Want to turn off iPhone for whatever reason? Newer iPhone models have a different method of shutting down the device to turn off the iPhone compared to earlier model devices. This article will show you how to turn off iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone X.
Note that turning off the iPhone literally turns it off completely by shutting it down. When the device is powered off it will not be able usable in any way until it is turned back on again.
How to Turn Off iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X
Turning off a newer model iPhone without a Home button is accomplished by holding down a button sequence to access the power off option. Here is how to turn off iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, and iPhone X:
Hold down both Volume Up button and Power / Lock button until you see “Slide to Power Off” at the top of the iPhone display
Swipe the slider right on the “Slide to Power Off” option to turn off the iPhone
The iPhone will power down and turn off completely. It will stay turned off until it is turned back on again.
Another Option for Turning Off iPhone: Shut Down via Settings
Another option is to shut down the iPhone or iPad through Settings, which does not require pressing any hardware buttons, but does still require using a slide to power off gesture:
Open the “Settings” app then go to “General”
Scroll down to the bottom of General settings and tap on “Shut Down”
Swipe on “Slide to Power Off” to shut down the iPhone
How to Turn On iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X Again
If the iPhone is turned off, you can turn it back on again using either of the following methods:
Pressing the Power / Lock button on the side of the iPhone
Plugging it into a power source
These methods of turning the shut down iPhone back ON apply to all iPhone models, including iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X, and even other iPhone models like iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE, 5S, and prior iPhones too.
If the iPhone won’t turn on, then read these troubleshooting steps to fix that. Note that hardware damage can prevent an iPhone from turning back on again, so if the iPhone is damaged or destroyed then it may need repair first.
Turning off the iPhone and turning it back on again can also be used as a method to perform a soft reboot of the iPhone. Hard reboots are immediate and less graceful and are a different process, though performing a hard reboot differs per iPhone (and iPad) model. If necessary you can read how to force reboot iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 plus, 7 and 7 plus, force restarting iPad Pro, and how to force reboot all iPhone or iPad with clickable Home buttons which includes basically all older model devices and all modern devices where the Home button can physically be pressed down.
The infamous iPhone XS charging bug and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection problem should be gone now.
Apple has released iOS 12.0.1 for iPhone and iPad users. The new small software update resolves multiple bugs present in the prior build and is thus recommended for all iPhone and iPad users who are running iOS 12.
iOS 12.0.1 fixes a variety of problems, including where the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were not charging properly when connected to a Lightning cable, an issue with iPhone XS models joining a slower wi-fi band, an iPad keyboard tweak for the “?123” key, an issue with Bluetooth becoming unavailable, and an issue with subtitles not appearing on some videos. Additionally, some security fixes appear to be included in the iOS 12.0.1 software update. The full release notes are included further below, along with direct download links for iOS 12.0.1 IPSW files.
How to Update to iOS 12.0.1
Most iPhone and iPad users will find that updating to iOS 12.0.1 is easiest with the Software Update mechanism on their devices.
Be sure to back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud and/or iTunes before installing any system software update.
Back up your iPhone or iPad if you have not done so already
Open the “Settings” app and go to “General” and then to “Software Update”
Choose to ‘Download and Install’ when iOS 12.0.1 shows as available
Installing any iOS software update requires the device to reboot.
Users can also update to iOS 12.0.1 by connecting an iPhone or iPad to a computer with iTunes and choosing to update software that way.
iOS 12.0.1 IPSW Download Links
Direct download links for iOS 12.0.1 firmware files are included below, each link points to the appropriate IPSW file on Apple servers.
Using IPSW files to update iOS requires iTunes and a computer, it is considered advanced but it’s not particularly complicated. Nonetheless the majority of iPhone and iPad users are better off using the built-in software update mechanism which is a simpler experience overall.
iOS 12.0.1 Release Notes
The release notes accompanying the iOS 12.0.1 download are as follows:
iOS 12.0.1 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad. This update:
– Fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices do not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable
– Resolves an issue that could cause iPhone XS devices to rejoin a Wi-Fi network at 2.4 GHz instead of 5 GHz
– Restores the original position of the “.?123” key on the iPad keyboard
– Fixes an issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps
– Addresses an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable
– For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
If you do not yet see the iOS 12.0.1 software update available yet, or the Software Update section is stuck on ‘checking for updates…’ try quitting and relaunching the Settings app.
Similarly, if you see an “Unable to Check for Update – An error occurred while checking for a software update” simply trying again momentarily typically resolves that issue.
When going to install the iOS 12.0.1 update you’ll have to agree to Terms and Conditions, which the iOS update process sometimes appears to freeze or get stuck on the “Terms and Conditions” agree / disagree screen. If that happens, force quit out of the Settings app and try again. You also may need to restart the iOS device before the Terms and Conditions screen will dismiss properly in some situations.
The iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR have new and different methods for force restarting these model iPhones, due to the fact that none of these models have a Home button. Initiating a forced restart on these new iPhone models may be different and slightly more complicated than before, but it’s still easy enough that even a novice user can master the method.
If you’re already accustomed to the procedure for force restarting iPhone X or force restarting iPhone 8 then you’ll be in familiar territory because forcibly restarting all of those devices is the same as force restarting the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
How to Force Reboot iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
You must press the buttons in the proper sequential order for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR to force restart successfully. If you do not follow the proper process, the device will not force restart. Here’s how force restarting these model iPhone devices works:
Press Volume Up, then release that button
Press Volume Down, then release that button
Press and hold down the Power / Lock button on the right side of iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR
Keep holding the Power / Lock button until you see an Apple logo appear on the display of iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, or iPhone Xr
If you do not see the Apple logo, then you did not successfully force restart the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, and you’ll want to repeat the process again.
The onscreen Apple logo should look like this after a successful force restart, demonstrating the iPhone XS Max / iPhone XS is starting up again:
You may need to keep holding the Power button for what feels like a while before the Apple logo appears on the screen, it’s a much longer hold on that button than any of the others which just need a quick press and release.
If you failed to forcibly restart the iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, or iPhone XR, simply repeat the steps above until you succeed. Press and release Up volume, press and release Down volume, then press and hold Power button until you see the Apple logo. Pretty easy, though yes it is different from many earlier model iPhone devices.
While this is how you force restart an iPhone XS and iPhone XR, you can also apply other methods to simply shutting down the devices, like using the Settings approach to shut down an iOS device, without even touching any buttons, which you can then turn back on. A standard shut down and startup is NOT the same as force restarting an iOS device however.
An improper attempt at forced restarting an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max will likely result in something like a screenshot being taken, so if that happens then you did something wrong as obviously a screen capture is not in the process of force rebooting.
While this approach is the same as force restarting an iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, it is different from force restarting iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7, which is also different from force restarting any iPhone or iPad with a Home button. While there is some fragmentation in the approaches to force restarting for now, presumably all future iPhone and iPad models will have no Home button or alternate methods of force restarting and will then therefore all fall into line with how the process works on iPhone XS Max and other new iPhone XS and iPhone XR models.
Why force reboot an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max?
The primary reason most users will ever need to force restart an iPhone XS Max or iPhone XS or iPhone XR is if the device is frozen, unresponsive, or crashing. It’s a very common troubleshooting trick that often remedies many iPhone (and iOS) issues.
The force restart procedure interrupts whatever is going on with the device to forcibly reboot it. This can lead to data loss from current apps and onscreen activity however, so you should not forcibly reboot if you’re currently engaged in something on the screen that is important or unsaved.
If you just got an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, you almost certainly will want to migrate everything from your old iPhone to your new one, so that your all of your data, contacts, photos, messages, notes, apps, and all other personalized data and stuff is transferred over to use on your new iPhone XS / Max.
This walkthrough will show you the fastest way to get all of your data from an older iPhone to a new iPhone XS Max or iPhone XS with iTunes.
Our focus here will be on using iTunes and a computer to transfer data from one iPhone to another because for many people using a USB cable and iTunes will be the fastest method of backing up and transferring data. You could use iCloud if you want to and happen to have an incredibly fast and reliable internet connection, but for most people iTunes will offer the quickest setup with getting all data over to their new iPhone XS or iPhone xS Max.
To get started, you’ll need the latest version of iTunes (12.8 or 12.6.5) on a computer (Mac or Windows PC), a USB Lightning cable to connect the iPhones to the computer, an active internet connection, and enough free hard disk space on the computer to store the iPhone backup on the computer.
How to Transfer All Data to iPhone XS / iPhone XS Max from Old iPhone
In the examples here we will demonstrate transferring data from an iPhone Plus to a new iPhone XS using iTunes.
Start by connecting the old iPhone model to the computer with a USB cable
Launch iTunes on the computer, then choose the connected old iPhone by clicking on the tiny iPhone button near the top of the iTunes window to select the device
Under the Summary section of the device in iTunes, look for the backup section and choose “This Computer” and be sure to check “Encrypt iPhone Backup”
Now choose “Back Up Now” to create a fresh backup of the old iPhone connected to the computer – let this backup process complete
Next, on your brand new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, start going through the onscreen setup steps as usual on the device, eventually you’ll get to the “Apps & Data” screen
Select the “Restore from iTunes Backup” option at this screen, then connect the iPhone XS Max or iPhone XS to the computer running iTunes with a USB cable *
In iTunes you will see a “Welcome to Your New iPhone” screen, choose the “Restore from this backup:” option and then choose the backup previously made of the old iPhone to iTunes, click “Continue” when the proper backup is selected
The backup restoration process will begin, this can take a while depending on the size of the device size, expect somewhere around an hour per 100GB backup
When the iTunes restore process has completed, complete the setup steps on the iPhone XS Max or iPhone XS, you’ll be using your new device with all data transferred over in no time
All of your data, messages, notes, photos, movies, videos, contacts, health data, settings, and everything else will have been successfully transferred to your new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
One thing to note is that apps will re-download as part of this process, since apps are no longer backed up to iTunes by default on the main iTunes release track (iTunes 12.8) though you can use the alternate release track (iTunes 12.6.5) if you’d like.
Remember to use the “Encrypt iPhone backup” setting, as this preserves your Health data as well as passwords, logins, and other important details in the iTunes backup. If you fail to encrypt the backup, you will need to enter all passwords again, and your health data will be lost.
iCloud vs iTunes Restoring from Backups
* To be clear, while we’re using iTunes here, you can also use iCloud backups or the optional Quick Start setup process to complete the entire migration and data transfer from an old iPhone to a new iPhone XS Max / iPhone XS. But using iCloud has a potential disadvantage in that how long it takes to complete is entirely dependent on your internet connection speed. For example if you have a 100 GB iPhone backup stored in iCloud, then downloading and restoring that 100 GB from iCloud to an iPhone can take half a day or even several days to complete on many typical home-based US internet connections, and most people won’t want to wait nearly that long before they can use their new iPhone (a 3 mbit/s DSL internet connection will take roughly 80 hours to download 100 GB!). But if you happen to have some modern world internet connection because you’re in a region of the world that has decent internet infrastructure with 100 mbit/s internet speeds, then using iCloud is easy and suitable, the entire process is basically the same except you’ll choose an iCloud backup to restore from rather than iTunes. Nonetheless, due to the huge variability in internet speeds, iTunes is often faster for most iPhone users since it uses a wired USB connection to complete the data transfer process.
iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max come packing a brand new A12 Bionic chip with greatly improved performance and sound, as well as Apple’s best displays and even better designs. They can also juggle two SIM cards simultaneously.
Meanwhile, the new iPhone XR delivers the flagship iPhone look and some of the best features from iPhone XS at a more-affordable price.
iPhone X marked “the future of the smartphone,” Apple told us last September. It sacrificed beloved features like Touch ID in favor of an all-new design with a stunning Super Retina display and Face ID. It was a gamble that paid off for Apple.
Despite its $1,000 price tag and controversial “notch,” iPhone X consistently outsold every other iPhone in Apple’s lineup since it went on sale last November. It also earned praise from fans and critics, and scored a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating last quarter.
One year on, it’s hard to imagine going back to big bezels and buttons.
It’s no surprise, then, that this year’s iPhones follow suit. The iPhone X has been retired. And in its place, Apple unveiled today the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. They all look like last year’s flagship at first glance, with edge-to-edge displays and smooth glass fronts and backs — but they’re bigger, better and more powerful in every way.
iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS.
Meet Apple’s new iPhone lineup
iPhone XS is “by far the most advanced iPhone we have ever created,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook during today’s Gather Round keynote. It’s available in two sizes: A 5.8-inch model that replaces iPhone X, and a 6.5-inch model that shows Apple hasn’t forgotten about iPhone Plus lovers.
Both feature OLED screens with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, with a 1-million-to-1 contrast ratio, 120Hz touch-sensing, True Tone and 3D Touch. They also offer a wider and richer stereo sound experience, Apple says.
They’re the first iPhones to offer dual-SIM functionality, allowing users to juggle two numbers simultaneously. That’s thanks to a traditional SIM card slot and a built-in eSIM that can be connected to a whole bunch of supported carriers.
In China, where the eSIM can’t be supported yet, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will ship with two SIM card slots.
A12 Bionic will blow you away
iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are powered by an A12 Bionic chip — the industry’s first 7-nanometer processor. It’s packed with 6.9 billion transistors, with a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU that’s up to 50 percent faster.
Apple has also introduced a new 8-core Neural Engine that’s dedicated to machine learning. Last year’s A11 Bionic was capable of processing 600 billion operations per second, but the A12 can process a staggering 5 trillion in the same time.
This new Neural Engine allows for improved Portrait mode in the Camera app, even better Animoji, and more immersive augmented reality experiences. Face ID also works faster than ever before, thanks to faster algorithms and a snappier secure enclave.
Apple’s best cameras
The iPhone is the world’s most popular camera. Apple helped its handset secure this crown by delivering the best smartphone shooters every year. The cameras packed into iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are its best yet — and they deliver jaw-dropping results.
Apple’s new iPhone XS cameras.
There are two sensors on the back of each device: one 12-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens and an f/1.8 aperture, and one 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens and an f/2.4 aperture. There’s also an improved True Tone flash, and twice as many Focus Pixels.
Thanks to an improved image signal processor, which works alongside the Neural Engine for the first time, the new iPhones can identify faces and bodies when you’re taking a photo and automatically apply adjustments like red-eye reduction.
By far the most impressive feature of Apple’s new cameras is called Smart HDR. It works by capturing numerous frames every time you take a photo to get the best white balance, highlights, shadows, different exposures, and more.
It then analyzes those images, picks out the best bits, and merges them to produce that “one perfect photo.” All of this happens at lightning speed, and it’s incredibly impressive.
Even better designs
Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are protected by the most durable glass ever installed on a smartphone, and they have an improved IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance. They also last longer than their predecessors in between charges.
iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be available in gold, silver and space gray with up to 512GB of storage. Prices start at $999 for the smaller model, and $1,099 for the larger model. You’ll be able to order them this Friday, and they’ll start shipping September 21.
iPhone XR brings the color
iPhone XR delivers the “iPhone X experience” at a more affordable price. It’s powered by the new A12 Bionic chip and sports a gorgeous edge-to-edge display just like its siblings, only this time, it’s an LCD screen.
iPhone XR is a beauty.
It’s the most advanced LCD ever packed into a smartphone, Apple says, and it’s called the Liquid Retina display. The screen measures 6.1 inches diagonally, making it bigger than an iPhone 8 Plus display, but the device itself is smaller.
iPhone XR has just one camera, but it’s the same 12-megapixel camera found in iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. That means you get the same great performance, optical image stabilization, and the improved True Tone flash.
Apple even managed to deliver Portrait mode for iPhone XR, despite just one sensor.
iPhone XR is made from 7000 Series aerospace-grade aluminum that’s finished in either white, black, blue, coral, red or yellow. It also boasts an IP67 rating for dust- and water-resistance.
Prices start at $749 with 64GB of storage, but 128GB and 256GB models will be available. You’ll be able to order iPhone XR next month, and it will start shipping October 26.