This goes without saying, over the past few years the overall design language of iPhones hasn’t really changed much. But every time Apple introduces an iteration, they change the role of each button function on the smartphone. 

So, if you think that holding the side button will turn off iPhone 12 you are quite mistaken. On the contrary, users have to use a set of button combinations in order to turn off the newer iPhones. While these button combinations might feel confusing at times, this is where our article comes to save the day. 

Also Read: How to Factory Reset iPhone?

How to Turn Off iPhone 12 Using the Hardware Buttons?

This is going to be the most commonly used method to turn off your iPhone 12. Simply press and hold the Side Buttons (over the right side of your iPhone) and the Volume Down button (at the left side) to turn off your iPhone 12 and 12 mini. 

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Make sure to hold both the buttons until a prompt shows up on the screen with ‘slide to power off.’ Simply touch the white circle with the power icon and swipe right

This way you can shut down and completely Power off your iPhone

How to Turn Off iPhone 12 in Settings? 

There is also power off menu within the software settings that you can use to turn off your iPhone 12. At first, simply open the Settings app

Within the Settings menu, select ‘General.

Now scroll down at the bottom of General and top on ‘Shut Down

Once again the power off slider will appear. Simply Swipe right to turn off your iPhone 12. 

And that’s how you can seamlessly turn off your iPhone without even touching the physical buttons whatsoever. 

How to Force Restart Your iPhone 12? 

There are instances when you might feel your iPhone feeling laggy, or even freeze altogether. Under such circumstances, one of the best possible solutions is to force restart your iPhone 12. Here’s how you can perform the same though quick succession: 

Step 1: At first, press the Volume Up and release. 

Step 2: Perform the same task with the Volume Down and release. 

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Step 3:

Now keep holding the Side Button until your screen completely turns black.

Your iPhone 12 will automatically restart, and boot back right at the Lock Screen.

How to Turn On Recovery Mode in iPhone 12? 

In order to put your iPhone 12 into Recovery Mode, make sure to follow the steps down below: 

Step 1:

Use your Lightning to USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer. For all the first-time users, tap on the Trust button when the ‘Trust This Computer’ dialogue box appears. Simply enter your password to pair your device. 

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Step 2:

Press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down button one after another. 

Step 3:

Continue holding the Side Button until your iPhone gets connected to the computer. 

Exit from Recovery Mode 

The overall process of exiting from Recovery Mode in iPhone 12 is fairly easy. Press and hold the side button of your iPhone until the ‘connect to computer’ dialogue box disappears. Now your iPhone 12 will automatically boot right at the Lock screen. 

The Bottom Line 

So that was our curated guide on how to turn off iPhone 12 and similar iPhones. Bear in mind, for anyone upgrading from an iPhone with a Home button, it can surely get confusing. Since the functions are set in a different manner than they used to be. 

Since entering into the recovery mode, or accessing the Emergency SOS might not be your everyday task, it is still important to be familiar with the basic functionalities of the newer generation iPhones. So, that being said, let us know in the comment section below if you want more iPhone tutorials like such? 


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