. Control Center gives iOS users quick access to commonly used controls and apps. By swiping up from any screen – including the Lock screen (if the control center is set to be accessed from the lock screen) – users can do such things as switch on Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, adjust the display brightness and similar basic functions of the device.
. Control Center on iPhone gives you instant access to useful controls and things you do most —including airplane mode, Do Not Disturb, a flashlight, volume, screen brightness—and apps. You can use Control Center to quickly take a picture, turn on the lights, control your Apple TV, and more.

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How to Open and Close Control Center

  • On an iPhone with Face ID (X or later): Swipe down from the top-right edge of your screen. To close Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap the screen.
  • On an iPhone with a Home button or SE (2nd generation), iPhone 8 or earlier, or iPod touch: 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 Control Center

Control Center can be customized by enabling you to quickly change the settings for the things you do most. Add Home controls. Following to do:

  • Go to Settings > Control Center.
  • Tap Customize Controls.
  • To add controls, tap the Add button   .
  • To remove controls, tap the Remove button  , then tap Remove.

To rearrange controls in Control Center:

  • Go to Settings > Control Center.
  • Tap Customize Controls.
  • Press and hold the three gray lines  next to the controls, and drag them in the order that you want them.


Some of the settings one can access in Control Center are as follows:

Network settings

Slide to Control Center and press and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner to turn on the following:

  • Airplane Mode: Turns off cellular connections instantly on your device.
  • Cellular Data: Allow or limit apps and services from using the cellular network to connect to internet.
  • Wi-Fi: Browse the web, stream music, download movies, and more. If you press and hold the Wi-Fi icon, you’ll be able to switch Wi-Fi networks.
  • Bluetooth: Connect to headphones, car kits, wireless keyboards, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. If you press and hold the Bluetooth icon, you’ll be able to switch Bluetooth devices.
  • AirDrop: You can instantly share your photos, videos, locations, and more with other Apple devices nearby.
  • Personal Hotspot: Share your device’s Internet connection with your computer or other iOS devices.


  • Touch and hold the audio card in the upper-right corner of Control Center to quickly play, pause, and control the volume of your favorite song, podcast, and more.
  • Tap the AirPlay icon to switch the audio output to speakers, headphones, Apple TV, or another audio device. You can also choose to play the same music across multiple speakers you have set up in your home.
  • You might also see cards for nearby devices that you can control audio playback for. Just tap a card to control audio for that device. You can also use the cards to create a shared music queue with friends.

Access more controls in Control Center

There are a numbers of controls which offers additional options. To see available options, touch and hold a control. For example, you can do the following in Control Center:

  • Touch and hold the top-left group of controls, then tap to open the AirDrop options.
  • Touch and hold to take a selfie, take a photo, or record a video.

    How to control with a tap

    Need to quickly adjust the brightness on your display, or change the volume? With Control Center, it’s easy to access the apps, features, and settings that you want with just a tap.

    Learn which apps, features, and settings you can open from Control Center.