iPhone Rebooting

Whenever you are unfortunate enough to have a busted Home button or non-functioning power button, it can become difficult to reboot your iPhone or iPad in a pinch, and considering reboots are the most common way to troubleshoot software problems, you should always have a way to reboot your device.

In this piece, we’ll discuss a few ways you can reboot your iOS device without using the Home or power buttons. Instead, you’ll utilize nothing more than the touch screen.

Rebooting your iPhone without using buttons

There are a few effective ways to reboot your non-jailbroken iPhone without using any buttons to do so, so we’ll discuss all of them below:

Method one: assistive touch

Probably the most convenient way to reboot your stock iPhone without using any buttons is with Assistive Touch. This is one of the only fast and convenient ways of doing so without any side effects.

To reboot your device with Assistive Touch, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Navigate to General → Accessibility → AssistiveTouch.

iPhone Settings Assistive Touch

3) Toggle on Assistive Touch if it’s not already enabled.

AssistiveTouch Toggle Switch

Note: You should now see a transparent dark box on your screen with a light circle in its center.

4) Tap on the AssistiveTouch box that appeared on your screen in the last step.

5) Tap on the Device button.

Assistive Touch Power Off iPhone

6) Tap and hold on the Lock Screen button until you see the slide to power off slider.

7) Slide the knob in the slide to power off slider to the right to turn off your device.

8) After the device shuts down completely, simply connect your Lightning cable to it and it will power back on again.

Throughout these steps, you didn’t have to press a single hardware button, and now you’ve just cycled through a full reboot process.

Method two: reset your network settings

Using pretty much any of the major reset settings from your iPhone or iPad will reboot the device after it gets done doing its job, but since you’re going for a reboot here rather than erasing everything, resetting your network settings will have the least-destructive effect on your device as a whole.

This method will erase stored Wi-Fi passwords and you’ll need to re-pair Bluetooth devices, but in the end, your device will reboot when it’s finished.

To use this method, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Navigate to General → Reset.

iPhone Reset Network Settings

3) Tap on the blue Reset Network Settings button.

4) Enter your passcode if prompted, and then tap the blue Done button.

iPhone Reset Network Settings Passcode

5) Tap on the red Reset Network Settings button.

Your iPhone’s network settings will now be restored to factory settings, but immediately after, your device will reboot, which is the original goal we had here.

Method three: drain the battery

If you have time to waste, you can also just let your iOS device’s battery run out. This will shut the device down, and then when you plug it into a power source again via Lightning, it will reboot itself automatically.


This isn’t particularly the quickest way to go about things, but you can help kill your battery faster by going into a low signal area, disabling LTE, running a power-hungry app like Pokémon GO in augmented reality mode, and turning the display brightness all the way up.

This method requires patience, but is very effective without having to change any settings on your device. It’s kind of a double-whammy too because you’ll also have to wait for your device to re-charge after it boots back up.

Rebooting a jailbroken iPhone without using any buttons

If you’re jailbroken, then you have a bit of an edge. Not only can you reboot your device without using any buttons, but you don’t have to waste time with your battery and you really don’t even have to change any settings on your device itself.

Jailbroken iPhones can take advantage of a popular jailbreak tweak called Activator by Ryan Petrich to set up a reboot action to any Activator gesture they choose.

To do that, follow these steps:

1) Download and install Activator from Cydia’s BigBoss repository if you haven’t already.

2) Launch the Activator app from the Home screen.

3) Tap on the Anywhere cell.

Activator Reboot Action

4) Choose an Activator gesture you want to use to reboot your device and tap on it.

Note: We are using the Double Tap Status Bar gesture for this tutorial, but you can choose whichever one suits your own taste.

5) In the next view, scroll down until you find the Reboot option. Tap on it to select it.

Note: Now the Activator gesture you selected should be assigned the Reboot command.

Activator Double Tap Status Bar Reboot

6) Now just invoke the Activator gesture you assigned, and your device should reboot automatically.

Note: Since we chose the Double Tap Status Bar gesture, we’ll do just that and our device will reboot thanks to Activator.

Now, just be patient and your device will start back up in no time. If you are using a semi-untethered jailbreak, don’t forget to boot semi-untethered!

Which should you use?

Personally, I think using the Assistive Touch n is the best option for those with stock iPhones and using Activator is the best option for jailbroken iPhones. Each are the fastest and easiest ways to perform the action without any button usage and while avoiding any unwanted consequences.

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Which method have you used to reboot your iPhone or iPad without using buttons before? Share below!

  • Favna

    Hm interesting. I thought bold text change was merely a respring hidden as a reboot just like changing display language. Being a 7+ user still waiting for ios 10 jailbreak i’ll have to keep this in mind.

  • Matt

    Why not just use assistive touch?

    • Thanks for the suggestion, I added a section about AssistiveTouch in the article.

      • Matt

        Hey, great write up right there, really love the way you’re being extremely thorough and take in mind every little detail on your articles.

        I know this isn’t as practical way of rebooting as the other methods, but hey that’s still a convenient possibilty, plus, you don’t have the bother of messing up any settings.
        Thanks for your consideration! 🙂

  • Ninja Ass

    You can also use assistive touch.

    • You can turn off an iPhone with Assistive Touch, but you can’t power it back on without using the Power button or plugging your iPhone in a power source. This is why this method wasn’t mentioned.

      • Ninja Ass

        But it’s not necessary both button are broken if lock button is broken then hold down lock button in assistive touch and press home button or if home button is broken then click home button on asstive touch and lock button so it’s hard reset it 🙂 sorry for bad English

    • I have updated the post with the option to use AssistiveTouch to turn off the iPhone, but if you can’t use any buttons, you will have to connect a Lightning cable to turn it back on again.

  • Diego Milano

    Oh nice article. These are good workarounds, nothing out of this world but in those situations of panic, surely they come in handy! Thanks for the reminder!

  • MMA Rules

    I use display settings, settings>display& brightness>standard or zoomed

  • Logan

    Anyone know a way to put an iPhone in recovery without the home button? My irlfreind wants to restore her iPod, but the home button is broken.

    • Obada Essa

      There is an app for PC/Mac named ReiBoot for that purpose

  • Yassine Ayouch

    talking about jailbroken iphone you can simply install mobileterminal and type the following command: reboot or install openssh and ssh to your device ip address from a device in the same network and same thing open terminal and type the same command: reboot THAT’S IT.

    • Sounds harder than double-tapping the status bar!

      • Yassine Ayouch

        yes i agree but it sounds much cooler by writing a code on a black background on terminal

  • M_Hawke

    Nice article, thanks.

  • Rahimo

    When the iPhone is jailbroken, every thing about it turns into magic, and almost legendary myth !! rebooting a jailbroken iDevice is like magic haha !! this why I’m in love with JAILBREAKING !!!!!