If you’re new to iPhones or just unsure how to properly turn yours off, don’t worry! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the different methods as well as tips and tricks to make sure you do it right.
The most common way to turn off your iPhone is by using the buttons on the device.
- Press and hold the power button located on the right side of the phone until the “Slide to power off” slider appears.
- Drag the slider to the right to turn off your iPhone.
It’s important to note that pressing and releasing the power button quickly will activate the device’s Emergency SOS feature. So, be sure to keep holding it until the “Slide to power off” option appears.
If you have an iPhone X or newer model, press and hold the side button and either volume button until the “Slide to power off” slider appears. Then, drag it to the right to turn off the device.
If pressing buttons isn’t your thing, you can also turn off your iPhone using Siri or “Hey Siri” commands. To enable this feature:
- Go to Settings -> Siri & Search
- Toggle on “Listen for Siri”
- If you want to use “Hey Siri” to turn off your device, toggle this option on as well.
Once Siri is enabled, you can tell her to “Turn off my iPhone” to quickly power down your device. Alternatively, you can say phrases like “I want to turn off my iPhone” or “Can you turn off my iPhone please?”
Note that if you have a newer model that supports “Hey Siri,” you can simply say the wake phrase followed by “Turn off my iPhone.”
Keep in mind that Voice Commands may not work if your iPhone has low battery or poor connectivity, so it is always important to check these first.
Another way to turn off your iPhone is through the software switch.
- Go to Settings -> General -> Shut Down
- Slide the “Slide to power off” option to the right to turn off your iPhone.
If you’re using an older model that doesn’t have the software-based power off option mentioned above, you can navigate to Accessibility and enable AssistiveTouch instead. This process is discussed in the following section.
If all else fails, you can also use AssistiveTouch to turn off your iPhone. AssistiveTouch is a feature that puts a virtual button on your screen, which provides access to virtual gestures and other device functions.
- Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch -> AssistiveTouch
- Toggle the switch on to enable this functionality
- Tap the AssistiveTouch button on your screen, then the Device icon
- Hold down the Lock Screen icon until ‘slide to power off’ appears
It’s important to note that AssistiveTouch offers more features beyond simply turning off your iPhone. You can use it to take screenshots, activate Siri, adjust volume, and more. Additionally, you can customize the virtual button to include the specific functions you use most frequently.
While turning off your iPhone is a straightforward process, you may encounter some rare issues. Some common problems and possible solutions include:
Issue: Your iPhone won’t turn off.
Solution: Press and hold the power button and one of the volume buttons (for iPhone X and newer models) or the home button (for older versions) simultaneously for at least 10 seconds to force it to restart.
Issue: Your iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo or restarting repeatedly.
Solution: Try force-restarting your device as described above. If this doesn’t work, you may need to restore your iPhone through iTunes.
Issue: Your iPhone appears to be turned off but still responds to button presses.
Solution: You may have accidentally activated the “AssistiveTouch” feature, which can be disabled by going to Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch -> AssistiveTouch and toggling the switch off.
Now that you know how to turn off your iPhone using a variety of different methods, you can rest easy knowing that your device is correctly powered down and secured.