How to Turn Off and Restart an iPhone

Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models.

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Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models. Let’s explore how to turn off and on your device.

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To help you turn off your iPhone, there are the different ways you can shut down an iPhone based on Apple’s assorted models. It all comes down to the position of the Sleep/Wake button and whether your iPhone is unlocked with a Passcode, Touch ID, or FaceID.

Sometimes you need to completely shut down your iPhone, perhaps to help with troubleshooting, or to save your battery life during a long period of inactivity, or the device is acting strangely. Fortunately, it’s easy to do.

What is Sleep Mode vs Shutting Down

Normally, when you briefly press the top or side button on your iPhone, the screen on your device turns off, but the iPhone stays running. This is called sleep mode or lock mode. While it turns off the screen, it does not completely power off the device.

In contrast, shutting down your iPhone starts a special software shutdown process where your iPhone cleans up and prepares for power-off. Then, your iPhone turns off completely.

Perform Hardware Shutdown

If you need to turn off your iPhone, the easiest way to do so is by using a hardware button on your device. How to do this varies slightly by model, since certain iPhones include different types of buttons:

  • On iPhones without a Home Button: Simultaneously hold the side button and the volume up or down button for about four seconds until the power-off slider appears on the screen.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Side Button: Hold the side button for a few seconds until the power-off slider appears.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Top Button: Press and hold the top button until the power-off slider appears.

Refer to below image:

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When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See below image:

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Hardware shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Perform Shutdown via Settings

First, open Settings on your iPhone. See following image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in the Settings app, tap General. Refer to below image:

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Accessing General option

Now, on the General page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Shut Down. See below image:

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Accessing Shut Down option

When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See following image:

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Software shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Restart

If you just powered off, waiting 10 seconds is a good rule of thumb before a restart.

For newer models, (12, 11, 10), press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

For iPhone SE (2nd generation), 8, 7, or 6, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo, then release the button.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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