How to Use Control Center on iPhone (Ultimate Guide)

How to Use Control Center on iPhone

Control Center in the iPhone is meant to navigate shortcuts and handy features anywhere with just a tap of your finger. It carries a series of controls to command your iPhone from brightness and volume controls to flashlight, calculator, etc. If you’re new to iOS or want to be a pro user, let’s take a look at how to use Control Center on your iPhone at its best.

How to Access and Close Control Center on iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone 11, X, or later, you can access it by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen.

access control center on iphone with face id

For iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen.

open control center on iphone with touch id

How to Customize Control Center on iPhone

Customization of Control Center consists of three options. Add more controls, remove insignificant ones, and finally organize them in order according to your usage.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go into Control Center.
  3. Select Customize settings tap on control center and tap on customize controls on iphone
  4. Under More Controls, tap the ‘+’ icon in green found before the control to add it to Control Center.tap on green plus button to add control to control center

You can add multiple controls at the same time. If you think that there are some controls that you don’t need at all, you can remove them with these easy steps.

  1. Select the ‘-‘ icon in red found before the control.
  2. Tap Remove to confirm.remove control from control center on iphone

This way you can remove multiple irrelevant controls. Now you can find new commands begin to appear in Control Center. Also, make sure that some controls like network settings and portrait orientation lock can’t be removed.

Rearrange Controls in Control Center

Organizing the controls is like putting them in a sequence as you use them. If a flashlight and calculator are something you use primarily over controls like camera and notes, you can place them on the top. To do so,

  1. Long-press on three-lines placed after the name of the control
  2. Drag it up or down to place it at your convenience.rearrange controls in control center on iphone

Now when you can launch Control Center, you’ll see controls organized in the right order you’ve set in the settings.

How to Control iPhone Settings from Control Center

Some network settings in Control Center like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can take you straight to the Settings app. This feature is appreciative when you need to configure advanced settings and you can go to the Settings app via Control Center. Also, Control Center is dedicated to controlling these network and audio settings on your iPhone.

Network Settings

  • Airplane Mode: With turning on Airplane mode, restrict all cellular connections on your iPhone.
  • Cellular Data: Turn on cellular data to allow apps and services to instantly connect to the internet network.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth: Long press on the Wi-Fi icon to connect to a Wi-Fi network so that you can enjoy web browsing and enjoy entertainment services. Turn on Bluetooth and connect to other Bluetooth devices. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can take you to the iPhone Settings app.
  • AirDrop: Share your media files, location, and more with other Apple devices surrounding.
  • Personal Hotspot: Allow other devices like computers and mobiles to use your internet service.
control network settings from control center on iphone

Audio Control

Long press on the audio player resided in the top-right corner of the Control Center to manage the controls for music and podcast services.

control audio from control center on iphone


Over recent years and after last a few updates, Control Center has grown to be a potent feature in iPhones following the update of iOS 11. In the upcoming version of iOS 14, do you want to see it evolving more impactful? What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below!

Also, Control Center works awesome in macOS and Apple Watch, so don’t miss out on checking these quick links!

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