How to Turn on an iPhone
If your iPhone won’t turn on, there are a few things you can do to try to fix it. These include restarting it and checking for charging or hardware issues.
You can also press and hold the side button (the one you use to wake up your phone or put it to sleep) and the volume down button. It’s important not to keep doing this because it’ll activate Emergency SOS and cause your phone to shut down.
Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button
Whether you’re an iPhone novice or are getting accustomed to the Android OS, it can be hard to find an easy way to turn on or off your smartphone. Apple has changed the way it handles turning off the device several times throughout the years, and this can be confusing for those who aren’t used to the iOS system.
When you press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on your iPhone, it puts your phone in sleep mode and darkens the screen. This saves the battery and prevents your phone from running apps or taking action if you touch the screen. This feature is useful for those who like to put their phones in their pockets without accidentally placing a call or text message.
The button is located along the right side of your iPhone, near the top. It’s usually a little bit deeper than the volume buttons, so it should feel different to you when you press it.
To turn on your iPhone, you can press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together for at least ten seconds. Then, the Apple logo will appear.
If you want to shut down your iPhone, press and hold the Power Off button on your iPhone until a Power Off slider appears. Slide the on-screen slider to the off position, then your iPhone will shut down.
For older iPhone models, including the iPhone SE (first-generation model), you’ll need to do a little more work to turn your device off. That’s because the button that was previously dedicated to controlling your power now brings up Siri, and it can’t go to sleep the moment you click it.
However, this does mean you can use the Sleep/Wake button to wake up your device when you’re ready. If you’ve enabled Raise to Wake, you can press the Sleep/Wake or Home button to get to the Lock screen and unlock your device with a raised gesture.
Press and hold the Home button
The Home button on an iPhone is a great way to get quick access to all the apps you have open. You can double-click the button to reveal all of them and swiping left and right can switch between them quickly.
But you might be surprised to learn that the Home button can do more than just turn on your phone. It can also let you take a screen shot, enable Reachability and even give you quick access to your multitasking manager.
If your home button isn’t working properly, there are a few ways to fix it, including using a dry cloth and isopropyl alcohol. The dry cloth will help loosen any dust and dirt that may be causing the problem, while the isopropyl alcohol will soften up and clean out the Home button’s connection to other components inside your device.
A hard reset should be used only when other methods aren’t working. This method won’t damage the iPhone’s software, but it might not be ideal for everyone.
For example, it might erase any data you were working on while the phone was in standby mode. This might be an issue if you were using the camera or editing photos, for instance.
The Home button is a delicate piece of hardware that can break or lose its functionality after a long time. If you’re experiencing problems with your home button, it may be time to replace it.
Fortunately, Apple does offer a repair service for broken Home buttons. You can contact them online, or you can visit a store to have it fixed. This might be a more expensive option than purchasing a new iPhone, but it could be worth considering if you’re worried that your home button isn’t functioning correctly.
Press and hold the Side button
The Side button on an iPhone is a handy shortcut for performing functions like locking or unlocking the screen, snoozing an alarm, and opening Apple Pay / Wallet. You can also use it to access other features on iOS 11, such as adjusting the volume or taking screenshots.
To change the behaviour of the Side button (on iPhones with Face ID or on other devices) to make it easier to use, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility. From the Click Speed options, choose the speed required to activate double- and triple-clicks; you can also change whether Siri responds to press and hold.
As a bonus, the Side button is useful for changing your phone’s network provider and setting up Airplane Mode and cellular data. In addition, it lets you hard-press any of the four wireless buttons for quick options.
You can even turn Bluetooth off and on with the Side button, which is a good idea for those who use their phones in cars with built-in Bluetooth audio systems.
On iPhones with Touch ID, you can also use the Side button to open the Control Center. This is a good way to find out how your phone is working, including what its internal sensors are doing, and if the device is connected to a carrier’s signal.
Aside from being a great shortcut for turning on an iPhone, the Side button is also used to quickly shut down and restart the device. If you’re not able to use the physical buttons, it’s worth learning how to do this. There are plenty of fixes and how-tos that require restarting the iPhone, so this is an important skill to learn.
Press and hold the Volume down button
If you have a problem with your iPhone volume buttons not working, there are several things you can do to get them back to normal. Firstly, clean them with a soft cotton swab. This will remove dirt and dust that may be blocking the buttons on your device.
If this doesn’t work, try a hard reset of your device. This will force your phone to restart and will reset all of the software. However, this method is not ideal for your device so you should only do it when other methods of getting your iPhone to turn on aren’t working.
Another option is to take your device to an Apple store and have them repair it. This is an expensive and time-consuming process, but it’s a good option if you’re not sure what else to do.
Alternatively, if you’ve tried everything else and your iPhone volume buttons are still not working, consider having the buttons replaced. This can be done in most cases, but there are some exceptions where it won’t be possible.
To do this, you’ll need to disassemble your iPhone and examine the buttons inside. This is a bit of a daunting task if you don’t have the knowledge or experience to do it properly, but it’s a necessary step when your volume buttons are not working.
If you’ve tried all of the above and your iPhone volume buttons are still not working, you can use the Guided Access feature to restrict a specific app’s functions. This way, when you press the volume up or down button, your phone only works in that app, which will save you a lot of time and effort.
Press and hold the Side button
The Side button, located on the right side of the iPhone close to the edge, is a useful tool for turning on and off your device. It also helps you to lock your phone or adjust its screen lock time.
To turn off your phone, press and hold the Side button for 30 seconds. This will shut your device down and display the Apple logo on the screen. Once the Apple logo has appeared, release the Side button.
If you want to restart your device, press and hold the Side button again. This will bring up the restart screen and you can choose to force restart your device or use Face ID.
When you’re in a dark room, tap the Flashlight (). That will activate the LED lamp on the back of your iPhone that usually serves as the camera flash. It’s handy for reading books or maps in the dark, finding your way around a path at night or fiddling with wires behind your desk.
You can also tap the ring/silent switch to change its function. If orange is displayed on the switch, it means your iPhone is in silent mode; the alarms you’ve set in the Clock app will not sound and calls from your Favourite contacts will no longer ring.
On the iPhone X, and later models, you can hard-press any of these buttons to open a sub-panel that offers even more controls. This panel includes Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as a few more icons you’ve probably used before.
You can also hard-press or long-press the Home button to open a sub-panel that offers several other controls, including the app-switcher screen. That’s the key to the iPhone’s multitasking feature, which lets you quickly switch between apps and access your frequently used ones.