Fix iPhone 13, 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Side Button Doesn’t Work iOS 17.4.1

iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Side button not working or unresponsive due to hardware fault or software glitch, here's how to fix it.

Without the Side button, the iPhone is nothing, the Home button can be replaced by some gestures but removing the side button will create difficulties for us. For there is no need to about that. But currently, we have a side button in the iPhone X series, and what if the side button not working in iPhone 13, 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11?

An unresponsive side button can be due to a software glitch, or it might be a hardware reason behind the side button not working on iPhone XS Max. So if you have decided to visit Apple Store then go, but before going, please try our tips to fix the side button not working in iPhone XS Max, which will save your time and money.

iPhone 13, 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Side Button not Working and Not Responding

Solution 1: Remove the Case and Check it Out

First of all, we will check it isn’t the case that is affecting the side button on iPhone XS Max? So before trying something long fixes, you must remove the case then press the side button and see if the side button is working or not. Luckily if it is working then the buttons of the case are not working well, buy a new case for iPhone 13 Pro max.

Solution 2: Power Button not working on iPhone 13 pro max how to turn off

Hard Reboot or Force restart your iPhone always fix the internal software glitch and refresh the memory and all process at once.

Here’s the power button of your iPhone that doesn’t respond, So check alternate ways to turn off iPhone.

Enable Assistive touch and Find Restart option [Virtual Option]. Check my iPhone Screen below.

Tap “Restart” on the Confirmation popup from a screen.

Or Try Shut Down

Go to the Settings > General on your iPhone.

Scroll the screen till the end and Find the “Shut Down” option. Now your iPhone will shut down and try the power button to turn on if it’s stuck.

restart your iphone from Assistive Touch
restart your iPhone from Assistive Touch

3: Adjust the click Speed of the Side Button

Before I encounter the side button not working in my iPhone 13 Pro Max, I was not aware that even we could adjust the button click speed of the side button. We can customize the side button in three ways such as Default, Slow and Slowest. So we can give it a try and hope so that the side button starts working like before.

Step #1: Launch the “Settings” app on iPhone.

Step #3: Select “Accessibility”.

Step #4: Locate and tap “Side Button”.

Step #5: Now, select the “Slow”.

Side button Click Speed on iPhone under Accessibility
Side button Click Speed on iPhone under Accessibility

Next restart the iPhone XS Max, in case the side button is not working then you can follow our tutorial to restart iPhone XS Max without the Power button. After the iPhone XS Max gets restarted check if the problem is fixed or persists.

Are you not sure about other settings? You are not sure about the settings, Then you can go with reset all settings on your iPhone. Go to the Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

Steps to Reset All Settings in iOS 15 and later Version

  1. Go to the “Settings” app
  2. Tap “General
  3. Find and open tap “Transfer or Reset iPhone”
  4. Tap “Reset”
  5. Lastly tap on “Reset All Settings”
  6. For security reasons, you will be asked to enter the iPhone Passcode.
  7. Tap Confirm Reset All Settings.
  8. After that iPhone will reboot.

Solution 4: Update the iPhone

Still, the problem persists then you should look for an update on your device. Because such major issues get easily fixed when you update the iPhone.

  • Step #1: Open the “Settings” app.
  • Step #2: Tap “General”.
  • Step #3: Select “Software Update”.

Solution 5: Contact Apple Support

Unfortunately updating iPhone doesn’t work out for you then it might be a hardware issue so now you have only last option left that is to make an appointment with Apple Center and tell them to fix the Side button not working iPhone. Go to this page and fire your problem with Apple Assistance.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood is a journalist based in Ohio who specializes in covering Apple and technology trends. With a varied experience in reporting on public safety, government, and education, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, providing readers with a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. If you need to contact me, you can reach me at or through (Facebook)

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