Prior to when the iPhone X was released, being able to shut down or turn OFF an iPhone was / is as easy as pressing the power button and sliding the power switch.

The process is different on the iPhone X now. Being able to Turn off iPhone X now requires a combination of two buttons as against one.

Having to slide the power switch on the screen despite the button combination, is still required.

There are two ways you can actually turn off iPhone X. Both, I’d show to you here.

how to shut down or turn off iPhone X

Just before we continue with the tutorial, please note that there’s a difference between turning off a phone, and hard resetting.

This tutorial here involves turning off, switching off, shutting down, whatever you choose to call it. Hard resetting is an advanced step which is often needed in a case whereby the iPhone X freezes or rather, when the phone freezes. It is also often needed in case whereby the phone begins to malfunction.

Read More: How To Quickly Fix iPhone Automatically Turns Off and Refuses To Turn On

Hard-resetting doesn’t just apply to the iPhone X, it can be done on every smartphone; be it android or iOS.

I already wrote on how to hard reset an iPhone. You can find out how to do that here.

How To Turn Off / Switch Off iPhone X

The particular reason why one button isn’t enough anymore, is because same button is now being used for multiple roles.

These roles includes opening Apple Pay, launching siri (as against pressing and holding the home button on previous iPhones), activating SOS. Hence, in other for a differentiation to be made, a different approach needs to be taken.

Method #1. Turn Off iPhone X With Side Button

To shut down your iPhone X using the first button which is the default method, follow the steps below:

Step #1. Press and hold the side button and either of the volume button together until it displays “Slide to power off” on the screen.

Press Side Button and Volume Up or Down Button to Turn Off iPhone X

Either of the volume button in this case, means you can use the volume up or volume down buttons alongside the side button. You’d have to press the buttons together.

Step #2. Using your thumb or finger, slide the power switch to the right. This is same with older iPhones.

At this point, the phone X will turn off.

To turn ON the iPhone X, press and hold the side button again until the Apple logo displays. This time, you do not need to need any button combination and you do not need to press the volume button.

Turning off the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is same method required by older iPhones. Just press and hold the power ON/Off button. When the power slider switch displays, slide it to the right.

Method #2. Shut Down iPhone X Without Power Button

This method was specifically included in iOS 11. If you read through my iOS 11 hands on, you’d realize this feature was mentioned therein.

Being able to shut down an iPhone without having to press the power button may not be prominent, but it does come in handy. Especially in cases where you don’t want to do the combination thing.

To achieve this, follow these simple steps:

Step #1. Launch the settings app on your iPhone X. Thereafter, tap on General.

Tap on Settings and navigate to General on iPhone X

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Shut Down.

shut down iPhone X without power button

You will still be presented the power switch option. Here, just slide the power switch to the right.

To turn back on the iPhone X, press and hide the side button till the display comes up. Again, you do not need key combinations for this.

Wrapping Up

Being able to turn OFF, switch off or shut down your iPhone X is that simple.

While the first method is exclusive to the iPhone X, the second works on every iPhone that runs iOS 11.

If your phone is still running iOS 10, now will really be a good time to upgrade. This article who show you how to get started.

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