How to Restart iPhone Without Screen

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you facing a situation where your iPhone screen is unresponsive or completely black, and you need to restart it? Don’t worry, there’s a way to restart your iPhone without using the screen. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to restart your iPhone without screen functionality.

Step 1: Force Restart

If your iPhone has a physical home button, you can force restart it by following these steps:

  • Press and hold the home button and the power button simultaneously.
  • Continue holding both buttons for about 10 seconds.
  • You will see the Apple logo appear on the screen, indicating that your iPhone is restarting.

Step 2: AssistiveTouch Method

If your iPhone doesn’t have a physical home button or the home button is not working, you can use the AssistiveTouch feature to restart it:

  • Enable AssistiveTouch:
    • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch.
    • Toggle the AssistiveTouch switch to turn it on.
  • Create a Custom Gesture:
    • In the same AssistiveTouch menu, tap on “Customize Top Level Menu”.
    • Select an icon and choose “Restart” as the custom gesture.
  • Restart Your iPhone:
    • Tap on the AssistiveTouch icon that appears on your screen.
    • Tap on the “Restart” gesture.
    • Your iPhone will now restart.

Step 3: Connect to Power Source

If both the force restart and AssistiveTouch methods don’t work, you can try connecting your iPhone to a power source:

  • Plug in your iPhone to a wall charger or a computer using the Lightning cable.
  • Your iPhone should automatically start charging, and this might trigger a restart.
  • If your iPhone doesn’t start automatically, you can try force restarting it while it’s connected to the power source.


Restarting an iPhone without screen functionality might seem challenging, but with these methods, you can easily restart your device. Remember to try the force restart method first, followed by the AssistiveTouch method.

If all else fails, connecting your iPhone to a power source might do the trick. Now you can troubleshoot screen issues and get your iPhone back up and running again!

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