Control Center On Your iPhone and iPad

The Control Center allows you quick access to dozens of features on your iPhone and iPad.  It’s a dropdown floating panel for core options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness, Volume and Music and quite a few more. You can perform actions without ever opening an app. So, Let me show you how to do this on my iPhone 11 Pro, and iPad Pro but you will find all these settings on your iPhone and iPad as well.

How To Enable Control Center on Your Lock Screen

•Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

•Tap on Face ID (or Touch ID) and Passcode.

How to enable Control Center

• Enter your Passcode if prompted.

• Scroll to Control Center and  toggle that switch on.

How to Turn on Control Center

How to Access the Control Center

It can be accessed from any screen on your iPhone and iPad, even while you’re inside an app. All you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen with an iPhone 8 or older or swipe down from the top right corner on the iPhone X  or iPad running iOS 12 or newer.

iPhone Devices with a Home Button

If your iPhone has an indented button at the bottom of the screen you just need to touch below the bottom edge of the screen and swipe up.

The Floating Control Center

iPhone and iPad Devices with Face ID and iOS 12 or Newer

Touch the top right edge of the screen where you see the battery, cellular and Wi-Fi icon and pull down.

The iPad Control Center

How To Customize Control Center

The standard tools inside the that can’t be changed are, Airplane mode, cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, audio playback, Lock screen rotation, Do Not Disturb, Screen Mirroring, screen brightness, and volume controls.

To add or remove tools from the Control Center:

•Launch the Settings App

•Tap on Control Center

•Touch Customize Controls


Here you will see a list of all the controls you have access too.  To add a tool tap on the plus sign and now it’s added. Once you have added all the tools you need you can arrange them in any order you see fit by grabbing the “hamburger” icon, (Those 3 little stacked lines to the right of the tool) and dragging them into the order you want.

Organize Control Center

It’s just as easy to remove a tool:

•Launch the Settings App

•Tap on Control Center

•Touch Customize Controls

•Tap red minus sign

•Touch remove

Remove Features

This won’t delete the tool but it will remove if from Control Center and you can add it back in by following the directions above.


And if you need a video walkthrough of the above with a few more tips, click on the video below!

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