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Fix: iPhone 12 power button not working and the screen not working

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The power button and screen are the two most important aspects of your mobile. If one of them is not working or is broken, it will certainly affect your mobile experience.

In this article, we’ll explain how to fix your iPhone 12 power button and screen not working.

iPhone 12 power button not working: Reasons and fixes

In this section, we’ll deal with the iPhone 12 power button not working issue in detail. Let us understand the reasons for this problem, and then we’ll move on to the fixes.

Reasons why the power button may not work

There can be many reasons for the problem. Some of the most common ones are as follows:

  • Faulty iPhone case: Sometimes, the iPhone case may interrupt the power button, causing you to press the button hard to work or not work at all.
  • Dirt: Your iPhone 12’s power button may be clogged with dirt or grime.
  • Damage to your iPhone 12: If your iPhone 12 suffers any damage, the power button may not work smoothly.
  • Bug or software glitch: Sometimes, minor software glitches or bugs in the OS may cause trouble for the power button.

How to fix iPhone 12 power button not working?

Now that we have understood the reasons let us quickly head to the fixes so that you can fix the iPhone 12 power button issues.

Enable Assistive Touch

If the power button on the iPhone 12 has stopped working completely, you can use the Assistive Touch feature as a substitute for the power button.

Follow the steps given below to enable Assistive Touch:

  • Open Settings and then tap on Accessibility.
  • After that, find Touch and then tap on Assistive Touch.
  • After that turn on the toggle in front of Assistive Touch to enable it. You’ll see a floating home button on your iPhone 12 screen

Now, you can use the Assistive Touch to turn off or restart your iPhone 12. Here’s how to do that:

  • Tap on the home button and then select Device.
  • Now, head to Lock Screen.

Another way is to select the More three-dot button and then tap on Restart.

Remove or change the case

As explained earlier, a faulty iPhone 12 case may affect the proper functioning of the power button.

If you have to press the power button slightly hard, then it is time for you to change the iPhone 12 case. If you’re buying the case online, check the reviews and ratings of the product.

If you’re buying the iPhone 12 case offline, first put your iPhone in the case and try to press the buttons.

Clean the button

Over time, dust and debris may accumulate inside the space around the power button causing it to malfunction. So, clean your power button regularly and remove the dust carefully.

Do not use sharp objects like a needle or a pin to remove dust from the sides as it can cause damage to the power button and the internal components.

Use a soft cloth dipped in mild rumbling liquid for cleaning.

Update iOS

Regularly updating your iOS will fix major bugs in the software. To update iOS, head to Settings > General > Software Update.

Also read: Why is my iPhone battery draining so fast?

iPhone 12 screen not working: Possible reasons and fixes

Now, let us head to why your iPhone 12 screen is not working and how to fix this issue.

Why your iPhone 12 screen is not working?

There may be several possible reasons why your iPhone 12 screen may not work:

  • Damage to the iPhone 12 caused to screen to crack and shatter.
  • You may have exposed the iPhone 12 to extreme weather or moisture and water conditions.
  • Software glitches or minor bugs in the iOS.
  • The display module may be faulty.

How to fix iPhone 12 screen not working?

Here are some fixes that you can try to fix the iPhone 12 screen:

  • Clean the screen: Due to dirt and debris, the screen might register the input after a lag or register the input incorrectly. Remove your screen protector and gently clean the screen with a mild cloth. Do not force-rub the screen, as it can cause damage.
  • Force restart your iPhone 12: If the screen has hung and is not registering inputs, you can force restart the iPhone. First, press and release the volume up button. Then do the same for the volume down button. Now, press and hold the side button till the Apple logo appears. When you see the logo, release the button.
  • Update iOS: Often, the screen may not work due to unwanted bugs and glitches. To fix them, you may need to update the iOS. After you have updated the iOS, check the screen and see if it works properly.
  • Contact Apple support: If nothing else works, you may need to contact Apple Support for further technical analysis of the problem. You may also need to change the screen from the authorised Apple repair shop.

That’s it! If you follow the above instructions carefully, you can easily fix your iPhone 12 power button and screen not working issue.

Also read: How to tell if a dead iPhone is charging?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: