How to Lock Your iPhone Screen if the Power Button is Broken

Long ago I developed a habit of always locking my iPhone screen before I put it in my pocket or placed it down. This served a purpose of ensuring that nothing in my pocket could accidentally activate something on my screen.

But I recently broke the power button on my iPhone, which meant that I could no longer compulsively lock my screen as needed. I assumed, incorrectly, that there was a way for me to map one of the other buttons on the device, such as the volume button, to perform as an interim Power button replacement. Fortunately there is a feature on the iPhone called AssistiveTouch that can provide you with an on-screen button that you can use as an alternative means to lock your iPhone screen.


Working With a Broken Power Button on an iPhone 6

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.3. This guide is going to show you how to enable AssistiveTouch, which puts some touch screen icons on your screen. One of the buttons that you can place on the screen is called “Device” and it allows you to use that button in lieu of the physical power button on the top or side of your screen.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open settings



Step 2: Scroll down and tap the General option.

open general



Step 3: Tap the Accessibility button.

open accessibility



Step 4: Scroll down and tap the AssistiveTouch option in the Interaction section of the menu.

select assistivetouch



Step 5: Tap the AssistiveTouch button to turn it on, then tap the Customize Top Level Menu option.




Step 6: Tap the Custom icon.

set option for custom on assistivetouch



Step 7: Select the Lock Screen option, then tap the blue Done button at the top-right of the screen.

select the lock screen option



Now you can tap the floating gray circle inside the black square at the bottom-right of your screen –

open assistivetouch



Then you can tap the Lock Screen icon to lock the screen.

lock screen without power button on iphone



Have you been looking for a way to make your iPhone screen easier to read? Read this article – – to learn how to enable bold text on your device. newsletter

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