Jan 28, 2022 3 mins

How to Turn Off Android Phone?

How to Turn Off Android Phone How to Turn Off Android Phone

Shutting down your Android phone, which isn't just a single tap away, varies with the many kinds of Android phones out there, each of which might have its own unique method to turn off. We've got you covered with an easy guide that allows you to get your phone to snooze in no time, regardless of whether you're using the latest model or an older one. This guide shows you how to safely shut down your device without any rush. Stick with us, and you'll understand all the methods available for turning off your Android device.

Quick and Easy: Power Button Method

The most common way to turn off an Android phone, which involves using the power button, requires you to locate the power button on the side or top of your phone. Once found, you must press and hold it for a few seconds, during which you’ll see an option to power off your device on the screen. Tapping this option initiates the shutdown process of your phone, a method that works for most Android phones but varies slightly depending on the model, as the button’s location can change.

Recalling the first time I tried to turn off my new Android phone, I kept pressing the power button quickly, only to find the screen locking, which revealed that what we assume to be straightforward might indeed require a bit of additional knowledge; it took a moment to realize that a longer press was necessary.

Alternate Methods: Settings Menu

If your power button is not working or you prefer not to use it, the settings menu provides an alternative method to turn off your phone. First, after unlocking your phone, which can be done by swiping up or down, you can access the app drawer. Find and tap the “Settings” icon, then scroll down to “System,” which you should select to reveal “Advanced.” Here, you’ll find options which include “Power off” and “Restart.”

Choosing “Power off” will turn your device off, a method that came in handy when my friend, whose power button was stuck, was panicking, thinking she wouldn’t be able to turn off her phone without it. I showed her how to use the settings menu, and she was relieved to find an alternative way.

Using Voice Commands

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Another modern way, which uses voice commands to turn off your Android phone, involves simply hollering “Hey Google” or giving the home button a long press, which wakes up your phone’s helper that is ready to listen to your commands. By hitting it with a “turn off my phone” or a simple “power off” command, you initiate the shutdown process, which may prompt your phone to chat back asking for a confirmation like “yeah” or “nah” to ensure your intent is serious.

Some phones, which are picky, require you to unlock them before they’ll shut down, as if telling your phone, “Bedtime,” without lifting a finger! The first time I used a voice command to turn off my phone, which felt like living in the future, was notably convenient. This convenience was especially appreciated when my hands were full and I couldn’t navigate through the settings or press buttons easily.


Switching off an Android phone is easy, which has various methods to achieve it. Maybe you are someone who prefers pressing the side button until the shutdown option pops up, or you might be the type who dives into the settings menu, which includes hitting “System” and then “Power off.

For those who prefer voice commands, shouting “Hey Google, turn off my phone” is an option that causes the phone to listen and comply. However, it’s important to remember that not all phones operate the same way; the specific method that works may vary based on the phone’s make or the Android version it uses, factors that should be kept in mind the next time you attempt to power off.


Q: What if my power button doesn’t work?
A: If your power button is not functioning, you can use the settings menu or voice commands to turn off your phone.

Q: Can I turn off my phone if the screen is unresponsive?
A: If your screen is unresponsive, you might still be able to turn off your phone by holding down the power button and the volume down button simultaneously for about 10 seconds. This performs a force shutdown.

Q: Will using voice commands to turn off my phone work when it’s locked?
A: This depends on your phone’s settings and model. Some phones may require you to unlock them before accepting voice commands for security reasons.


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