How to turn your iPhone off

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Wondering how to turn your iPhone off? These days, it’s not quite as simple as pressing the power button. But, don’t fret as we’ve got you covered. 

While most people do not switch off their phones regularly, a simple shutdown and a restart can solve issues like the phone freezing up or getting too hot.

But even smartphone makers like Apple also do not want you to turn off your iPhones. This is probably why they’ve made the entire process way more complicated like a silicon jigsaw puzzle.

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There are various methods to turn off your iPhone, but there isn’t just one single method, confusingly. But, don’t worry, because we’re here to break it all down for you, so you can completely turn off your device with ease.

How to turn off an iPhone with buttons

The easiest method is to hit your Volume Up and the Lock button at the same time. Press and hold it until a sliding button appears at the top. On newer devices, GPS functionality will continue to work with it off, so you can locate it via Find Me.

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If you’re not able to press both buttons at the same time, Apple updated iOS a few years ago to feature the Shutdown button in the settings.

How to shut down an iPhone in settings

Head to Settings, then General, and at the very bottom should be a blue button with the words ‘Shut Down’. This will begin the powering-off process.

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As of right now, there’s no way to use the Shortcuts feature from iOS to shut down your iPhone, otherwise, we’d be able to make a giant widget.

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It remains a mystery as to why Apple has done this to us, but these are the breaks. Maybe Jony Ive thought it was a design faux pas before he left. Or someone deep in the bowels of their bizarre office has some metrics that indicate people just don’t use it as much anymore.

Either way, now you know how to do it. It’s simple but unnecessarily complex at the same time.

Looking for more iPhone guides? Learn the ins and outs of your phone with our handy guides.

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