Combination of buttons to turn off or restart any iPhone — 2022

There is probably no simpler and more useful action than turning off a phone. At Apple they make it easy on their classic mobiles, but from the iPhone X onwards it requires a combination of buttons that, despite not being complex, must be known. For this reason, in this post we will tell you how to turn off an iPhone, regardless of the model it is. We also show you how to perform a phone reset, so you don't have to turn it on manually.

Shut down an iPhone the traditional way

With traditional we mean to turn off the iPhone and that, forgive the redundancy, it turns off and does not start on its own or anything similar. And we emphasize this because at another point in this post we will analyze how to force a restart of it. Based on this simple functionality, you should know that there are several ways to turn off an iOS device and that depending on your model, it could be done in one way or another.

through the buttons

If you have a iPhone 8 or earlier you just have to press and hold the lock button for a few seconds until the slide to power off option appears on the screen. This button is located on the right side of the device, except for iPhone SE (1st gen.), iPhone 5s and earlier, on which it's in the upper right.

(Para este paso se incluyen: iPhone (1ª gen.), iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone SE (1ª gen.) y iPhone SE (2ª gen.).

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If instead you have a iPhone X or later the steps to follow are somewhat less intuitive, although it is not complicated either. You just have to follow these steps continuously.

  1. Press and release the volume up button.
  2. Press and release the volume down button.
  3. Press and hold the lock button on the right side.
  4. Swipe right on the setting that appears on the screen.

Turn off iPhone X 11

It should be noted that there another option for iPhone X and later , following similar steps, although simultaneously. That is, press and hold both the volume up and down button and the lock button. Once you do, the option to slide to turn off will appear on the screen. Of course, keep in mind that if you keep these buttons pressed, the call to the emergency services could be skipped, so it is advisable to release the buttons as soon as that option to turn off appears.

(These steps include: iPhone X, iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone 12/12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro/12 Pro Max, iPhone 13/13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro/13 Pro Max).

From settings

There are certain occasions when it is not possible to turn it off by means of buttons . Either due to a specific failure that makes them unusable or because they have been damaged. In these cases, there is always the option of waiting for it to turn off only due to lack of battery, which is at least tedious as well as slow. That is why Apple introduced an option to turn it off from the settings in those iPhone running iOS 11 or later (iPhone 5s and later are compatible). To do this you must follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Settings of the iPhone.
  2. and a General .
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap on To turn off .
  4. Now slide your finger from left to right on the switch that appears on the screen.

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Can it be turned off remotely?

It sounds very science fiction to manage devices from a distance, although today it is already possible to do it in a certain way. And although turning off the iPhone as such is not possible remotely, you can block it via iCloud . This is an action that is usually carried out in cases of theft or loss , as it completely restricts the ability to access data on the device. It can be turned on, yes, but you will prevent anyone from using it because the message that it is blocked will appear on the screen.

To do this, regardless of the model you have, you must use the App Search which is present on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Once you enter this app, you must locate your iPhone, enter its options and click on Lock device. If you don't have any other Apple equipment to do it this way, you can do it via iCloud web , signing in through your browser with your Apple ID and choosing the same Search option.

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Why is it recommended to turn off the iPhone every so often?

Restarting the iPhone is surely one of the easiest tasks we can do, as you have already seen. But the question is, why turn off the iPhone frequently? As in other electronic devices such as a computer, restarting is a fundamental task for run smoothly to work comfortably. This same philosophy must be extrapolated to an iPhone.

Throughout the day or weeks there are many processes that are running on an iPhone . We open applications daily, make calls or manage files with some frequency. This means that in the long run the iPhone may end up collapsing due to the accumulation data in cache , that although iOS manages it wonderfully and is automated to eliminate them, sometimes the situation can occur.

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As a result of this, you may end up noticing a drop in the general performance of the device or even that some important bugs appear. Unexpected application termination or feature disabling may be caused by a process that is not running correctly or is running in a loop. Therefore, in such situations it is advisable to turn off the mobile from time to time, in order to stop all running processes and prevent crashes in the future.

About How often the iPhone must be turned off, there is also no clear or official answer. We understand that it should not be something mandatory or that you have to become obsessed with, but as far as you can, try to do it at least a couple of times a month. And, also within your possibilities, try to keep it off at least 3 minutes . For example when you are taking a shower it can be a perfect moment.

Force restart an iOS device

Below we explain another method of turning off the iPhone that, although it is not exactly the same as the previous one, in a certain way it can be useful on many occasions. Therefore, we believe it is important that you know it.

How is it different from turning it off?

Turning off the iPhone is turning it off, forgive the redundancy. Once you do, the phone will be completely inactive with any processes turned off until you decide to turn it on again. However, there are times when you may not want to have it turned off but instead want to restart it for whatever reason (we discuss some in the next section). What this process does is close almost all the processes, bring the iPhone to black and start some of those processes again and leave the device operational again.

It must be said that it does not really turn off the device completely and hence we say that it takes the screen to black. It is certainly not a complete shutdown, although it is partial. It works in a similar way to the classic restart of computers and in fact there are times when, due to an iOS bug, it can restart on its own. Although in the end what interests us most at this point is knowing how we can restart it ourselves on our own.

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bugs it fixes

This method can be very useful when iPhone freezes and not only can you not turn it off through the button combination, but you also cannot access it through the settings. It can also be an option when an error occurs that prevents all kinds of processes from being carried out; from opening applications and using them normally to WiFi, voice or mobile data coverage problems.

Now this method is not always foolproof to get rid of those bugs. And this is due to what we already explained in the previous point in reference to the fact that it is not a complete shutdown. That is why it is normally recommended that when there is a fault like the ones described, you should turn off the device manually and leave it that way for a few seconds. Although it is evident that, in cases such as the one that freezes, it is not possible to do that other process and this forced restart comes into play here.

Steps to follow on each iPhone

It should be noted that this is a procedure that cannot be carried out on some devices , which are the old ones. That is, the iPhone 4s and earlier. If you have one more recent than these, the steps to follow will also depend on the model you have.

    In iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus y SE (1ª gen.):
    1. Hold down the Lock buttons and the Home button.
    2. When the apple apple logo appears, release the buttons.
    On iPhone 7/7 Plus
    1. Press and hold the volume down buttons and the lock button.
    2. When the apple apple logo appears, release the buttons.
    On iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS/XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro/11 Pro Max, 12/12 mini, 12 Pro/12 Pro Max, 13/13 mini, and 13 Pro/13 Pro Max and SE (2nd gen.):
    • Press and release the volume up button.
    • Press and release the volume down button.
    • Hold down the lock button.
    • When the apple apple logo appears, release the button.

Once you have completed the process, you will see that the iPhone has turned back on by itself. In these cases you will be asked for the iPhone security code , although not that of the SIM or at least as a general rule. The iPhone will be fully functional again and in the event that there had been a specific error derived from the background processes that we mentioned before, it should no longer be present.