Nothing lasts forever, and that's doubly true for your gadgets. Unfortunately, while you can do a lot to fix software problems that come with an old phone, broken buttons can be a lot more troublesome—especially if your warranty is up. Here are some ways to get around broken volume, power, and home buttons on your smartphone.

Replace Buttons with AssistiveTouch

Luckily, iOS 5 and above have a pretty great option built in called AssistiveTouch. Just head to Settings > > Accessibility, and scroll down to AssistiveTouch.

Turn AssistiveTouch on, and you'll see a small grey button overlayed atop your screen. You can move it around wherever you want, and tap the button to get a ton of options.

Pressing the Home button simulates a home button press, while tapping Device gives you options for locking the screen, changing the volume, bringing up the multitasking menu, and more. In short, it replaces nearly everything you could previously do with a physical button.

If you're jailbroken , you have a few other, slightly easier options. Previously mentioned SBSettings puts useful settings in your Notification Center, so you can turn off your phone, adjust the volume, and more right from there.

Just because you don't upgrade your phone every year doesn't mean you have to deal with faulty buttons. These solutions aren't as great as having physical buttons, of course, but they should get you by, at least until your next upgrade.

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