When you need to turn off your iPhone 12pro, it’s easy enough to use the slide to power off slider or the Settings app. Unlike older iPhone models, you don’t need to memorize any button combinations to do it.
You can also enter recovery mode and DFU mode, which are handy for fixing problems like software crashes or freezing. We’ll walk you through those and show you how to restart your iPhone when it’s unresponsive or slow.
1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button
If you have an iPhone 12pro or a Pro Max, the process of turning off your device is different than squeezing the power button on an older model. Apple has redesigned the shutdown process on iPhones to make it easier for users to turn off their devices with a simple gesture. This may be a frustrating experience to some, especially if you’ve spent years squeezing the power button on your old iPhone 6s or 7 to turn off your device.
If your iPhone does not have a Home button, you can still turn it off using a combination of buttons on the opposite side of the screen from the power button. Simply press and hold the volume up and side button until you see the “Slide to Power Off” slider appear on the screen.
When you do, slide it from left to right until the device is powered off. You can then use the Home button to wake the phone and perform other actions. This is a handy feature that you can utilize whenever your iPhone’s screen doesn’t respond to touch input.
This method is also useful if an app on your iPhone is glitchy or if you’re having trouble connecting your Bluetooth headphones to the phone. The best way to fix these issues is to restart the iPhone, but if you can’t do that for some reason, then you can use this method instead.
The main drawback of this method is that it will cause your iPhone to enter an emergency SOS mode, which disables Face ID and the Siri voice assistant until you insert your passcode. This feature can be useful in a high-risk situation, but it can be a bit annoying if you accidentally activate it while trying to shut down your phone.
If you want to get rid of the SOS feature, then you can also reset your iPhone 12 Pro with hardware buttons by pressing and holding both the volume up and volume down button simultaneously. This will prevent the emergency SOS option from activating, but it will also require you to keep pressing the Side button until the Power Slider appears on the screen and then quickly let go of the button when that’s done.
2. Press and hold the Volume Up button
If you’re an iPhone owner, you know how useful it is to be able to turn your phone off from time to time. It can be a great way to take a break from the constant flow of notifications and help you recharge your batteries.
You can do this on an iPhone 12pro in two ways: one method is quite straightforward, and the other requires a little more effort. In the first method, you will need to press and hold the Volume Up button along with the Side button for a couple of seconds until the Power Off slider appears.
Be careful when doing this, as pressing and holding the buttons too quickly can cause your iPhone to take a screenshot instead of turning off. This method is the simplest and easiest way to shut down your iPhone 12pro, but it can be risky if you’re not careful.
Another way to quickly turn off your iPhone is by entering recovery mode in Finder or iTunes. This is the same method you use to fix a stuck Apple logo or boot loop issue, and it works on both the iPhone XS and XS Max.
Once you enter recovery mode, it’s a simple matter of pressing and holding the Side button for about five seconds. Once the screen turns black, release the Side button, and your device will restart normally.
If you’re using a Pro model, you can also hard reset the device by pressing and holding the Volume Up button followed by the Volume Down button. This will force the device to reboot and is often called a “force restart.”
You can also turn your iPhone 12 on or off using voice control with Siri. This is a great feature for those with disabilities who find it difficult to operate their phones or simply need help navigating the screen.
For more information on how to restart your iPhone using voice control, read our guide. You can also learn how to change the default voice command for Siri and other commands by following this guide.
3. Press and hold the Volume Down button
If your iPhone 12pro has frozen up and you’d like to turn it off, there are several methods you can try. One of them is to perform a hard reset or force restart, which will probably erase all your data and settings and return it to its default state. You’ll need to be sure you have all of your files and settings saved somewhere before performing this method.
If the problem persists, you may want to call Apple or visit an Apple Store for help. The iPhone isn’t designed to be damaged by users, but sometimes it can break down over time and require a fix.
In this case, you can perform a manual reset by pressing and holding the volume down button on the right side of the phone. This isn’t a perfect solution, as it could wipe your device, but it can often solve the problem.
You can also try to use the power button combination on iPhone X and later devices, as well as on iPhone SE (3rd generation) devices, to reboot your phone. This isn’t a recommended option for all users, but it can help get your iPhone running again in no time.
Another way to turn off your iPhone is by entering recovery mode or DFU mode using a computer. This will allow you to update or restore your iPhone if needed.
Entering recovery mode is easy, but you’ll need to be prepared to lose everything on your device if it doesn’t work properly. To do this, connect your device to a computer and open iTunes while holding the volume down and side buttons until the Apple logo appears on your screen.
After a few seconds, you’ll see a “recovery mode” prompt in iTunes or Finder. This is the first step to fixing your frozen iPhone.
You’ll need to do this at least twice before your iPhone will fully turn off. Repeat the process until you have a working iPhone again.
Alternatively, you can enter diagnostics mode on your iPhone 12. In this mode, the iPhone displays a “Power Off” slider that you can drag to power off the device. This should only be used when other methods have failed to unfreeze your device, but it can be useful if you’re in a pinch.
4. Press and hold the Side button
If you’re having trouble getting your iPhone 12pro to turn off, try pressing and holding the Side button instead of the Home button. This button, which is located on the right-hand side of your device, is used to activate Siri and open Apple Pay.
However, some users have reported that their iPhone’s Side button doesn’t work when they want to turn off the device. This can be a frustrating issue, especially when you’re trying to turn off your iPhone for the night or on a long trip.
One way to force your iPhone to shut down is to press and hold the Side button in quick succession with either the Volume Up or the Volume Down button on some models. This will cause your iPhone to show a power menu that you can swipe the “slide to power off” switch on to shut it down.
Another option is to turn off your iPhone from the Settings app. To do this, open the Settings app, tap General and then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the menu and tap Shut Down.
This will show a similar power menu as the one you would see if your iPhone had a broken button. This screen will only have two options, a “slide to power off” switch and an emergency screen. This is also a good way to shutdown your iPhone when you don’t have the physical buttons available.
While the iPhone X’s Side button isn’t as helpful as the old Home button, it’s still an effective option for turning your iPhone off. It can also be a great way to save battery life when you’re not using your phone for a while.
If you’re experiencing an issue with your iPhone 12pro, a hard reset or a force restart is usually the best solution. This is a quick and easy way to restore your phone to its factory settings, which can fix some issues. It’s important to note, though, that a hard restart will not erase data from your device.