Our complete guide to the Control Center on iPhone shows you how to tweak and interact with this handy feature.
Control Center has continued to be an essential part of the iPhone experience since the release of iOS 7 in 2013. It features buttons for frequently used actions like WiFi, Bluetooth, music controls, brightness, volume, do not disturb,…
However, the steps to open Control Center on iOS will vary depending on your iPhone model. Our guide shows you how to access, use, customize and make the most of this handy feature.
How to access Control Center on iPhone
First, you need to know how to open Control Center. The method varies slightly depending on your device:
- On an iPhone with a Home button (like iPhone SE, 8, and earlier), swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- On an iPhone with Face ID (like iPhone X or later), swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
To close the Control Center, tap an empty area. Depending on your iPhone model, you can also swipe up (Face ID models) or down (Home button models) to exit Control Center.
Note that on iPhones with Face ID, opening Control Center also displays handy icons at the top such as connected VPN, alarm, battery percentage, and more. These icons don’t always appear at the top of the screen. top of your iPhone screen due to limited space.
How to use Control Center on your iPhone
Using the Control Center is very simple. You can tap, slide, and even long-press the toggle buttons to see additional options. For example, if you press and hold the brightness slider, it will show icons for dark mode, Night Shift, and True Tone. Similarly, pressing and holding the flashlight icon allows you to change its intensity.
Interestingly, the top left group (containing airplane mode, cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth) has additional functionality. If you press and hold this button, you will see two more options: AirDrop and Personal Hotspot. And here, if you press and hold the WiFi, Bluetooth, or AirDrop icons, you can choose a different WiFi network, choose a different Bluetooth device, or change the AirDrop display settings respectively.
How to edit Control Center on iPhone
By default, you only have a handful of options in the Control Center. But you can add or remove certain controls, and rearrange the toggles to make it your own. Here’s how to do it:
- Open Settings and tap on Control Center .
- To remove a control, tap the red minus (-) button and select Remove .
- To add a control from the More Controls list , tap its green plus (+) button and it will move up in Included Controls .
- If you have a Home accessory, try turning on Show Home Controls at the top. This will add an extra space in the Control Center for quick access to your smart accessories.
Use the handles to the right of Included Controls to rearrange them in the order that works for you. The option shown at the top appears on the left side in Control Center, and so on in the list. These changes take effect immediately, so open the Control Center as you make the changes to see what the new location looks like.
Note that you can’t remove or rearrange the controls for wireless settings, music, portrait lock, do not disturb, screen mirroring, brightness, and volume. All the controls you select will appear under these.
How to turn off Control Center on the lock screen
By default, anyone with access to your iPhone can access Control Center from the Lock screen. From here, they can put your device on airplane mode, turn off WiFi, play songs, use Home controls, and more.
However, you can prevent such actions by disabling Control Center from the lock screen. To do this:
- Open Settings , then tap Face ID & Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode
- Enter your iPhone passcode to continue.
- Trong Allow Access When Locked, hãy tắt Control Center .
How to disable Control Center inside other apps
Let’s say you play games on your iPhone that involve swiping. Or maybe your child uses the device to learn and play. In these cases, you may want to disable Control Center access from within apps to prevent accidentally opening it.
- Inside Settings , tap Control Center .
- Tắt quyền Access Within Apps.
After that, you can just go to Control Center from the home screen or lock screen (depending on what you selected above). On iPhones with Face ID, if you swipe down from the top right, it will open the notification center instead.
Helpful tips about Control Center
You can add a note icon to Control Center that allows you to quickly jot down text from your iPhone’s lock screen. To use this feature, open Settings > Control Center and tap the plus icon for Notes .
Now, go to Control Center and tap on the note icon to create a new note. If instead of a new note, you want to resume the last note, open Settings > Notes > Access Notes from Lock Screen > Resume Last Note . You can choose which notes to continue and for how long.
You want to record your gameplay, create a tutorial for iPhone, or similar. Open Settings > Control Center and tap the plus icon next to Screen Recording . Then, to start recording a new screen on your iPhone, tap the screen recording icon in Control Center iOS. To record external audio, press and hold the screen recording icon and tap Microphone .
It’s easy to summon Siri and ask it to determine what song is playing. But if you want to do this silently, open Settings > Control Center and tap the plus icon next to Music Recognition . Next time you want to find out what music is playing, tap the Shazam icon from Control Center and it will recognize the song.
After you add the Hearing icon to the Control Center (as discussed above), it will show you the headphone sound level in real time. Green means OK. If it is too large, you will see the bar turn yellow. From here, you can also use Live Listen to enhance your hearing.
Do you have an Apple TV? Adding Apple TV Remote to Control Center gives you a virtual remote so you can control your Apple TV. It’s handy as an extra option if you don’t want to use physical controls.
What to do if Control Center iPhone won’t swipe up or down
In rare cases, if you can’t access Control Center, restart your iPhone. And when that doesn’t help, make sure Control Center is allowed inside apps and on the lock screen, as we saw earlier.
Finally, if nothing else works, update to the latest iOS version, then reset all settings at Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings if necessary.
Control Center: A convenient place for many handy operations
We’ve seen how you can use Control Center on your iPhone to perform quick tasks. Now, you are free to customize its icons and set things up the way you find it most effective. Your iPhone has a ton of other settings that you should also check, including important security options to keep you safe.