iPhone: Turn power on and off

To conserver power or if you’ve finally had enough of being connected to everything all the time (ha!), you can easily power off your iPhone.


From any screen, press and hold the narrow black sleep/wake, on/off button on the top of the iPhone toward the right.

After a few seconds, the screen will change and at the top will display a button next to the text “slide to power off” and a button at the bottom labeled Cancel.

To power off the phone, slide the power off button from left to right, otherwise tap cancel.

To turn your iPhone on after it has been powered off, press the same on/off button on the top of the phone for a couple of seconds until the display changes. Your iPhone will turn on and reach the home screen in a few moments.

 

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99 Responses to “iPhone: Turn power on and off”

  1. October 30, 2008 at 2:50 am, alyssa said:

    help it froze and I can’t turn it off

    Reply

    • November 18, 2008 at 6:35 am, kris said:

      i have the same problem what can i do? everything is ok but the power button dont works

      Reply

      • January 05, 2009 at 6:19 pm, Anonymous said:

        hi kris,
        my power button no longer works (fon is 1.5 years old) first generation 8gb.

        could you resolve yours?
        mine works randomly. though I cannot reset the phone, as the button is not working…

        Reply

      • March 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm, lisa said:

        my phone turns off by itself, and i can not turn it on, The only way to turn it on again it has to be connect to charges. i have the old version, and it it connect with t mobile. since its unlock, do you think that is the problem that the phone is unlocked

        Reply

    • February 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm, SumDuud said:

      If your iphone is frozen then just hold in the top Lock button and the round home button on the front. Push them both in at the same time for about 10 seconds. The screen with flash off and you release the buttons. It will force the phone to reset and you should be good.

      Reply

      • July 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm, Kaljhanas said:

        has worked perfectly fine, thank you for suggestion.

        Reply

      • July 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm, Tanen Bodell said:

        Worked for me, thank you!!!

        Reply

      • August 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm, Griffin_julie said:

        Thanks soooo much. Worked like a charm. You are a genius!

        Reply

      • August 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm, kkjj1997 said:

        thanks i think it works

        Reply

      • October 07, 2010 at 7:28 pm, Bunty Panwar said:

        thank you very much its work…..

        Reply

      • October 11, 2010 at 11:50 am, Steve-151 said:

        SumDuud your a legend!

        Reply

      • October 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm, Sam Toland said:

        Life saver!

        Reply

      • November 01, 2010 at 6:29 pm, Iqra Batool said:

        i am do it but any query will be start on the screen,and don,t have any responce from thes please give me any more sugeation

        Reply

      • November 08, 2010 at 1:35 pm, Hillary said:

        Thank you! This worked!

        Reply

      • December 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm, D_akhavain said:

        Thankx Alot,,

        Reply

      • January 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm, BarbaraM said:

        Thanks. Held home button and on/off button. It is a start. Now I have the apple sign. What next?

        Reply

      • March 01, 2011 at 10:22 pm, Jorobinson27 said:

        Thank you! It worked for me too! My iphone 4 just switched off and I couldn’t turn it back on. Thankfully your suggestion worked fine!!!

        Reply

      • September 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm, Norma said:

        Brilliant that worked well, thanks so much.>

        Reply

      • February 02, 2014 at 9:56 am, Nathan said:

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!! It worked. This is a new 5c and it is frustrating when it happens. Now, I can reset it as you stated.

        Reply

  2. November 26, 2008 at 7:27 pm, ramirez said:

    my phone just turned off and i can’t turn it back on…what do i do?

    Reply

    • October 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm, Anonymous said:

      Plug it into the charger

      Reply

  3. December 08, 2008 at 9:41 pm, Patsy said:

    My iphone constantly comes back on when I power it off. I reset the entire ting but this still keeps happening. Also, when I hit the sleep/wake button when I am not using the phone, it keeps coming back on. what to do?

    Reply

    • January 09, 2009 at 1:55 am, ashu said:

      Did you find a solution to your problem? I have a Jailbroken iphone 2g with 2.2 installed and have the same symptoms.
      For the issue of the phone waking up again and again try turning off your wifi and also turning on and off your airplane mode through settings. Atleast, I have been able to get it to sleep once I did this.

      Reply

  4. January 10, 2009 at 4:42 am, ls said:

    that doesn’t work. My phone is stuck. I’ve had it for 3 months and this is the first time it won’t turn off. I’ve held it for 10 seconds, 2 second, one minute, nothing. And when I push the big button on the bottom of the front and slide to unlock it is stuck on favorites.

    Reply

    • January 28, 2009 at 11:35 pm, cvn25 said:

      I have this exact same problem. Am just downloading software update to see if it solves this.

      When I push the power off it just click and screens goes off ( no slide to power off) and when I press again it comes back on – when I slide it to unlock it diverts to favourites – I can select any of the options under contact, ie recents, contactsm keypad and voicemail but cannot get out of this screen !

      Reply

  5. January 18, 2009 at 11:57 pm, Anonymous said:

    Guys, don’t listen to this mor0n.

    To save you the quality of your iPhone (i.e. no scratches), all you have to do is hold down the button on the upper RIGHT hand corner of the iPhone, and then wait for a screen to pop up that says “Slide to Power Off,” Slide it. and then a loading flower will appear on the screen (it’s shutting itself down), and VOILA!@

    Reply

    • January 29, 2009 at 1:30 am, Keith said:

      Hold the Top button and Home button at the same time for few seconds till the apple logo comes!!

      Reply

      • February 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm, ken said:

        thanks keith. your suggestion works for me. appreciate very much.

        Reply

      • September 07, 2009 at 1:40 pm, Anonymous said:

        ahhhhhh brilliant….was just bout to post mine back..you beaut!

        Reply

      • January 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm, Anonymous said:

        My apple appears on the screen
        It shows nothing but the apple on the screen (it is frozen)
        When I press the top button it will not power off.
        I tried calling my phone but it went to an answering machine,
        I also can not call out

        Reply

  6. February 02, 2009 at 1:14 am, matt said:

    my iphone just turned off and now it will not come back on.
    iv tried everything from holding the power button for a minute, 10 seconds, 30 seconds and everything else. iv tried holding the power button and the home button at the same time but nothing will work.
    any suggestions?

    Reply

  7. March 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm, gabriel said:

    my iphone 2G 8gig just won’t turn back on

    Reply

  8. April 01, 2009 at 11:21 am, irish said:

    i cannot turn on/off my iphone….im also planning to change my SIM card but i dont know how to open it.I lost my user guide.i’ve been trying to find the answer over the net but still cant find the solution.please help me.

    Reply

    • August 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm, hippo said:

      on a 3g there is a little slot at the top and you push a paperclip into the hole and it pops open

      Reply

  9. June 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm, Henning Ras said:

    MOst of th etime the application is running in the background and still uses the power and speed of the proccessor. Like in MAC you can Force quite you can do it in the iPhone too.

    To FORCE QUIT a program after you used it do the following:

    From any screen, press and hold the narrow black sleep/wake, on/off button on the top of the iPhone toward the right.

    After a few seconds, the screen will change and at the top will display a button next to the text “slide to power off” and a button at the bottom labeled Cancel.

    To FORCE QUIT the program now is to press and hold the HOME BUTTON for about 6-8 seconds untill you have the normal home screen again.

    This will speed up the proccessor when working with apps like games that takes a lot of proccessor .

    Reply

  10. October 01, 2009 at 4:58 pm, Anonymous said:

    should i turn my iphone off every night and should i turn off location service?

    Reply

  11. October 04, 2009 at 7:20 am, Anonymous said:

    I need to know….my friend’s iPhonw is not charging…It just a picture of a red battery and a lightning bolt…..no matter how long you charge it for….We need help.And it’s her’s soooo….And it’s not my charger,because that worked on everything else(iTouch,iPod) So…PLEASE help me..Us…..because it is a very expensive phone and we have no idea what to do!! Thanks ~Jana~

    Reply

  12. October 24, 2009 at 5:04 am, Anonymous said:

    i held the top button to turn off but now wont turn back on.

    Reply

    • March 08, 2011 at 5:02 pm, Andrewaqu said:

      Push and hold the top sleep button and the home button simultaneously for 6-8 seconds, once you see the screen flash release the home button but keep hold of the sleep button for about 4 seconds, you will see the apple sign and the phone will start up. Make sure you clear out your multi task apps once a day so that your phone doesn’t crash or prevent from a wake up again

      Reply

  13. October 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm, Anonymous said:

    my 3G 32 mg suddenly turned off and it is not comeing on?? the battery was 1/2 when this happen , the phone is only 30 days old officly unlocked,,,can any one help why is it not comeing on?

    Reply

    • June 06, 2010 at 7:15 pm, siri said:

      connect tor PC n leave it for a day it call restore back

      Reply

  14. November 05, 2009 at 6:02 am, Anonymous said:

    i dropped my 2g iphone in a concrete road with the power button hit first and it sank and wontkgo back.so when it ran out battery i tried to charge it and try to put
    the power on it wont do it . please tell what to do.i love my iphone.

    Reply

  15. November 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm, Anonymous said:

    seriously.. whenever i turn my iPhone it takes like a minute!!! esp.. when i turn it off! and i need a hardcore strength to press the damn button… its so annoying!!! and it’s NEW!

    Reply

    • June 06, 2010 at 7:18 pm, SIRI said:

      ITS JUST U HAVE TO UPGRADE A NEW VERSION

      Reply

  16. January 01, 2010 at 4:56 pm, Anonymous said:

    my iphone 3g keeps on switching off by it self and if i have to switch it on i have to press the round button and the sleep button, and its so hard to switch it back on.its still brand new

    Reply

  17. January 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm, Anonymous said:

    i had pressed that but my phone is froze on the screen of sliding the bar and the cancle button. and now i cant do anything with it. what do i do?

    Reply

  18. January 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm, Anonymous said:

    New Iphone 16GB,it powered off on its own and it does not turn back on

    Reply

    • March 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm, Anonymous said:

      how did you sort this, my brother has just had the exact same problem.

      Reply

      • November 01, 2010 at 7:36 pm, Zoka said:

        Hold on/off button on the top right corner and the home button at the same time for about 30 seconds and it will turn on.

        Reply

    • May 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm, mlb said:

      i’m having the same problem how do you fix this?

      Reply

    • June 06, 2010 at 7:25 pm, siri said:

      just connect to ur PC leave it for 15min after that just hold the centre joy and power button for 35sec it will automatically gets up with APPLE logo call me after that happens +919247484444

      Reply

  19. January 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    I know how to turn off my iphone. However, it now will not turn off. I also can not call out or receive phone calls. I wanted to reboot it but because I can not turn it off I can not reboot it. The screen just shows an apple on it.

    Reply

    • February 06, 2010 at 2:04 pm, Anonymous said:

      did you figure out how to fix it when its frozen on the apple symbol?

      Reply

  20. February 06, 2010 at 2:03 pm, Anonymous said:

    turning it off went perfect but i went to turn it on, and it just froze on an apple symbol. how do i fix this?

    Reply

  21. February 08, 2010 at 9:34 pm, Anonymous said:

    i have turned my iphone off and when i attempt 2 turn it back on it cums up with a itunes pic and a cable .. pls help iv only had the phone a week!??

    Reply

    • February 24, 2010 at 4:32 am, Anonymous said:

      did you jailbreaked ur phone?

      Reply

    • March 25, 2011 at 12:26 am, Angela_cimmarusti said:

      U reset it back to factory … You need to either plug it into a computer with iTunes or take it to AT&T and they will do it for you

      Reply

  22. March 08, 2010 at 12:11 am, myke said:

    i can not turn my Iphone on. after holding down the on off bu5on on the top of the phone

    Reply

  23. April 06, 2010 at 9:53 pm, Tye:))) said:

    if its frozen,
    hold down both the home and sleep button till the phone turns off.

    Reply

  24. May 08, 2010 at 3:24 am, Mathee Tormos said:

    I have the 16gb it wont turn back on….Give me step by step directions.
    thank you

    Reply

  25. June 01, 2010 at 4:09 am, shifana said:

    when i off but in few minites does not change in screen

    Reply

  26. June 13, 2010 at 5:58 am, Rick said:

    what if it is a jailbroken iPhone? Will it come on again and work? Or do I have to “re-jailbreak” it?

    Reply

    • June 13, 2010 at 10:16 am, Anonymous said:

      Nope. It’ll work just fine.

      Only issue you should have to worry about after jailbreak are applying Apple updates to the iPhone software.

      Reply

  27. June 29, 2010 at 3:08 am, Bets said:

    my phone was turned off. I reset it by pressing both the power and the front button for a few seconds. The apple logo went on but i cannot get into my main screen. Any suggestion?

    Reply

  28. July 08, 2010 at 2:41 pm, emily !!! said:

    welll ii cantt turnn my onn !!!!!!

    Reply

    • July 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm, SteveJobbs said:

      haha.
      suck it up and buy Nokia

      Reply

  29. August 01, 2010 at 12:34 am, Gabriel said:

    i have an Iphone 3G and now is turning on and off by itself every 2 min..and kill my battery..how i can fix that!??.

    Reply

  30. August 28, 2010 at 12:25 am, Kate said:

    My iPhone power on/off button is broken! What now?????????

    Reply

  31. August 30, 2010 at 10:21 am, Mddilnawazalamalam said:

    I have taken some picture from my apple iphone and video recording approximately ten minutes after that i closed it then after fifteen or 20 minutes I want to open it again but it will not open.Please provide the solution.

    Reply

  32. August 30, 2010 at 10:24 am, Mddilnawazalamalam said:

    Actually I try it so many times but still not open I don’t understand the battery is completely discharge or finish .I put my phone in charging but still not open.

    Reply

  33. September 18, 2010 at 10:28 am, Jheck_thugz said:

    when i turn off my iphone i cant turn it on unless i connect it in pc to reboot it..can you help me to find way not to connect it in the pc when i turn it on.

    Reply

  34. September 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm, Jonah Kaufman said:

    The slim button on the top right no longer works on my iphone, thus I cannot turn it off. Are there any apps that will hard restart the phone? (i.e. QuickPull for Blackberry)

    Thanks!

    Reply

  35. October 05, 2010 at 5:21 am, hernandez said:

    Is there any way possible that you can set a timer on my (Iphone 4) To where it turns off at a certain time, and turns on at a certain time?? Is there like a app. i can get or SOMETHING?!!!!

    Reply

  36. October 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm, Tex3112 said:

    help?? ive reset iphone so i can sell it, followed on screen instructions etc and it said it would take about an hour, four hours later still have an apple icon and thats it, cant switch it on or anything, have tried forced reset, ie top button and big one for ten seconds, it switches of, powers up and alas back to apple icon and thats it, im suppose to be selling this on monday, can anyone help??

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  37. November 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm, Ralicea said:

    IPHONE 3G UNLOCK JAILBROKEN 3.1.2 TURN OFF ON ITS OWN WONT TURN BACK ON..PROBLEM #2 MY POWER BOTTON HAS NOT WORK FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS SO I HAVE BEEN OWERING IT OFF WITH SBSETTINGS…PROBLEM#3 MY CARRIER IS T-MOBIL SO ICANT TAKE IT TO APPLE!!I TRY CONECTING IT TO CONMPUTER,CAR CHARGER N WALL CHARGER STILL WONT POWER ON THATS HOW I USE TO POWER IT ON AFTER SHUTING IT OFF WITH SBSETTINGS ANNY SUGESTION??? EMAIL ME AT ralicea@penskeautomotive.com@ thank you any help will b apreciated

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    • December 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm, hanzlik said:

      did you fina a solution im having the same issues ?

      Reply

  38. December 24, 2010 at 10:33 am, Vinitdifferent said:

    What if Slide to Power off otion does not appear even after long hard pressing of the top button. Please help.

    Reply

  39. January 06, 2011 at 10:52 am, Wuiwui6074 said:

    thanks dear~ my iphone can on after listen to you

    Reply

  40. January 14, 2011 at 3:23 am, BP said:

    awesome tip, i replaced the LCD on my iphone and it was powered on so wouldn’t recognize the new one. utube tips said to take it back apart and disconnect the battery (would have been a real pain!)..this backdoor reset worked perfect! thanks much

    Reply

  41. January 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm, Ann said:

    my i phone turn off button wont work and the phone automatically turns on when battery is in-sated
    Ann.
    infanttigress@yahoo.com

    Reply

  42. January 19, 2011 at 11:36 am, Karl said:

    thank you…it really works..!!

    Reply

  43. January 21, 2011 at 4:23 am, Kathaiatsea said:

    My family members are in my Contacts and I insert their Birthdays. While the dates appear on the Calendar, no alarm is given and I cannot find any way to insert an alarm other than to scroll forward to next year’s Birthday (which is a pain) and install a diary entry with an alarm. Is there any way this can be done under “Birthday” ?

    Reply

  44. February 21, 2011 at 4:37 am, Alinanyc said:

    does it work for iphone 4 in 32GB for verizon wireless?
    thankss!!

    Reply

  45. March 18, 2011 at 12:11 am, Sonya said:

    Thanks for the suggestion worked right away!!

    Reply

  46. May 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm, James_the_cod said:

    Thanks for the reset tip.  Panic over 

    Reply

  47. May 27, 2011 at 7:56 am, Natiays69 said:

    thank you… superb……it’s working now :)

    Reply

  48. July 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm, Xoxpandaz said:

    Mine ran out of batteries and was being charged last night but now in the morning it is still charging at the red bar and it wont turn on. I need help!!!!

    Reply

  49. August 01, 2011 at 4:39 am, Shantell314 said:

    My Iphone 3gs turned off by itself and will not power on. I have tried to charge it with car charger, wall charger and computer. But I think it still had battery power to begin with. I have tried to hold down the power button and home button at the same time and it still will not come on. The phone is only 2 months old and I don’t know what else to try. Any suggestions. shantell314@yahoo.com

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  50. September 07, 2011 at 12:30 am, declan said:

    also may i recommend, if your phone keeps turning off overnight, put it on charge before you go to bed, as i know that when it loses battery and wont turn back on its frustraiting.

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  51. October 13, 2011 at 4:07 am, may said:

    Hi!!my iphone 3G is nearly 3 years and jail broken.Yesterday I updated 31 applications as it is shown in the icon. After the update I used skype and it worked. I tried to open the application icon but it is getting hanged so as I thought turning it off is the answer then I did turn it off. After that I turned it on but i am only getting the apple logo. I turn it off again but it won’t work so I press the wake button along with the home button and it turn off but automatically turning on showing the apple logo only. I tried connecting it to itunes but it won’t connect but is charging. PLEASE HELP.

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  52. October 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm, NOOB said:

    i try to reboot my jailbroken iphone 3g and the reboot stop half way so my phone is basically lock. when i try to rejeal break it, it won’t jail break. and i tried to turn off my phone. the slide to turn off does not appear. it automatic shut off. need serious help

    Reply

  53. November 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm, Lashanda said:

    This phone wont turn off i tried to hold the sleep button down that wont work i tried holding the front button an the top button at the same time n that does not work either the rest of the phone is ok i meed help bad what to do please

    Reply

  54. December 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm, Anonymous said:

    I think your power button is broken… you should bring it back to apple and ask them to fix it for you

    Reply

  55. January 25, 2012 at 3:26 am, samantha said:

    thank you this help a lot now my iphone has come back on

    Reply

  56. February 25, 2012 at 9:01 am, deepu said:

    i have turned out my mobile but not turning on my mobile what i should do to turn on my mobile

    Reply

  57. January 08, 2014 at 9:26 am, zainab ismat said:

    my sleep/awake button is broken and my phone is turned off how can i open it ?

    Reply

  58. February 07, 2014 at 10:01 pm, Jennifer said:

    My iPhone 4 lock button is broken and my phone crashes on me and will not turn back on because the lock button is broken. I have tried plugging the phone into the charger and it doesn’t turn on. How do I turn my iPhone back on??

    Reply

  59. April 02, 2014 at 11:12 am, Yasmin said:

    Help i dropped my IPhone and the power button on the top has sunk and as a result it isn’t working and it ran out of battery is there any way to fix or turn it on.
    Thanks

    Reply

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