How to turn off your iPhone

Turning off an iPhone that runs on the new iOS 12 platform can be carried out through the hardware button combos and using the shutdown option from the settings menu. While this is already a no-brainer to iOS loyalists, those who just made a switch from Android to iOS will likely need some basic pointers. And this context should then serve as free reference. Highlighted below are a step-by-step walkthrough on how to turn off or shutdown an iPhone that runs on the iOS 12 platform. These steps are likewise applicable to the Apple iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Turning off an iOS 12 iPhone using the hardware buttons

When Apple ushered the Side button on the iPhone X handset, a lot of things were changed. One of the most apparent changes is on the shutting down or restarting procedure. This is the updated method of turning off or shutting down an iOS 12 interfaced iPhone using the physical buttons:

  1. Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button for a few seconds.
  2. Release the buttons when you see the Slide to Power Off slider.
  3. Then drag the slider to the right.

The iPhone will then power down.

Turning off an iOS 12 iPhone through settings

When Apple rolled out the iOS 11 platform, iPhone users were given a new option to turn off their iPhones. Instead of using the physical buttons, you can now head straight to your iPhone settings and then use the shutdown option. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Shut Down.
  4. Drag the Slide to Power Off slider to the right to power off the device.

This method can also be applied to Apple’s new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

Turning off a frozen iPhone in iOS 12

If your iPhone is frozen or stuck, then you will need to do a force restart instead since either of the above procedures won’t be applicable because the device is not responding. To force restart an iPhone on iOS 12, simply follow these steps:

  1. Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Then quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Finally, press and hold the Side button and then release it when the Apple logo appears.

The iPhone display will then go dark for a few seconds as the phone shuts down and reboots. Just keep holding the button until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Performing a force restart is among the first recommended solutions when dealing with stuck issues on an iPhone. It forces all running apps, corrupted services, and likewise the iOS to end and then restart.

None of these methods deletes any data saved on the phone memory so creating backups won’t be necessary beforehand.

Hope this helps. For more helpful walkthroughs on how to make the most of your iPhone, feel free to visit our troubleshooting page for iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and earlier variants then navigate to the tutorials section to browse all topics.