Instructions: Turn off, shut down and restart the Apple iPhone 12

The Switch off Apple iPhone 12 is quite easy, and sometimes it is necessary for troubleshooting, for sending in to support or to save battery. How you can switch off the iPhone from 2020, I have summarized that for you in this guide. On all models, i.e. iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, you can use the buttons on the device side on the one hand and the iOS settings on the display on the other. I will show you both options in detail.

Switching off the Apple iPhone 12 (also for iPhone 12 mini, Pro & Pro Max)

You have been able to switch off the mobile Apple device with the same technology since the iPhone X (2017): simply press and hold the right side button and one of the volume buttons. When the "Power Off" slider appears on the screen, drag it from left to right. It's that simple. But I don't want to end the article for the instructions for the Apple iPhone 12 and shut down. 

For those who are in a hurry, here is an overview of the procedure in bullet points:

  1. On the iPhone 12, simply press and hold the right side button and a volume button
  2. When the “Power Off” control appears on the phone display, release the buttons
  3. Slide the virtual slider from left to right and switch off the iPhone
You can switch off the Apple iPhone 12 by pressing the buttons shown. Just hold it down and then operate a virtual slider.

You can switch off the Apple iPhone 12 by pressing the buttons shown. Just hold it down and then operate a virtual slider.

Switch off iPhone 12 (mini / Pro / Pro Max) - without buttons!

If a button is broken or if you cannot / do not want to use it for other reasons, there is also another way to switch off the iPhone. On the iPhone 12 from 2020 - as with the previous models - this is done via the settings. You call it up on the home screen, scroll to "General", tap there and then on the item "Switch off" and also use the virtual controller to shut down the Apple device. 

And here again in clear instructions:

  1. On the iPhone 12, open the iOS settings
  2. Look for the point in the list General and taps on it
  3. Now scroll down and tap on the point Turn off
  4. Draws the appropriate one Rules on the right side of the display
  5. Now the Apple mobile phone shuts down - without using any buttons
The second option for switching off and shutting down the iPhone 12 (mini / Pro / Pro Max) - use the corresponding menu item in the iOS settings. Switch off Apple mobile phone

The second option for switching off and shutting down the iPhone 12 (mini / Pro / Pro Max) - use the corresponding menu item in the iOS settings.

You can get the restart by turning the iPhone back on. You can switch on the iPhone 12 using the right side button. Hold this down until the Apple logo appears. Now the device boots up and you have to enter both the unlock code and the PIN of the SIM card. Then all functions and apps can be used as before.

More info: Apple Support

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2 comments

  1. Werner Kraus says:

    Hallo,
    I have a question that goes in that direction.

    With iOS devices that have a home button, as soon as the slider is there to shut down, you can just press the home button again until the device reacts.

    Then no restart is made, but a kind of reset without restarting. I have no idea what exactly is being done, but sometimes this function helps with malfunctions.

    Now to the actual question, is this function also available for non-homebutton devices?

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Werner! Thanks for the question and the hint. I just googled it and your guess seems correct:

      Hold down power until it tells you to swipe to power off. While that screen is still up, let go of power and press in the home button for about 5 seconds. Your screen will go dark and whatever app you had open with reinitialize. In my case I had safari open and it refreshed the current page.

      It appears to kill every running, even backgrounded, app. Given that the screen darkens, it might also be making the iOS graphics layer reset itself and reinit.

      That means in German: All apps are closed, the RAM is deleted and various other things are deleted and initialized.

      To do the same with an iPhone model WITHOUT a home button (iPhone X and higher), you have to make a little detour and activate the home button under Assistive Touch and of course the feature itself. Some of you may already know this as a trick that you used when you had an iPhone with a home button, but it was broken. Here we use it to get a home button on the switch-off screen.

      Here is the way:
      Settings> Accessibility> Tap> AssistiveTouch> Turn on AssistiveTouch
      then in the same menu "customize main menu" and make sure that the home button is already present in the graphics ("home").

      The trick doesn't seem to work for me because the screen doesn't go black like it used to, the iPhone just goes back to the shutdown screen and that's it.

      However, I found a way on the Internet that is much easier and more effective. I checked this with the "Usage" app, because in the app you can see how much RAM is currently free. Small advantage of this method: You don't have to activate AssistiveTouch.

      Here is the way:
      1. you open the Apple camera app
      2. you slide from the bottom up to get to the app switcher
      3. In the app switcher, slide the camera app upwards to close it

      Done: Instead of "2% free", I suddenly found almost "30% free".
      I hope the tip helps you!

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