How to Turn on Your iPhone Without Power Button

Your iPhone is almost dead and the ON/OFF button isn't responding to your press? No problem, give a try to this simple trick to restart your iPhone without needing to press the power button!

Recently, I wished to revisit my gadget storage wherein I keep all of my used iPhones. Suddenly, my eyes came face to face with the iPhone 4 that happened to be my first iPhone. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I thought of giving the old device a look. But I soon realized that the ON/OFF button was broken. And just when I thought of putting the device back in the drawer, this trick struck my and thankfully I could turn on the iPhone without needing to press the power button.

I think this nifty little feature is worth sharing. Just in case, you are dealing with a faulty sleep/wake button and unable to restart the device, this trick can come in super handy. Let me show you how it works!

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How to Turn on Your iPhone Without Power Button

Assuming your iPhone is turned off and you are unable to switch it on using the power button.

  • Plug your iPhone into a computer or any other charging device using the USB cable.
  • Now, wait for a few seconds (or at least a minute).
  • Boom! Your iPhone will automatically restart.

Told you it’s pretty simple and works effectively, didn’t I? Now that you know it, do not fail to use it whenever you find your iPhone almost dead.

What if the Sleep/Wake button isn’t working properly or you want to have to use a bit more convenient way to restart your device?

You can use AssistiveTouch on your smartphone to restart your iPhone without using any physical button. Even better, you will also customize it to suit your needs better. To get started with it, head over to this complete guide.

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That’s pretty much it!

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Would you like to share your experience about how your iPhone’s ON/OFF button became unresponsive? And how you are dealing with it?

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. That’s the only thing good about shitty iPhone. If it weren’t for that I got it from my sister for free, then I would never considered it. It suck!

    – Way too much security. Ask you about it when you download a app, when you plug it in a computer. The only missing thing is that when you call someone or send them a message,
    – The auto correction suck too. Much better and easier on android. It suggest it too you, not write it for you. ^^

    There is many other things that I don’t remember now. But I would never recommend this shit. It’s not about getting use to it, because I had it for a while now and I still would choose Android phone. ^^

  2. Also, if your music is playing, (any music from any app that plays audio) on your phone, you can switch it to silent, or turn it off of silent, then your phone will reveal the lock screen. (Cause plugging your phone into a power source can get very annoying :)

  3. I have a problem with turning on my iPhone 4 with broken power button. I have done as requested by charging directly to source, the apple logo appears and it is fully charged but I cannot get to front screen where my apps are. The logo remains but won’t move on to next stages

  4. Remember that Apple has a free return program for iPhones that have the power button issue. See on their website if your serial number qualifies.


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