The multifaceted iPhone power-off button: use it to manage your calls

April 1, 2019

Some simple tips to use the iPhone power-off button, to reject, hang up or mute a call, without touching the display of the device.

How do I use the iPhone on/off button to reject, hang up, or mute an incoming call?

There are so many functions on the iPhone, and some of them are so complex, that sometimes you lose sight of simple but effective uses. Here’s how to use the iPhone power-off button during an incoming call.

During an incoming call, you can mute the ringer by pressing the iPhone power button on the top frame once. This use can be of fundamental importance when you realize, too late, that you have not turned off the phone or minimized the ringer.

Thus, by clicking on the power button, you can take action if a call arrives at the wrong time. If you click the power button twice in rapid succession, you can completely reject the call.

However, another function of the power-off button on the iPhone is to hang up the call after having finished the conversation. In fact, a single click on the power button is enough to end the call.

If this little trick might, at first glance, seem useless, so it is not. In fact, through this simple shortcut, you can end a call even in the case of a broken or malfunctioning touchscreen. Again, you can end a call even with gloves, which would certainly not allow you to click the icons on the screen. You could then think of starting a conversation with the help of Siri and ending it with the power button. All this without clicking on the display.

These functions are useful in many cases: from when we do not have access to the screen of the iPhone (perhaps because closed by a case) to when we do not want or can not touch the screen (which happens when you have, for example, wet hands or dirty or gloves that do not support the touch).

In some cases it also happens that the display is damaged and insensitive to touch, waiting to have it repaired, we can still refuse the call or mute the phone.