How to Shut Down an Android Smartphone

In this post, you will see the steps to turn off your Android phone manually, automatically, and remotely. Let’s get started.

How to shut down Android

Method #1

Here’s how to shut down an Android smartphone:

Step 1: Press and hold the Power button for 1-2 seconds.

Step 2: You will now see the Power menu.

Step 3: Tap the “Power off” option.

Method #2

If you have a rooted Android device, you can turn it off without using the “Power” button by using a third-party app.

Install and open the Simple Reboot app. Provide root permission.

Now you will see a menu with these options – Power off, Restart, Soft restart, Restart to recovery, Restart to bootloader, Restart to safe mode.

Click on the option “Power off.”

Method #3

You can shut down Android using the ADB command (adb shell reboot -p) on your PC, but you need to enable USB debugging on Android and install ADB drivers on your PC for this.

Let’s see how to use the command on your Windows 10 PC.

Connect your Android device to your PC via a USB cable.

Click Allow on your Android device.

Open Command Prompt and change the path to one that contains ADB drivers.

Type in the command: adb devices and press the “Enter” key.

Enter this command: adb shell reboot -p

Press the “Enter” key.

That’s it.

Alternatively, you can use this command (reboot -p) on Android to do this task, but you need to install Terminal Emulator for Android app for this.

Let’s see how to use the command on an Android phone.

In the Terminal Emulator app, type su and then click the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

Now, provide the root permission for the app, type reboot -p, and then hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

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Method #4

You can use this method if your device freezes. Remember, this method forces the shutdown of your Android phone.

For a device with a removable battery

Remove the back of your device. Now remove the battery from your device.

After 1-2 seconds, reconnect the battery and cover the device. Turn on your device.

For a device with a removable or non-removable battery

You need to use a combination of hardware buttons to force the shutdown of your device.

As Android devices vary, there is not one key combination that works for all devices.

So try the following key combinations:

  • Press and hold the Volume up and Power buttons simultaneously for 10-15 seconds.

If none of the above works for you, do a Google search like this: force shut down phone model.

How to automatically shut down Android at a certain time

Please note that you can only follow these steps if you have a rooted Android device.

Let’s take a look at the steps to automatically shut down Android:

Install and open the AutomateIt app. Provide root permission.

Tap the My Rules > + icon.

Now select “Time Trigger.” Set a time and repeat as you like. Press “Next.”

Select “Shutdown Device Action.”

Enter a name for the rule and then click on the “Save” icon at the top.

That’s it. From now on, your Android device will shut down in time and repeat what you have set.

To edit the rule, tap “My Rules” and then find and press the rule.

Now tap “Edit Rule” and make any changes you like. Tap the “Save” icon at the top.

If you do not want a rule, you can disable or delete it.

Disable: Tap the rule and click “On” to Disable it.

Delete: Tap the rule, click “Delete Rule,” and then tap “Yes” on the pop-up.

If you want to uninstall the app, please visit this guide.

How to remotely shut down Android via SMS

Please note that you can only follow these steps if you have a rooted Android device.

Steps to remotely shut down Android:

Install and open the AutomateIt app. Provide root permission. Tap the My Rules > + icon.

Click on “SMS With Text Trigger.” Provide “SMS” permission.

In the field, enter the text as you wish. I enter the text turnoff. Tap “Next.”

Select “Shutdown Device Action.”

Enter a name for the rule and then click on the “Save” icon at the top.

That’s it. From now on, if your device receives an SMS with the text you specified (in our instance, it is turnoff), it will shut down.

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