How to Turn Off iPhone 11, 12, 13 - All The Methods Explained

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If you are wondering how to turn any of the new iPhones – you are not alone. When Apple released the iPhone X, they also got rid of the iconic and well-known home button.

So, turning your new iPhone off is a bit different than it was before. 

We’re here to tell you all about it, though.

How to Turn Off iPhone?

Even though Apple iPhones do come with a power button/Side key, you cannot simply long-press it to it turn off. Here’s how it goes:

Turn Off Your iPhone Using the Buttons

Step 1: Press and Hold the Side button and Volume Up/Down button

You need to press and hold the side key or the power button on iPhone and the volume button simultaneously. Do not let go of the buttons as that will lead to the phone taking a screenshot.

Step 2: Drag the Slide to Power Off Slider

The power menu should come up and you will see a Slide to Power Off at the top. Drag it to the right to power off your device.

You can also trigger the Emergency SOS mode from here by dragging the slider to the right. If you don’t want to switch off your iPhone, simply press the Cancel button at the bottom. 

Do note that your iPhone enters a lockdown mode if you bring up the power menu. So make sure to enter your passcode to unlock it, in case you later decide not to shut down iPhone.

Powering off iPhone using buttons

Turn Off Your iPhone Through Settings

Okay, but what if the method explained above is too complicated?

Here’s another way to turn off your phone:

Step 1: Go to Settings -> General

Open the Settings app, go to the General menu. Scroll to the very bottom where you will see the Shut down option.

Step 2: Tap Shut down

This should bring up the power menu. Drag the Power Off slider to the right to power off your device. 
This method is used for shutting down iPhone through software or menu.

turn off phone in settings

Turn On Your iPhone

Thankfully, the process to turn on your iPhone or iPhone Pro is straightforward. Just press and hold the Side key until you see the Apple logo on the display.

How to Restart Your iPhone?

You'll want to restart your iPhone more often than you’d want to turn it off. It’s the first step in fixing all kinds of glitches and bugs. 

Sometimes, however, it might not be an easy task. In that situation, you need to try a force restart (also called a force or hard reset). Here's what to do:

  • Press and release volume up.
  • Press and release volume down.
  • Tap and hold the Side button.
  • Keep holding it after the screen goes black. When the Apple logo appears, release the Side button.

iphone 11 hard restart

Sometimes, iPhone can be turned on by itself after turning it off due to several reasons such as battery and iOS system. In such case, you may need to check your phone whether it shows any symptoms of damaged iPhone.

Wrap Up 

So, let’s sum up.

How can you shut down iPhone?

By pressing and holding a lot of different buttons, basically.

You have two choices - use the aforementioned buttons or go through the settings. You’ll find both explained above.


How do I manually turn off my iPhone?

  • Press and hold the Side button and Volume Up/Down button simultaneously. Do not let go of the buttons as that will lead to the phone taking a screenshot.
  • A slider will show up - drag it right

Why can't I shut off my iPhone?

The most common reasons why your iPhone won't turn off are: 

  • It's frozen due to software problems.
  • The Side button is broken.
  • The screen is broken and isn't responding to taps.
  • You are not following the correct steps for turning it off.

How do I turn off my iPhone without the power button?

So, how are you supposed to turn off iPhone, if there’s no home button?

  • Go to Settings -> General.
  • Tap Shutdown.
  • Drag the slider to the right

How to power off iPhone without a screen?

  1. Press the volume up button and release it immediately.
  2. Press volume down and release it. 
  3. Tap and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Power Off slider appears.
  4. Keep holding the button till the screen goes off.
  5. Be sure to quickly release the button at this point.


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