How to turn off the iPhone X

Daniel Howley
Technology Editor

I’m a big fan of Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone X. In fact, it’s the first iPhone in years that I want to buy for myself. It’s also the most expensive one yet, which doesn’t bode well for my bank account.

But after using a version of the handset Apple sent me, I’ve noticed a slight issue. See, no one I handed the phone to could figure out how to turn it off the first time they used it. That’s because the original power button is now used to call upon Siri, lock the screen and bring up Apple Pay.

So how do you turn it off? With standard iPhones, the 8, 8 Plus and all of their predecessors, you simply hold down the large button on the phones’ right sides, then swipe their screen to turn them off.

The iPhone X, however, requires you to hold down the side button and either the volume up or volume down buttons at the same time until the power off screen appears, then swipe to shut it down.

It’s a bit confusing because it’s completely different from how you’re likely used to turning off a phone. Moreover, quickly pressing the volume up and side button at the same time takes screenshots, so you might find yourself capturing your phone’s screen by accident a few times when you’re just trying to turn it off.

That isn’t to say you won’t remember how to turn your phone off after you figure it out the first time, or that it’s a reason to not love the iPhone X. But if you picked one up, searched for a way to turn it off and ended up here, you understand where I’m coming from.

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Email Daniel at dhowley@yahoo-inc.com; follow him on Twitter at @DanielHowley.

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