Sometimes the physical power buttons on Android phones and iPhones stop working. The longer you use a device, the more likely it is that moving parts will fail. Can a phone be restarted without the power button? There are options.
How to restart an Android phone without the power button
Android devices have a few different methods of restarting a phone without a functional physical power button. We’ll start from the easiest and work our way down.
By far the easiest way to reboot an Android device without a power button is through the Quick Settings panel. This menu has the toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and many other customizable tiles.
Simply swipe down once or twice, depending on your device, and tap the power icon.
Select “Reboot” from the menu.
That’s all about it!
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Plug it in
The next method is a bit more hit and miss. Some devices will start if you connect them to power. This doesn’t always work, but there are some devices that will eventually turn on if you leave them plugged in.
If the device is already on and you just want to wake up the screen, this method should also work. Almost all Android devices will wake up the screen when connected to power. From there, you can use the quick setup method above to reboot.
The most complicated method to reboot a phone without the power button is ADB: Android Debug Bridge. However, this will only work if the device is already on.
The first thing you need to do is follow our guide to install and configure ADB on your PC. Once it’s done, we can enter a command to reboot your phone or tablet.
In the command prompt window, run the following command:
The device will shut down and reboot. Are you ready!
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How to restart an iPhone without the power button
There are two main methods to restart an iPhone, depending on whether it is on or off.
Apple includes many accessibility features in the iPhone. “Assistive Touch” puts a virtual button on the screen that can be customized to do many different things. We will use it to create a shortcut to reboot your phone.
First, open the “Settings” on your iPhone.
Next, go to the “Accessibility” settings and select “Touch”.
Go to “Assistive Touch” and turn it on at the top of the screen.
You will notice that a floating button appears on the screen. Now we can decide how you want the reset shortcut to work. You can add it to the context menu by selecting “Customize Top Level Menu”.
Select one of the shortcuts and replace it with “Restart”.
If you want even easier access to the Restart shortcut, you can choose it as the single-tap, double-tap, or long-press option for the floating button.
To use it, simply tap on the floating button and select “Restart”, or use the other custom action you created.
The iPhone will shut down and reboot!
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Plug it in
You’re not out of luck if the iPhone is already turned off. iPhones will automatically start when connected to power, once they have enough power.
So all you need to do is plug it in or place it on a wireless charger and wait for the iPhone to turn on. It’s as easy as that.
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Fortunately, you have a few options if the power button isn’t working on your Android or iPhone device. Sometimes there is nothing you can do, but in some cases, you are not unlucky. Either way, you’ll have to repair it eventually.
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