How to Use Control Center without 3D Touch on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11

As long as you are on iOS 11, you can use Control Center impeccably on your iPhone and iPad even without 3D Touch. Let me show you how it works the right way!

The redesigned Control Center in iOS 11 is more functional and intuitive. You can perfectly customize it to suit your needs better. What has really won me over about the CC is the ability to work in its full-fledged form even on non-3D Touch devices. That means you can get the best out of Control Center even without 3D Touch on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 11!

Of course, you won’t get the haptic feedback on the non-taptic engine devices. But who cares? As long as you are able to carry out your task efficiently, it’s more than good enough. In this tutorial, I used my iPhone 6 Plus.

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How to Use Control Center without 3D Touch on iPhone and iPad

How to Use Control Center without 3D Touch

Step #1. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center on your iPhone.

Swipe Up iPhone Screen to Access Control Center

On your iPad, simply double press the Home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up App Switcher with the Control Center.

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Step #2. Next, you have to just touch and hold on the expandable buttons. I mean the ones which have shortcuts.

It works with a number of buttons like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Airplane Mode, Music, Screen Mirroring, screen brightness, volume, flashlight, screen recorder, alarm, camera, etc.

Tap on Camera in iOS 11 Control Center on iPhone

Step #3. A shortcut menu will appear right above the particular button to let you quickly carry out the task or control your device.

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Use Control Center without 3D Touch on iPhone and iPad

As the non-3D Touch devices don’t have Taptic Engine, you won’t get haptic feedback when pressing the button. Otherwise, you will feel like using the touch technology in CC.

Note: If you want to access CC within an app on iPhone or iPad with no 3D Touch, make sure the switch next to Access within Apps is turned on. Go to SettingsControl CenterTurn On Access within Apps.

Tap on Settings Then Control Center in iOS 11 on iPhoneEnable Access Within Apps in iOS 11 Control Center on iPhone

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Wrapping up

When 3D Touch arrived with iPhone 6s/6s Plus running iOS 9, it attracted both praise and criticism. While some branded the feature as the mere gimmick, some called it very user-friendly.

Many iPhone users who didn’t own 6s felt envy to the touch technology that allowed to instantly access commonly used actions and wished to use the feature even on non-supported devices. Finally, iOS 11 has made it possible (to some extent) at least in Control Center. What’s your take on it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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