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iOS: Understanding Control Center

Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used settings and apps.

You can access Control Center from anywhere in iOS—including the Lock screen. To access Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To close Control Center, swipe down, tap the top of the screen, or press the Home button.

Control Center playing Never Gonna Give You Up

In Control Center, you can adjust these settings:

  • Turn on or off Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and screen-orientation lock
  • Adjust screen brightness
  • Play, pause, or skip a song, and adjust playback volume
  • Connect to an AirPlay device or toggle between audio output
  • Adjust whether your device is discoverable for AirDrop

Control Center also includes quick access to these apps:

  • Camera
  • Timer
  • Calculator (iPhone and iPod touch only)
  • Flashlight (iPhone and iPod touch only)

If your device is not locked, you can also access the currently playing audio app by tapping the song title.

Additional Information

You can enable and disable access to Control Center from the Lock screen or apps in Settings > Control Center.

Access the Control Center on the lock screen or within apps

To avoid accidentally displaying Control Center, some apps that rely on similar gestures, such as maps and games, may require you to swipe up twice: once to reveal the handle for Control Center, and a second time to reveal Control Center.

Last Modified: Aug 26, 2014
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