iPhone power button not working? Here’s why & the real fix!

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The iPhone power button is used to turn the device on and off, lock the screen, hard reset, put it in recovery, and more. In case this essential switch stops working for you, there are some solutions you can try before taking it for repair. Let us start by learning more about the reasons behind and see how to fix an ‘iPhone power button is not working’ issue.

Reasons Why iPhone Power Button Is Not Working

  • The iPhone case is causing interference with the power button.
  • A significant amount of dirt has accumulated around the button.
  • The device suffered a fall on its side, which resulted in physical damage.
  • A software glitch that’s causing the power button to be unresponsive.

If your power button is completely damaged, then taking it for repair is the only option. But if it is stuck, slow, or semi-functional, here’s how to fix it.

  1. Restart Your iPhone Using AssistiveTouch
  2. Try Adjusting The Click Speed Of The Side Button
  3. Visit Apple Store For Repair Options

1. Restart Your iPhone Using AssistiveTouch

Since the power button isn’t functional, we will have to use Assistive Touch or the Settings app to turn off the iPhone (and then turn it back on).

Open Settings App Tap on General and Then Then Tap on Shutdown

To switch off the iOS device, open the Settings app, and tap on General. Scroll down and tap on Shut Down. Now drag the power off slider to the right.

Wait for a minute or two. Now, try to use the power button to switch on the iPhone. Does it work?

In case the power button did not work, plug the iPhone into the charger or a computer to turn it on and follow the suggestions below.

2. Try Adjusting The Click Speed Of The Side Button

Is the Side button on iPhone X and later models with Face ID working but not as conveniently as you like? You can adjust the double and triple click speed to see what suits you better.

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Side Button.
  3. Choose one of the three options – ‘Default,’ ‘Slow,’ ‘Slowest.’tap on accessibility then tap on side button and select preferred option to adjust click speed of side button on iphone

3. Visit Apple Store For Repair Options

Finally, if nothing helps, that means it is time to take your device for physical inspection and repair. You can start by contacting Apple Support and fixing an appointment at the nearest Apple Store or authorized Apple Service Center.

Note: Make sure to backup your iPhone as at Apple Store, they will most likely erase everything.

Use AssistiveTouch: A Temporary Solution

This is not a solution to fix the non-working power button, but rather a workaround that lets you use the device and perform almost all actions conveniently even if the aforementioned physical button is broken.

You can enable AssistiveTouch from the Settings app → AccessibilityTouchAssistiveTouch.

We have a detailed guide that shows you how to edit the actions and make the most of it.

Signing Off

These are some of the useful things to do when your iPhone power button stops working. I hope this short guide helped you and provided a clear picture to tackle this issue.

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I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.

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