iPhone 3GS w/ broken power button shut itself off.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Tumblehawk, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Tumblehawk macrumors newbie

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    Hey folks,

    My iPhone 3GS - about a year and a half old, scraped up from some falls and tumbles - has a broken power button. The physical button popped out a while ago and was lost, and I could still turn it on and off for a while by using a penny or something to depress the mechanism inside the casing through the hole, but for about 3-4 months now it's just been completely useless and if I want it to turn off I have to let it die.

    I did that earlier today and then charged it to about 30% before leaving work. I walked to the subway, checked my email en route, and then when I got out of the subway 35 minutes later the phone was completely dead. A quick browse around these forums told me that the only way to fix it would be to press the Home and Power buttons for 10-15 seconds to initiate a manual restart...but I can't do that since the power button is broken!

    Any ideas?? My phone is stuck in limbo.
     
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  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    3GSs can be had (at least in the US) for not very much money on craigslist or eBay. Your situation sounds like a pain in the rear... I know I would just cut my losses and buy a replacement.
     

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