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Mastering iPhone 13: A Complete Guide on How to Power Off & Troubleshoot Common Issues

Discover handy tips and instructions on how to power off your iPhone 13. Learn both physical button and Control Center methods, solve common issues, and ensure smooth operation of your smartphone. Applicable for newbies and expert users alike.

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Published Jan 25, 2024

Ever tried to power off your iPhone 13 and found yourself scratching your head? You're not alone. Apple's latest iPhone model has a slightly different shutdown process than its predecessors.

Understanding the new shutdown process

How does the new shutdown process for the iPhone 13 work? It's all about the Side Button and the Volume Buttons. But it's not just about pressing a button like with the older iPhone models. This new process might be a tad confusing at first. However, once you get the hang of it, you'll realize it's as simple as ABC.

First off, what you need to do is press and hold the Side Button along with one of the Volume Buttons simultaneously. That means you'll be holding down two buttons at once. It's not one, two, three like before. You do this until the power off slider appears.

But here comes the tricky part – you may also see an emergency SOS slider. This is a health and safety feature, a real lifeline in dire situations. However, for the regular shutdown process, you'll want to avoid activating this accidentally.

Process Action
Power off slider Slide to the right
Emergency SOS slider Slide to call help

To turn off your iPhone 13, you don't slide the SOS slider. Instead, you'd slide the power off slider to the right. Your screen will then darken – a sign your iPhone’s taking its well-deserved rest.

What about turning it back on? Simple. Just press and hold the Side Button. You'll see the apple logo appear, and you're back in action.

This is, in essence, how the new shutdown process for iPhone 13 works. It primarily revolves around the Side Button and Volume Buttons. It's a little different and may take a bit of getting used to. But soon after, it becomes second nature. Remember, it's all in your fingers' play here.

We'll next move on to related topics like what to do If your iPhone 13 won't turn off or restart? Stay tuned.

Step-by-step guide to power off iPhone 13

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For users new to the iPhone 13, turning your device off might seem a bit tricky at first. But don't worry, we've got you covered.

First and foremost, locate the Side Button and the Volume Buttons on your device. The Side Button is on the right, while the Volume Buttons are on the left side of your iPhone 13. You'll need these to manoeuvre the shutdown process.

To start the shutdown process you need to press and hold the Side Button. But don't do it alone. While you're at it, simultaneously press and hold one of the Volume Buttons. Maintain this hold until you see the power off slider.

Once the power off slider appears on your screen, you're almost there. All you need to do next is to slide the power-off slider to the right. And voila, your iPhone 13 will turn off.

It's essential for you to know about the emergency SOS slider. It's the second slider that appears when you press and hold the Side Button and one of the Volume Buttons. Avoid activating this unless necessary as it will call your local emergency services.

Turning on your iPhone 13 after switching it off is as easy as pie. Point your finger towards the Side Button. Press and hold it until you see the apple logo. Let go of the button and your iPhone 13 will start up.

Surely, it will take some time to get used to this new shutdown process. But as you carry on with your journey with the iPhone 13, there'll be more this amazing device will unfold. From troubleshooting common issues to discovering handy shortcuts, stay connected for more insightful guides on the iPhone 13.

Using the physical buttons

Moving forward with the process, let's dive into Using the physical buttons. Despite the availability of several features on your iPhone 13, sometimes it comes down to the basics: using the actual buttons on your device.

What's important to grasp is that the Side Button, in concert with one of the Volume buttons, initiates the shutdown process. It's as simple as this: press and hold the Side Button along with the Volume Up or Volume Down button. Now, be slightly cautious. Doing this pops up a couple of different sliders on your screen. One of these, if mishandled, causes your phone to start blaring an alarm and calling 911. Certainly not something you'd want to do by accident. It's the emergency SOS slider and you're advised to avoid whisking your finger across it.

The actual slider you need to be looking for is smaller, located right above the SOS slider. This one's your ticket to turning your iPhone 13 off. Once you see it, slide your finger across it, moving to the right. It's an effective and uncomplicated way to shut down your device.

On to the topic of powering your device back on. Luckily, it's even less complicated. When you're ready to wake your smartphone up from its sleep, locate the Side Button again. All it takes is a press and holding it down until you spot the Apple logo. As soon as you see it, your device is back in the game, ready to do what it does best.

Becoming familiar with the process is something that might require a bit of time and patience. But rest assured, with the iPhone 13, you're investing in a device that’s worth every second you spend learning about it.

Using the Control Center

In addition to pressing and holding the physical buttons, you can also power off your iPhone 13 through the Control Center. This method provides an alternative approach to shut down your device without the need to use its side button and volume button. It's a fail-safe mechanism, especially for those situations where your physical buttons are unresponsive or jammed.

Navigating to the Control Center on your iPhone 13 is as easy as pie. Swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen and voila! You're in the Control Center. From here, you'll have to visit the Settings menu, simply touch on the gear-shaped icon to do that.

Once you're within the Settings menu, scroll down until you come across the General option and tap it. Your screen will subsequently display a list of different settings under this category.

Among the options, select the one that says 'Shut Down' towards the bottom of the list. Upon tapping it, a screen similar to the power off slider from the button method will appear. You guessed it right! Slide it to the right and your iPhone 13 will start shutting down.

Following these simple steps allows you to power off your iPhone 13, using the Control Center. Remember, this method is incredibly helpful if your iPhone's physical buttons aren't functioning properly.

To power the phone back on, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo shows up, just like after a regular shutdown. Don't worry if it takes a bit before the Apple logo appears, that's completely normal and nothing to fret over.

As you explore your iPhone 13 further, you'll discover that the Control Center not only assists you in managing power options but it also hosts numerous other settings that can enhance your overall experience.

Troubleshooting common issues

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Occasionally, you may find your iPhone 13 isn't responding to your power-off attempts. Don't fret- there might be a simple issue at play.

A software glitch is one probable cause. To rectify this, execute a hard reset by pressing and releasing the volume up, volume down, and then holding the side button. Don't worry, this won't clear any of your data. Just wait for the Apple logo to appear then release the side button.

If the issue persists, your iPhone's operating system (OS) might be outdated. Regularly updating to the latest iOS can keep your device operating optimally. To update your OS, navigate to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If an update's available, you'll see the option to download and install. Remember to backup your data before any major software update.

Misbehaving apps can also interfere with your device’s normal functions. It's recommended to close all open apps then try the power button again. To do this, swipe up from the bottom of your screen and hold your finger on the display to reveal the app switcher. Swipe left or right to find the app you want to close then swipe it off the screen.

If your physical buttons are jammed or unresponsive, remember you can still power off through the Control Center. Head to Settings -> General -> Shut Down and slide the power off slider to the right.

Sometimes, your iPhone requires a bit more attention. Booking a technical service might be necessary if the aforementioned corrective actions don’t work. Use the Apple Support app or visit the Apple website to schedule an appointment.

With these troubleshooting tips, you're well-equipped to handle any power-off issues with your iPhone 13. Each solution is there to help ensure your device runs smoothly, empowering you to continue enjoying the stunning features that come with this high-end smartphone.


Powering off your iPhone 13 isn't as daunting as it might seem. With the detailed guide you've just read, you'll be able to turn off your device using either physical buttons or the Control Center. Remember, these methods aren't just for shutting down the phone. They're also your go-to solutions for common power issues. And if you're ever in a bind with a misbehaving app or outdated system, don't hesitate to take action. Your iPhone 13 deserves the best care to keep it running smoothly. So, keep these tips in mind and ensure your device's optimal performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I power off the iPhone 13 using physical buttons?

Hold down the side button and volume up or volume down buttons simultaneously until the power off slider appears. Slide it to switch off your iPhone 13.

How can I power off the iPhone 13 through the Control Center?

Go to 'Settings', then 'Control Center'. Add the 'Lock Screen' control. Now, you can access this control from the 'Control Center' to power off your iPhone 13.

What are some common power-off issues?

You might face issues powering off your iPhone 13 due to a software glitch, outdated operating system, or instances where certain apps misbehave.

How can I fix common power-off issues?

Close any misbehaving apps from the background and update your iOS to the latest version. If the issues persist, you might need to book a technical service.

How these solutions ensure the smooth operation of the iPhone 13?

By resolving power off issues promptly, you can prevent potential damage to your phone and ensure its smooth operation.

This article was originally published on 25 Jan 2024 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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