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Turn off an iPad or iPhone without touching the power switch iOS devices

My friend Frank works for Canon in Manhattan, and occasionally gives demos in a room with locked-down iPads. Sometimes those iPads need to be rebooted—but Frank has no access to the sleep/wake switch ostensibly required to power off an iPad.

In the past, I’ve suggested that Frank “reset” something (under Settings -> General -> Reset) that’s easy to set again; resetting Location & Privacy settings doesn’t mess too much up, and it restarts the iPad when you tap it.

But there’s a better way. Also in the Settings app, head to General -> Accessibility, and and turn on Assistive Touch. That adds a draggable dot control to your screen, meant for people with physical challenges that prevent them from triggering certain iOS actions the traditional way. Tap the dot, then tap Device, and finally tap and hold Lock Screen—a software equivalent of the sleep/wake button. After a few moments, the familiar Slide to Power Off message appears, and you can shut the iPad down.

The same technique works on the iPhone.

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Turn off an iPad or iPhone without touching the power switch
Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 22, '13 07:34:30AM

You can also use this if your iOS device's Home button is broken; tap the dot, and you can access the Home button without pressing the physical button.

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Turn off an iPad or iPhone without touching the power switch
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Jul 22, '13 09:44:15AM

And how do you turn it on again? The privacy trick restarts the device, this trick turns it off without having access to the power button to turn it back on again.

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Turn off an iPad or iPhone without touching the power switch
Authored by: LexFriedman on Jul 22, '13 10:26:10AM
Excellent question/point. If the dock/lightning connector is available, you could plug something into it to turn the iPad on again. Otherwise... stick with the Reset option :)

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Turn off an iPad or iPhone without touching the power switch
Authored by: Westside guy on Jul 22, '13 01:01:59PM

One of the reasons I jailbreak my iOS devices is to enable alternative ways to do tasks exactly like this one. I had an iPod Touch where the home button failed - so it's not just an academic exercise.

In this particular case, I find it easiest to use an SBSettings toggle - but you could also assign an Activator trigger.



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