Control Center gives you instant access to the things you do the most. You can use Control Center to quickly take a picture, turn on Wi-Fi, control your Apple TV, and more.
How to open and close Control Center
The way you open and close Control Center depends on the type of device that you have. Find your device model below, then follow the steps. Or learn how to open Control Center on your iPad.
iPhone X and later
- To open Control Center, swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen.
- To close Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap the screen.
If you swipe too close to the top-center of your screen, you might open Notification Center instead of Control Center.
iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and earlier, and iPod touch
- To open Control Center, swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.
- To close Control Center, tap the top of the screen or press the Home button.
How to customize your settings
Need to quickly adjust the brightness of your display or change the volume? You can customize your Control Center settings to get to your apps, settings, and features with just a few taps.
Not sure what you can use from Control Center? Check out the list of apps, setting, and features.
Control Center is one of the major features of iOS that provides quick access to essential functionality, such as settings toggles, media playback controls, Night Shift, and much more.
While Control Center contains most of the essential features that a normal user would require, there’s still some extra functionality that we wish Apple had added. An example is choosing the toggles to be shown in Control Center.
This is why some users turn towards jailbreak as it provides the freedom to customizing their iOS devices the way they want. With jailbreak, you can even customize the iOS 10 Control Center to bring a new look and feel to it as well as enjoy the features that you’ve always wanted.
Here are the 9 jailbreak tweaks that will help you customize the iOS 10 Control Center on your iPhone or iPad.
With iOS 10, Spotlight gained the ability to display your recently used apps, but to take things further, App Center is a tweak that allows you to add your favorite apps to Control Center as well as view the recently used ones. It adds a new page to Control Center dedicated to your favorite and recently used apps.
What’s more interesting about this tweak is that it lets you launch an app right within Control Center and interact with it from there.
With iOS 10, Apple split Control Center into two pages, one dedicated to media playback controls and the other for Night Shift, toggles, brightness and volume controls, and more.
Horseshoe is a tweak that combines these two pages into a single page. The result is a redesigned Control Center that looks impressive.
Recording your iPhone’s screen is one of the things that iOS lacks. You can use your Mac to do the recording or depend on third-party apps, but if you’re jailbroken, you can take advantage of CCRecord. This tweak adds a toggle to Control Center for recording your iPhone’s screen and saving it to your Camera Roll.
Onizuka is a feature-rich tweak for the iOS 10 that allows you to customize the look of Control Center as well as hide the UI elements that you don’t require. Additionally, it adds a new page to Control Center where you can view your device’s information as well as add your favorite apps.
One of the things that I like about Apple Watch is the colorized toggles in Glances. Cream 2 is a jailbreak tweak that brings a similar thing to the iOS 10 Control Center. It colorizes the Control Center toggles when they are enabled and this allows you to easily differentiate the enabled toggles from the disabled ones.
While Control Center provides access to a number of useful settings toggles, the inability of choosing your own toggles is one of the major drawbacks. FlipControlCenter is a popular tweak that allows you to add as many toggles as you wish to Control Center, re-arrange their position, and choose your own toggles.
If there’s one tweak that you should definitely try from this list, then it would be FlipControlCenter.
- Cydia repo: http://rpetri.ch/repo
- Read more about FlipControlCenter
If you’ve ever used an Android device, you may know that long pressing on a toggle in the Quick Settings tray opens its settings pane. CCTButtonActions is a jailbreak tweak that brings a similar feature to the iOS 10 Control Center. It allows you to 3D Touch a toggle to view its dedicated preferences pane in Settings.
Do you wish to change the look of Control Center? Check out CCPlus, a jailbreak tweak that allows you to customize the iOS 10 Control Center by changing its background style, adding a custom color tint, hiding useless buttons, and more.
CCWallCustomizer is a tweak that allows you to get rid of the default Control Center background and replace it with a custom image of your choice. It automatically scales the image to fit the Control Center background.
These are the 9 jailbreak tweaks that will allow you to customize the iOS 10 Control Center on iPhone or iPad. What’s your favorite tweak for Control Center? Let us know in the comments below.
By: Salman Patwegar
With the release of iOS 11, Apple has finally added the much-awaited feature, allowing users to customize Control Center on iPhone or iPad by Adding, Deleting and Re-arranging the Control Center icons to suit your own requirements.
Customize Control Center on iPhone and iPad
Ever since Apple introduced the Control Center in iOS 7, users have been waiting for an update that can allow them to Customize the Control Center.
Apple has finally made the Control Center customizable in iOS 11 and it has also redesigned the Control Center, giving it a much more modern and cleaner look.
In addition to this, the control center in iOS 11 has a lot more quick options when you 3D Touch press on a control’s icon in Control Center. Even those with non-3D touch devices will have the ability to long press on a control’s icon to access some quick options.
Coming to the customization part, you can now Add Controls, Remove Controls and also organize the Controls in the Control Center.
However, this feature is still very limited and you cannot remove or reorganize basic controls like WiFi, Cellular, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Now Playing, screen rotation, Do not Disturb, Screen Mirroring, Brightness and Volume controls.
These basic Controls will always remain in the Control Center and cannot be removed or reorganized. Also, the customization feature is not available for third-party Apps.
Add Controls to Control Center on iPhone
Follow the steps below to Add Controls to the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad.
1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad and then tap on the Control Center option.
2. On the Control Center screen, tap on Customize Controls . (See image below)
3. On the Customize Controls screen, scroll down to “More Controls” section and tap on the plus button next to the Control that you want to Add to the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad (See image below).
In the above example, tapping on the Plus Icon next to the “Accessibility Shortcuts” option, will add an Accessibility shortcut to the Control Center
Remove Controls From Control Center on iPhone
Follow the steps below, in case you want to Remove any Control from the Control Center.
1. Tap on Settings > Control Center
2. On the Control Center screen, tap on Customize Controls .
3. On the next screen, scroll down to “Include” section and then tap on the red Minus icon located next to the Control that you want to remove from Control Center (See image below).
4. Next, tap on the red Remove button in order to remove the Control from the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad.
Organize Controls in Control Center on iPhone
After Adding and Removing Controls from the Control Center, you can also organize the Control Center to your liking.
1. Tap on Settings > Control Center
2. On the next screen, tap on Customize Controls option
3. On the Customize screen, you can drag the Controls Up or Down by tapping and holding on the 3-line icon located to the right of the Control’s Name (See image below).
4. Depending on your requirements or preference, you can rearrange the Controls as you want them.
You’ll see an improved version of 3D Touch support for Control Center, so you can hard-press any shortcut to view more details and steps. For example, you can hard-press the music option to see more playback adjustments or hard-press the Flashlight shortcut to select a power level. This feature is not only limited to iPhone users. Without a 3D touch, you can use this feature on an iPad on iOS 11 just by a long-press rather of hard-press.
How to Access Control Center in iOS 11
Unlike previous iOS version, now you can access the Control Center from any screen on your iPhone or iPad. Even, while you are using an app or playing a game. To access it, simply touch the bottom edge of the screen and swipe your finger up in the direction of the top of the screen. That’s it. The new Control Center will take a bit of getting used to, but once you’re familiar with it, the old version seems confusing in comparing.
How to customize Control Center in iOS 11
When the Control Center is open, you will notice a new means of organization. Two panels constitute the top of the Control Center, one for connectivity controllers and one for music. Below this, you will find orientation lock and Do not Disturb, sliders for display brightness and volume control, and then the Screen Mirroring controller. Well, without wasting your time, let’s know how to customize the Control Center on iPhone or iPad.
1 . On your iPhone or iPad head to Settings → Control Center → Customize Controls to get started.
2 . Here you’ll see the full list of additional options like,
- Accessibility Shortcuts
- Apple TV Remote
- Screen Recording
- Guided Access
- Text Size
3 . These 11 controllers are many of which may be 3D Touched to acquire additional options. To bring the ones that you want, simply tap the little green + . To eliminate the ones that you do not desire, tap the little red – . And to rearrange them into your preferred order, simply drag and drop. That’s it.
Control Center remains accessible by swiping up in the bottom of the screen almost anyplace on iPhone 8 along with iPhone 8 Plus or earlier. About the iPhone X, Control Center may be started by swiping down in the top right region of the display next to your TrueDepth front camera system.
This was the tutorial on how to customize Control Center in iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad. You Can not remove or rearrange the following standard shortcuts, which do not seem at all about the Customize Display: Music, Brightness, Screen Rotation Lock, Wireless (Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, and Personal Hotspot), Do Not Disturb, Screen Mirroring, and Volume.
In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can customize Control Center on iOS 11+ by adding additional shortcuts and record screen on iPhone and iPad (iOS 11+).
The Control Center was introduced in iOS 7 way back in 2013 with the introduction of the iPhone 5S. Speaking of which, the Control Center was part of the major revamp of the iOS operating system that year. The iOS 7 brought with it an all-new design and typography for the user interface of the operating system. Everything from icons, fonts, wallpapers to UI interactions like the swipe (from the left edge) to go back gesture (our most favorite feature on iOS ever) and a new card-based multitasking interface was all new from the ground up. One thing worth mentioning is that the Control Center is translucent and so it adapts to the background or app open behind it which is in itself a visual treat.
Fast forward to iOS 11 and Apple redesigned Control Center which looks and feels even better to use than ever before. Now, you have neatly laid out buttons for each specific functions that are easy to use thanks to their size and shape. Also, The brightness slider can now be 3D touched to bring up the switches to enable or disable Night Shift and True Tone Display (supported iDevices). Perhaps, the biggest change which isn’t noticeable at all at first is that you can add or remove more buttons or shortcuts to the control center by going to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
Keeping in mind the topic of this article, today, let’s see how to add additional shortcuts to the Control Center. Also, we will take a look at and how to use the screen recording feature introduced by Apple in iOS 11. Speaking of which, the feature was quietly added by Apple in iOS 11 and so, many users out there are not even aware that it exists. Alright, without further ado, let’s begin.
H ow to add/remove shortcut buttons to and fro the Control Center
1. On the home screen, locate and tap Settings.
The iOS 11 home screen.
2. Scroll down a bit to find Control Center and tap it.
3. Next, tap Customize Controls (may differ on the iPad). Now you will be presented with two sections namely INCLUDE and MORE CONTROLS. As the name implies, the former consists of buttons you have selected to appear in the Control Center and the latter consist of all the available buttons that can be added to the Control Center.
Two sections: INCLUDE and MORE CONTROLS.
4. Alright, now to add a button to the Control Center, scroll down to the MORE CONTROLS section and tap the ‘+’ icon for any given feature. (Hint: The Screen recording shortcut button is only available here, more on that in a bit).
Tap the ‘+’ icon to add more shortcut buttons.
5. Upon adding the buttons, they now appear in the INCLUDE section. Here, you are provided with the ability to re-order the buttons you add to your preference and liking.
Refer the screenshot carefully to be able to re-order the buttons.
6. Quite naturally, to remove shortcut buttons from the Control Center, just tap the ‘–‘ icon, similar to what you had done in step 4.
How to record the screen on your iPhone and iPad
1. To add the Screen Recording button to the Control Center, dive into Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls, scroll down and locate MORE CONTROLS section and then add the screen recording shortcut button by tapping the ‘+’ button.
2. Launch the Control Center on your iOS 11 de vice (guess, we don’t have to teach you that!), tap the Screen Recording button and now a 3-second countdown appears on the button, after which the screen starts recording. Speaking of which, the status bar turns RED to indicate the user that screen recording is in progress.
Tap the button as depicted in the screenshot above. The RED status bar indicates the user that screen recording is active.
3. To stop recording the screen, launch Control Center and tap the Screen Recording button again OR tap the status bar once and then you will be asked to confirm to stop screen recording.
A confirmation dialog appears once the user decides to stop screen recording by tapping the status bar.
And there you go Apple fans and iSheeps on a brief guide on how to customize the Control Center and utilize the screen recording feature on iPhones and iPads running iOS 11 and up. Feel free to chime in the comments if you have any questions regarding the tutorial detailed above.
In the same way you organize widgets in the Today View, you can choose certain features of your iPhone to be quickly accessible from the Control Center. This also allows you to remove Control Center functions that you might never use and replace them with something better. Here’s how to customize the Control Center on your iPhone.
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How to Customize Control Center
- First, swipe down from the top right corner of your screen (or up from the bottom of your screen if you have an iPhone 8 or older) to open the Control Center.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Control Center.
- Select Customize Controls.
- To remove a control, tap the red circle next to the feature you want to remove.
- Under More Controls, tap the green circle to add the feature to your Control Center.
- Under Include, you can tap and hold the three horizontal lines on the right of each feature to rearrange the features and how they show up in your Control Center.
I love that the Apple TV Remote is an option, but the one I added and use the most is, of course, Low Power Mode.
Apple’s newest release for iPhone and iPad, iOS 11, features a redesigned and modularized Control Center. This new Control Center features quite a bit of 3D-Touch gestures, new animations, and customizability. Furthermore, new controls are built in that previously were not available in app versions for download or use on iOS. This article will detail how to go about customizing the iOS 11 Control Center for your needs on iPhone as well as an overview of those fresh and new controls!
iOS 11 is currently in a public beta, which you can sign up for here. Do be forewarned, though, that pre-release beta software like this can be littered with a few bugs. I personally would not recommend loading it on a mission-critical device if you are not okay with dealing with those bugs on a daily basis.
How to Customize Control Center on iPhone
1. Start by launching Settings from your iOS home screen.
2. Tap Control Center. This icon is in the second grouping of options.
3. Add new controls by tapping the “+” icon on controls from “More Controls.”
4. Remove controls by tapping the “-” icon on controls from “Include.”
5. Use the hamburger icon to drag controls around and change their order and prominence.
6. That is it! Now close the Settings application and swipe up to view your newly-arranged Control Center.
Add the Screen Recording control to Control Center and tap it to start a new recording. You can 3D-Touch the control to choose whether or not to record audio from the microphone. The icon will turn red to confirm that the display is recording. Control Center can now be closed, and you can use your device as normal. When done recording, access Control Center and tap the icon again. The recording will be saved to your device’s Camera Roll where you can then edit in an app like iMovie or export it off the device entirely. As of now this feature does not trigger Snapchat to notify users of a screenshot. Do what you wish with this information.
Brightness and Night Shift
The very popular Night Shift feature that was brought about in iOS 9.3 and later on iOS is now hidden within the brightness controls of Control Center. You will have to 3D touch the brightness slider to bring up the Night Shift icon.
Tapping the wallet icon brings up Apple Wallet in a simple-to-use format, without opening up the full app experience. Simply use a couple swipes to choose a card, redeem or pay, and be on your way. You can 3D-Touch the Wallet Control to show options for using your last accessed card or even to view your latest transaction.
3D Touch the Timer Control and slide through various preset timeframes. Once set, tap start. The countdown will begin on this same screen, and you can pause it at any time. To fully cancel the timer, tap pause and then tap on the slider to start adjusting a new time.
The flashlight control got a massive upgrade in iOS 11. Tap to turn it on, as always, but 3D Touch it to bring up four different power levels.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
All new in iOS 11 is a little feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving.” This feature will let those contacting you know via iMessage that you are unavailable. If the message is important, they can simply message a confirmation phrase, and it will go through to you. All messages sent to you while driving will be released to be read when you are no longer behind the wheel. Conveniently, this feature is to take effect automatically, but you can be sure that it is on (or off, for that matter) via Control Center.
What controls in the Control Center are you most excited for? Do you like the overall aesthetic and redesign of the Control Center? And, furthermore, do you think we will ever see third party controls available from app developers? Let us know your thoughts in a comment below!
I’m a junior at UT Dallas, a tech enthusiast, an adreneline junkie, and a coffee fanatic.
Learn How to Use the Secret Features of the iPad and iPhone Control Center
Posted on May 29th, 2020 by Kirk McElhearn
There are a lot of things you can do on your iPhone or iPad, and you can quickly access some important settings, even from the lock screen using Control Center. This interface lets you enable, disable, and adjust a number of settings on your iPhone, and even control things like smart home devices or music playback.
But there are a number of secret features in Control Center, hidden behind its buttons and sliders. In this article, I’m going to explain how you can configure Control Center to give you access to the settings you use often, and how to find hidden settings that can save you a lot of time when you’re using your iOS device.
Configure Control Center
You can customize Control Center’s buttons and sliders in Settings > Control Center; you can choose from a couple dozen controls. A number of controls are available there by default, and you can’t remove them: this includes Network, Audio, Brightness, Volume, Do Not Disturb, and more.
I’ve added a half dozen controls to mine for features I use often: Flashlight, Magnifier, Camera, Home, Hearing, and Screen Recording.
Check out the many options available in the settings. Each one can save you a lot of time tapping to get to individual options in the Settings app. For example, if you like to switch between light mode and dark mode, there’s a button for that. If you use the calculator often (iPhone only, alas), there’s a button that brings it up quickly. And if you use the Notes app, and want a quick way to jot down ideas, add the Notes button for one-tap access.
Using Control Center
To access Control Center, swipe down from the top-right side of your iOS device’s screen. Each button or slider gives you access to basic settings. For example, you can see the Brightness and Audio sliders; swipe up or down to change the screen intensity or volume level.
For controls with buttons, you can tap to enable or disable a setting. For example, tap the Airplane Mode button at the top left to turn off network access; tap the Flashlight button near the bottom left to turn on your device’s flash to use as a flashlight; or tap the Rotation Lock button to prevent your display from turning if you move your device.
Remember that you can use Control Center whether your device is locked or not, as long as you have enabled Access Within Apps in the Control Center settings. So there may be settings that you want to change when your device is locked, and others you may want to access when you’re using it.
Hidden Control Center features
The real power of Control Center comes when you drill down and go beyond just tapping a button or slider. When you tap and hold many of the controls, you see more options and settings. Not all controls offer additional options, but try the ones you have displayed in Control Center so you can find what they do.
Here are some of the controls and which features they hide.
Tap and hold any of the four buttons in the Network control; you see this:
As you can see, you have two additional options: AirDrop and Personal Hotspot. If you tap and hold some of these buttons, you get even more options. For example, when you tap and hold the AirDrop button, you can change your AirDrop settings:
Likewise, tap and hold the Bluetooth button to connect or disconnect devices, or open the Bluetooth settings. Tap and hold the Wi-Fi button to choose a network, or open Wi-Fi settings.
Taping and holding the Camera button opens a menu that lets you quickly choose what you want to shoot with the camera:
The Brightness slider lets you adjust the illumination on your display, but if you tap and hold it, you get more options:
You can toggle Dark Mode, Night Shift, or True Tone. Not all of these are available on all devices.
Do Not Disturb
If you tap and hold the Do Not Disturb button, you can choose how long you want to not be disturbed: one hour, until the evening, or until you leave your current location.
What to do if Control Center freezes
While preparing this article, I found that my iPhone suddenly became unresponsive. Control Center was visible, but tapping the buttons did nothing, and I couldn’t dismiss Control Center by swiping. Pressing the power button turned the display off, but when I pressed again, Control Center was still visible.
It turns out that there is a bug with Control Center that has existed for several years, and that has still not been fixed as of iOS 13.5. According to the article linked just above, you have to tap three specific buttons to trigger this bug; I don’t know what I tapped, but I certainly didn’t have the buttons mentioned displayed.
If you try to restart the iPhone by pressing the Volume Up and Power buttons at the same time, you cannot access the Slide to power off slider. And if you hold those two buttons, thinking that the device might restart, it initiates the emergency SOS call procedure.
The only way to restart a recent iPhone is to do the following. Press the Volume Up button, then the Volume Down button, and finally press and hold the Power button. After a few seconds, the device will restart and you’ll see the Apple logo.
Try it out
If you have never paid attention to Control Center, you should try it out. As you’ve seen above, there are dozens of settings available that can save you time, and having quick access to a number of apps – such as Notes, Calculator, and Voice Memos – can be very practical.