iPhone X Side Button Not Working: Tips to Fix the Issue

Due to some unknown reasons, your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR side button is not working properly. Having ignored the unresponsiveness of the side button for a few days, you have thought– “enough is enough” and want to fix the unresponsive side button on your iPhone X series. Am I right?

Let’s face it; the ill-functioning of your iPhone side button may not necessarily be a hardware issue. If you have run into this issue, I would suggest you put your smartphone through some basic tests before going for the holistic solution. Hopefully, the fix could be just a trick or two away!

Side Button Not Working on iPhone X, Xs, Xs or XR? Here is the Fix

Check Out the Buttons of your Case

There are many cases which buttons are a bit hard to press. Therefore, ensure that the buttons of your case are not playing the villainous role. If you find them under suspicion, remove the case and try to press the side button.

If the pronounced buttons of your case are the culprit, you will be able to fix the problem without any issue.

Try Adjusting the Click Speed of the Side Button

Do you know that you can adjust the click speed of the side button on your iPhone X series? iOS offers you three options: default, slow and slowest. Based on your convenience, you can pick any of them. Try giving it a go just to see if it works in solving the mess.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone → General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone or iPad Settings

Step #3. Scroll down and tap on Side Button.

Tap on Side Button in iPhone X Accessibility Settings

Step #4. The default option is already selected, choose Slow and then restart your device. (In case, you are unable to take the help of side button in restarting your device, follow this guide to learn how to reboot iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max or XR even without using physical button.)

Customize iPhone X Side Button Speed

Once your device has restarted, the problem should be done and dusted. And the side button should begin to work better. Check out if it has started to function normally.

Update iOS On Your iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR

Many a time, iOS update resolves even adamant issues. Therefore, I would recommend you to give it a chance as well before thinking of some other solutions.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone → GeneralSoftware Update.

Tap on Settings Then General then Software Update on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. If there is any update waiting for you, download and install it on your device.

What if none of the tricks have worked?

If you are yet to fix the issue, the side button might be damaged. In this case, you should immediately contact Apple Support for help.

Wrapping up:

I hope you have succeeded in fixing the ill-functioning button on your iPhone. Looking beyond the physical button, you can take full advantage of AssistiveTouch to carry out several things like taking a screenshot or rebooting your device more conveniently.

I’ve been using it on my iOS device for long and always found it highly appreciable. Moreover, you also get a ton of options to customize this Accessibility feature. So, do give it a try to not only lessen some workload on the physical button but also get your work done more smoothly.

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iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and XR Side Button Not Working

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.


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