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Here at Brand New Again, we have seen many customers come in with their iPhone power button not working. It is a common issue that can be frustrating for users because it prevents them from turning their device on or off. In this blog post, I will provide you with some troubleshooting steps to fix the problem and alternative ways to power on/off your iPhone without using the power button. I will also share tips to prevent iPhone button issues and repair options for iPhone power button issues.
Introduction to iPhone Power Button Issues
The power button, also known as the sleep/wake button, is located on the top or side of your iPhone, depending on the model. It is used to turn your iPhone on and off, wake it up from sleep mode, and put it to sleep. When the power button stops working, you may feel helpless and not know what to do. Fortunately, there are several reasons why your iPhone power button may stop working, and many of them can be fixed with a few troubleshooting steps.
Common Reasons Why Your iPhone Power Button May Stop Working
There are several reasons why your iPhone power button may stop working. One of the most common reasons is due to physical damage. If you have dropped your iPhone or exposed it to water, it may cause the power button to malfunction. Another reason may be due to software issues, such as a glitch in the operating system or a bug in an app. It is also possible that the power button is simply worn out due to frequent use.
Troubleshooting Steps for iPhone Power Button Issues
Before you bring your iPhone to a repair shop, try these troubleshooting steps to fix your iPhone power button not working:
1. Force restart your iPhone
A force restart can help fix software issues that may be causing the power button to malfunction. To force restart your iPhone, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings>General>Shut Down
- If you home button works from time to time, you can try the suggested methods below.
- For iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Home button and the power button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
- For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the volume down button and the power button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
- For iPhone 8 and later: Quickly press and release the volume up button, then quickly press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo.
2. Clean the power button
Dirt and debris can get stuck in the power button and cause it to malfunction. Use a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush to gently clean the power button. You can also use a can of compressed air to blow away any dirt or debris.
3. Check for software updates
Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for updates. If there is an update available, download and install it.
4. Reset all settings
Resetting all settings can help fix software issues that may be causing the power button to malfunction. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Note that this will reset all your settings to their default values, but it will not erase your data.
Alternative Ways to Power On/Off Your iPhone Without Using the Power Button
If your iPhone power button is not working, there are alternative ways to power on/off your device:
1. Use AssistiveTouch
AssistiveTouch is a feature that allows you to access certain functions of your iPhone without using buttons. To enable AssistiveTouch, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch. Turn on AssistiveTouch and a virtual button will appear on your screen. Tap on the button and select Device > Lock Screen to lock your iPhone. To unlock your iPhone, tap on the virtual button and select Device > Home.
2. Use the Accessibility Shortcut
The Accessibility Shortcut allows you to quickly access certain features of your iPhone, including the ability to lock your screen. To enable the Accessibility Shortcut, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. Select the features you want to include in the shortcut, such as AssistiveTouch. To use the shortcut, triple-click the Home button (for iPhone 8 and earlier) or the side button (for iPhone X and later).
3. Use Siri
You can also use Siri to power on/off your iPhone. To do this, enable “Hey Siri” in your settings and say “Hey Siri, turn off/on my iPhone.”
How to Fix Other Buttons on Your iPhone That May Not Be Working
If your iPhone power button is not working, it is possible that other buttons on your iPhone may not be working as well. Here are some troubleshooting steps to fix other buttons on your iPhone:
1. Check for physical damage
If your iPhone has been dropped or exposed to water, it may cause the buttons to malfunction. Check for physical damage and bring your iPhone to a repair shop if necessary.
2. Update your software
Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for updates.
3. Reset your iPhone
Resetting your iPhone can help fix software issues that may be causing the buttons to malfunction. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Note that this will erase all your data, so make sure to back up your iPhone before doing this.
Tips to Prevent iPhone Button Issues
Here are some tips to prevent iPhone button issues:
- Use a protective case to prevent physical damage.
- Avoid exposing your iPhone to water.
- Keep your iPhone up to date with the latest software updates.
- Use the buttons on your iPhone gently and avoid pressing them too hard.
Repair Options for iPhone Power Button Issues
If none of the troubleshooting steps above fix your iPhone power button not working, you may need to bring your iPhone to a repair shop. At Brand New Again we offer iPhone power button repair services. We use high-quality replacement parts and offer a lifetime warranty on our repairs. Contact us to schedule a repair appointment.
In conclusion, a malfunctioning power button can be a frustrating issue for iPhone users. Fortunately, there are several troubleshooting steps you can take to fix the problem and alternative ways to power on/off your iPhone without using the power button. It is also important to take preventative measures to avoid iPhone button issues in the future. If none of the troubleshooting steps fix your issue, consider bringing your iPhone to a repair shop. Remember to back up your data before trying any of the troubleshooting steps or bringing your iPhone in for a repair.
The cost of repairing an iPhone power button may vary depending on the model of your iPhone and the extent of the damage. Select your iPhone model to view pricing and schedule your appointment with us in minutes
If your iPhone is still under warranty and the power button is not working due to a manufacturing defect, it may be covered by Apple’s warranty. Contact Apple to find out.