How to Restart your iPhone or iPad without using the Power and Home Button

Apple gives you no direct way to reboot your iPhone or iPad from iOS, and the only way you can do that is by pressing and holding the home and power button together until you see the Apple logo. If either of these buttons are broken, here’s an easy way to reboot your device.

Bold Text

There’s an Accessibility Setting on iOS to bold text system wide, to make it easier to read. Changing this setting requires your device to restart, so this is one way to reboot without using the power or home buttons. Here’s how you do it:

  • Open Settings and navigate to General > Accessibility
  • Scroll to the Bold Text setting, and toggle it.
  • You’ll see an alert warning you “Applying this setting will restart your iPhone”. Tap on Continue.

Your iPhone will reboot, and you’ll see the Apple logo, and after a few seconds, your lock screen will appear.

Reset Network Settings

Another way to restart your iPhone without using the power or home button is to reset your network settings. Note that by doing this, your iPhone or iPad will forget your Wi-Fi passwords, Bluetooth preferences etc. Here’s how you do it:

  • Open Settings and navigate to General > Reset
  • Select Reset Network Settings, enter your passcode if asked, and confirm it once again to restart your device.

Home and power buttons not working was a fairly common occurrence with iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, but we’re hearing about it less and less with newer devices. Have you faced a broken home or power button with recent iPhones or iPads? Let us know in the comments below.

[via OS X Daily]

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  • Ahtsham Manzoor

    Best way is to install a cydia tweak

  • gaucho

    never had to use this method but it is an excellent tip

  • waqar

    If u bold the text, it will just respring lol

    • Gautam

      No, it restarts the iPhone. You also get a warning which says “Applying this setting will restart your iPhone, and you have to tap on Continue to proceed. It resprings when you change the language etc.

  • Macmaniman

    What happend to assistive touch

    • Gautam

      You don’t get an option to restart with assistive touch.

      • Macmaniman

        If I can turn it of, can’t I just home klick to power on, or plug in charger?

        • Ali Morina

          it won’t turn on by pressing home button but you can turn it on by plugging in charger

  • DastanLim

    Change system language, iPhone will also restart.

    • Gautam

      Setting system language doesn’t seem to restart the device, it seems to resorting it.

  • Jack Smith

    Now if we can only get a way to switch of our phones if we get a black screen.

  • Clayton Zonder Ton

    If you have a broken home button and power button and your screen goes black; how do we get to unlock it???