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Lock an iPhone or iPad with a broken power button



Apple Lock Screen Icon on a blue background

If your iPhone or iPad has a broken sleep / wake button (a top button or side button, depending on the device), you can still lock (or even restart) your screen using an accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch. Here’s how.

With AssistiveTouch, you can simulate physical movements, gestures and button presses with simple menu options on the touchscreen of your iPhone or iPad. That includes locking your screen and restarting your device. To enable it, first open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

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In Settings, navigate to Accessibility> Touch.

Tap Touch in Settings on iPhone or iPad

Under ‘Touch’, tap ‘AssistiveTouch’.

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Then turn on the switch next to ‘AssistiveTouch’.

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A special AssistiveTouch button (which looks like a gray square with a white circle in the center) appears on the side of the screen.

The AssistiveTouch button as seen on an iPhone.

When AssistiveTouch is on, this AssistiveTouch button will always remain on the screen, although it can sometimes become transparent or disappear temporarily to get out of the way. You can move it by dragging it with your finger.

To put your iPhone or iPad to sleep without using the power button, tap the AssistiveTouch button once. In the menu that appears, tap ‘Device’.

In the AssistiveTouch menu, tap

In the device menu, tap ‘Lock screen’.

In the AssistiveTouch menu, tap

After tapping, your screen will go dark. You just locked your device without using your top or side button! Do you already feel like a hacker? AssistiveTouch is really a very powerful tool.

Here’s another cool thing: you can also completely reboot your iPhone or iPad with AssistiveTouch. Just tap the AssistiveTouch button, then go to Device> More and tap ‘Restart’. This is equivalent to turning your device off and then turning it back on.

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How to wake up your iPhone or iPad without a power button

After locking your screen, you can wake up your iPhone or iPad again by pressing the Home button (if your device has one), by tapping the screen on some devices (see Settings> General> Accessibility> Tap to wake up.), or by physically lifting the device (if “Raise to Wake” is enabled). You can also try using “Hey Siri” (if it is enabled) while your iPhone or iPad is locked.

If for some reason you are unable to wake the device again, the screen will also turn on when you charge it or receive a notification so you can communicate with and unlock your iPhone or iPad.

If you rely on your iPhone or iPad for critical tasks and can afford a repair or replacement, consider contacting Apple Support or visiting an Apple Store for information on repair options. Good luck!

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