How to turn off your iPhone

How to turn off your iPhone
How do you turn off your iPhone?

Whether you use an older iPhone with a home button or a newer iPhone with gesture navigation, good news is all iPhones use the same shortcut.

Just follow these steps:

  • Simultaneously press and hold the Power button and the Volume Up button.
  • Hold firmly until the Power Off/SOS screen appears.
  • Swipe right on the "Slide to Power Off" toggle and that's it!

When you hold the two keys firmly for a few moments, you will feel a slight vibration and a pop-up screen with two option: "Slide to power off" at the top and "Emergency SOS" in the middle. The Emergency SOS option will dial your local emergency services number (911 in the United States and 112 in most of Europe). Of course, in this case, we are looking for the turn off option.

Keep in mind that if you just shortly press the power key and the volume up buttons, you will take a screenshot, but you will not see the option to turn off the phone.

And that's how you turn off your iPhone. To start your iPhone back, simply hold down the power key for a few seconds until the Apple logo appears.

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



64. Xenoniswireless

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

if you hold the power button down on iphone X you get siri so in order to implement not having the home button, they had to have a two button turn off mode. nonetheless useless article and to the guy that works at a Verizon retailer, its true there are a handful of employees that have no idea how to use the phone its hilarious.

63. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

How turn off iPhone X 1.Take iPhone X 2. Dump in toilet.

62. Champoikoi

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2017

Phone has been out for almost a year and you're writing about this NOW? This is why I barely come around anymore and why I keep adBlock on because the click-baiting is SO RIDICULOUS.

56. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

So if you press ONLY the power button, it doesn't turn off?? HAHAHA Congrats Apple! Way to go xD xD xD

60. Vokilam

Posts: 1483; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Hey buddy, if you look within settings - it’s not called “power button”. It’s calld “side button”. There’s no power button. That button has more customizable functions than I can remember.

61. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Whatever, a simple button and you have to press two instead of one (like in previous editions of iPhone) to turn it off? Gee, everyone at Apple are moving at light speed it seems.

47. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

The easiest way to turn off the iPhoneX is to stomp on it real hard with your foot. After that you might want to urinate all over it to make sure everyone knows how much you value Apple products.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Stupid ass post again.

42. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

is the courage to use two buttons to power it knows...well joke aside is a beautiful aesthetically handset tho

34. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

If you need a whole article to tell you how to turn off the iPhone X, then that means it isn't as simple to use as it gets claimed to be. LMAO. How to turn off a Note 8? Just hold the power button. Note 8, more simple, more features; but doesn't cost more money.

54. midan

Posts: 3272; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Your Note 8 has that stupid extra button (bixby) which hardly no-one uses. You need to shut down your phone maybe once in two or three months, why would Apple put extra button for that function.

33. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Seriously. How to turn off your phone guide? On the most innovative phone ever, according to iiPhoneArena.....ROFL

31. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


26. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015


24. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Please guide us how to charge the iPhone X. We have a cable and charging brick, what's the next step?

22. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's amazing how the writer can make a one-liner instruction into paragraphs.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Next tutorial: How to pick up iPhone X.

25. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

My vote: How to unlock your iPhone X Way too many steps compared to the FPS. Again, another way Apple has gone backwards rather than forward.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s easy though, just raise it to your face? Or tap the screen as you raise it.

45. slashas

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

No sh*t Sherlock :D

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your post was stupid dude.

46. SaRPeR

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

1st Unlock the screen with power button 2nd Wait for the phone to scan your face 3rd Slide your finger across the screen to unlock Fingerprint is both faster and more secure.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The slide your finger isn’t to unlock the phone dude, it’s to go home if you don’t want to view your lock screen notifications. The phone is unlocked once it scans your face. C’mon sonnn, do you even iPhone? And like I said, raise to wake. You don’t even know what you’re talking about.

53. midan

Posts: 3272; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

iPhone X has raise to wake, no need to press power button. When you raise your phone it right away scan your face and you can swipe up. You don't even need to wait face scan, just raise your phone and swipe up.

58. Vokilam

Posts: 1483; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yeah animation is there, but it’s unnecessary. I raid and swipe up - I don’t wait for the unlock animation.

59. Vokilam

Posts: 1483; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

SarPer, you have never used an iPhone X. You jus prick up the phone (or tap screen if you don’t need to pick up) - and it’s unlocked. You only swipe up to see your apps (like app drawer on android). But the main screeen is presented before you do any swiping. You configure your lock screen with all the info you want there from any app - including accessing those apps. Apps drawer on iOS isn’t the main screen - it’s a secondary - the info is presented on main screen before you swipe app. If you configure your main screen right - you rarely need to swipe up - you only do that when you need to get to an app that’s not on lock screen. And no, no one can see info on your main screen or access apps until it sees your face!

57. Vokilam

Posts: 1483; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I find myself tapping other phones screens to wake them. Seems like every phone should have that.

16. slashas

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Muahahaha my colleague in work was draining to 0 to get his X to die to restart it :D now I can send him this article :D

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Next article: How to make a sandwich.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

PA's a kitchen now!

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