How to Shut Down iPhone 12

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Do you want to know how to shut down your iPhone 12? Whether you’re new to the iPhone world or simply upgrading to the latest model, learning how to properly power off your device is an essential skill.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of shutting down your iPhone 12. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Locate the Side Button

The first step in shutting down your iPhone 12 is to locate the side button. On the right side of your device, you will find a small button. This is the side button we’ll be using to initiate the shutdown process.

Step 2: Press and Hold the Side Button

To begin shutting down your iPhone 12, press and hold the side button. After a few moments, you will see a slider appear on your screen with various options.

Step 3: Slide to Power Off

Once you see the slider on your screen, it’s time to slide it in order to power off your device. With your finger, swipe from left to right on the slider that says “Slide to Power Off”.

Note: If you have enabled AssistiveTouch on your device, you can also access the “Power” option by tapping on AssistiveTouch and selecting “Device” > “More” > “Power”.

Step 4: Confirm Shutdown

After sliding the power off slider, a confirmation prompt will appear asking if you’re sure about shutting down your iPhone 12. This is an important step as it prevents accidental shutdowns.

Note: If you change your mind and decide not to shut down your device, simply tap on the “Cancel” button instead of confirming the shutdown.

Step 5: Power On Your iPhone 12

Once you have confirmed the shutdown, your iPhone 12 will power off completely. To turn it back on, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo appear on your screen. This indicates that your device is powering back up.

Note: If you’re unable to power on your iPhone 12 after shutting it down, make sure it is charged or connected to a power source before attempting to turn it on.


If you encounter any issues while trying to shut down your iPhone 12, don’t panic! Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Battery Drain: If your device has a low battery or is about to die, it may not respond immediately when trying to shut it down. In this case, connect it to a charger and wait for a few minutes before attempting to shut it down again.
  • Frozen Screen: If your iPhone’s screen is unresponsive or frozen, press and hold both the side button and volume up (or volume down) button simultaneously for about ten seconds until you see the Apple logo.

    This will force restart your device.

  • Software Issues: If you’re experiencing persistent problems with shutting down or powering on your iPhone 12, consider updating your device’s software. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update” and follow the instructions to install any available updates.

Congratulations! You now know how to properly shut down your iPhone 12.

Remember, turning off your device can be helpful in various situations such as conserving battery life, troubleshooting issues, or simply giving your iPhone a rest. If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Apple Support.

Happy shutdowns!

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