How to Force Shut Down iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to force shut down an iPhone when it becomes unresponsive or frozen. Sometimes, your iPhone may stop responding to touch or button presses, and a force shut down is necessary to resolve the issue.

Step 1: Identify the Model

Before we proceed with the force shut down, you need to determine which model of iPhone you have as the process may vary slightly depending on the model.

For iPhone X or later:

  • Step 1: Press and hold both the Side button and either volume button simultaneously.
  • Step 2: Continue holding until you see the power off slider appear on your screen.
  • Step 3: Drag the power off slider to turn off your iPhone.

For iPhone 8 or earlier:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the Top (or Side) button on your device.

Step 2: Force Shut Down

If your iPhone is unresponsive or frozen and you are unable to access the power off slider using the above steps, you can force shut it down by following these instructions:


A force shut down should only be used as a last resort when normal methods fail. It may cause unsaved data loss or potential issues with running applications.

  • Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Step 3: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until you see the Apple logo appear on your screen.

Your iPhone will now force shut down. Once it powers off completely, you can turn it back on by pressing and holding the Side (or Top) button until the Apple logo appears.

Remember, a force shut down should only be used when absolutely necessary. If you find yourself needing to force shut down your iPhone frequently, it may indicate an underlying software or hardware issue that requires further investigation or assistance from Apple Support.

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