How to Shut Down Android or Windows 10?

In this post, we’ll see:

How to Shut Down Android

Method #1

  1. Press the Power button and hold it for 1-2 seconds.
  2. Now, you can see the Power Off menu.
  3. Tap the Power off option.

Method #2

If you have a rooted Android device, then you can power off it without using the Power button by using this method.

  1. Install and open the Simple Reboot app. Provide the root permission.
  2. Now, you can see a menu with these options – Power off, Restart, Soft restart, Restart to recovery, Restart to bootloader, Restart to safe mode.
  3. Hit the Power off option.

Method #3

You can shut down Android using the following command on PC (but you need to enable USB debugging on Android and install ADB drivers on your PC for this) or Android (but you need to install Terminal Emulator for Android app for that).

The command is:

  • adb shell reboot -p (for PC)
  • reboot -p (for Android)

I’m doing this method on an Android phone.

  1. In the Terminal Emulator app, type su and then hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
  2. Now, provide the root permission for the app.
  3. Type reboot -p and then hit the Enter key on the keyboard.

Method #4

You can use this method when your device got frozen. Remember that this method will force shut down your Android device.

For a device with the removable battery

  1. Remove the back cover of your device.
  2. Now, remove the battery out of your device.

After 1-2 seconds, you can put the battery and the cover back to the device. Turn on your device whenever you want.

For a device with the removable or non-removable battery

You need to use a combination of hardware buttons to force shut down your device. Since Android devices vary, there isn’t a single combination of keys that work for all devices.

So, try the following key combinations:

  • Simultaneously press the Volume up, Volume down and Power buttons and hold them for 10-15 seconds.
  • Simultaneously press the Volume up and Power buttons and hold them for 10-15 seconds.

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

How to Automatically Shut Down Android at a Specific Time

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

Steps

  1. Install and open the AutomateIt app. Provide root permission.
  2. Tap My Rules > + icon.
  3. Now, choose the Time Trigger. Set time and repeat as per your wish. Hit Next.
  4. Choose the Shutdown Device Action.
  5. Provide a name for the rule and then hit the Save icon at the top.

That’s it. From now on, your Android device will get shut down as per the time and repeat you’ve set.

To edit the rule – tap on My Rules and then find and hit the rule. Now, tap Edit Rule and make changes as per your liking. Tap the Save icon at the top.

If you don’t want a rule, then you can disable or delete it.

To Disable: tap the rule and hit On to disable it.

To Delete: tap the rule, hit Delete Rule, and then tap Yes in the pop-up.

If you want to uninstall the app, check out this guide.

How to Remotely Shut Down Android with SMS

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

Steps

  1. Install and open the AutomateIt app. Provide root permission.
  2. Tap My Rules > + icon.
  3. Hit SMS With Text Trigger. Provide SMS permission. In the field, enter the text as per your wish. I enter the text turnoff. Tap Next.
Entered turnoff
  1. Choose Shutdown Device Action.
  2. Provide a name for the rule and then hit the Save icon at the top.

That’s it. From now on, when your device receives a text message with the text you’ve specified (in our instance, it is turnoff), it’ll get shut down.

How to Shut Down Windows 10 PC

Here, we’ll see how to shut down Windows 10 PC manually and automatically.

Also, we’ll see how to auto shut down Windows 10 computer after playback. Let’s get started.

Shut Down Windows 10 PC Manually

Method #1

  1. Open the Start menu. Click on the Power icon, which is under the Gear icon.
Power icon showing options
  1. Now, click on the Shut down option to shut down the PC.

Method #2

  1. Press Alt + F4 (make sure you are on the desktop) and you can see Shut Down Windows pop-up now.
  2. In that pop-up, the Shut down option is selected by default.
  3. Click on the Ok button to shut down your computer.
Shut down option is selected

Method #3

  1. Press Windows and X keys simultaneously (or right-click on the Start button) to open the Power user menu.
  2. Now, you can see Shut down or sign out. Hover your mouse over it, and you can see options.
Hovering mouse over Shut down or sign out showing options
  1. Select Shut down.

Note:

You can do this method via keyboard shortcut too, and here it is – press Windows, X, U, and U keys simultaneously.

Method #4

  1. Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete, and then you can see the Windows Security screen.
  2. There you can see the Power icon at the bottom right of the screen. Click on it.
  3. Choose Shut down.

Method #5

You can turn off Windows 10 PC by pressing the physical power button or the sleep button or by closing the laptop lid. I’ve talked about it in this guide. Check it out.

Method #6

  1. Launch Run. Type slidetoshutdown and then press the Enter key.
  2. Now, you can see half of the lock screen. Just click on it, and your PC will get shut down.

Method #7

  1. Launch Command Prompt.
  2. Type shutdown /s and then press Enter key.

You can see a pop-up which states that the action is initiated, and your computer will get shut down in the next few seconds.

You can use the above command in the below programs too:

Method #8

  • Press Windows, and L keys simultaneously, and you can see Lock Screen. Click on it.
  • Now, you can see the Sign in screen where you can see the Power icon at the bottom. Click on it.
  • Hit Shut down.

Note:

When you click on the Power icon, you can see a menu, and that menu is called the Power menu.

You can see the Power menu in the Start menu, Windows Security screen, and Sign in screen.

Auto Shut Down Windows 10 PC

If you want to automatically shut down the Windows 10 computer at a specific time (for once or repeatedly), then you can do it using any of the following two methods.

Method #1

Launch Run Command.

Type the following command in it: shutdown -s -t 300

Command to automatically shut down PC at a specific time

The above command will turn off the computer automatically in 5 minutes (in the command, the 300 meant seconds, which is 5 minutes) from the time it is executed. Replace the 300 with the time duration you want.

Hit the Ok button to execute the command and you’ll see a confirmation pop-up.

Popup notifying when the PC will get shut down automatically

Notes:

You can also use the above command in Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell, Task Manager (In Task Manager, click File > Run new task to use the command), Address toolbar, and address bar of File Explorer.

If you wish to abort shut down, use the command shutdown -a in the Run Command before the scheduled time.

Remember that the above command works only once. In other words, it cannot repeat automatically shutting down the computer at a specific time. However, the following method can.

Method #2

Launch Task Scheduler.

Find and click Create Basic Task from the right side of the screen.

In the Create Basic Task Wizard pop-up, enter the name and description (which is optional) for the task. Hit Next.

​Now, you can set the repeat frequency of the task. My choice is Daily which is selected by default. Hit Next.

Selected Daily option

​Here, you can set the date from which the task will start. Also, you can set the time in which you want the PC to shut down automatically. If you wish, you can change the recurring days too. I am only changing the time and leave the rest intact. Hit Next.

Set the preferred time

Now, you can see the Start a program option is selected by default. Click the Next button.

Start a program option is selected

Click on the Browse button and then choose the shutdown.exe file from the System32 folder. Add /s in the Add arguments (optional) field. Click Next.

Program and argument is provided

You can see the overview of the task’s settings. Review it. If you are not OK with it, hit the Back button and make the changes as per your liking. If you are OK with it, click the Finish button.

Overview of task's settings

That is all. From now on, you will see this pop-up at the time you have scheduled.

Popup notifying that Windows will shut down in less than a minute

As the pop-up states, your PC will get shut down in less than a minute.

Notes:

After the above pop-up shows, if you wish, you can use the command shutdown -a in the Run Command Box to abort shut down.

To view the task: Click on Task Scheduler Library from the left side of the screen, and you can see the task you have created.

To edit the task: Right-click on the task and then select Properties. Now, you can edit the task as per your liking. Also, you can see many options there such as Security options, Settings, and Conditions. Play with them if you wish.

To delete the task: Right-click on the task and then select Delete. In the confirmation pop-up, click Yes.

Auto Shut Down Windows 10 Computer After Playback

PotPlayer

  1. Right-click on the player. Hover your mouse over Misc > When Playback Finished.
  2. Make sure Action : Shut down is selected and then hit Perform the action when playback ends.
Auto shut down options in PotPlayer

That’s it. Your PC will be turned off automatically when the playback of the current file is finished.

Note: if you want to auto shut down PC after playlist playback, then follow the above steps and instead of clicking Perform the action when playback ends, select Perform the action when playlist ends.

KMPlayer

  1. Right-click on the player.
  2. Hover your mouse over Playback and then Repeat Mode/When Finished.
  3. Hit on Shutdown after Current (Once).
Shutdown after Current (Once) option in KMPlayer

That’s it. Your computer will be turned off automatically after the current file playback.

Note: if you want to auto shut down PC after playlist playback, then follow the above steps and instead of clicking Shutdown after Current (Once), hit Shutdown after Album Playback (Once).

GOM Player

  1. Right-click on the player.
  2. Hover your mouse over Options. Hit Shutdown once finished playing the current file.
Auto shut down options in GOM Player

That’s all. Your PC will be shut down automatically after the playback of the current file.

Note: if you want to auto shut down computer after playlist playback, then follow the above steps and instead of selecting Shutdown once finished playing the current file, hit Shutdown once finished playing files in Playlist.