Sep 5, 2012

Restarting iPhone with broken lock button

I ran into a situation where I needed to restart my iPhone, but unfortunately the lock button was broken.  Normally a restart requires holding the lock button and home button for 8 seconds.

Fortunately - you can use AssistiveTouch to get on screen versions of those buttons.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap "General"
  3. Tap "Accessibility"
  4. In the "Physical & Motor" section tap on "AssistiveTouch"
  5. Turn "AssistiveTouch" on
  6. A white circle will appear in the bottom right. Tap it.
  7. Tap on "Device".
  8. Hold the on screen "Lock Screen" icon and the real home button at the same time, for 8 seconds.
  9. Voila!

After your iphone restarts you'll want to go back an turn AssistiveTouch off.