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How to fix your Android 12 power button to turn off your phone


If you’re a long-time Android user, you have a habit of long pressing the power button to (logically) turn your phone on or off. For a while, long pressing the button while the phone was on also allowed you to restart it, lock it, or report an emergency. (For a short time in Android 10, you can also use it to take screenshots.)

So you might have been a bit confused if after upgrading your phone to Android 12 you found that long pressing the power button didn’t bring up the shutdown menu but did. instead activated Google Assistant. This is something that was instituted with the new version of the operating system, and it is supposed to be a good thing.

A long press on the power button can bring up this menu …

How to fix your Android 12 power button to turn off your phone

… or it can bring up Google Assistant.

You can always get the power and emergency menu by pressing the power and volume up buttons simultaneously – which may work for you if you rarely (if ever) need to turn off your phone. But if you’d rather have less annoying emergency button access or want to be able to long-press the power button again to turn off or restart your phone, don’t worry, you can change it. Here’s how:

  • Open your Settings menu (by swiping down twice from the top of your phone and pressing the gear button).
  • Select System> Gestures.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap “Press and hold the power button.” “
  • Disable “Pending for Assistant”.

How to fix your Android 12 power button to turn off your phone

“Press and hold the power button” is at the bottom of the Gestures menu.

How to fix your Android 12 power button to turn off your phone

Turn it on to use the Google Assistant power button; off to display the power menu.

And that’s all!

Incidentally, there are a number of different options for using tapping and other gestures in the Gestures menu that you can take advantage of. For example, you can set Quick Tap (two taps on the back of the phone) to activate a number of features – for example, you can use it to take a screenshot, open a specific app or even access Google Assistant (which is how I set it up so that I can long press the power button for that emergency menu).

You can also arrange to double-tap the power button to start your camera, go back to the old three-button navigation at the bottom of your screen, or face down your phone to turn on Do Not Disturb, between others.

How to fix your Android 12 power button to turn off your phone

You can use two keys on the back of the phone to activate a number of features.

How to fix your Android 12 power button to turn off your phone

Two presses of the power button can quickly start the camera.

All of these and other features can be turned on or off in the Gestures menu.

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