How to turn on iPhone 11 and three ways to turn it off

If you have a new iPhone 11, turning it on and off can be a challenge. While it’s pretty intuitive how to turn on iPhone 11, turning it off is tricky because of extra safeties introduced to make sure you don’t accidentally shut down your device. If you want to know how to turn on iPhone 11, this tutorial holds the answer, while also teaching you three ways to turn off the iPhone 11:

NOTE: This guide applies to iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. If you don’t know for sure which model you’re using, we created a tutorial to help you figure out what iPhone you have.

How to turn on iPhone 11 with the Side Button

So you just got yourself a new iPhone 11, and you don’t know how to turn it on. Or, like yours truly, you ran out of battery after one month of never shutting down your iPhone 11, and you want to use it again. Well, first of all, make sure your phone has enough battery by charging it for at least a few minutes. Then, all you have to do is press-and-hold the Side Button, located on the right edge of your iPhone, until the familiar Apple logo shows up on the screen. Release the button and wait for your iPhone 11 to turn on.

Use the Side Button to turn on iPhone 11

Then, insert your SIM PIN, and you should be able to use your iPhone 11. If it’s a new device, you might want to change the display language or set a custom ringtone on your iPhone.

While recent iPhones have a side button to turn them on, on other models, like the iPhone 5 SE seen below, you have to use the top button to turn on your iPhone.

On older iPhone models, the button that turns them on is on top

How to turn off iPhone 11 by pressing-and-holding the Side Button and Volume Up/Down

If your device is unresponsive or slow, or if you’re nowhere near your charger and want to save battery, you can turn off iPhone 11 using three different ways. Let’s start with the most popular one. Older iPhone models were powered off by pressing-and-holding the same button used for turning them on. However, the problem was that the device could shut down by accident in your pocket or bag, so Apple switched to another, more secure, process.

To turn off iPhone 11, first, you have to simultaneously press-and-hold the Side button and one of the Volume buttons on the left (doesn’t matter which one).

TIP: Hold down the two buttons for a couple of seconds until you get to the emergency screen. Don’t let go too quickly! If you briefly press the Side Button + Volume Up, your iPhone 11 takes a screenshot instead.

Press-and-hold the Side button and Volume Up or Volume Down

Release the two buttons when you get to the emergency screen. You can see the “slide to power off” option at the top of the screen. To turn off iPhone 11, swipe the switch to the right and wait for your device to shut down.

Swipe right to turn off iPhone 11

Your emergency screen is also how you let others know you’re in danger, so be careful when using this method. If you want to avoid this risk altogether, the next two ways might be more to your liking.

How to turn off iPhone 11 by pressing its physical buttons in quick succession

There is another way to turn off your iPhone 11 using its physical buttons, and I prefer it to the previous one.

Do the following in quick succession: briefly press and release Volume Up, followed by Volume Down, and then press-and-hold the Side Button.

Press Volume Up, Volume Down, and press-and-hold the Side Button

The subsequent screen is similar to the emergency one, but it only has two options. Swipe the “slide to power off” switch on top to turn off iPhone 11.

Slide as instructed to power off the device

How to turn off iPhone 11 from Settings

If you don’t like having to press-and-hold buttons or if they’re unresponsive, you can also turn off your iPhone 11 from the Settings app. Open Settings and tap on General.

Access General Settings

On the next screen, scroll down and then tap on the Shut Down option at the very bottom.

Shut down your iPhone 11 from Settings

Same as before, to confirm turning off your iPhone 11, all that’s left to do is “slide to power off.

Slide to power off your iPhone 11

After a few moments, your iPhone 11 shuts down.

Do you think Apple should provide an easier way to turn off iPhone 11?

If you cancel any of the three power-off methods illustrated above, iPhone 11 enters some sort of lockdown mode, disabling face ID until you insert your passcode. This can be a useful tool in a high-risk situation, but also annoying if you access the menu a lot by accident (which happens a lot, especially if you’re switching over from Android, because of similar shortcuts). Before you close this tutorial, please tell us how you turn off your iPhone 11. Do you find the methods above complicated? Do you think Apple should provide an easier way to shut down iPhone 11? Let us know in the comments.