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How to Turn Off and Restart Your iPhone X, 11, or 12

Unlike older models, pushing the power button doesn’t actually turn off the iPhone X, 11, or 12. When you turn off your iPhone, it will help you save battery. Or you can quickly restart your iPhone to it run faster and smoother. This step-by-step guide will show you how to turn off your iPhone X, 11, or 12, and how to force it to restart when it’s not working.

How to Turn Off Your iPhone X, 11, or 12 with Buttons

To turn off your iPhone X, 11, or 12, press and hold the Side button and either one of the volume buttons at the same time. Then release the buttons once you see “slide to power off.” Finally, drag the slider to the right to turn off your iPhone.

  1. Press and hold the Side button and the Volume Up or Volume Down buttons at the same time. The Side button is on the right side of your iPhone when you are looking at the screen. You can press either the Volume Up or Volume Down button on the left side of your iPhone.
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  2. Then release both buttons once you see slide to power off appear.You will see this slider at the top of your screen.

    NOTE: If you don’t press the Side and Volume buttons long enough, you will either take a screenshot or lock your iPhone instead.

  3. Finally, tap and drag the top slider to the right to turn off your iPhone X, 11, or 12.
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If the side buttons aren’t working for any reason, you can also turn off your iPhone from the Settings app. Here’s how:

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How to Turn Off Your iPhone X, 11, or 12 via Settings

To turn off your iPhone X, 11, or 12 without using the buttons, go to Settings > General. Then scroll down until you see Shut Down at the bottom. Finally, drag the slider to the right to turn off your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone. If you can’t find the app on your iPhone, you can swipe down from the middle of your home screen. Then type “settings” in the search bar at the top of your screen and tap Go.
  2. Then select GeneralYou will only need to scroll down a little to find this option.
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  3. Next, scroll down and tap Shut Down. You will see this at the very bottom of your screen.
  4. Finally, drag the top slider to the right to turn off your iPhone X, 11, or 12.
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How to Turn Your iPhone X or Later On

To turn on an iPhone X, 11, or 12, all you need to do is press and hold the Side button for two to three seconds until the Apple logo appears. Apple suggests waiting 30 seconds after turning an iPhone off before turning it back on again.

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If your iPhone doesn’t turn on or off regularly, you can try to force restart it. Here’s how:

How to Force Restart Your iPhone X or Later

To force restart your iPhone X, 11, or 12, quickly press and release the Volume Up button. Then press and release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button for 5-15 seconds until you see the Apple logo appear.

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Note: You should only have to hold the Side button for five seconds to force restart an iPhone when it is turned off. However, you might have to hold the Side button for more than 15 seconds if the iPhone is turned on.

If you are still experiencing problems with your device, check out our step-by-step on how to reset your iPhone to factory conditions.

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If your iPhone has been damaged by water, you might have to replace it. Check out Amazon’s iPhone page to find one that works best for you.

Updated on September 12, 2021

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