Several things can break on a smartphone, including the power button. While you may be able to get around a broken screen, using a phone with a broken power button can be a real headache.
In this article, we’re taking a look at how you can turn off a phone without using the power button.
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Turning off Android without the power button
Try the following steps on an Android to turn your phone off.
Use scheduled shutdown
Some phones may have a scheduled shutdown option under the accessibility settings menu. As you can guess, this feature lets you schedule a shutdown (and reboot) time ahead of time. So if in case you need to turn your phone off and the power button isn’t working, try this feature out.
Remap the power button
You can use third-party apps such as Button Mapper or Buttons remapper to remap your volume or any other buttons you may have on your phone to function as the power button. These apps work without rooting your phone and are a great way to get around a hardware fault in the power button. Once the button has been remapped, you can hold it down to shut down your phone as you normally would.
Now, this is a little bit of an extreme measure, but you can use ADB to shut down or reboot your phone using your PC. However, keep in mind that this method requires USB debugging to be enabled, and the default connection mode is set to “file transfer” instead of “charge only”.
Once you’ve got the ADB drivers installed on your machine, plug in your phone, open a PowerShell menu and use ADB reboot or ADB shutdown commands to either reboot your shutdown your phone.
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Turning off iPhone without the power button
If you’re on an iOS device instead, here’s what you can do.
- Head over to the phone settings and tap on General.
- Swipe down and tap on Shutdown.
- Once the shutdown screen appears, activate the slider to turn off your phone.
Alternatively, you can also enable the floating home button to quickly lock your screen if your power button isn’t functioning. Here’s how.
- Head over to the phone settings and tap Accessibility.
- Tap on Touch.
- Tap Assistive Touch.
- Once the floating home button appears, tap it following Device.
- Tap Lock Screen.
- Alternatively, you can tap More and reboot your phone as well.
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