iPhone 13 Won’t Turn Off? Here’s What to Do

  1. Published on Feb 18, 2022
  2. Updated on Feb 16, 2022
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Have you ever had the issue of not being able to switch off your iPhone 13? Don’t worry, it is quite common to encounter this problem.

Newly released gadgets are always subject to patches and updates due to a few bugs and errors.

This article will guide you on how to fix this issue through a few easy steps, along with alternatives if some methods don’t prove to be useful.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Follow the Right Steps in Turning Off your iPhone 13

The first thing you can do is to check if you are turning your iPhone 13 off properly. You can do this in two ways and we will guide you through both methods.

First, you can turn off your iPhone through its hardware buttons. To do so, just follow these steps:

  1. First, press and hold the either Volume button, found on the left side of the phone and the Side button, found on the other side.
  2. Now, hold it until you see the Slide to power off option. Swipe your finger across the slider to turn off your iPhone.

Turning Off your iPhone 13

The second method is turning your iPhone off through Settings. Here is how you do it:

  1. First, head to Settings.
  2. Next, navigate to General.
  3. Now, scroll down and select Shut Down.
  4. Finally, after selecting the Shut Down option, a Slide to Power Off slider will appear on the screen. Swipe it to the right to turn your iPhone 13 off.

turning your iPhone off through Settings

These two methods will allow your iPhone to safely shut down, and all its functions will stop until you turn your iPhone on again.

Force Restart your iPhone 13

If properly turning off your iPhone 13 doesn't work, you can try to force restart your device instead. In order for you to do that, just do the following steps:

  1. First, press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. After that, also press and quickly release the Volume Down key.
  3. Right after releasing it, press and hold the Power button.
  4. Finally, as soon as the Apple logo appears, release the Power key and allow your device to finish booting up. Ignore the “slide to power off” screen.

Force Restart iPhone 13

As a result, your device will shut down and reboot automatically.

A force restart will deliberately cut off the connection between your iPhone 13 and its battery.

iPhone 13 Still Won't Turn Off?

Usually, a force restart will fix the issue of your device not being able to turn off.

If in case that doesn’t work for you, you can try troubleshooting by doing the following:

Check if the apps are responsive

There are instances when your iPhone freezes or becomes unresponsive after you launch an application.

This might be the cause of the issue. Here, you can either update the app if it hasn’t been updated yet, contact the developer for help, or just completely uninstall it.

update the app

Check if your iOS is up to date

There might be some bugs on your device’s operating system which the latest update might be able to fix.

You can update your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

check for an iOS update

Try TinyFix iOS System Repair

As mentioned earlier, the problem might be caused by a system error in your iOS.

If updating doesn’t fix the problem, you can try using external software such as TinyFix iOS System Repair.

It is a multi-functional iOS repair tool that’s designed to troubleshoot more than 150 system errors on an iDevice.

It is safe and you won’t lose any data in the process.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. First, download and install the app onto your computer.
  2. After installing, launch the app.
  3. Connect your iPhone 13 to your computer through a USB cable.
  4. After that, press iOS System Repair to proceed and select the Standard Repair Mode mode.
  5. Before you can go on with the process, you will be asked to download the appropriate firmware package. Select the destination folder and click on Download.
  6. Finally, click on Fix Now to start the process.

TinyFix iOS System Repair

A completion screen will appear to notify you once the process is complete. The only downside to this is that it is a paid software.

You can get a one-month license for $24.95, or a lifetime license for $45.95.

Contact Apple Support

If none of these solutions worked, your last resort is to contact Apple Support for help.

You might have to pay a bit for some repairs but your device might still have warranty coverage, including AppleCare.


It is pretty simple to fix an iPhone 13 that won’t turn off. First, check if you are doing the right steps in turning your iPhone off.

If you are doing it right but it doesn’t work, you can try to force restart your iPhone instead.

Updating or uninstalling unresponsive applications might also help address the problem.

Using external software such as TinyFix iOS System Repair can also fix the issue by repairing your operating system.

If all else fails, you can contact Apple Support to have your device fixed.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.
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