How to Restart iPhone/iPad Without Power Button and Home Button

You can reboot or hard reset your iOS devices even without pressing Home and power buttons. Jump over to find out how to do it the easy way!

Whenever my iOS device encounter issues like app crashing, freezing or battery drain, the one little trick that I always try to fix the problem is reboot the device. Yeah, it does sound to be a bit funny; however, it does the trick—more often than not. But one thing that I really hate is pressing the Home and power ON/OFF buttons hard for about ten seconds to restart iPhone as the process puts a bit of strain on the fingers. Luckily, some tricks allow me to restart my iPhone/iPad without power and Home buttons.

iOS 11 lets you easily restart your device through AssistiveTouch. But what if you don’t have the latest iOS version? No problem! You can still hard reset your iOS devices without pressing sleep/wake and Home buttons. Let’s head over to know how it’s done the right way!

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How to Restart iPhone/iPad Without Power Button and Home Button

Method #1. Restart iPhone/iPad Using AssistiveTouch

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General → Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Settings then General then Accessibility on iPhone or iPad


Step #3. Next up, tap on AssistiveTouch.

Tap on AssistiveTouch in Settings on iPhone

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Step #4. Turn on the switch next to AssistiveTouch.

Turn on switch next to AssistiveTouch on iPhone

Step #5. Now, a small AssistiveTouch icon will appear on the screen. Tap on it.

Tap on small AssistiveTouch icon on iPhone

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Step #6. Tap on Device in the menu.

Tap on Device icon in AssistiveTouch on iPhone

Step #7. Up next, tap on More.

Tap on More icon in AssistiveTouch on iPhone

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Step #8. Tap on Restart button.

Tap on Restart to Reboot iPhone Without Power Button

Method #2. Restart iPhone or iPad by Bolding Fonts

First of all, bolding the text will make it easier to read things and most importantly it requires a complete reboot of your iOS device. So we are just going to try it out, and you can even turn bold text off again to get another restart. Here are the steps.

  • In the Settings app tap on General settings.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad in iOS 12

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  • Navigate to Accessibility and flip Bold Text on.

Turn ON Bold Text in Accessibility Settings on iPhone

  • Your screen will show “Applying this setting will restart your iPhone,” so tap on Continue for an immediate soft reboot.

Reboot iPhone to Turn ON Bold Text

This option is very much straightforward and gets you done within minutes. However, devices running only on iOS 8, iOS 9 and above have this option available.

Method #3. Restart iOS Device by Dumping Network Settings

You don’t need to stress if the above trick wasn’t meant for your version of iOS. There’s one more way you can restart your iPhone running almost any version of iOS. Recollect that you needed to dump all wireless settings to resolve networking issues? That being said, it involved a soft reboot of your device, and this is what we wanted.

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  • In the Settings app tap on General settings.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad in iOS 12

  • Then, navigate to Reset and select Reset Network Settings → Tap to confirm and reboot the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.


Reset Network Settings on iDevices

Your device will instantly reboot, but there’s a downside of this approach. You’ll lose all of your wireless settings including things like things like Wi-Fi passwords, VPN details, and Bluetooth connections.

So try out new methods to restart your phone without using Power Button and Home Button. And yes, get those buttons fixed as soon as possible!

Wrapping up

If your iPhone is running iOS 11, I would recommend you to reboot your device using AssistiveTouch—just in case you don’t want your fingers to do the hard work by pressing the Home and ON/OFF buttons at once. If your device is not running iOS 11, then use the Bold Text method to reboot it.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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