need to power on your device. In this case, you need to connect your device to a power source, whether that be your computer or a wall charger. If your device has completely powered off, it may take a while for the device to turn on even after connecting it to charge. Please be patient.
If you find that your device isn’t turning on even after connecting it to a power source, this is a sign that something more serious may be going on with your device. There is likely a hardware problem going on, which will need to be checked by an Apple Store employee. Read section D of this tutorial for more information.
Remove Your Case and Clean Your Power Button
Unfortunately, most cases of a unresponsive power button are not solved at home. However, if you’re not one to give up easily, there are a few things you can try on your own to fix the issue. As previously mentioned, your device’s case may be causing the problem with your Power button. Remove the case on your device and gently try to lodge the Power button into place, if you fear it might have become dislodged due to the case. Be careful when doing this, as you don’t want to cause further damage to your device.
If you don’t have a case or removing your case didn’t solve the problem, try cleaning around your Power button. Blow on the area lightly with your mouth, and use an antistatic brush or compressed air to clean out debris and dirt. Once again, please be careful when carrying out this method, so as to avoid dislodging the Power button further.
Visit Your Nearest Apple Store
If you’re unable to fix the Power button on your phone, it’s best to avoid tinkering too much with your device as this may not only damage your device further but also annul your warranty. If your warranty hasn’t yet expired or if you have Apple Care, it’s likely that Apple may pay for any repairs your device needs.
Be sure to visit your local Apple Store if your warranty hasn’t expired. If you’re not sure if your warranty has expired or not, you can visit Apple’s website and check the status of your device. It’s best to first make an appointment before visiting the Apple Store in order to ensure that you’ll be seen in a timely manner, as the store tends to be crowded, especially on the weekends.