How to turn off your iPhone 11 or 12

Last Updated: August 27, 2022 @ 12:43
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Written By Anastasios Antoniadis

(Former) Computer science Ph.D. student, amateur photographer, passionate blogger, SEO-nerd, and tech-enthusiast, Anastasios is the creator of BORDERPOLAR back in October 2020.

If you long-press the side button of an iPhone 11 or 12 today, all you get is Siri instead of being able to turn it off. Learn how to turn it off by pressing the appropriate buttons instead.

The design of the iPhone has not changed much over the years. However, each button's function has changed, which can be a source of confusion for some iPhone users. 

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The iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 do not ask you to turn off your iPhone when you hold the side button. 

Instead, Siri will pop up waiting for your question or command a split second later. There are two ways to turn off your iPhone on the latest models (iPhone 11, 12, 13).

  • First, to turn off your phone, you must press a combination of buttons. 
  • Alternatively, a software button is hidden in the settings app that turns off your phone if you don't remember which buttons to press. 

You'll learn how to turn off your iPhone using an odd button combination, restart a problematic iPhone, and where to find the software button to do it. 

How to turn off your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12

Here's what you need to do on your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 to bring up the power menu: Press and hold the volume down button and the side button simultaneously. This method is identical to how Android smartphone users shut down their phones.

Soon enough, your screen will vibrate and display the power slider at the top, the Medical ID near the bottom, and the Emergency SOS. 

You will turn off your phone by swiping the power switch from left to right. When you want it back on, hold down the side button until your iPhone turns on and you see the Apple logo. 

Power down your phone using the Settings app

How to turn off your iPhone 11 or 12 software button shut down

You may find this method convenient if you have difficulty remembering button combinations. Scroll down the General screen in the Settings app and select the General option. 

There is a Shut Down button on that screen. Touch it and slide the power-off toggle to shut down your iPhone.

How to force a struggling iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 to restart

You can initiate a hard restart on your iPhone X if the phone is running slowly or frozen, and you cannot get the power menu to appear.

Hold the volume up button for a few seconds, then release it. After that, press and hold the side button. You will see a new power menu without the medical and emergency information. However, hold the side button instead of sliding the switch until you see the Apple logo on your phone. 

A hard restart of your phone won't erase any information or data. Nevertheless, it usually fixes performance issues by cleaning up the RAM and shutting down all the running apps.