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How to Power Off Your iPhone 12

Powering off your new iPhone 12 is easy! Simply press and hold the power/side button until you see 'slide to power off' and swipe to confirm.

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Published Jan 18, 2023

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

  • To power off an iPhone 12, press and hold the side button and either volume button until the Power Off slider appears.
  • Learning how to power off an iPhone 12 can help prevent unexpected glitches, crashes and data loss.
  • "You'll learn how to shut down your iPhone 12 in this article."

The iPhone 12 is a revolutionary device that has an impressive array of features. It also provides a unique way to turn the phone off without having to use the physical home button. Powering off your iPhone 12 requires a few steps, which we will explain in detail below. Keep reading to find out exactly how to power off your iPhone 12!

how to power off iphone 12

The iPhone 12 has a power button on the side of the device that needs to be held down for several seconds until you see the "slide to power off" message. From there, slide it across the screen and the phone will turn off. If your iPhone doesn't respond, press and hold both the Side button and one of the Volume buttons until you see "slide to power off".

  1. Press and hold the side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider, then wait 30 seconds for your device to turn off.

Our takeaway

The power-off process for the iPhone 12 is sure to be a great help in situations where you need your phone to take a break. From powering down before taking a trip on an airplane, to those late night scrolls that can get us into trouble, being able to power off quickly and easily is always a great asset. With all the advancements technology has made over the years it's nice to know that shutting down doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming. Next time you're looking to power off your iPhone 12 just remember: hold down the volume up and side buttons until the slide pops up and you're good to go!


1. How do I know that my iPhone 12 is powered off?

You can tell when your iPhone 12 is powered off because the screen will be black and there won't be any sound coming from it.

2. What does it mean when my iPhone 12's screen turns black after powering off?

When your iPhone 12's screen turns black after powering off, it means that the device has been successfully shut down. If your screen doesn't turn black and stays on, then the device hasn't been powered off correctly.

Is it necessary to power off my iPhone 12 frequently?

No, it is not necessary to power off your iPhone 12 frequently. Regular restarts can help clear stored memory and give the device a small speed boost, but they aren’t essential for normal maintenance. Powering off your iPhone 12 should only be done when you need to troubleshoot certain software issues or save battery life.

Are there any risks associated with powering off my iPhone 12?

No, regularly powering off your iPhone 12 is not risky and is a good practice to ensure smooth operation of the device. However, if you power off your device too frequently, it can lead to an increased number of resets or result in data loss.

Does powering off my iPhone 12 affect the battery life in any way?

No, powering off your iPhone 12 does not affect its battery life. When you power off your device, it uses no power and thus does not decrease its battery life.

This article was originally published on 18 Jan 2023 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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