Access and customize Control Center on your iPhone and iPod touch

With Control Center, you have instant access to the things you do most. You can use Control Center to quickly take a picture, turn on the lights, control your Apple TV, and more. 

How to open and close Control Center

  • On an iPhone X or later, swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen. To close, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap the screen.
  • On an iPhone 8 or earlier, or iPod touch, swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen. To close, tap the top of the screen or press the Home button.

Learn how to use Control Center on your iPad.

How to customize Control Center

You can customize Control Center so you can quickly change the settings for the things you do most. Want to be ready when inspiration hits? Add a Voice Memos control. Want to dim the lights in the dining room with a tap? Add Home controls. Here’s how:

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

To rearrange controls in Control Center:

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

How to quickly control your settings

Here are some of the settings you can access in Control Center.

Network settings

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

  • Airplane Mode: Instantly turn off cellular connections on your device.
  • Cellular Data: Allow or limit apps and services from using the cellular network to connect to the 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: 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.

Audio

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.

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.

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