How to Fix an iPhone Power Button That’s Not Working

Tech Tips

The power button is, arguably, one of the most important components on an iPhone. If it stops working correctly, it can be difficult to be productive or use your phone for basic tasks. If you’re facing iPhone power button issues and you’re not sure how to diagnose or troubleshoot solutions, we’re here to help. 

There are two commonly reported issues iPhone power button issues. Some people report that when they press and hold the power button, they will get an extremely delayed response but the device will still power down if they try. Alternatively, some people’s power buttons will not give them the option to power down or get a response from the power button at all.

Note: It is important to note that if the power button is not tactile at all, meaning it does not click when pressed, it is definitely a hardware issue.

Possible Causes for Your iPhone Power Button Not Working

Whether you’re dealing with an iPhone 8 button stuck or a iPhone 11 power button not working, it’s can  frustrating situation. But don’t fret– it’s often possible to fix a broken iPhone Power button with just a few simple steps. First, it’s important to determine the cause of the issue. Like most device issues it comes down to hardware issues vs software. 

  • Software Issues – A problem with the IOS or an app that could be interfering with the power button.
    • Typically, this type of problem is much easier to fix yourself because it involves maneuvering through a few simple menu options.
  • Hardware Issues – A more complicated problem within the mechanical components of the Power button.
    • Much harder to fix by yourself because the power button would likely need to be replaced.

Whether your iPhone power button is completely stuck or slow but still semi-functional, we will show you how to fix it. 

1: Hard Reset Your iPhone

If you have a software problem, the easiest attempt to fix it is to force restart the device. Forcing a restart ends and restarts all the software and hopefully, cancels the programming error that caused the issue. 

To hard reset your iPhone:

  1.  Hold the Power button (or use AssistiveTouch) and the Home button at the same time.
  2.  Release both buttons when the Apple logo appears (around ten seconds).
  3. When the iPhone boots up, test the Power button for normal functionality.
  4. If the Power button works again, it means it was a software error.

2: AssistiveTouch

Now this isn’t so much of a fix as it is a work around until repairs are made. AssistiveTouch is an optional onscreen feature that lets you lock or power off the device without using the power button. This is a temporary fix, but it will at least let you lock your phone and turn it off if needed while you figure out a different solution. 

How to Activate AssistiveTouch

To activate AssistiveTouch:

  1.  From the Home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Go to Accessibility.
  3. Go to AssistiveTouch
  4. Toggle the switch to green “ON” status so that AssistiveTouch is enabled.
  5. Press the white AssistiveTouch button when it appears on the screen.

Locking Your iPhone with AssistiveTouch

To lock your iPhone with AssistiveTouch:

  1. Complete all steps of “How to Activate AssistiveTouch” section.
  2. Go to Device.
  3. Go to Lock Screen.
  4. Tap the Lock Screen icon once.

Powering Off Your iPhone with AssistiveTouch

To power off your iPhone with AssistiveTouch:

  1. Complete all steps of “How to Activate AssistiveTouch” section.
  2. Go to Device.
  3. Go to Lock Screen.
  4. Press and hold the Lock Screen icon to power off.

Can You Fix Your iPhone Power Button?

If you have tried several or all of the troubleshooting tips and your iPhone power button is still not working, it is more likely that you’re facing a hardware issue. 

The best way to correct a hardware problem is to get the device looked at by a repair professional like the knowledgeable techs at uBreakiFix. There may be gunk that needs to be cleaned out around the power button or you may need a complete component replacement. Either way, the repair technician will be able to tell you which repairs you’ll need and how much it will cost to fix it. uBreakiFix has a low price guarantee and a 90-day warranty that ensures that you’re getting the best deal on your repair.

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