Apple didn’t make it easy to turn off an iPhone after the home button went away. Rather than a simple off button, we have to push a series of buttons or go to the iPhone’s Settings to power cycle our iPhone 13.
Perhaps your iPhone is acting up; maybe it’s time for a restart. If you’re having a technical issue, a simple restart often resolves the problem quickly. Although, sometimes, we just need to turn off our iPhones and unplug for a bit. No matter the reason, you need to know how to turn off your iPhone 13.
We’ll show you a few methods to power down your iPhone 13, including how to turn it off if it’s frozen or the buttons are broken.
Without further ado, let’s turn off the iPhone 13!
How to Turn Off iPhone 13 – Power Buttons
The most common way to turn off your iPhone 13 is by using the buttons on the side of the phone to initiate a shutdown. Unfortunately, it takes a few more steps than holding a power button today. But once you get it down, turning off your iPhone 13 gets much easier.
Step 1: Hold Volume Up
Start by holding the Volume Up button.
If you’re looking at your iPhone 13’s screen, the volume up button is the top button on the left side.
Step 2: Hold the Siri Button
Apple got rid of the power button on all iPhone models with no home button, and the iPhone 13 is no different.
We now have a Siri Button (the button on the right of the phone if you’re looking at the screen).
While holding your Volume Up or Volume Down button, hold the Siri button too. It’s the only button on the right side of your iPhone 13’s screen.
Helpful Hint: When you press the buttons correctly, your phone will vibrate, letting you know it’s ready to turn off.
Step 3: Slide the Power Off
Now, the screen will show a power-off slider. Grab the slider from the left and drag it to the right.
Your screen will go black, and the iPhone will power off.
How to Turn Off iPhone 13 – Settings
One lesser-known method for turning off an iPhone 13 is in the Settings. When we think about it, it isn’t that surprising because the Settings app on your iPhone offers so many controls, but nonetheless, if you can’t use the buttons (as explained above), you can go to Settings.
Step 1: Open the Settings
Open the Settings app on your iPhone 13.
If you don’t see your Settings app swipe to the right until you see your App Library and click on the Settings app.
Step 2: Tap General
Now, tap General.
The General section in your iPhone’s settings lets you look up your Storage and Software information, but it’s also where you can find the options to reset and power off your iPhone.
Step 3: Tap Shut Down
Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Shut Down.
Step 4: Slide the Power Off
Now you’ll see the power off slider. Use your finger to drag it from left to right.
Your screen will go black, and the phone will turn off.
Knowing how to turn your iPhone 13 on and off is vital for any iPhone user. Luckily, the steps are quite similar for nearly everyone iPhone model. We’ve carefully crafted the above images and steps to help you master this vital function, but if you prefer a tutorial, we found this incredibly helpful video on YouTube.
How to Force Restart an iPhone 13
So, what can you do if your phone will not turn off? Perhaps it’s frozen, or you can’t close an app. When this happens, you need to force restart your iPhone. Fortunately, the process is pretty simple, and we’ll use the physical buttons, so you don’t have to wait for your screen to respond.
To perform a force restart on your iPhone 13, we need to press a series of buttons. But we don’t want to hold the buttons. You need to feather them, press one, release it, and then immediately press the next one.
Helpful Hint: In our experience, this works best when your iPhone is plugged into its charger. If you fail the first time, plug your phone in and try again.
Step 1: Press the Volume Up Button
Tap the Volume Up button and let go of it immediately.
Step 2: Press the Volume Down Button
Right after releasing the Volume Up key, press the Volume Down key and release it.
Step 3: Hold the Siri Button
Now, hold the Siri button until your iPhone restarts. The screen will go black, and the Apple logo will appear after a few seconds. You’ll know your force restart is successful when you see the logo.
Helpful Hint: Think of the force restart as feathering the buttons like a manual car. You want to press one, then roll into the next one with your hand.
Sweet Dreams iPhone 13
While you don’t have to turn off your iPhone every evening (unless you really want to), you do need to turn it off every once in a while. Sometimes, turning off your iPhone 13 will fix bugs and glitches. Other times you just want to prevent distractions.
Unfortunately, as you can see, Apple forfeited the traditional power button for more features and functionality (the introduction of the Siri button). However, turning your iPhone 13 off becomes second nature once you get the hang of it!
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