How to Restart iPhone if lock / Power button is broken

“The lock /power button has already been broken on my iPhone 5, how can i turn off or restart my iPhone without power button?” 

Apple gives you no direct way to reboot your iPhone or iPad from iOS, and the only way you can do that is by pressing and holding the home and power button together until you see the Apple logo. If either of these buttons are broken, here we’ll cover two quick and easy methods to restart the iPhone 6 / 5s / 5/ 4s/ 4 – without having to use the hardware buttons at all. These methods rely on toggling software settings that initiate a soft reboot to the device, which means even if your physical buttons are completely malfunctioning, you can still restart your iPhone/iPad/iPod if it’s necessary to.

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Method 1: Reboot iPhone with broken power button by Going Bold

There’s an Accessibility Setting on iOS to bold text system wide, to make it easier to read. Changing this setting requires your device to restart, so this is one way to reboot without using the power or home buttons. Here’s how you do it:

  • Open the Settings app and head to “General”
  • Go to “Accessibility” and locate “Bold Text”, flip that to the ON position
  • An alert will show up saying “Applying this setting with restart your iPhone” – so tap on “Continue” to immediately soft reboot the iOS device

Your iPhone will reboot, and you’ll see the Apple logo, and after a few seconds, your lock screen will appear

Method 2: Restart iPhone with broken power button By Reset Network Settings

Another way to restart your iPhone without using the power or home button is to reset your network settings. Note that by doing this, your iPhone or iPad will forget your Wi-Fi passwords, Bluetooth preferences etc. Here’s how you do it:

  • Head to Settings app and go to “General” and then to “Reset”
  • Locate “Reset Network Settings” and select it, then tap to confirm and reboot the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

The device instantly turn off and turn on, without having to use any of the hardware buttons.
Home and power buttons not working was a fairly common occurrence with iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, but we’re hearing about it less and less with newer devices. Have you faced a broken home or power button with recent iPhones or iPads?

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